2018 Course

Probate Courts: Contemporary Issues (JS 638)

March 19, 2018 – March 22, 2018 all-day
The National Judicial College
Grant funded - call for eligibility

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s projections, the older-adult population will double between 2010 and 2030. As the population of America ages, probate courts will necessarily see an increase in the types of cases that they process – guardianships, conservatorships, elder-abuse protection petitions, and matters pertaining to estates. Moreover, probate courts handle a multitude of issues pertaining to minors. In addition to the simple fact that case management in probate courts will need attention, matters pertaining to the elderly and minors are different. This course provides both introductory concepts for the newer probate adjudicator as well as more advanced evidence and trial-management techniques for the experienced probate adjudicator. Participants will return to the bench with ideas shared by probate professionals from across the country as well as a multitude of checklists, forms, and other bench tools to improve efficiency.


What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Define terminology and procedures used in a multitude of probate proceedings;
  • Apply promising practices toward administering trusts, wills, fiduciary appointments, and other probate matters, including trust accounting and tax issues;
  • Dissect factual difficulties experienced in contested matters and evidentiary hearings;
  • Appoint and manage fiduciaries, guardians and other persons with duties recognized by law; and
  • Describe issues related to competency.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Members of the faculty include a law professor specializing in competency and end-of-life issues, and probate adjudicators.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for 2 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.


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