Register of Probate / Probate Court
The Probate Office is open for limited in-person service by Appointment Only. No more than one interested party will be allowed in the office during each appointment period. No more than two separate matters will be scheduled per block of time. In-person visits will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments will be limited to two appointments at a time and are scheduled in 45 minute increments. Masks are required to enter the office. Please call 207-871-8382 to schedule an in-person visit.
Please note that the Probate Office continues to provide assistance via telephone, mail and electronic contact during our normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, we have a drop-box located between the double doors of the public entrance on 205 Newbury Street. Please refer back to this page for updates.
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 advise, 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 www.maineprobate.net. 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.
Judge of Probate
Register of Probate
142 Federal Street, Suite 125
Portland, ME 04101
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.