Costs & Fees

SCHEDULE OF COSTS AND FEES
NOTES AND EXPLANATIONS
Toombs County Probate Court Services

 

This listing is to be used as a guide only.Please call our Probate Court office at 912-526-8696 to verify amounts. Our Fax number is 912-526-1008.Our mailing address is listed at the bottom of this page.Our Office Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pmMany of the procedures filed in our Probate Court can be filed by use of the Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms. However not all proceedings have a standard form applicable to them. All Georgia Probate Court Standard Forms are available at our Probate Court offices.

These forms are also available on-line by going to http://www.gaprobate.org. Click on the Court Forms Website link shown on our Menu.

Probate of Estates:
We offer all of the standard probate services that you can find everywhere else in the state of Georgia. Our Probate court has the exclusive but limited jurisdiction of the administration of the estates of deceased persons, and the appointment of guardians for minors and incapacitated adults.

Estate Probate Forms, and Marriage & Firearms License (Weapons Carry Permit)  information can be found by going to http://www.gaprobate.org. Click on the Court Forms Website link shown on our Menu.

Weapons Carry Permits:
We issue Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00am – 11:00am each week. Closed on Thursdays. Our Computers generate a Weapons Carry License application, fingerprints are completed at the county jail, and a background check is run through GCIC, ICE, NICS, and the FBI. All reports are back in the office in approximately two weeks and if everything is clear, the license is issued.

Marriage License:
Both parties need to be present when the application is filled out. If either party has ever been married, proof needs to be provided of how the marriage was dissolved before a new license can be issued. There are two different fees for marriage licenses. If the couple has had marriage counseling the fee is $36.00, without counseling the fee is $76.00.

The Requirements to obtain a Marriage License are as follows for Both Parties:

  • Valid ID of Bride and Groom
  • Address and Phone Number
  • Date of Birth and Place of Birth
  • Social Security Number and Occupation
  • Parents name including mother’s maiden name
  • Parents places of birth
  • If either party has been married previously, they must have a copy of the final decree of a divorce or a certified copy of the death certificate if previous spouse is deceased.

 

Vital Records (Birth Certificates):
If you currently do not have a birth certificate on file you may file for a Delayed Birth Certificate. The requirements to do so are listed below:

  • Must have a valid ID
  • Must have a Certified copy of a no-record on-file
  • Full name at birth
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Full maiden name of mother and full name of father unless parents were not married at time of conception/birth.
  • Place and Date of Birth of parents.
  • $10 filing fee; $25 for new birth certificate

 

Errors to birth certificates may be corrected by filing an amended birth certificate. The requirements are as follows:

  • The new amendment form must be signed by self, parents, or legal guardian.
  • Need valid ID
  • Must have Certified Copy of the original Birth Certificate

 

We can supply Birth and Death records and some delayed birth certificates. Certified copies of these birth and death records are $25.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy of the same record. Certified copies of marriage records are $10.00 each.

If you were born outside the state of Georgia you can acquire the fees and addresses for other states at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm. Click on the Vital Records Website link shown on our Menu.

 

Filing Fees are Involved with All Forms.

 

Probate Office Contact Info:
Toombs County Probate Court
100 Courthouse Square
Lyons, GA 30436
Phone: 912-526-8696
Fax: 912-526-1008

 

