General Probate Division Procedures

Clarification of Submission of Orders Procedures



The Probate Division handles all matters relating to: Determinations Of Incapacity For Individuals Over The Age Of 18, Appointment Of Guardian Advocates For Developmentally Disabled Adults, Estates (Disposition Without Administration, Summary Administration And Formal Administration), Guardianships , Trusts, Mental Health (Baker Act), Substance Abuse (Marchman Act), Tuberculosis, Sexually Transmissible Diseases, Expedited Judicial Review For Medical Treatment.

Probate and Guardianship

The Probate Division handles all matters relating to:
– Determinations of incapacity for individuals over the age of 18  
– Appointment of guardian advocates for developmentally disabled adults
– Estates (disposition without administration, summary administration and formal administration)
– Guardianships
– Trusts
– Mental Health (Baker Act)
– Substance Abuse (Marchman Act)
– Tuberculosis
– Sexually Transmissible Diseases
– Expedited judicial review for medical treatment.

Approach the Bench

Approach the Bench provides an opportunity to submit a question concerning any general matter regarding probate and guardianship issues.

Please note that Court staff is prohibited from giving legal advice or commenting on specific cases. Questions dealing with specific cases or specific factual situations will not be answered. However, any and all questions of a general and informational nature will be answered with 3 business days.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

E-mail Probate Questions
E-Mail Guardianship Questions
Email Test


Effective immediately, all proposed orders submitted in the probate division of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit MUST contain at least (4) lines of text and the case number on the signature page.


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Probate eFiling Program


ALL Professional and Non Professional Guardians:

FDLE is no longer accepting or processing hard copy applicant fingerprint cards.

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Local Procedures of the Broward County Circuit Court, Probate Division (Updated October 2023)

Memorandum on For Profit Corporate Guardian Requirements (NEW)

Mandatory Checklists

Affidavit of Heirs to be filed in all intestate cases (formal and summary administrations) (REVISED)

Affidavit Regarding Criminal History to be filed in all testate and intestate cases (formal and summary administrations) (NEW)

Memorandum regarding Special Needs Trusts and Pooled Trusts (UPDATED)

Memorandum and Order Requiring Certification Clause (UPDATED)

Audit Checklist
Disclosure Statement
Employee Statement
Filing Fees

Fact Information Sheet – Petition for Incapacity

Handbook for Guardians
Revised December 2019

Guardianship Forms
(Inventory, Plans, Accountings)

Probate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Revised October 2019

Personal Representive’s Handbook

Revised July 2008