COVID-19 Closure Notice: The Probate Court is closed to the general public until at least April 16, 2020. Calls, emails and electronic filing will still be allowed and there are provisions available for emergency hearings. There is a drop box for Probate Court related documents at the Newbury Street entrance to the County building. See the full order, issued by Probate Judge Paul Aranson, here.
The Cumberland County Probate Court is seeking to expand its roster of court appointed attorneys. The Probate Court appoints counsel in matters involving guardianships and conservatorships for minors and adults, and termination of parental rights in conjunction with private adoptions. If interested, please send your resume or CV to Kelly Bunch, Deputy Register of Probate (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Probate Court assists in the legal and social welfare needs of a great many of the families in Cumberland County, and processes approximately 25% of the total probate filings within the State of Maine. The Probate Court determines the legitimacy of Last Wills and Testaments, the distribution of estates; and processes name changes, minor and adult adoptions, minor and adult guardianships, and minor and adult conservatorships.
The Cumberland County Probate Office maintains the records of the Probate Court described above from 1908 to the present. Probate records are open to the public with the exception of adoption records dated after August 8, 1953.
All vital record requests, such as birth, death or marriage records, should be addressed to the Maine State Office of Vital Records by calling 207-287-3771.
Additional Search Tips
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) have microfilmed most of Maine town records of birth, marriage, and death from before 1892. They have research facilities throughout the world where these records can be obtained.
- Call, write or visit the town or city clerks’ offices holding vital records you need.
- Catholic records of baptism, marriage, and death can often be found at the local parishes.
- Call, write or visit county Registries of Deeds for records of land transactions.
- The regional office of the National Archives Northeast Region (380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02154; 617-647-8745) has material useful to the genealogist, such as census listings.
Elected Officials and Staff
The Probate Judge and Register of Probate are officials of the court, elected to serve a four-year term. The Probate Judge performs the judicial business of the court and the Register of Probate is responsible for the administrative work of the registry. The Register has quasi-judicial powers and is authorized to conduct Informal Probate Proceedings.
The Probate Court staff consists of a Deputy Register, legal secretary and three probate clerks who support all functions of the Registry and Probate Court, and who maintain and record all probate document filings. While we are proud of the excellent customer service provided by our staff, the probate clerks cannot give legal advice. If you require legal assistance or advice, please contact an attorney.
Cumberland County Probate Court filings, as well as the filings made in all of Maine’s 16 counties, can be viewed at. The Probate Court docket can be viewed at no charge, and copies of Probate Court filings can be purchased at a cost of $2 per page. An online account may be created at a cost of $25 per month. This account will permit online viewing of documents and copies at $1 per page.