Welcome to the Wilson County Clerk & Master’s website. We hope you find our website both informational and helpful. Here you can find information regarding the Chancery Court and Probate Court for Wilson County, Tennessee.
The mission of the Wilson County Clerk and Master’s Office is to provide professional, courteous and efficient public service to all those with business in the Chancery and/or Probate Courts. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and we look forward to being of service to you.
Barbara Webb was appointed Clerk & Master of the Wilson County Chancery Court on January 17, 1997, by Chancellor C. K. Smith. Prior to her appointment, she was a Deputy Clerk & Master for 23 years, serving under both Perry Johnson and Britt Linville.
The Clerk & Master is appointed to her office by the Chancellor and is charged with all the clerical and administrative duties conferred upon all elected Clerks of Court in Tennessee and is further authorized by statutes, by Local Rules of Practice and by Court Order to serve as a Master in Chancery for the Fifteenth Judicial District. Such duties include, but are not limited to: • attend court • invest funds under the Clerk’s control • maintains rule and execution dockets • file and enter all documents, pleadings, papers and exhibits • perform all other duties as required by law
In addition to her administrative duties in the Chancery Division, the Clerk & Master in Wilson County also serves as a judicial officer for the Probate Division. Both the Chancery Court and Probate Court for Wilson County have jurisdiction over the administration of estates, including estates of decedents and estates of wards under guardianship or conservatorship. All petitions to administer an estate, probate a will, appoint a guardian for a minor and appoint a conservator for a disabled person can be filed in either the Chancery Court or Probate Court, both of which are under the Clerk & Master’s administration.
Dedication to the Clerk & Master’s Office not only lies with Mrs. Webb, but also to her staff: Sue Finnigan, Administrative Assistant, has been with the Chancery Court Clerk’s Office for 43 years; Susan Demonbreun, Chief Deputy, has served with the Clerk & Master and Probate Offices for 33 years; and Bonita Brandon, Delinquent Tax Clerk, who works in association with the Delinquent Tax Attorney on all tax matters, including delinquent tax sales, has been with the Clerk & Master’s Office for 26 years.
Furthermore, the Clerk & Master’s Office touts additional Deputy Clerks with a combined fifty-four years of experience and part-time Deputy Clerks with decades of combined experience in various offices throughout the Wilson County Court System. The Clerk & Master and her staff strive to perform the duties of her office diligently, honestly, impartially, courteously and efficiently.
Chancellor Smith, a Trousdale County native, graduated from Trousdale County High School in 1966. He continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University, where he graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree, and received a doctor of jurisprudence in 1972 from the University of Tennessee Law School.
After passing the bar, Chancellor Smith opened his first law practice in Trousdale County, where he practiced for eighteen years. During this time, he also served as City Judge of Hartsville, County Executive, and Special Referee for the Juvenile Court and County Attorney for Trousdale County.
Chancellor Smith considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the 15th Judicial District, which is comprised of Jackson, Macon, Smith, Trousdale and Wilson counties.
Further, Chancellor Smith believes “a fair, impartial and independent judiciary is essential to the proper administration of justice.”
Telephone No.: 615-374-2183
Address: 108 East Main Street P. O. Box 86 Hartsville, TN 37074
MEET JUDGE JOHN T. GWIN
John T. Gwin serves as Judge for General Sessions – Division III with divorce, paternity, mental health, domestic abuse, juvenile court and probate jurisdiction. Judge Gwin has served in this capacity since the Court’s formation in 2008.
Prior to becoming Judge, Mr. Gwin maintained a private law practice for more than thirty (30) years, with a primary emphasis on family law matters, and he also served as the City Judge for Mt. Juliet from 1993 through 2008. Additionally, he is a past president of the 15th Judicial District Bar Association; past president of the Tennessee Municipal Judges Association; and served on the Tennessee Judicial Counsel.
Judge Gwin was on active duty military service from 1968-1972 and earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1976.
Judge Gwin considers it a special privilege to serve the citizens of Wilson County and dedicates his full time and energy to the job.
Contact Information Telephone No.: 615-466-5323
Address: Wilson County Judicial Center 134 South College Street, Room 104 Lebanon, TN 37087
The Wilson County Chancery Court is a civil court of record. It has jurisdiction, which included inherent equitable and statutorily mandated jurisdiction, to hear and decide numerous types of cases. The Wilson County Chancery Court includes the Chancery Division and the Probate Division.
The Chancery Division handles matters over which the chancery court of Tennessee have jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, the following types of cases:
The Wilson County Probate Court was created by private act. Probate jurisdiction has been vested in General Sessions Court in several counties by private act. Under this law the Clerk and Master has been appointed Special Master and may perform many of the functions formerly reserved to the County Judge, subject to the review and approval of the Probate Judge, as well as those duties formerly performed by the County Clerk when acting as Clerk of the Probate Court for a County Judge or Probate Judge.
The Probate Division handles matters over which the Probate Court of Tennessee has jurisdiction, including, but not limited to, the following types of cases:
Muniment of Title
Small Estate Affidavits
Probate matters are heard by Judge John T. Gwin on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. This docket is reserved for probate matters that can be heard in ten minutes or less and is kept by the Probate Clerk’s Office.
To schedule a matter to be heard on the Wednesday Docket, please call the Probate Clerk’s Office at 615-466-5311.
Scheduling: Any matter requiring additional time will need to be special set with the Judge’s secretary, Amy Conatser, at 615-466-5323 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. In certain situations the Clerk & Master can hear a Petition to Probate. To schedule an estate to be opened by the Clerk & Master contact the Probate Clerk’s Office at 615-466-5311.
When calling to schedule a hearing, please have the style of the case; the docket number; the date you would like to have the case to be heard; the amount of time requested; and the name of each attorney of record.
Location: Court for Judge Gwin is held at the Wilson County Judicial Center, 134 South College Street, Room 104, Lebanon, Tennessee. Court on all matters begins promptly at 9:00 a.m., unless other arrangements have been made with the Judge’s Assistant and/or the Probate Court Clerk’s Office.
Holiday Calendar: Please note that our office observes all federal holidays as outlined in the Clerk & Master’s Holiday Calendar.
RULES OF THE COURT
RULES OF CONDUCT
No cell phones or any electric devices are allowed in the Judicial Center or courtroom No food or drink are to be taken into the courtroom
Appropriate attire required : ◊ No shorts
◊ No tank tops
◊ No halter tops
◊ No bare midriffs
All persons entering the courtroom shall be subject to search in accordance with the