Major Areas of Responsibility

The major areas of responsibility of the Mobile County Judge of Probate are as follows:

Judicial 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, the Administration of Decedents' Estates (whether or not the decedent had a last will and testament), and Trust Administration.
Public Records The Judge of Probate is the custodian of Mobile County's public records, including deeds, real estate mortgages, and the like.
Elections The Judge of Probate is the Chief Election Officer of Mobile County. The Judge of Probate serves, along with the Sheriff of Mobile County and the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Mobile County, as chairman of the boards which oversee the election process in Mobile 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.

Additionally, the Judge of Probate serves on other governmental boards, most notably the Supervisory Committee of the Mobile County Personnel Board.