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probate court

a special court with power over administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc.
Origin of probate court
An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The lawyers told Mrs. Clark that the visit to the probate court was a mere formality,—meant nothing at all.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • Her will was filed and the probate court declared its validity.

  • He was judge of probate court for ten years, and has recently been re-elected to that position.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • He was also a judge of the probate court, and a member of the Council.

  • The coroner's jury had refused to identify the remains; the probate court had refused to presume the death of the testator.

    The Vanishing Man R. Austin Freeman
  • I know, but they will not look at it for a moment in the probate court.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • “No; in case of the demise of their parents, we could have turned them over body and soul to the probate court,” I informed her.

    Our Next-Door Neighbors Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • This tax is really designated to reach wealthy people, and is easily collected since probate court records state the amounts.

    Citizenship Emma Guy Cromwell
  • He was worth, as the evidence of the probate court was to show only too soon, a sum of over £80,000.

    Life of Charles Dickens Frank Marzials
  • We have our probate court; and the phrase co-respondent is now familiar as a household word.

probate court in Culture
probate court [(proh-bayt)]

A court that has jurisdiction over wills, estates, and guardianship of children.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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