Probate Benchmarks:

Wisconsin Statutes require all estates to be settled as soon as reasonably possible and without unnecessary delay. The Wisconsin Chief Judges have set fourteen (14) months as the benchmark for disposing of probate estates, and the Registers in Probate for the Third Judicial District have also adopted this benchmark. All estates filed in Washington County must be closed within fourteen (14) months of the date the initial documents are filed.

Guidelines and Procedures:

Scheduling and Appearances for a Formal Probate:

  • Formal probate matters are heard on Tuesday mornings by Intake Judge.
  • All documents must be filed in the Probate Office by noon on the Thursday before the hearing. Failure to submit appropriate documents will cause the matter to be removed from the calendar.
  • If a specific date/time is required or a lengthy matter needs to be scheduled, please inform the Probate personnel when calling.

Informal Probate:

  • All documents may be submitted by mail including the original Will, if any, the fee for certified copies, and a self-addressed stamped return envelope.

To File a Claim Against and Estate:

  • To file a claim against an estate that is being probated, please complete Standard State Form, Claim Against Estate (PR-1819). Please have your signature notarized. File the completed form with the Register in Probate along with a statutory $3.00 filing fee.