Kelli Wolk is currently serving as the Probate Court Judge of Cobb County and is seeking reelection in 2020.
Kelli was first elected in 2008 and has served as Probate Court Judge of Cobb County since 2009. As Probate Court Judge, Kelli oversees the appointment of representatives for estates and the administration of wills and estates, appoints and oversees guardians and conservators for minors and adults, and issues marriage and weapons carry licenses and fireworks permits. During her tenure as Judge, she has guided the Probate Court through unprecedented increases in need for the Court’s services and accessibility of the Court’s records.
Kelli is a recognized leader among Probate Court judges. Kelli is currently the President Elect of the Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges. The Council is responsible for supporting and informing all Probate Judges throughout the state of Georgia. She has also served as Chair of the Forms Committee for the Council and has worked to increase access to and clarity of Probate forms for individuals across Georgia.
Kelli is passionate about protecting the elderly and disabled through the guardianship and conservatorship process. Kelli serves on the Elder Abuse Task Force of Cobb County as well as numerous other elder abuse prevention task forces in the state.
Kelli earned her law degree from Georgia State University College of Law and started her legal career in the Cobb County Probate Court, where she worked as the Law Clerk to Probate Judge David A. Dodd. Her two years clerking for Judge Dodd provided her with a unique understanding of the court, the specifics of probate law, and the complexities of probate-related legal issues, and gave her insight into how to help people who need the services of the court.
Prior to taking the bench, Kelli worked for a large Marietta law firm where she successfully represented clients in probate litigation, estate planning, trust litigation, and other matters related to probate and the Probate Court. In addition to representing clients, Kelli served in leadership roles with both the Cobb County Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.
Kelli worked on the revision of Georgia’s Guardianship Code and testified before the Special Judiciary Subcommittee of the Georgia House of Representatives. Since taking office Kelli has served on the Probate Judges’ Council’s legislative committee and currently serves on Georgia’s Judicial Council and its legislative committee.
Kelli has taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars for lawyers and made professional presentations to social workers, medical professionals, parents’ groups, senior citizens, and others about probate, guardianships and conservatorships, estate planning, advance directives, and administration of estates.
On a personal note, Kelli has lived in California, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, and Utah, but has been proud to call Georgia home since 1996. The spirit and compassion of the people of Cobb County drew her here 20 years ago and have kept her here since then. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, Ron, and daughter, Anna, and taking long walks with her dog, Brewster.