General Probate Division 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)
– Mental Health (Baker Act)
– Substance Abuse (Marchman Act)
– 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.
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.
Please Click Link Below for Information Concerning
Probate eFiling Program
ALL Professional and Non Professional Guardians:
FDLE is no longer accepting or processing hard copy applicant fingerprint cards.
For complete information including required ORI processing number, Click Here
Handbook for Guardians
Revised December 2019
(Inventory, Plans, Accountings)
Revised October 2019
Revised July 2008