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Tutorials For Using Probate Forms

The forms provided on our website are designed so that users can fill in the blanks using their personal computer. Completed forms can then be printed and/or saved locally for future filing at the Shelby County Probate Court per court rules. At this time, electronic, on-line or e-mail filings are not acceptable under the court rules currently in effect.


1. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader loaded on your computer. It is free and available for you to download and install according to the directions provided at Adobe's web site

2. Choose which form(s) you would like to use.

3. Click on the selected form. Your browser should launch Adobe Acrobat automatically and download the form to your computer. You will then be viewing the form using Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may use Acrobat Reader to view and print the document.

Note: If you are using a version of Internet Explorer older than 5.5, you may have to adjust a setting in Acrobat Reader 5.0. You may have to uncheck the "Enable web browser integration" check box under "Preferences."

4. Once the form is displayed, click above any of the blank lines where you usually type text. Your cursor will be displayed above that line. Type the appropriate text. When you complete the text for that line, hit the <Tab> key and the cursor will automatically move to the next fillable field.
Note: the fillable fields are equipped with automatic line-wrap and shrink to fit features. If you type more characters than fit on one line, the text will automatically wrap to the next line. When you press <Tab> to move to the next field, the text that you just typed will automatically shrink to fit the field.

5. When you have filled in all the appropriate fields, you should print the form.

Note: if the printed copy omits characters that appear on your screen, you may have to select/deselect "Print As Image" under print options. When you have completed filling out and printing the document, exit Acrobat Reader to return to your browser.

Note: If you are using a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader older than 5.0, you will not be able to save the completed form to your local computer. *

*The full version of Adobe Acrobat will allow you to save the form to your local computer using the "Save" icon