Welcome to the Franklin County Probate Court website. This site is to be utilized for a better understanding of the services and processes offered by the Probate Court of Franklin County. Our staff continually strives to provide the residents of Franklin County with the highest level of professional public service.
Judge Ken Eavenson was elected in 2012 and has served as Judge of the Probate Court in Franklin County since January of 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of Franklin County High School and began his Law Enforcement career with the University of Georgia Police Department in 1986 before returning to work in his home county as a Deputy Sheriff. He served 24 years with the Franklin County Sheriff Office, the last 12 as Chief Deputy. He was named Officer of the Year in 1987, 1992 and 1997. In 2012 he received the Honorable Mention “Top Cop” award by the National Association of Police Organizations. Ken and his wife, Lisa have five children and live in the Lavonia area.
The Mission of the Franklin County Probate Court is to administer justice with fairness, equality, and integrity, to resolve matters before the court in a timely manner and to provide courteous and prompt service that is impartial, professional and fiscally responsible.
Franklin County Probate Court exercises exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of guardians (minor and adult) and involuntary hospitalization of incapacitated adults and other individuals. Records that date back to the late 1800’s are retained in the court vault.
The Probate Judge administers oaths of office and issues marriage and firearms license. The court has the authority to hold habeas corpus hearings or preside over criminal preliminary hearings. Unless a jury trial is requested, the probate court handles certain misdemeanors, traffic cases and violations of state game and fish laws. The Probate Judge also serves as the Vital Records custodian of the County and issues Birth and Death Certificates.