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New Hanover County Clerk is the constitutional custodian of all court records. The Clerk is elected for a period of four years. The Clerk of Superior Court has numerous judicial functions unlike other states. Exclusive original jurisdiction over matters relating to the probate of wills, and the administration of estates, including appointing personal representatives, auditing their accounting, and removing them from office if necessary, are other responsibilities assigned to the Clerk.

The Clerk also presides over many other legal matters including adoptions, incompetency proceedings, condemnation of private lands for public use, and foreclosures. The Clerk is responsible for all clerical and record-keeping functions of the district and superior court. In addition, the Clerk is receives and disburses money collected each year from court fees and fines.

Wills and estate records are in this office in the Judicial Building. The original records are in the Department of Archives and History in Raleigh. Court ordered divisions of estates can be important, since they may list the relationships of family members to the deceased. Other court records located in this office are civil and felony litigations. Copies of these records can be made for a small fee.

Contact information:

New Hanover County Clerk
320 Chestnut St # 305,
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: (910) 341-1300

Carolina Beach Town Clerk
1121 N Lake Park Blvd,
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Phone: (910) 458-2993

Kure Beach Town Clerk
117 Settlers Ln,
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Phone: (910) 458-8216


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