Contact Information

Jeffrey A. Strausbaugh
Judge

Barbara A. Rath
Magistrate

Lisa M. Stiltner
Probate Court Administrator

Erin Spieth
Juvenile Court/Probation Administrator

Janet L. Dunbar
Deputy Clerk

Susan Sheets
Deputy Clerk

Amanda McClure
Deputy Clerk

Ashley George
Deputy Clerk

Kendall Derrow
Deputy Clerk

Defiance County Court House
221 Clinton Street, Third Floor
Defiance, Ohio 43512

P: (419) 782-4181
F: (419) 783-4811
probatecourt@defiance-county.com

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed Saturday, Sunday & Legal Holidays

Probate Court Deposits and Filing Fees

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ESTATES
DEPOSITS
Full Administration
$250.00
Release from Administration
$166.00
Summary Release from Administration
$141.00
Order Admitting Will for Record Only
$81.00
Application to Admit Authenticated copy of Foreign Documents
$125.00
 
GUARDIANSHIPS
Incompetent
$200.00
Minor (Person and/or Person and Estate)
$450.00
Minor (Estate Only)
$150.00
Conservatorships
$175.00
Miscellaneous filing fees for Guardianships

Accountings

$12.00
Accountings w/publication

(Crescent News)

$27.00

(Crescent News-Hicksville Tribune)

$47.00
Guardian’s Report
$5.00
Statement of Expert Evaluation
$5.00
Computation of Attorney Fees
$5.00
Application for Guardian Fees
$5.00
Application for Authority to Release/Expend Funds
$10.00
Application for Bond
$5.00
Application for Release or Reduction of Bond
$5.00
 
ADOPTIONS DEPOSITS
Stepparent
$400.00
(more than one (1) child each)
$175.00
Private/Pre-Placement
$550.00
Adult
$225.00
Foreign
$400.00
DCJFS
$250.00
Petition for Release of Adoption Information
$100.00
 
APPLICATION FOR TESTAMENTARY TRUSTEE
$100.00
Miscellaneous filing fees for Trusteeships
Accountings
$12.00
Accountings w/publication

(Crescent News)

$27.00

(Hicksville Tribune)

$47.00

Application for Trustee Fees

$5.00

Application for Counsel Fees in Trusts

$5.00
Settlement of a Minor’s Claim
$125.00
Change of Name of an Adult/Minor
$175.00
Complaint for Civil Proceedings
$225.00
Mental Illness
No Charge
Involuntary Commitment for Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Cost of Treatment
Correction of Birth

$150.00
(Includes new birth certificate)

Registration of Birth
$150.00
(Includes new birth certificate)
Disinterments
$100.00
Marriage License
$40.00

Certified copy of Marriage License

$3.00
 
Miscellaneous Filings
Application to Extend Time
$5.00
Application for Wrongful Death
$20.00
Applications and Motions
$5.00
Report of Newly Discovered Assets
$7.00
Application for Transfer of Motor Vehicle
$1.00
Application for Transfer of Real Estate
$7.00
Amended Filings
$1.00
Citations Issued
$4.00
Copies
$0.10 per page
Certified Copy
$1.00 for certification
and $0.10 per page
Authenticated Copy
$1.00 per page

 

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