Is there a fee to file a Will?
No, there is no fee to file a Will.
Can I file an original Will by mail?
Yes, the original Will can be filed by mail. Please make copies
of the Will for yourself before mailing the original.
Should the Small Estate Affidavit be filed with the Circuit Clerk's Office?
No, the Small Estate Affidavit should be brought to the financial institution that
is holding the funds.
On what days and times are probate hearings held?
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - Attorney Cases Only
9:00 a.m. (pro se)
What information is needed to file a Will?
We will need the original Will and the date of death.
Can a new estate be filed through the mail?
As of January 1, 2018 all civil filings must be submitted electronically through a certified Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP). For more information please our e-Filing
Once the estate is filed do I call to set the court date?
Yes, you may call to set the court date or you can indicate the date in the cover letter
when you file the estate.
What forms are needed to open an Estate?
The original petition and the fee.
Is there a fee to file an accounting?
Yes, the fee is $25.00
What is the fee for Letters of Office?
Letters of Office are $2.00 each
Is there a fee to file a claim?
Amount of claim less than $150.00 = no fee
Amount of claim $150.00 to $499.99 = $20.00
Amount of claim $500.00 to $9,999.99 = $40.00
Amount of claim $10,000 or more = $60.00
I need to publish in the newspaper. What newspaper(s) may I use?
How do I set up a Motion to see a Judge?
If you are an attorney, you may either call the Judge’s clerk directly for a date or you may request a date in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office. If you are Pro Se (representing yourself), you must come to the Circuit Clerk’s Office to set up a Motion date.
Can I fax or email a document to the Circuit Clerk’s Office for filing?
Documents for filing must be done in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office, sent through the mail or sent in by a messenger service. We DO NOT accept filings or requests for forms by fax.
What if a form or packet that I need is not online?
You may come to the Circuit Clerk’s Office to pick up the forms or packets. You may also request through the mail by sending a letter of request and a self-addressed stamped envelope. We DO NOT fax forms.
Can I view case information online?
Limited case information is available online using our Public Access
. You may also call the Civil Division at 847.377.3209 for case information.
I need to take the father or mother of my child to court for child support. What do I need to do?
You may obtain an attorney. The Lake County Bar Association at 847.244.3140 can give you attorney or legal service referrals. You may also contact the State’s Attorney Child Support Division at 847.377.3131 to see if you qualify for their services. If you do not want an attorney and want to file for child support on your own, you may go to the Law Library 847.377.2800 located on the main floor of the Courthouse to see if they have forms or obtain forms from another source.
Do you accept Discovery filings?
No, we do not accept Discovery filings. However, we do accept a Proof of Service or Certificate of Service in lieu of the actual document.
Do you need a cover sheet for new case filings?
Yes. There is a cover sheet for civil suits and one for divorce/family cases. They are called Certificate of Attorney.
Do you accept personal checks?
No, we do not accept personal checks. We will accept cash, credit cards, money order, cashier’s checks and certified checks made payable to “Clerk of the Circuit Court”.