Adult Guardianships and Conservatorships are very complex proceedings and require a court ordered evaluation and at least one formal hearing. GA law requires the appointment of an attorney to represent each proposed adult ward. Due to the complicated nature of these filings, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney prior to filing a petition for Guardianship and/or Conservatorship. You may download the Handbook For Guardians and Conservators in the box below this paragraph for further information. Scroll further down this page to view some of the required fees associated with the filing of an Adult Guardianship and/or Conservatorship.
FEES ASSOCIATED WITH ADULT GUARDIANSHIP/CONSERVATORSHIP:
Please note that all fees are set by state law – not the Court. The Filing fee, Evaluation Fee, Attorney Fee and Sheriff’s Service Fee are required at the time of filing (O.C.G.A. 15-9-60).
* Filing and recording fee - $246.00
* Attorney Fee - $150.00 (must be separate check made payable to the appointed Attorney or Firm)
* Sheriff’s service fee - $50.00 payable to the County Sheriff’s Office in which the proposed Ward will be served. ***Does not apply if a special process server is used.
* Court Ordered Evaluation fee - $150.00 - $300.00 depending upon travel, if any. Paid at the time of the mandatory Court-Ordered evaluation. Paid directly to the evaluator.
*Additional fees will apply if supplemental motions, caveats or amendments are made or if a Guardian ad Litem must be appointed. Additional recording fees may apply.
*If Real Estate is involved, a filing fee must be paid to the Clerk of Superior Court for recording when the guardianship/conservatorship is granted ($25.00).