Probate Court Fees

Probate Court Notice  

Hours to Apply: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Starting January 1, 2013 Probate Court will only accept credit card, debit cards, cash, money orders or cashier's checks in the exact amount for Marriage Licenses and Pistol Permits. Probate Court does not accept checks for Marriage Licenses and Pistol Permits.

Please call the clerks at (912) 447-4853 and (912) 652-7264  for probates and all other fees.  For guardianships and conservatorships the number is (912) 652-7367. 

Proceeding Base Filing Fee
   
Decedent's Estates
Petition Temporary Letters of Administration 145.00
Petition for Letters of Administration 160.00
Petition for Probate Will in Common Form 145.00
Petition for Probate Will in Solemn Form 160.00
Petition for No Administration Necessary 160.00
Petition for Probate Will in Solemn Form and for Letters of Administration w/Will Annexed 160.00
Petition for Year's Support 160.00
Petition for Letters Administration with Will Annexed (Will previously probated)  80.00
Petition for Presumption of Death of Missing Individual Believed to be Dead 145.00
Any Proceeding for Ancillary Administration by a Foreign Personal Representative 145.00
Any Other Proceeding by which Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is First Invoked with regard to the Estate of a Decedent or of a Missing Individual Believed to Be Dead 145.00
Petition by Personal Representative for Leave to Sell Property 65.00
Petition for Leave to Sell Perishable Property by Personal Representative 65.00
Petition for Leave to Sell or Encumber Property Previously Set aside as Year's Support 65.00
Petition by Administrator for Waiver of Bond, Grant of Certain Powers or Both 65.00
Petition for Discharge 65.00
Petition by Personal Representative for Approval of Divison In Kind  65.00
Petition to Determine Heirs 65.00
Petition by Personal Representative for Direction Under Will 65.00
Petition by Personal Representative to Compromise Disputed Claim or Debt 65.00
Petition by or Against Personal Representative for an Accounting or Final Settlement  65.00
Petition to Resign as Personal Representative and for the Appointment of a Successor 65.00
Petition to Remove A Personal Representative and for Appointment of a Sucessor 65.00
Citation Against a Personal Representative for Failure to Make Returns or Alleged Mismanagement 65.00
Caveat, Objection or Other Responsive Pleading 65.00
Petition or Motion to Intervene as an Interested Party 65.00
Any other Petition, Application, Motion or other Pleading in an Estate for which no cost is set. 65.00
Petition to Change Accounting Period 40.00
Petition to Enter a Safe Deposit Box 40.00
Petition / Motion for Attorney's Fees 40.00
Petition or Motion of Personal Representative for Extra Compensation 40.00
Inventory, Appraisement, or Annual, Intermediate or Final Returns or Personal Representative  40.00
Notice of Claim of Creditor 10.00
Declination to Serve as Personal Representative 10.00
Renunciation of Right of Succession 10.00
   
Minor Guardianships and Conservatorships
Petition for Temporary Letters of Guardianship of a Minor 105.00
Petition for Permanent Letters of Guardianship of a Minor 105.00
Petition to Terminate Temporary Guardianship 30.00
Petition for Letters of Conservatorship of a Minor 105.00
Any Other Proceeding by Which the Jurisdiction of the Court is First Invoked with Regard to the Person and/or Property of a Minor 105.00
Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability 90.00
Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell Property or Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property 85.00
Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward 85.00
Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus 45.00
Petition to Change Accounting Period 40.00
Minor Conservator Inventory and Asset Management Plan 30.00
Annual, Intermediate or Final Return of Conservator 30.00
Petition or Motion for Attorney's Fees 70.00
Any Other Petition, Application, Motion or other Pleading Filed Regarding an Existing Guardianship or Conservatorship of a Minor 30.00
   
