Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Register
Probate & Guardianship Committee
Share |
Probate & Guardianship Committee Co-Chairs


Norman Fleisher, Esq.

Yoshi Smith, Esq.


Board Liaison:

Brandon Pratt, Esq.

Upcoming Events

Community Calendar


The Probate Committee is sponsored by:



Click here for the new Probate Judicial Assignments


Next Committee Meeting- CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFO


Consistent with Main Branch and North Branch Probate, UMC/Ex-parte days, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 03, 2013, EX-PARTE will be held 2 days per week, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:45-9:30UMC will be held  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. 

Family Law and Probate Committee Joint Luncheon - 09/06/12
Topic: Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements Rights at Death - hand-outs

ATTENTION ATTORNEYS:  Administrative Order 2.310-10/12 creates an Online Registration System to assist with Eservice and Online Scheduling by participating judicial divisions.
Go to: and register today.

Due to budget cuts issued by the Florida Legislature during the 2012 session, effective July 2, 2012, the Clerk & Comptroller’s office will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, instead of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is the Clerk’s responsibility to process court documents and prepare court files; therefore, due to the change in the Clerk’s hours in South County, Judge Colin, Judge Martz and Judge Scher have altered the manner in which new cases are to be opened. Ex parte hours will remain the same. However, effective immediately, new cases can no longer be opened the morning of exparte for appearance the same day - NO EXEMPTIONS. New cases must be opened no later than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the hearing. Proof of the prior filing must be presented at time of hearing before the matter will be heard. Please contact the Probate Committee Chairs Yoshimi O. Smith, Esq., 561-994-4316 or Norman Fleischer, Esq. (561) 998-7847 with any questions.

Attorney’s need to start preparing the Final Disposition forms; however, they are  being sent in blank.  No file number and no estate name.  They are now responsible for filing these with the orders closing the estate, and they need to be filled out just like any other pleading.
Effective immediately, a self-addressed stamped envelope must accompany all request for certified copies.  If you are requesting conformed copies as well as certified copies, you must supply two (2) self-addressed stamped envelopes. Certified copies will not be send out without a self-addressed stamped envelope.  If only(1) one envelop is received it will be used for your conformed copies.
For the past three  (3) months the Clerk’s office have sent notices to attorneys who did not provide envelopes for their copies. The time has come for the implementation and we are inundated with phone calls inquiring about copies.  We are sorry for any inconveniences caused but we cannot make any exceptions.  Thank you very much for your assistance. 
Tehera Smith-Granger
Probate and Guardianship Case Manager
15th Judicial Circuit
South County Court House

Request UMC Files Online!
Effective February 2, 2009, all files needed for UMC hearings in Division IY, for Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health Cases, may be requested ONLINE. We hope this will reduce effort, stress, confusion, and frustration for everyone involved, with files efficiently made available for use at UMC hearings.
Go to: and follow the instructions to request your Probate, Guardianship, or Mental Health files for UMC hearings. It is easy, fast, fun, and so 21st century. As always, you MUST REQUEST THE FILE BEFORE 2:00 PM ON THE BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO THE SELECTED UMC DATE.  After requesting your file, you can print a receipt to verify the request.
Did you drive to work today in your horse and buggy? If so, you can still request your UMC file by telephone. Otherwise, please join us in the new millennium, and help improve our system on behalf of the Attorneys, Court, Clerks, Case Manager, and Staff. Thanks for your help.


Palm Beach County Links
Palm Beach County Property Appraiser             
Palm Beach County Government 
Palm Beach County Tax Collector 
Palm Beach County Official Records Search

Statewide Florida Links
Online Florida Statutes, Constitution and Laws of Florida 
Florida Department of Revenue 
Florida Department of State 
Florida Department of State (Online searches) 
Official portal of the State of Florida 
Search for unclaimed property in Florida   

Court Links
Florida Supreme Court 
Fourth District Court of Appeal 
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit  

Florida Bar and Florida Bar Sections Links
Florida Bar Association 
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section 
Tax Law Section                                                                
Trial Lawyers Section  
US Government Links
Internal Revenue Service homepage 
fillable SS-4 
verify a charity’s tax exempt status 
Link to’ s Social security death index


Membership Software Powered by®  ::  Legal