Probate Division

Lake County has a new Administrative Order, signed by the Administrative Judge on April 27, 2022, that addresses Probate procedures (including checklists).

Click here to see Administrative Order L-2022-24

Honorable James R. Baxley, Circuit Judge

Lake County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 7800
550 W. Main Street, Suite 8
Tavares, FL 32778

Judicial Assistant: Andrea Roberts

(352) 742-4203

Honorable Heidi Davis, Circuit Judge

Lake County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 7800
550 W. Main Street, Suite 5
Tavares, FL 32778

Judicial Assistant: Lisa Denison

(352) 742-4215

Honorable Larry Metz, Circuit Judge

Lake County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 7800
550 W. Main Street, Suite 12
Tavares, FL 32778

Judicial Assistant: Cheryl DeMarco

(352) 742-4390

Honorable G. Richard Singeltary, Circuit Judge

Lake County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 7800
550 W. Main Street, Suite 3
Tavares, FL 32778

Judicial Assistant: Heather Grinnell

(352) 742-4209

All four (4) Judges have the same procedures for submitting proposed probate orders in their offices:

  • Cover letters must be mailed directly to the appropriate Judge’s office along with the following:
    • A Portal Stamped Submission Copy of the completed corresponding Checklist
    • A Portal Stamped Submission Copy of the Motion or Petition
    • Proposed Order with a certificate of service
  • Proposed orders received will be held for ten (10) days pending receipt of all applicable documentation, after that time, the documents submitted with the cover letter, will be destroyed.

 

 DO’S, DO NOT’S & NOTES:

  • Please DO send your proposed orders to the Judicial Assistant via US Mail ONLY (orders via email will not be accepted).
  • Please DO NOT send proposed orders to the Clerk.
  • Please DO NOT attempt to e-file proposed orders through the e-portal (they will be rejected by the Clerk).
  • Please DO send Original Wills and/or Death Certificates directly to the Clerk of Court.
  • Please DO NOT send copies to conform or stamped, self-addressed envelopes. All orders will be e-filed and e-served upon everyone in the e-Portal.
  • Please DO NOT send ANY form of payment to the Judges office – ALL payments should be submitted to the Clerk of Courts directly.
  • Please DO contact the Clerk of Courts, Probate Division, for Certified Copies of your order AFTER you have received service of same.
  • NOTES (RE: Certified Copies):
    • Certified copies should NOT be prepaid when filing your case.
    • The Clerk’s office has 3 business days to accept the e-filing of an order, from the Judge’s office.
    • Certified copies of the order can be purchased, in person, 3 business days AFTER you receive your e-serviced Order from the Judge’s office, by a party to the case.
    • You may also mail the Clerk’s Office your request for certified copies AFTER you receive your e-serviced Order from the Judge’s office.
      • If requesting certified copies by mail, please include the appropriate fees and a self-addressed stamped envelope(s). Please contact the Clerk’s office for further information.

While we understand certain emergencies, frequent inquiries for status updates on proposed orders or to see if the USPS has delivered your mail are not necessary and can cause additional time burdens.  IF you have followed all of the instructions above, we should be able to process your order in a timely fashion. Should we need any additional information, we will reach out to your office.

 

 

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