Office of the
Probate / Magistrate Court
  Lee D. Moss, the son of the Late Homer and LeVerte Drinkard Moss, has played a vital role in this community for over 40 years.  As a lifelong resident of Lincoln County and graduate of Lincoln High School, he also graduated from the Georgia Fire Academy and served as volunteer assistant chief for the Lincolnton Fire Department. He went on to hold a seat on the Lincolnton City Council and later was elected mayor. He completed the Lincoln County Community Leadership Program at the University of Georgia’s Fanning Leadership Center. He is a member of Lincolnton – Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce and Lincolnton United Methodist Church. He also was an active member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 194.
Lee began his judicial career when he was sworn in as the Chief Magistrate Judge in 1984.  As Chief Magistrate, at the request of Governor Joe Frank Harris, he hosted the Tenth Judicial Administrative District Regional Meeting of the Governor’s Conference on Justice in Lincoln County.

Lee D. Moss
Chief Judge

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He served in the capacity of Chief Magistrate Judge until he was elected as Probate / Magistrate Judge in 2000, the first time the courts had been combined in Lincoln County.  Moss also developed the Lincoln County Probate Court Community Service Program which helps to keep the county’s right-of-ways clean.
While in office, he has spent hundreds of hours of in-service training by the council of Magistrate Court Judges and Probate Judges. He has been honored by his peers to serve as the Treasurer of the Seventh District Probate Judges for the past 17 years. Additionally, during this time, Moss was chosen to serve on the Statewide Probate Judges Training Council.
Judge Moss successfully completed an in-depth judicial training session through the Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program. He is one of the first Probate Court Judges in Georgia to complete the 72 – hour professional development curriculum. The Georgia Probate Court Judges Certificate Program is a course coordinated by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government in collaboration with the Council of Probate Judges and the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education at UGA.  With this Certificate, he acquired critical knowledge and professional skills to help better serve the public and the community.
He holds the title of  Certified Probate Judge and Chief  Magistrate Judge by the Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education.
Judge Moss has two children and three grandchildren: Daughter, Macy Turner, and husband Clay, grandchildren Luck, Larsen and Willa Blanche and Son, Peyson
In his spare time Moss enjoys hunting and fishing.

Leverta Elam
Magistrate Judge

 Debbie Pruett
Probate Clerk

Callie A. Edmunds
Magistrate Clerk

Welcome to the Probate/Magistrate's Court webpage. It has been a long time in the making, but we wanted it to be as helpful and user-friendly as possible. The design of this website is intended to allow you to move around freely within it and to offer you easy access to related sites and other useful information.  Court personnel are available to help you as well, but there are legal and practical limits to what we can do. We hope that this site will be an informative alternative resource for some of your legal needs. The mission of the Lincoln County Probate/Magistrate's Court is to provide assistance to the general public, police agencies, and attorneys in the prosecution of criminal and civil cases in Lincoln County. 

The Probate/Magistrate office handles these well-known matters:

•Marriage Licenses​​​
•Birth and Death Certificates
•Firearms Licenses
•Fireworks Display Applications & Licenses
•Traffic Violations
•Probate of Wills
•Administration of Estates
•Year Support Applications
•Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults
•Temporary Guardianship of Minors
•Criminal Warrants
•Search Warrants
•Peace Warrants
•Revocation of Letters in Estates and Guardianships

•Small Claims ($15,000 limit)
•Inpatient Evaluation Orders in Mental, Drug, and Alcohol Cases
•Review of Accounting, Appraisals,
Inventories, Where required for Estates
•County Ordinance Violations
•Code Enforcement Violations
•First Appearance Bond Hearings
•Preliminary Hearings
•Extradition Hearings
•Deposit Account Fraud Citations (Bad Check Division)
•Dispossessory Warrants
•Landlord & Tenant
•Personal Property Foreclosure

Important Document Information:

Firearm License
Marriage License
Magistrate Court
Civil Fees
Lincoln County Probate / Magistrate Court
PO Box 205
210 Humphrey Street 
Lincolnton, Georgia 30817 
Phone: 706-359-5528
Fax:     706-359-5520 
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm