How to Obtain Copies of Probate Documents in Suwannee County, Florida

Gain Access to Suwannee County Probate Court Records Online

Suwannee County Courthouse
Suwannee County Courthouse, Live Oak, Florida.

Estate planning attorneys are often asked how to obtain a copy of a deceased person's last will and testament or other probate court filings. Because probate records are public court records that anyone can read, if a will has been filed for probate, you should be able to get a copy of it.

With modern technology comes the ability to locate information about a deceased person's estate online, and in most cases for absolutely free.

While you may not be able to view copies of the actual will and other documents that have been filed for probate, you should be able to see a list of the documents that have been filed, who has been named as the executor of the estate, which probate attorney the executor has hired, and the name of the probate judge presiding over the case. Some probate courts even list the names of the beneficiaries of the estate. You will then be able to request copies of the will and other documents from the clerk's office.  You can also try contacting the executor or the executor's attorney for additional information.

How to Find Out Where a Probate Estate Has Been Filed

One side note - how do you determine in which court the estate is being (or has been) probated?  In the U.S. an estate is probated in the county where the deceased person lived at the time of death, or, in some cases, the county where the deceased person owned real estate.

Refer to the following website to locate the applicable county name: City - County Search.

How to Request Copies of Probate Court Documents

Once you have located the county, search online for that county's probate court.  This can be tricky because in some states the probate court is not actually called the probate court, it could be referred to as the "circuit court," "surrogate's court," or "orphan's court."  But be persistent - since probate occurs in each and every county across the U.S., you should be able to locate the appropriate court's online information.

Once you have located the website, usually the steps required to obtain a copy of a will or other probate document will include the following:

  1. Appearing in person or making a written request by fax, mail or email.
  2. Paying a copy fee for the number of pages requested.  These fees usually range from $1.00 to a few dollars per page.
  3. Providing a self-addressed, stamped envelope for mailing the copies if the request is not made in person.

How to View the Online Probate Dockets for Estates Probated in Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida

If the estate you are interested in is being probated in the Suwannee County Circuit Court located in Live Oak, Florida, then, unfortunately, this county does not currently have its probate dockets available online. Instead, you will need to call the probate department of the Suwannee County clerk's office at (407) 665-4328 and ask them about their procedures for obtaining copies of probate court records and the costs involved. The clerk's website can be accessed by following this link: ​Suwannee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Other cities located in Suwannee County include Branford, McAlpin, O'Brien, and Wellborn, so if the decedent lived in one of these cities or owned real estate located in one of these cities, then contact the Suwanee County clerk's office as indicated above.