The Probate Pro provides probate legal representation throughout the State of Michigan, Illinois and Florida. If you live in any of these States, we want to help you stay informed on the probate court in your county. We’ve put together some vital information for people residing in Lee County, Florida.

What is Probate According to Lee County?

As stated on their website, Probate is a legal process through which the assets of a deceased person are inventoried and distributed to pay creditors’ claims against the estate. If there are remaining assets, they are distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries. The court determines the validity of the will and oversees the process to ensure that the estate is properly administered.


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1700 Monroe Street
Ft. Myers, FL 33901

Lee County Probate Court Judges

Hon. Alane Laboda

  • Judge Alane Laboda received her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Miami in 1992. Judge Laboda began her career in October of 1992 at the State Attorney’s Office in Lee County. In 1997, she joined the law firm of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes, and Holt, P.A., where she practiced as a partner in the areas of criminal and civil litigation.

Hon. Joseph C. Fuller

  • Judge Fuller received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. degree from the South Texas College of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1978. Fuller worked as an attorney prior to his election to the circuit court in 2006.

Hon. Leigh Frizzell Hayes

  • Judge Hayes received an A.A. degree from Stephens College, a B.A. from Indiana University, an M.A. from the University of South Florida and a J.D. from Emory University. Hayes began her career in 1989 as a staff attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit. She was also appointed to the position of hearing officer in 1991. By the time of her election to the county court in 1996, she was a senior staff attorney.

Hon. Keith R. Kyle

  • Kyle received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his J.D. degree from Florida State University. Kyle spent ten years as a litigation/trial attorney in the 20th Judicial Circuit prior to his election to the circuit court in 2006.

Hon. James Shenko

  • Judge Shenko received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and his J.D. degree from the Florida State University College of Law. Shenko worked as a partner of Napier and Shenko and then as a sole practitioner prior to his judicial appointment in 2008.

Lee County Hours and Phone Number

Monday – Friday, 7:45am – 5:00pm
(239) 533-5000

Lee County Probate Court Website

The Court has a very robust website, allowing you to do many things from the comfort of your home! You can text and email alerts, pay online, search court cases and much more! Other services that the website offers are listed below. The Lee County Probate Court website can be found at:

Venue and Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction relates to which matters will be heard in a court. The Lee County Probate Court has jurisdiction over deceased probate estates, trusts, mental health, guardianships, and conservatorships. While, venue describes what court you should go to. Lee County Probate Court is the correct venue for people who are domiciled in Lee County or have property in Lee County.

Probate Lawyer near me

The Probate Pro is grateful to be able to practice law in Lee County. The Probate Pro is here to help you navigate this journey by focusing on your goals.  If you have any questions concerning any aspect of the law, let me know. My direct line is 248-399-3300 or toll free: 833-PROBATE.