The Judge of the Probate Court is a non-partisan constitutional officer elected by the voters of the county to serve four year terms. The Probate Court has exclusive and original jurisdiction over the probate of wills, administration of estates, and the appointment of guardians and conservators for minors and incapacitated adults. Additionally, the Probate Court hears county-wide misdemeanor traffic cases except those in the city limits and other misdemeanor offenses including game and fish violations. This court also issues marriage licenses, weapons carry licenses, residency verifications, and public fireworks display permits. The Judge of the Probate Court also performs various administrative duties such as administering the oaths of office to elected officials and approving and recording the required bonds of those officials.

Location
Courthouse
102 North College Street
P.O. Box 569
Hamilton, GA 31811

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for marriage and weapons carry license applications

Contact
Thomas Lakes, Probate Court Judge
706-628-5038

Probate and Estates
Nancy Stewart, Clerk
706-628-5038 ext. 3

Marriage and Weapons Carry Licenses
Dawn Colvin, Clerk
706-628-5038 ext. 2

Traffic
706-628-5038 ext. 1

Department Stats
Full-Time Employees: 4
FY 2017-18 Budget: $273,590