Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guides
Neither the Hancock County Clerk nor staff may give legal opinion or advice; therefore, contacting an attorney may be best. It is recognized that some people involved in litigation would prefer to handle matters on their own; however, ex-parte communication to the Judge is not allowed.
All submissions to the Courts must be filed in the Clerk's Office. A copy of the filing must be sent to the other party upon filing it with the Clerk's Office.
This section of the website offers an example format on how to draft a petition to the Court. Please note that this format is ordered by the Hancock County Judges and must be neatly typed or printed. Letters/Motions/Petitions are subject to rejection if they are not legible. View a sample Petition (PDF).
Many forms are available on the Indiana Judicial Branch Self-Service Legal Center. There may be a form on the Indiana Legal Help website that will suit your needs instead of creating a petition yourself.
- Do It Yourself - Sample Petition (DOC)
- How to Petition the Court (PDF)
- Indiana Income Withholding Order (PDF) and Instructions (PDF)
- Indiana Judicial Branch Self-Service Legal Center, Other Self-Service Legal Documents
- Petition for Order to Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) to Issue Certificate of Title (PDF)
- BMV Court Order Packet -- https://www.in.gov/bmv/titles/files/Court_Order_Packet.pdf
- Pro Se Divorce - Do-It-Yourself Divorce (PDF)
- Pro Se Name Change Instructions (DOC)
- Protective Order
- Small Claims - Proceeding Supplemental (PDF)
- Small Claims
Other court forms typically used by an attorney, such as expungement or sealing of records, can be found at the Indiana Legal Help website. If you are unsure which forms to use, please consult an attorney.