Probate Court





About Probate Court


John E. Martinelli, Probate Court Judge

Paul V. Jabour, Esq
, Clerk
Rene Samos, Deputy Clerk

Administrative RulesResources

This court has jurisdiction over the following types of case:

  • Decedent’s estates; this includes persons who have died with a Will (testate) or those without one (intestate).
  • Adult Limited Guardianships, either of the person, estate, or both.
  • Minor Guardianships, either of the person, estate, or both.
  • Adult Adoptions
  • Name Changes


Every City or Town in this state has its own probate court, which administers these laws. Probate Court is a court of law established by RIGL 8-9; the operating statute for Probate is RIGL Title 33.

Providence Probate Court is located on the fifth floor of City Hall. The Providence Probate Judge is John E. Martinelli; the Clerk of the Court is Paul V. Jabour, Esq. Both are elected by the City Council and serve for a term of six (6) years. If the judge is unable to hear a particular case, the clerk sits in his stead.




Petition for Voluntary Informal Administrator

Petition for Voluntary Informal Executor

Change of Name


All State of RI Probate Forms

Providence City Hall

25 Dorrance Street,
Providence RI 02903

Business Hours:
Monday –  Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(July, August 8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

Phone numbers:

(401)421-7740 ext. 5304

Fax: 401.861.6208


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