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 Schedule of Costs and Fees 
 Effective May 13, 2010 
 Fees which were changed have been highlighted in yellow. 
NOTES AND EXPLANATIONS
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
Decedent's Estates
1 (e)(1)-(4) Petition for Temporary Letters of Administration GPCSF  2  $  130.00  $    75.00 * No Y
2 " Petition for Letters of Administration GPCSF  3  $  130.00  $    75.00 * Yes Y
3 " Petition to Probate Will in Common Form GPCSF  4  $  130.00  $    75.00 * No Y
4 " Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form GPCSF  5  $  130.00  $    75.00 * Yes Y
5 " Petition for Order Declaring No Administration Necessary GPCSF  9  $  130.00  $    75.00 * Yes Y
6 " Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form and for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed GPCSF  7  $  130.00  $    75.00 * Yes Y
8 (e)(1)-(4) Petition for Year's Support GPCSF  10  $  130.00  $    75.00 * Yes Y
7 (e)(5) Petition for Letters of Administration with Will Annexed (Will Previously Probated) GPCSF  8  $    50.00  $    50.00 * Yes Y
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 Y
10 " Any proceeding for ancillary admin. by a foreign personal representative No form  $  130.00   * No Y
11 " Any other proceeding by which the jurisdiction of the court is first invoked concerning a decedent's estate No form  $  130.00   * No Y
12 (e)(5) Petition of Personal Representative for Leave to Sell Property GPCSF  13    $    50.00 * No Y
13 " Petition for Leave to Sell Perishable Property by Personal Representative GPCSF  71    $    50.00 * No Y
14 " Petition for Leave to Sell or Encumber Property Previously Set Aside as Year's Support GPCSF  17    $    50.00 * No Y
15 " Petition by Administrator for Waiver of Bond and/or Grant of Certain Powers GPCSF  32    $    50.00 * No Y
16 " Petition for Discharge GPCSF  33    $    50.00 * No Y
17 " Petition for Approval of Division in Kind No form    $    50.00 * No Y
18 " Petition to Determine Heirs No form    $    50.00 * No Y
19 " Petition for Direction under Will No form    $    50.00 * No Y
20 " Petition of Personal Representative to Compromise a Disputed Claim or Debt No form    $    50.00 * No Y
21 " Petition by or against personal representative for an accounting or final settlement No form    $    50.00 * No Y
22 " Petition to Resign as Personal Representative and for Appointment of a Successor No form    $    50.00 * No Y
23 " Petition to Remove a Personal Representative and for Appointment of a Successor No form    $    50.00 * No Y
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 Y
26 " Petition or Motion to intervene as Interested Party No form    $    50.00 * No Y
27 " Any other petition, application, motion or other pleading in an estate for which no cost is set No form    $    50.00 * No Y
28 (e)(6) Petition to Change Accounting Period No form    $    25.00 * No Y
29 " Petition to Enter Safe-Deposit Box No form    $    25.00 * No Y
30 " Petition/Motion for Attorney's Fees No form    $    25.00 * No Y
31 " Petition/Motion for Extra Compensation No form    $    25.00 * No Y
32 " Inventory, Appraisement, or Annual,
Intermediate or Final Return
No form    $    25.00 * No Y
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 Guardianships/Conservatorships
NOTE: In ALL minor guardianship/conservatorship cases, the Indigent Defense fee of $15.00 is charged ONE TIME ONLY 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 Y
2 " Petition for Letters of Guardianship of Minor GPCSF 29  $    75.00   * FF Y
3 " Petition for Letters of Conservatorship of Minor GPCSF 30  $    75.00   * FF Y
4 " Petition for Receipt and Acceptance of Foreign Guardianship and/or Conservatorship GPCSF  60  $    75.00   * FF Y
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 Y
6 " Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability GPCSF 34  $    75.00   * No Y
7 (f)(2) Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell, Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property GPCSF 14    $    70.00 * No Y
8 " Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward GPCSF 19    $    70.00 * FF Y
9 " Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus GPCSF  20    $    30.00 * No Y
10 " Petition to Change Accounting Period No form    $    25.00 * No Y
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 ONLY 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 Y
2 " Petition for the Appointment of a Guardian and/or Conservator for a Proposed Ward GPCSF 12  $  150.00   * FF Y
3 " Petition for Receipt and Acceptance of Foreign Guardianship and/or Conservatorship GPCSF  60  $  150.00   * FF Y
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 Y
5 (g)(2) Petition of Conservator for Leave to Sell, Rent, Lease or Otherwise Dispose of Property GPCSF 14    $    70.00 * No Y
6 " Petition to Compromise Doubtful Claim of Minor/Ward GPCSF  19    $    70.00 * No Y
7 " Petition for Leave to Encroach on Corpus GPCSF  20    $    30.00 * No Y
8 " Petition to Change Accounting Period No form    $    25.00 * No Y
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 Y
12 " Petition for the Restoration of an Individual Found to be in Need of a Guardian and/or Conservator GPCSF  65    $    70.00 * No Y
13 " Petition of Conservator for Final Settlement of Accounts and Discharge from Office and Liability GPCSF 34  $    75.00   * No Y
14 " Any other petition, application, motion or pleading filed regarding an existing guardianship of an adult No form    $    70.00 * No Y
Other Actions
1 (f) In matters involving Sterilization, Involuntary Treatment, Habilitation or Temporary Placement, through entry of final order No form  $  130.00   * No Y
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 Y
6 (k)(i)-(vii) Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus No form  $    75.00   Yes Y
7 " Petition to Establish lost papers No form  $    50.00   No Y
8 " Petition for or declaration of Exemptions    $    25.00   No Y
9 " Petition to Change Birth Certificate No form  $    75.00   No Y
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 Y
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  $    20.00  $    20.00   No N
6 " For issuance of a replacement firearms license No form  $     6.00  $     6.00   No N
7 " Application for Marriage License without Premarital Certificate Uniform Application  $    40.00  $    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



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