Adult Guardianships and Conservatorships
Petition for Appointment of an Emergency Guardianship/Conservator of a Proposed Ward 180.00
Petition for Appointment of a Guardianship/Conservator of a Proposed Ward 180.00
Petition for the Receipt and Acceptance of Foreign Guardian/Conservatorship 180.00
Any Other Proceeding by Which the Jurisdiction of the Court is First Invoked with Regard to an Adult Guardianship/Conservatorship 180.00
Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell Property or Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property 85.00
Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward 85.00
Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus 45.00
Petition to Change Accounting Period 40.00
Adult Conservator Inventory and Asset Management Plan 30.00
Annual, Intermediate or Final Return of Conservator 30.00
Petition or Motion for Attorney's Fees 85.00
Petition for Restoration of an Individual Found in Need of a Guardian/Conservator 85.00
Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability 90.00
Any Other Petition, Application, Motion or other Pleading Filed Regarding an Existing Adult Guardianship or Conservatorship 85.00
   
Other Actions
Matters Involving the Involuntary Treatment of Mentally Ill Persons 145.00
Hearings in Contested Matters / per half day 30.00
Petition to Establish Custodial Account for Minor or Adult Ward 8% of fund
Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus 90.00
Petition to Establish Lost Papers 65.00
Petition for Declarations of Exemptions 40.00
Petition to Change Birth Certificate 90.00
All Services Rendered by Judge or Clerk Through Entry of Final Order, for Any Petition by Which the Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is First Invoked and No Other Cost is Set Forth 85.00
Issuance of Rule Nisi 30.00
Issuance of Writ Fieria Facias 10.00
Motions, Amendments or Other Pleadings in Any Matter for Which the Costs Do Not Include the Services Rendered by Judge or Clerk and No Other Cost 15.00
Filing a Will for Safe Keeping 15.00
Exeplification 15.00
Certification Under Seal of Copies 10.00
Certified Copies of Letters of Personal Representative, Temporary Administrator, Guardian or Conservator 10.00
Issuance of Subpoena 10.00
For Examination of Records or Files by Employee of the Probate Court to Provide Abstract Information Contained therein or Provide Copies therefrom, Per Estate or Name 10.00
Recording / per page 2.00
Copies / per page 1.00
   
Per Page Recording Fee
A per page recording fee applies to all filings. Fees are assessed for all pages completed by the Petitioner, including the Last and Will and Testament, Orders and/or Notices of the Court, Oaths and Letters.    (O.C.G.A. § 15-9-60 (k)(29)) 2.00 per page
   
Service of Process Fees
Personal Service via the Chatham County Sheriff's Office / per party 50.00
Personal Service of Georgia Residents via US Mail certified, return receipt requested, restricted delivery / per party 15.00
Service via First Class US Mail on persons residing outside of Georgia / per party 5.00
   
Citation / Notice Publication Fees
Ads that run 4 consecutive weeks (4X ad) - there may be additional fee ads with longer text characters  85.00
Ads that run 2 consecutive weeks (2X ad) 65.00
Petition for Discharge Estate 25.00
Petition for Discharge Conservator (Adult or Minor) 35.00
Notice to Debtors and Creditors 45.00
   
Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
O.C.G.A. § 53-11-2 provides that a party to a probate proceeding who is not sui juris must be represented by a guardian provided that the Court may appoint a GAL or determine that the natural guardian, guardian, conservator, or testamentery guardian has no conflict and may serve. The additional fee represents 150.00 for the GAL and 30.00 for the Order Appointing the GAL (O.C.G.A. § 15-9-60 (k)(6))  180.00
   
Evaluator Fee
In Adult Guardianship/Conservator matters the Court appoints an independent Evaluator who examines the proposed ward. There is an additional fee for the Evaluator. 150.00
   
Superior Court Filing Fees
When the title to real property is involved in a Petition for Years Support, No Administration Necessary, or an Adult Conservatorship, a certificate is filed with the Superior Court Clerk. The Superior Court Clerk charges a 10.00 fee, plus 2.00 per page for filing the Certificate and the PT 61 form. 10.00 plus 2.00 per page
 
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