1. All sums the court is required to collect under Code Sections 15-23-7 (ADR fees), 15-9-60.1 (Children’s Trust Fund fees), 15-21A-6 (Indigent Defense fees), and 36-15-9 (Law Library fees), and any other sums required by law to be collected as add-ons or additions to court costs are in addition to the sums below. See Code Sections 15-9-60(b) and 15-21A-6.2. The costs set forth below are exclusive of costs for service of process, fees for publication of citation or notice, and any additional sums as may be provided by law. The cost of service by certified or registered mail or statutory overnight delivery for purposes of service is a cost of service. Likewise, the cost of first-class postage when service is sent in such manner in accordance with law is a cost of service of process. These charges may be added to the court costs if not paid directly by the petitioner.3. Fees for guardians-ad-litem, court-appointed attorneys, and court-appointed evaluators, when collected by the court, are in addition to the above court costs; otherwise, such fees are payable directly to the person providing the service.4. Except where specifically provided, recording charges are in addition to the other court costs.
Code Section
15-9-60
Type of Proceeding, Pleading,
Document, Service or Action
GPCSF No.,
if applicable
Cost
(Initial Filing)
Cost
(Subs.
Filing)
“Full Service Fee” Subject to Indigent
Defense Fee of $15
Subject to other
add-ons and fees
DECEDENTS ESTATES
1 (e)(1)-(4) Petition for Temporary Letters of Administration GPCSF 2 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * No Yes
2 Petition for Letters of Administration GPCSF 3 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * Yes Yes
3 Petition to Probate Will in Common Form GPCSF 4 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * No Yes
4 Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form GPCSF 5 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * Yes Yes
5 Petition for Order Declaring No Administration Necessary GPCSF 9 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * Yes Yes
6 Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form and for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed GPCSF 7 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * Yes Yes
7 (e)(1)-(4) Petition for Yesear’s Support GPCSF 10 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * Yes Yes
8 (e)(5) Petition for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed (Will Previously Probated) GPCSF 8 $ 50.00 $ 50.00 * Yes Yes
NOTE: Except for Temp. Letters of Admin. and Probate in Common Form, the Indigent Defense fee of $15 is charged on EACH above-described petition filed, even if multiple petitions are filed in a single case. See O.C.G.A. 15-21A-6(b)(1)(A).
9 (e)(1)-(4) Petition for Presumption of Death of Missing Individual Believed to be Dead GPCSF 18 $ 130.00 $ 75.00 * No Yes
10 Any proceeding for ancillary admin. by a foreign personal representative No form $ 130.00 * No Yes
11 Any other proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the court is first invoked concerning a decedent’s estate No form $ 130.00 * No Yes
12 (e)(5) Petition of Personal Representative for Leave to Sell Property GPCSF 13 $ 70.00 * No Yes
13 Petition for Leave to Sell Perishable Property by Personal Representative GPCSF 71 $ 70.00 * No Yes
14 Petition for Leave to Sell or Encumber Property Previously Set Aside as Yesear’s Support GPCSF 17 $ 70.00 * No Yes
15 Petition by Administrator for Waiver of Bond and/or Grant of Certain Powers GPCSF 32 $ 50.00 * No Yes
16 Petition for Discharge GPCSF 33 $ 50.00 * No Yes
17 Petition for Approval of Division in Kind No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
18 Petition to Determine Heirs No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
19 Petition for Direction under Will No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
20 Petition of Personal Representative to Compromise a Disputed Claim or Debt No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
21 Petition by or against personal representative for an accounting or final settlement No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
22 Petition to Resign as Personal Representative and for Appointment of a Successor No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
23 Petition to Remove a Personal Representative and for Appointment of a Successor No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
24 Citation against a personal representative for failure to make returns or for alleged mismanagement of estate No form $ 50.00 * No Yes, unless issued by court
25 Caveat, objection or other responsive pleading filed by person to whom notice or citation issued No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
26 Petition or Motion to intervene as Interested Party No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
27 Any other petition, application, motion or other pleading in an estate for which no cost is set No form $ 50.00 * No Yes
28 (e)(6) Petition to Change Accounting Period No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
29 Petition to Enter Safe-Deposit Box No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
30 Petition/Motion for Attorney’s Fees No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
31 Petition/Motion for Extra Compensation No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
32 Inventory, Appraisement, or Annual,
Intermediate or Final Return
No form $ 30.00 * No Yes
33 (e)(7) Notice of Claim or Claim of Creditor No form $ 10.00 * No N
34 Declination to Serve as Personal Representative No form $ 10.00 * No N
35 Renunciation of Right of Succession No form $ 10.00 * No N
MINOR GUARDINSHIPS/CONSERVATORSHIPS
NOTE: In ALL minor guardianship/conservatorship cases, the Indigent Defense fee of $15.00 is charged ONE TIME ONLYes on the first proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the probate court is first invoked with regard to a named minor. In the list below, “FF” denotes the proceedings to which the fee may apply. See O.C.G.A. 15-21A-6(b)(1)(B).
1 (f)(1) Petition for Temporary letters of Guardianship of the person of Minor GPCSF 28 $ 75.00 * FF Yes
2 Petition for Letters of Guardianship of Minor GPCSF 29 $ 75.00 * FF Yes
3 Petition for Letters of Conservatorship of Minor GPCSF 30 $ 75.00 * FF Yes
4 Petition for Receipt and Acceptance of Foreign Guardianship and/or Conservatorship GPCSF 60 $ 75.00 * FF Yes
5 Any other proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the court is first invoked with regard to the person and/or property of a minor No form $ 75.00 * FF Yes
