Probate Court

 

ROCKDALE COUNTY PROBATE COURT
Gary W. Washington
Probate Judge

 

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Telephone: 770—278-7700
Fax: 770-278-8928

Physical Office Location
874 N. Main Street NW
Conyers, Georgia 30012

New – Mailing Address for all Documents
Post Office Box 289
Conyers, Georgia 30012

NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON!

Amended Order Regarding The Requirement For Wearing Masks While In The Common Areas Of The Rockdale County Courthouse  –  Click here to view the Amended Order

The following schedule and operations of the Rockdale County Probate Court are in effect until further notice:

GUARDIANSHIP and CONSERVATORSHIP
Guardianship and conservatorship petitions for minor children and incapacitated adults must be filed by mail. Email your request to obtain the petition to complete at guardianships@rockdalecountyga.gov. Once you complete the petition, email the same address with the petition to obtain the appropriate filing fees.

Any petitioner who is required to take an oath should call 770-278-7700 for instructions.

ESTATES
All petitions will continue to be filed by mail. Prior to mailing your petition, email your completed petition to probateestates@rockdalecountyga.gov to obtain the appropriate filing fees. Any petitioner who is required to take an oath should call 770-278-7700 for instructions.

Effective as of July 15, 2021, the Georgia Supreme Court has approved the new probate court standard forms which should be used.

New forms are posted at https://www.gasupreme.us/probate-court-standard-forms/

ESTATE DOCUMENTS FILED
All Estates documents filed with the Rockdale Probate Courts from 2003 to present can be accessed by going to this link:  https://portal-garockdale.tylertech.cloud/PublicAccess/default.aspx

WEAPONS CARRY LICENSES
New and Renewal weapons carry licenses are by Appointment ONLY. Please call 770-278-7700 press 2 then 0 to schedule an appointment. If renewing your weapons carry license, please provide the clerk with the expiration date of your weapons carry license for scheduling.

Please call our office to cancel your appointment if you cannot make your scheduled time.

New applicants must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of Rockdale County. To prove you are a resident of Rockdale County you must present a valid Georgia Driver’s License or State issued I.D. with your Rockdale County address. If your Rockdale County address is not on your Driver’s License or I.D. card, you may present alternate proof of your Rockdale County address by providing documents such as a utility bill, lease, or closing documents, if buying a home.

Please complete the weapons carry license application which can be:
   1. Picked up from the Probate Court or
   2. Downloaded: Click here to download application.

Complete the application in its entirety; however, do not sign or date the application until your appointment. You will be fingerprinted either by Probate Court or the Sheriff’s Office. The law requires that you must be fingerprinted within five (5) business days from the date your application is provided to our office and document filed. If you are not fingerprinted within five (5) business days, your application will be administratively dismissed, and you will be required to reapply and pay full filing fees.

Renewal weapons carry license applications can be 1. Picked up from the Probate Court 2. Emailed to you or 3. Downloaded from the website. Complete the application in its entirety; however, do not sign or date the application until your appointment.
To qualify for a Georgia Weapon Carry License, you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States; or,
  2. Be a Resident Alien and provide a valid Georgia Driver’s License or State issued picture I.D. card, a valid Resident Alien card, and a Georgia Hunting License (which can be obtained by logging onto www.georgiawildlife.com); or,
  3. Be a Permanent Resident and provide a valid Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia State issued picture I.D. card, a Permanent Resident Card; or,
  4. Employment authorization with a valid Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia State issued picture I.D. and a Georgia Hunting License (which can be obtained by logging onto www.georgiawildlife.com

MARRIAGE LICENSES
Georgia residents who wish to get married in Georgia may obtain a marriage license in any Georgia County. Non-residents must obtain a marriage license in the County in which the marriage ceremony will occur. Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license. Please bring State issued identifications or a passport to obtain to the marriage license. In the event of being previously married, please bring your most recent divorce decree or a death certificate if a widow

VITAL RECORDS: BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS
To request a certified copy of a birth or death certificate, please come to the Court to request the vital record. State issued identification is required to obtain the vital record.

Funeral homes and crematories must email your request to probatevitalrecords@rockdalecountyga.gov. There is a 2-hour window for your request to be completed. The Court will notify you when your request is completed.

1013 FORMS
The 1013 form is used to initiate the process of involuntarily transporting an individual to an emergency receiving facility for a mental health evaluation. The intended use of the 1013form is for individuals who:

  1. Are in imminent danger to self/others, evidenced by recent overt acts or expressed threats of violence or self-harm, or who are,
  2. Unable to care for their own physical health and safety so as to create an imminently life-endangering crisis and in need of involuntary treatment.

Once the 1013 form is completed and filed with the Probate Court, the Judge may issue an order commanding any law enforcement officer to take such person into custody and deliver him/her to the nearest emergency receiving facility for examination. This order is commonly referred to as an “Order to Apprehend,” because it directs law enforcement to apprehend a person and take them an emergency receiving facility for a mental health evaluation.

1013 REQUIREMENTS

  1. Affidavits of at least 2 witnesses.
  2. Both Affiants must have witnessed the persons behavior in the preceding 48 hours.
  3. Based upon the observations contained in the Affidavits, the Affiants have reason to believe such person requires involuntary treatment because that person is:
    1. a mentally ill person,
    2. an alcoholic,
    3. a drug dependent individual, or
    4. a drug abuser.
  4. The person must be a resident of Rockdale County or located in Rockdale County.
  5. The person must be at least 17 years of age or older. (Jurisdiction for those 16 and younger is in Juvenile Court.)

FEES
There is no fee for an Order to Apprehend.

PAYMENT METHODS
Our office accepts cash, cashier’s check, money orders, MasterCard and Visa credit/debit.  There is a $4.00 processing fee for all card payments.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Should you need legal advice, please contact an attorney or:

Georgia Legal Aid (find an attorney by county)
http://www.georgialegalaid.org/

Georgia Legal Services Program
1-800-498-9469
http://www.glsp.org/get-help-now/

LawHelp.org (information and forms)
http://www.lawhelp.org/