probate court

A court with the power to declare wills valid or invalid, to oversee the administration of estates, and in some states to appoint guardians and approve the adoption of minors.

¡ª Also termed surrogate’s court; surrogate court; court of ordinary; ordinary’s court; county court; orphan’s court (abbr. o.c.). See PROBATE. [Cases: Courts 42(4), 198.]


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