6 Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability GPCSF 34 $ 75.00 * No Yes
7 (f)(2) Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell, Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property GPCSF 14 $ 70.00 * No Yes
8 Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward GPCSF 19 $ 70.00 * FF Yes
9 Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus GPCSF 20 $ 30.00 * No Yes
10 Petition to Change Accounting Period No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
11 Minor Conservatorship Inventory and Asset Management Plan No form $ 30.00 * No N
12 Annual, Intermediate or Final Return of Conservator No form $ 30.00 * No N
13 Petition or motion for attorney’s fees No form $ 70.00 * No N
14 Petition to Terminate Temporary Guardianship of Minor No form $ 30.00 * No N
15 Any other petition, application, motion or other pleading filed regarding an existing guardianship of a minor No form $ 30.00 * No N
ADULT GUARDIANSHIPS/CONSERVATORSHIPS
NOTE: In ALL adult guardianship/conservatorship cases, the Indigent Defense fee of $15.00 is charged ONE TIME ONLYes on the first proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the probate court is first invoked with regard to a named adult. In the list below, “FF” denotes the proceedings to which the fee may apply. See O.C.G.A. 15-21A-6(b)(1)(C).
1 (g)(1) Petition for the Appointment of an Emergency Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward GPCSF 11 $ 150.00 * FF Yes
2 Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward GPCSF 12 $ 150.00 * FF Yes
3 Petition for Receipt and Acceptance of Foreign Guardianship and/or Conservatorship GPCSF 60 $ 150.00 * FF Yes
4 Any other proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the probate court is first invoked with regard to an adult alleged to be incapacitated No form $ 150.00 * FF Yes
5 (g)(2) Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell, Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property GPCSF 14 $ 70.00 * No Yes
6 Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward GPCSF 19 $ 70.00 * No Yes
7 Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus GPCSF 20 $ 30.00 * No Yes
8 Petition to Change Accounting Period No form $ 25.00 * No Yes
9 Adult Conservatorship Inventory and Asset Management Plan GPCSF 58 $ 30.00 * No N
10 Annual, Intermediate or Final Return No form $ 30.00 * No N
11 Petition or motion for attorney’s fees No form $ 70.00 * No Yes
12 Petition for the Restoration of an Individual Found to be in Need of a Guardian and/or Conservator GPCSF 65 $ 70.00 * No Yes
13 Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability GPCSF 34 $ 75.00 * No Yes
14 Any other petition, application, motion or pleading filed regarding an existing guardianship of an adult No form $ 70.00 * No Yes
OTHER ACTIONS
1 (f) In matters involving Sterilization, Involuntary Treatment, Habilitation or Temporary Placement, through entry of final order No form $ 130.00 * No Yes
2 (i) Hearings in contested matters, per half day $ 30.00 No N
3 Initial hearings in adult guardianship or matters involving sterilization, involuntary treatment, habilitation or involuntary placement No Fee No N
4 Hearing in any uncontested matter No Fee No N
5 (j) Petition to Establish Custodial Account for Minor or Incapacitated Adult GPCSG 22 8% of fund * No Yes
6 (k)(i)-(vii) Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus No form $ 75.00 Yes Yes
7 Petition to Establish lost papers No form $ 50.00 No Yes
8 Petition for or declaration of Exemptions $ 25.00 No Yes
9 Petition to Change Birth Certificate No form $ 75.00 No Yes
10 All other services rendered by the judge or clerk through the entry of the final order, for any application or petition by which the jurisdiction of probate court is invoked and no other cost is set forth No form $ 70.00 * No Yes
11 Issuance of all other orders, including a Rule Nisi, in any matter for which the costs already set forth do not include all services rendered by judge or clerk No form $ 30.00 No N
12 Motions, Amendments or other pleadings in any matter for which the costs do not include all services rendered by judge or clerk and no other cost is set forth No form $ 15.00 No N
MISCELLANEOUS
1 (k)(ix)-(xxx) For processing appeals to superior court No form $ 30.00 $ 30.00 No N
2 For issuance of writ of fieri facias No form $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
3 For issuance of permit to discharge explosives No N
4 For issuance of permit to discharge fireworks No form $ 30.00 $ 30.00 No N
5 Application for firearms license Uniform Application $ 75.00 $ 20.00 No N
6 For issuance of a replacement firearms license No form $ 7.00 $ 6.00 No N
7a Application for Marriage License without Premarital Certificate Uniform Application $ 76.00 $ 40.00 No N
7b Application for Marriage License with Premarital Certificate Uniform Application $ 36.00 $ 40.00 No N
8 For the safekeeping of a will No form $ 15.00 $ 15.00 No N
9 For issuance of a veteran’s license No form No Fee No Fee No N
10 For issuance of a peddler’s license No form $ 15.00 $ 15.00 No N
11 For issuance of a certificate of residency No form $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
12 Registration of a junk dealer No form $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
13 Certification of publication of application for insurance company charter No form $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
14 Recording of Marks and Brands, each No form $ 15.00 $ 15.00 No N
15 Exemplification $ 15.00 $ 15.00 No N
16 Certification under seal of copies $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
17 Certified copies of Letters of personal representative, temporary administrator, guardian or conservator, each $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
18 For issuance of a subpoena, each $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
19 For filing and recording of oath or bond of any official, officer or employee of any municipality or authority within the county, each $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
20 For filing and recording of oath or bond of county official or officer No Fee No Fee No N
21 For examination of records or files by employee of the probate court to provide abstract of information contained therein or to provide copies therefrom, per estate or name $ 10.00 $ 10.00 No N
22 Recording, per page $ 2.00 $ 2.00 No N
23 Copies, per page $ 1.00 $ 1.00 No N