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Apply for a Passport

Apply for a U.S. passport at the Lafayette County Chancery Clerk’s Office. You do not need an appointment, but you will need the following: Your passport application. Access online forms from the U.S. Department of State website. A passport photo. The Chancery Clerk’s Office is equipped with a camera for taking passport photos. The charge…

Commit a Loved One for Mental Health or Alcohol/Drug Addiction

Many times, a person is committed upon request from the sheriff’s office or police department for mental or alcohol and/or drug addiction problems. To request commitment for a loved one on your own, you must visit the office of the Chancery Clerk. No appointment is needed to visit the Chancery Clerk’s office and obtain information…

File a Property Deed

A property deed is necessary to claim a property. It is used to transfer ownership of a property from one owner to another. To file the deed, bring the deed and a $26 fee in the form of cash or check to the Chancery Clerk office. If the deed is more than five pages long,…

File for Divorce

Having an attorney for any action in court is always recommended, including divorce proceedings. An individual can write their own divorce documents and represent themselves; however, it is not recommended. All divorce filings take place in the office of the Chancery Clerk. Each individual filing for divorce must have a Civil Case Filing Form and…

Pay Court Costs or Fines

Chancery Court Any fees due to the Chancery Court must be paid in person at the office of the Chancery Clerk. Payments are accepted in cash, check and debit. Justice Court Any fees due to the Justice Court can be paid in person at the office of the Justice Court Clerk, or by mail. Payments…

Talk to a Judge About My Case

Judges are not permitted to talk to an individual about a case. This is to ensure there is no bias toward either party when the case is heard. A judge would only ever interact with a litigant in the courtroom after both parties have been sworn in.

Represent Myself in Court

Any individual has the right to represent themselves in court, no matter what qualification they may or may not have. However, self-representation is never recommended. The presiding judge will hold any person choosing to represent themselves to the same standard as they would an attorney. A person representing themselves will not receive help from the…

File a Will

A will is only to be filed when a person has passed away. It is filed in the Chancery Clerk’s office. This should be done by an attorney, and must be brought in along with a Civil Case Filing Form to the Chancery Clerk’s Office. No appointment is required to file a will.