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New Hampshire Probate Court in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, is
the court which has jurisdiction over trusts, wills, and estates, adoptions, termination of parental rights, name changes, guardianship of incapacitated persons,
guardianship of minors, partition of property and involuntary admissions. Each of
the ten counties has a probate court. Full-time judges assigned to
Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties,
with the remaining counties having part-time judges.
The Probate Court has exclusive jurisdiction over:
- The granting of administration regarding the composition,
administration, sale, settlement, and final distribution of estates
of deceased persons and those presumed dead.
- The assignment of homestead and claims against the executor or
administrator for those services related to the prior care and
maintenance of the decedent and the administration of insolvent
estates and appeals from said estates.
- The interpretation and construction of wills and the
interpretation, construction, modification, and termination of
trusts as that term is defined in [RSA 564-A:1, I].
- The appointment, removal, surcharge and administration of
trustees of trusts.
- The appointment and removal of conservators, and of the
guardians of minors, mentally incompetent persons and spendthrifts,
and in relation to the duties imposed by law on such conservators
and guardians, and the management and disposition of the estates of
- The adoption of children.
- The change of names of persons who reside in the county and who
- The termination of parental rights.
- Petitions for partition pursuant to RSA 547-C.
The probate court has concurrent jurisdiction with
the Superior Court over the
- Cases involving charitable uses and trusts, other than express
trusts, as that term is defined in RSA 564-A:1, I.
New Hampshire has eleven Probate Courts, with one in each
county. Full-time judges assigned to Belknap, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford County.
Part-time judges are assigned to Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan County.