Probate Division

Important Update:

The Fifteenth Circuit is launching a new ex parte calendaring app that will serve all probate divisions in South County, North County and West Palm Beach. (Please note: West Palm Beach dates will not be available until January 1, 2018).

All dates requested after November 28th, 2017 must be requested in the new system, which is accessible by clicking the same link below.

Prior to first use, users must create an account in the Court's Online Services (current users can use their existing account). A brief "how to" registration video is available (here).

The ex parte calendaring application can also be accessed by visiting and selecting "View All Web Applications" from within the Circuit Web Applications box.”

The Probate Division handles all matters relating to the validity and execution of wills, appointment of guardians, trusts, incompetencies (Baker Act), involuntary treatment of alcoholics (Marchman Act), and involuntary commitments not related to the Baker or Marchman Acts. The probate process involves collecting a decedent's assets, liquidating liabilities, paying necessary taxes, and distributing property to heirs. These activities are carried out by the executor of the estate.

The Mental Health Division ensures expedited judicial intervention concerning medical treatment.

Guardianship involves judicial decisions relating to the need and extent of a guardian for incapacitated individuals. Guardianships assist incapacitated persons by ensuring that the essential requirements for their physical health and safety are met; protect their legal rights; maintain their financial resource; and help in the development or in developing or regaining their abilities, to the extent possible. The court will appoint an attorney for each person alleged to be incapacitated. The individual may substitute his or her own attorney for the court appointed attorney.

pdf.png Approved Professional Guardian Wheel
Case Managers
Division Case Manager Phone
IB, IC, ID Jill Mitchell (561) 355-3954
IX,IY,IZ Tehera Smith (561) 274-1434
IX,IY,IZ Diane Kahn (561) 274-1424
II, IH, IJ Nicolette Anderson (561) 624-6516

Probate Forms and Orders

  Ex-parte Calendar
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pdf.png Uniform Pretrial Order
pdf.png Probate Checklist
word.png Guardianship Final Disposition Form
word.png Probate Final Disposition Form
Tehera Smith
Operations Manager
(561) 274-1434