Each county has a Probate
Judge who is popularly elected to a four year term and has jurisdiction over marriage
licenses, estates of deceased persons, guardianships of incompetents, conservatorships
of estates of minors and incompetents, minor settlements under $25,000 and involuntary
commitments to institutions for mentally ill and/or chemically dependent persons.
They also have exclusive jurisdiction over trusts and concurrent jurisdiction
with Circuit Courts over powers of attorney.
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