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Probate Court - Lake County, Ohio

Civil Proceedings

   Definition 

A probate civil action begins by filing of a complaint with the Lake County Probate Court. A complaint is a pleading that contains a short and concise statement of the legal claim, request for relief, and a demand for judgment. The complaint must be prepared and filed by an attorney. As with all civil proceedings, the form of the complaint and all following pleadings must comply with Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. 
                 
FEES
Appropriations                          $120.00

Land Sale                                 $170.00

Complaint to Contest Will        $120.00

Structured Settlement             $  55.00

Declaratory Judgment              $120.00



PLEASE REVIEW OHIO REVISED CODE CHAPTER 2127 REGARDING SALES OF LAND.  
ALSO, PLEASE REVIEW ALL RELEVANT RULES OF SUPERINTENDENCE AND LAKE COUNTY PROBATE COURT LOCAL RULES.

AFTER FILING THE COMPLAINT, THE FOLLOWING ARE THE FORMS TO BE USED FOR A LAND SALE ACTION.
THEY ARE LISTED IN THE GENERAL ORDER OF A LAND SALE PROCEEDING.  
PLEASE FILE THEM IN THE CORRECT ORDER -- THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ALL AT ONE TIME.   

1. WAIVER OF SUMMONS ON PETITION TO SELL REAL ESTATE
2. APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM & ANSWER OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM
3. FINDING SALE NECESSARY AND ORDERING APPRAISEMENT
4. ORDER OF APPRAISEMENT WITH RETURN AND OATH OF APPRAISERS AND APPRAISER’S RETURN
5. CONFIRMING APPRAISEMENT AND ORDERING ADDITIONAL BOND
6. APPROVING ADDITIONAL BOND AND ORDERING SALE
7. ORDER OF PRIVATE SALE WITH RETURN, REPORT OF PRIVATE SALE AND AFFIDAVIT OF REPORT OF PRIVATE SALE
8. CONFIRMING SALE, ORDERING DEED

THE FOLLOWING FORMS ARE USED WHEN THE SITUATION WARRANTS AND SHOULD BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE APPROPRIATE FORM OR FORMS LISTED ABOVE.

PLEASE BE SURE TO FILE YOUR PRELIMINARY JUDICIAL REPORT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO AVOID DELAYS IN THE SALE OF THE PROPERTY.