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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Example sentences
Probate takes place in the probate court of the county where the deceased property owner resided.
The late starlet's will is currently being reviewed in probate court.
Probate court laws protect the interests of individuals involved in probate court matters.
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