201 N. Perry Parkway, P.O. Box 1801
Perry, GA 31069

Phone: (478) 218-4710
Fax: (478) 218-4715

Useful Information

General Information


Your petition must be complete and legible (please type or print).

If the decedent's death certificate is not on file here in Houston County, you must provide us with a certified copy of his or her death certificate

If applicable, the original will must be filed with your petition (if original will is lost, there will be further requirements)

Filing Fees

A $40.00 initial filing fee will be required at the time of filing.  The total filing fees will run between $200.00 and $250.00 and the balance is payable at the time of the hearing.  Personal checks are not accepted (please refer to accepted methods of payment on the main page). Please refer to Georgia Council of Probate Court Judges Schedule of Costs.

If a legal ad is required, the fee is $80.00 and you should make that payable to Houston Home Journal. A legal ad is always required for Year's Support petitions, administrations where petitioner is requesting certain powers and waiver of bond and for solemn form probates and administrations with any unknown heirs or heirs with unknown addresses.

If sheriff service is required, there is a $50.00 charge per person. That needs to be payable to the appropriate Sheriff's Office.

For further information, please email Judith Borum at

For Contested Estates, please email Kim Willson at

Related Links

  • Georgia Probate Court Online System - Standard Forms available to download in Microsoft Word Perfect (.WPD) or Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) formats. Includes useful web pages such as instructions for the forms, information on the duties of personal representatives, a handbook for guardians, heir determination worksheet, etc.
  • State Bar of Georgia - Includes directory of State bar members, Frequently Asked Questions, and legal research resources. Mailing address: 104 Marietta St., N.W. Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30303. Phone (404)527-8700; FAX (404)527-8717
  • Houston County Bar Association Information - Includes information about local, legal resources.
  • American Bar Association - Includes listing of accredited law schools, legal and professional resources, charities, etc. related to the legal profession.
  • Central Georgia Genealogy Society - A group of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds with a common interest: genealogy.
  • Georgia Genealogical Society - Includes Georgia specific links (Genealogy societies, libraries, reference topics, etc) and links to general sites.
  • - A fee-based website, but allows free trial use. Searchable by name, historical records. Includes several links to local resources like census records, military records, reference/finding aids, etc.