Probate Matters

Probate Courts, established in the Maine Constitution in 1820, are courts with jurisdiction over specialized subject matter, such as estates and trusts, adoptions and name changes, guardianship, and protective proceedings. These courts also sit without a jury. There are 16 Probate Courts and judges, one for each county. These judges, who are part-time, are elected. Probate Court decisions may be appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court on matters of law. The Probate Court is not under the state court system but under county jurisdiction.

The Probate Court handles all estates, both formal and informal; guardianships for both adults and minors; conservatorships, changes of name; adoptions; and other legal matters. More information is available at www.maineprobate.net.

Pine Tree Legal has created some helpful guides for the following probate matters:

County Registers of Probate

  • Androscoggin County - (207) 782-0281
  • Aroostook County - (207) 532-1502
  • Cumberland County - (207) 871-8382
  • Franklin County - (207) 778-5888
  • Hancock County - (207) 667-8434
  • Kennebec County - (207) 622-7558
  • Knox County - (207) 594-0427
  • Lincoln County - (207) 882-7392
  • Oxford County - (207) 743-6671
  • Penobscot County - (207) 942-8769
  • Piscataquis County - (207) 564-2431
  • Sagadahoc County - (207) 443-8218
  • Somerset County - (207) 474-3322
  • Waldo County - (207) 338-2780
  • Washington County - (207) 255-6591
  • York County - (207) 324-1577