General Duties of the Probate Court
In 1850, a court of probate as we know it today was established in each county. Since 1850 there have been several important changes in the legal framework of the office of the Judge of Probate.
Today the major areas of responsibility of the Morgan County Judge of Probate are as follows:
Judicial - Name Changes, Adoptions and Contests to Adoptions, Involuntary Commitment of the Mentally Ill, Condemnation of Privately Owned Land for Public Use (Eminent Domain), Guardianship and Conservatorship Proceedings for Minor Children and Adults Who Are Mentally and/or Physically Incapacitated, and the Administration of Decedents' Estates (whether or not the decedent had a last will and testament).
Public Records - The Judge of Probate is the custodian of Morgan County's public records, including deeds, real estate mortgages, and the like.
Elections - The Judge of Probate is the Chief Election Officer of Morgan County. The Judge of Probate serves, along with the Sheriff of Morgan County and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Morgan County, as chairman of the boards which oversee the election process in Morgan County and appoints all local election officials.
Marriages - The Judge of Probate is responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses.
Notaries Public - The Judge of Probate appoints notaries public, who are authorized to administer certain oaths and certify the execution of certain documents.
|Adoption Information (.pdf)||General Information|
|Adoptive Parent Information||Information concerning recent adoptions from the Alabama Department of Public Health|
|Foreign Adoptions||Information About Foreign Adoptions|
|Adoptee Seeking Original Birth Information||Obtaining Pre-Adoption and Other Birth Certificates from Alabama Sealed Files|
|Birth Parent Information||Information For The Birth Parent Of An Adopted Child|
|Guardianships and Conservatorships (.pdf)||General Information|
|Guardians Handbook (.pdf)||A petitioner for guardianship is required to review the Guardian’s Handbook with his/her attorney prior to the issuance of Letter’s of Guardianship so that the Guardian may have a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of becoming a Guardian. This certificate, properly executed, must be filed with the Court before the Court will issue Letter’s of Guardianship.|
|Conservator Handbook (.docx)||A petitioner for conservatorship is required to review the Conservator Handbook with his/her attorney prior to the hearing on the petition to appoint a conservator so that the petitioner may have a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of becoming a conservator. This certificate, properly executed, must be filed with the Court at the beginning of the hearing.|
|General Questions About Estates (.pdf)||Information|
|2016 Small Estate Valuation (.pdf)||Effective March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017.|
|Administrators Handbook (.pdf)||A petitioner for Letters of Administration is required to review the Administrator's Handbook with his/her attorney prior to the issuance of Letter’s of Administration so that the Personal Representative may have a basic understanding of the duties and responsibilities of becoming an Administrator. This certificate, properly executed, must be filed with the Court before the Court will issue Letter’s of Adminsitration.|
|Involuntary Commitments (.pdf)||General information about mental commitments|
|Alabama Department of Mental Health||Over 3,000 individuals are served annually in the state-operated facilities, while over 100,000 receive services in certified community-based programs.|
|Notaries (.pdf)||General Information|
|Secretary of State - Notaries||Please note that the Secretary of State does not appoint or commission notaries.|
|Deeds Not Recordable (.pdf)||Information Needed on Deeds|
|Recording Fees (.pdf)||Fees that must be paid to record an instrument in Morgan County|
|Overage Policy (.pdf)||Morgan County Probate Courts policy concerning overages on payments for recordings.|
|Protective Covenant Index (.doc)||Index to the the protective covenants filed in Morgan County|
|UCC Secured Transactions (Effective July 1, 2014) (.pdf)||Act Number 2014-374|
|Marriage License Requirements (.pdf)||Requirements for obtaining a marriage license|
|Available Wedding Officiants (.pdf)||If you need someone to perform a wedding for you, here is a list of people that have given us their names that they officiate weddings.|
|Legal Services of Alabama||Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to justice and free quality civil legal aid and assistance to educate and empower Alabama's low-income community.|