Chancery Court

The Bledsoe County Clerk & Master is custodian of court records for Chancery and Probate Courts.

Chancery Court the filing and maintenance of the various types of lawsuits, i.e. divorce, land disputes, worker’s compensation, conservatorships, adoptions/name changes, contract/debt disputes and the administration of probate estates; and the maintenance of the Chancery Court docket.

In addition, the Bledsoe County Clerk and Master’s office is also responsible for the filing of delinquent tax suits filed by Bledsoe County and the City of Pikeville.  This involves the collection of the delinquent  taxes and if necessary, the auction of property as a result of nonpayment.

The Clerk & Master’s office strives to efficiently and courteously assist the public, attorneys, and judges in obtaining access to court records.

 Link to Local Rules of Practice at the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts: http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/court-rules2/local-rules-practice

NOTICE:

The clerks office is not permitted to provide you with legal advice, which includes not being able to tell you what forms to file, how to fill them out, or how to proceed with your case. If you have these types of questions, please consult with an attorney.

OFFICE INFORMATION:

PHONE: 423-447-2484
FAX: 423-447-3442
EMAIL:  debbie.debord@tncourts.gov

OFFICE HOURS:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday –
8 am -4 pm
Thursday – 8 am-12 pm
Friday -8 am – 4 pm

ADDRESS:
3150 Main Street, Suite 400
PO. Box 389, Pikeville, TN 37367

Chancellor
Melissa Thomas Willis:

Judicial Assistant – Amanda Newson

ADDRESS:
P. O. Box 2198
Jasper, TN 37398

PHONE: 423-939-0922

 

BLEDSOE COUNTY CHANCERY COURT FEES

Fees are to be paid at the time actions or services are initiated.

Filing Fees DO NOT include service of process charges.

 

Category 1

Contracts; injunctions’ employment discrimination suits; torts; personal injury and property damages, civil rights suits, tax disputes, other actions not otherwise designated

$284.50

 

Category 2

Appeals to Circuit from Probate, transfers of cases from other counties, worker’s comp

$209.50

Category 3

Adoptions; Legitimation; paternity; termination of parental rights; name changes;

Minor’s settlements; restoration/citizenship

Registration of Foreign Judgment

$159.50

Category 4

(Motion/Petition in existing case); Child support enforcement & Modification; Modification of Parenting Plan; Civil Contempt Action;

$77.00

Domestic Relations

Divorce involving minor children

Divorce not involving minor children

 

$259.50

$184.50

Cross Filings and Counter Complaints

$100.00

Third Party Complaint

$227.00

Complaint for Abandon Mineral Interest

$94.50

PROBATE:

Testate and Intestate includes publication

 

$389.50

 Non-resident personal representative

$399.50

Muniment of Title

$289.50

Administrator Ad Litem

$289.50

Guardianship or Conservatorship

$219.50

Small Estate Affidavit

    Lodging Will

$100.50

$105.50

Interim Settlements/Annual Accounting

$40.00

Filing Claim Against Estate

$11.00

Filing Exception to Claim

$42.00

Removal of Disabilities

$161.50

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS ADDITIONAL FEES

Issuing subpoena/subpoena duces tecum

(Service of process – additional fee)

$6.00

Post judgement Fees

(garnishment, execution, motions, orders

$25.00

Copies (per page)

.50

Certification and seal

$5.00

Appeals to Circuit Court

$150.00

Appellate Record Preparation

$300.00

Fax Filing Fee

$5.00 + $1.00 for each page

Birth Certificates

(Made payable to TN Vital Records

$30.00

Non-Resident Notice -Bledsonian Banner

(Standard Form) 4 times

 

$200.00

 

 

SERVICE OF PROCESS FEES

Bledsoe County Sheriff

$42.00

Out of County Sheriff

(make payable to Sheriff’s Dept of county where service is to be made

 

 

$42.00

Secretary of State (Made payable to Secretary of State)

 

$20.00

 

 

E-FILING COMING SOON! 

Prior to e-filing you should carefully review the 12th Judicial District Local Rules for e-filing.

Document Information/Restrictions

Most documents can be e-filed. However, you are responsible for redacting documents you submit through e-filing (eFlex e-filing software is provided by Tybera). Un-redacted documents that do not meet the requirements set out in the local rules or as listed below, should be submitted directly to the Clerk & Master’s office. The following documents, or similar documents, should not be submitted through e-filing:

  • Unredacted Divorce Certificates
  • Unredacted Adoption Certificates
  • Unredacted banking documents
  • Unredacted Medical records
  • Unredacted pleadings/filings containing full social security numbers
  • Original Wills must still be filed with the Clerk’s Office even if a copy is attached to a Petition to Probate (redaction rules still apply).
  • For questions about a specific document, please contact the Clerk & Master’s office prior to e-filing.

Cost

E-filing is provided by Tybera and can be accessed (1) by an annual subscription, or (2) on a per transaction basis.

  1. The annual subscription fee is currently $300 per attorney. This provides the attorney with unlimited filing transactions and document downloads during the subscription period.
  2. The per transaction fee cost is currently $5 per transaction for document transactions, $50 maximum per case, and $1.25 per document download.

A transaction may include more than one document being filed to a single case. However, the total size of all documents may not exceed 30 mb, and no single document may exceed 10 mb.

If the combined total of all documents either exceeds 30 mb, or an individual document is more than 10 mb, then the individual document will need to be broken into smaller documents, and/or submission will need to be made by more than one transaction. Each separate transaction will result in a fee being charged by Tybera.

Both of the foregoing options, either subscription or transactional, will require the creation of an account with Tybera and registration of a credit/debit card. Additional court costs and credit/debit card transaction fees may apply to any particular transaction.

Credit/debit card processing is provided through BIS which has established a minimum convenience fee of $1 or 2.5% of the total transaction, whichever is greater.

Training

Training videos for e-filing are also provided by Tybera and are available at https://www.tybera.com/support/tennessee-support/. Contact Tybera for technical support if problems or difficulties occur while e-filing.

Additional Information for Attorneys:

Please contact the Clerk & Mater’s office for guidance if you are opening a new case and you are unsure which case category or fee to choose. Choosing the incorrect case category will result in the case filing fee being incorrect, and incorrect reporting to the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).