pro-bate court

probate court

noun
a special court with power over administration of estates of deceased persons, the probate of wills, etc.

Origin:
1720–30, Americanism

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probate court [(proh-bayt)]

A court that has jurisdiction over wills, estates, and guardianship of children.

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