Court of Probate

Court of Probate

A judicial body that exercises jurisdiction over the acceptance of wills as valid documents and over the management and settlement of the estates of minors or of spendthrifts, of mentally incompetent persons, and of habitual drunkards.

Such courts possess a limited jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases in some states. In some jurisdictions, they are also called orphans' courts and surrogate courts.

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Before 1858 they ruled over matrimonial and probate matters, but this was moved to the judicial courts by the Court of Probate Act 1857 and the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857.
Shearman & Sterling probated Seward's will in the Surrogate's Court, New York's court of probate jurisdiction.