Douglas County Probate Court establishes the validity of wills, documents the administration of estates, appoints a guardian when none has been established, maintains vital records such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates, and issues gun permits.
To download Probate Court forms, you may go to Georgia Probate Court Information System; a list of forms are available in Wordperfect or MSWord.
The forms for Temporary Guardianship are not complete in that the local Probate Court office has additional forms that are required. Please see the form provided on this page or you may pick up the complete package in the Probate Court Office.
All forms must be completed, including necessary signatures and attachments, before this office will accept for filing.
- Estate Records
- Estate Filings
- Guardianship Filing
- Creditors' Claims Against an Estate
- Georgia Weapons Carry License
For $15, you may file your will with the Probate Court for safekeeping. Only you, (or in the case of your death, your executor), will be able to access this document. See the Georgia Probate Court Information System for more information.
The Probate Court office in the Douglas County Courthouse maintains estate files back to the late 1800s. Name indexes to facilitate retrieval. The public may access such records from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday.
Petitions to Probate Estates may be filed between 8 am and 4:30 pm. The Probate Court will accept a personal check with the petition.
Petition for Guardianship of a minor can be filed between 8 am and 4:15 pm. The Probate Court accepts cash only with this Petition.
If you are inquiring about an estate, please provide us with the name of the deceased and the approximate date of death or the Probate Court case number (in writing). A research fee of $10 (non-refundable) per name is required to process your inquiry. If you wish to file a formal claim against an estate, costs are $10 plus $2 per page for recording.
Georgia Weapons Carry License
In office applications are done Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm
Required documents are: current ID, Proof of citizenship, if born outside the US, and $31.00 cash or card. Afterwards, you will have (5) day to complete fingerprints which are done at the UPS Store in Paulding County.
You can send us an email to the probate site regarding renewals. If someone is doing a renewal, but coming from a different county they will still have to come into the office for picture, payment and signature.
First Time Permits
For first time permits everyone must come into the office for pictures, payment, and signature for the new permits (no appointment needed).