AGENCY: District Court (Seventh District : Grand County)

SERIES: 26262
TITLE: Probate case files
DATES: 1888-
ARRANGEMENT: Numerical by case number.

DESCRIPTION: Probate case files from the Seventh District Court in Grand County primarily involve the probate of estates for deceased persons and guardianship for minors and incompetent persons. Probate is judicial oversight of property in transition. Probate of estates is the process by which a deceased person's property is identified and maintained, his debts and taxes paid, and then remaining property distributed to beneficiaries as specified in a will or as required by law for persons who die intestate (without a will). In guardianship cases probate is the establishment of a guardian for minors or incompetent adults who hold property that needs management. In addition to probate these case files may also include name changes and some adoptions.


Permanent. Retain until administrative need ends


Transfer to Archives.


These records are in Archives' permanent custody.


Microfiche master: Retain in State Archives permanently with authority to weed.

Paper: For records beginning in 1985 and continuing to the present. Retain in Office permanently.

Microfilm master: Retain in State Archives permanently with authority to weed.

Microfilm duplicate: Retain in State Archives permanently with authority to weed.


Administrative Historical Legal

Disposition based on documentation about individuals, legal procedure, court history and functions. Case files have legal and administrative value to the court through dismissal or satisfaction of the final judgment. Because they enforce or protect private rights and prevent or redress private wrongs, the value of the judge's decrees and final judgments to parties in the action may well extend indefinitely.




Private. Judicial records are public unless restricted under rules of civil procedure (UCA 63G-2-301-[1][f]). Included are custody proceedings, guardianship files, minutes, & probate records. Wills are generally considered private until probate.