Probate Judge Fee Limit Goes into Effect

January 16, 2013

The Elbert County Board of Commissioners has adopted a resolution limiting the Probate Judge’s compensation fees.

Elbert County Attorney Bill Daughtry explained that the Probate Judge is still entitled to the minimum salary, cost of living increases, longevity increases, and the Election supplement.

The limit on fees, said Daughtry, will be on services like providing birth and death certificates.

“In Elbert County the Probate Court issues certified copies of birth and death certificates instead of the Health Department”, said Daughtry. “The court is entitled to collect those fees, but we can limit that amount to $7,500 a year, and that is the purpose of this.”

This is the first time that this limit will go into effect, as Stephanie Hewell is the first Probate Judge that was elected after this legislation was passed.

The commissioners approved the resolution with a unanimous vote.