About Probate Court
John E. Martinelli, Probate Court Judge
Paul V. Jabour, Esq, Clerk
Rene Samos, Deputy Clerk
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.
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COMMONLY USED PROBATE FORMS
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
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(July, August 8:30 am – 4:00 pm)
(401)421-7740 ext. 5304