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Signing of Last Will and Testament.

Hours of Operation

Our office hours are returning to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, May 26th. We will be opening the lobby in the Probate office as well on Tuesday, May 26th to customers for in-person assistance. All individuals entering the building are required to wear a cloth face covering and will be temperature tested for the safety of employees and the public. Additionally, we are strictly following social distancing guidelines including a limitation on the number of individuals allowed in our office lobbies at any time. Signage at our office will provide further instruction.


Governor Issues Order Allowing Remote Notary and Witness (04/09/2020)

Gov. Bill Lee today issued Executive Order No. 26 suspending current law to facilitate remote notarization and witnessing of documents. The Executive Order temporarily suspends all statutes requiring a physical presence for a notary public and witness(es), under certain conditions such as real-time audio and visual communication including Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, etc., among others. With COVID-19 impacting more and more people, many have prioritized setting up wills and healthcare directives. Gov. Lee’s executive order will allow the execution of wills and other legal documents without the in-person contact that risks exposure to COVID-19.

**SPECIAL NOTICE**

7th Circuit - UPDATED PROBATE COURT PROCEEDINGS 

ORDER INDEFINITELY CONTINUING PROBATE MASTER DOCUMENT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND RESETTING HEARINGS 

ORDER REFERRING CERTAIN CASES TO SPECIAL MASTER UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

ORDER AUTHORIZING INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTINGS TO BE SIGNED UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY UNTIL THE EXPIRATION OF THE SUPREME COURT ORDER CONTINUING SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON PROCEEDINGS AND EXTENSION OF DEADLINES (Order 4/15/20)

The Probate Court Clerk's Office handles the clerk responsibilities for all matters filed in the Seventh Circuit Court - Probate Division. The Seventh Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction in Davidson County for all matters related to the administration of deceased person's estates, including the probating of wills and is, thus, commonly referred to as the Davidson County Probate Court.

The Probate Court also has concurrent jurisdiction over the creation and supervision of conservatorships and guardianships. To a lesser degree, the Probate Court also handles other types of cases, including, but not limited to, adult and minor name changes, emancipations, legitimations and various legal matters involving trusts.

Judge Randy Kennedy is the judge of the Seventh Circuit Court and presides over all matters filed in the Probate Court.