Probate and Guardianship Registry

The Registry is currently undergoing revision. Applications will not be accepted for the next 90 days during this process. (effective date 2/14/2020)

PROBATE OPERATIONS DIVISION
This division manages the Probate and Guardianship Registry which involves Baker Act, Marchman Act, Incapacity, (Chapter 744), and Chapters 393, 394, and 415 cases.

Probate Court Operations Director

Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center
175 N.W. 1st Avenue, Suite 1147 Miami, Florida 33130
Office: 305-349-7366

Adult Protective Services and Guardianship Matters Registry

The attorney must submit applications to the Probate Screening Review Committee for review. Download Application for Appointment. Besides the Application, there is also a requirement to complete Attachment C to be placed on this registry. Download Attachment “C”. This registry (wheel) was created as a result of Article V Revision 7.

Links to Individual Orders and Forms:

Probate and Guardianship Fee Review Committee
Probate Screening Review Committee – Process
Probate Mental Health & Guardianship Registry – Application
Probate Screening Review Committee – Memorandum
Procedures Attorneys with JAC
Appointment by General Magistrate
Appointment by Judge
Motion for Payment & Order where General Magistrate Appointed
Motion for Payment where Judge Appointed
Order to Pay Where Judge Appointed

Probate Specialty Wheel – Attorney must be a member in good standing with The Florida Bar for two years and a member of the General Probate and Guardianship Wheel for two years. Most cases are pro bono, although some may be compensable. (See Administrative Order No. 99-12, as amended by Administrative Order No 99-12 A1.) The areas associated with Wheel are Accounting; Bankruptcy/Receivership; Complex Matters-Guardianship; Complex Matters-Wills, Trusts and Estates; Entitlements; General Probate; Litigation-Wills, Trusts and Estates; Litigation-Guardianships; Real Estate; Taxation; Special Needs Trust. Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should send an application and two letters of recommendation from attorneys practicing in Miami-Dade County, (not members of the same firm of applicant), to Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room #310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7086. Download Instructions for Submission of Application
Prerequisites for Joining & Application

Blocked Accounts/Cuban Heirs Specialty Wheel - In addition to participating in the General Probate Wheel and being fluent in Spanish, Attorneys must have five years of experience in Probate matters, a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury, and must participate in a specialized training and internship program. Presently, attorneys are not being placed on this Wheel due to pending changes in the Department of Treasury's licensing procedures; however, Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should contact Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room #310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7086.

Guardian Advocates Wheel - Attorney must be a participant in the General Probate, Guardianship and Mental Health Wheel, with five years of general probate and guardianship experience and experience in handling Baker Act matters. The attorney must be willing to attend certain prescheduled calendars and perform certain functions as prescribed by State statutes, the Probate Bar and the Court. Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should contact Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room # 310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7086.