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.

Physical Address:
134 South College Street, Room 200
Lebanon, TN 37087
Telephone Nos.:
(615) 444-2835 (Chancery Court Clerk)
(615) 443-6191 (Chancery fax)
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1557
Lebanon, TN 37088
(615) 466-5311 (Probate Court Clerk)
(615) 466-5312(Probate Fax)

 

CHANCERY COURT

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:

♦ divorces (agreed and contested)                            ♦ land partition
♦ child custody matters                                         ♦ boundary disputes
♦ adoptions and legitimations                                   ♦ suits on foreign judgments
♦ conservatorships and guardianships                      ♦ proceedings in aid of execution
♦ name changes                                                  ♦ worker’s compensation
♦ appointment & removal of trustees                     ♦ collection of delinquent taxes
♦ will contests ♦ contract disputes

PROBATE COURT

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:

Estates
Conservatorships
Guardianships
Muniment of Title
Small Estate Affidavits
Cremation Cases

MEET THE CLERK

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.

 

MEET THE CHANCELLOR

Chancellor C. K. Smith has presided over the 15th Judicial District Chancery Court since 1990.

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.”

Contact Information:

Telephone No.: 615-374-2183

Address: 108 East Main Street
P. O. Box 86
Hartsville, TN 37074

MEET JUDGE 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

RULES OF THE COURT

 

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 Courtroom Security. {Act of 1995}