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 Polk County, Florida.

What is Probate According to Polk County?

As stated on their website, Probate is a legal process through which the assets of a deceased person are properly distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries. The court oversees the estate to make sure debts are paid and proper distribution is made.


Polk County Probate Court
255 N. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, Florida 33830

Polk County Probate Court Judges

Hon. Angela J. Cowden

  • Judge Cowden obtained her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law, her M.B.A. from Florida Southern College and her B.S. from Florida Southern College. Prior to going to law school, Judge Cowden was a chemist in the private sector for 5 years.

Hon. Michael E. Raiden

  • Judge Raiden graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978. Prior to becoming a judge, Raiden worked as an assistant public defender and as a senior staff lawyer for the 2nd District Court of Appeal. In 1994, he was appointed to the Polk County Court, where he served until his appointment to the circuit court in 2008.

Hon. John K. Stargel

  • Judge Stargel obtain his J.D. from Florida State University College of Law with honors and earned his B.A. from University of Tampa. Judge Stargel has experience working in private practice for multiple different law firms along with multiple years of experience in the Florida House of Representatives. 

Polk County Hours and Phone Number

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm
(352) 521-4542

Polk 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 pull up general Wills and Estate Planning questions, Forms and Documents, and much more! Other services that the website offers are listed below. The Polk County Probate Court website can be found at:

Venue and Jurisdiction

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

Probate Lawyer near me

The Probate Pro is grateful to be able to practice law in Polk 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.