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Probate/Mental Health Court

Washington County Courthouse
14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 3802
Stillwater, MN  55082 
Phone:  651.430.6297
Fax:  651.430.6300

Probate Court has jurisdiction over cases concerning the disposition of property belonging to deceased persons, administration of court-supervised trusts, and proceedings to create guardianships and conservatorships for minor children, incapacitated or incompetent adults.

Probate law is based on the ecclesiastical law of the church and historically this court was known as the "widows and orphans court."  The Probate Court now operates under and modification of the Uniform Probate Code, specifically Minnesota Statutes 524 and 525, and the Rules of Civil Procedure.

Mental Health has the obligation of committing persons to treatment centers with the allegation of Mental Illness, Mental Retardation, Chemical Dependency, Psychopathic Personality and referrals from Criminal Court. The Mental Health Unit is governed by Minnesota Statutes 253B.