In addition to its role in administering decedents’ estates, the probate division has general supervisory jurisdiction over the estates of minors and those adults whom the court finds to be disabled or incapacitated. Thus, if individuals cannot handle their own affairs, either because they are under age or in some way disabled, the probate division may then step in (upon proper application, hearing and determination) and appoint a conservator to look after these matters for them. In a similar manner, the probate division may appoint a guardian for the care and custody of a minor or of an incapacitated adult unable to care for himself or herself. In metropolitan areas, the probate division handles probate and similar matters exclusively. However, in the smaller counties, judges of this division may have other judicial duties as well.
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