150 N. Limestone St. - Room D-109
Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Court Convenes 8:30 a.m., 3rd Floor, Courtroom #5, Monday-Friday. We suggest that you visit the court office with the original copy of the will to file petition and obtain court date. Petitions can be filed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The filing fee is $52.50, payable by cash only.
Examination of contents of a decedent's safe deposit box to find will or funeral arrangements.
- If satisfactory proof of the death of the lessee is presented and the interested person possesses a key to the lessee's safe deposit box, a lessor shall permit an interested person to open and examine the contents of a safe deposit box leased by a decedent in the presence of an employee of the lessor for one (1) or both of the following purposes:
• To conduct a will search; and
• To obtain any document purporting to be a deed to a burial plot or to give funeral or burial instructions.
- If the safe deposit box is opened for the purpose of conducting a will search, an employee of the lessor shall remove any document that appears to be a will and make a true and correct machine copy thereof, replace the copy in the box, and then deliver the original thereof to the person requesting the search.
- If the safe deposit box is opened for the purpose of obtaining any document purporting to be a deed to a burial plot or to give funeral or burial instructions, the employee of the lessor shall make a true and correct machine copy thereof, replace the copy in the box, and then deliver the original thereof to the person requesting the search.
- No contents of a safe deposit box other than a will and a document purporting to be a deed to a burial plot or to give funeral or burial instructions may be removed under this section.
On the court date, it is necessary that you have the original copy of the Will and at least one person who witnessed the deceased’s signature on the Will. A witness is not necessary if the Will is self-proving. When your case is called before the probate judge, you will be asked to come before the bench, at which time the judge will review the Will and appoint the executor/administrator.
The judge needs to know the approximate size and make up of the estate in order to establish a bond value. This should include all personal and real property:
- value and identity of real estate
- values and account numbers of checking or savings accounts, certificates of deposit, etc.
- values of stocks and bonds
- automobiles, boats, etc.
Once appointed, return to the probate office to obtain a copy of the order appointing the Executor/Administrator at the probate court office. The day of the appointment you must be prepared to pay approximately $50-$100 in cash. The court will not accept checks.