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What Kind of Information Can I Find in a Probate File?

Probate case files generally consist of documents pertaining to the settling of a person’s estate upon their death. Typical documents include:

  • Wills
  • List of property owned
  • Heirs (names, family connections, etc.)
  • Distribution of property/assets
  • Settlements of debts

Does Everyone Have a Probate File?

No. Many people die without a will or do not have any assets to distribute upon their death.

did you know?

...Other matters handled by the Probate Court were for guardianships of minors and those deemed incompetent for a variety of reasons. These types of files are generally restricted and require special permission to access them. Contact an archivist for assistance.