The Franklin County Probate Court provides a variety of services to the legal community, as well as the general public and handles the following administrative functions: the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships of adults and minors, commitment hearings for the mentally ill and mentally disabled, adoptions, birth corrections, name changes, delayed birth registrations, custodial accounts, lost heir accounts, order disinterments, Adult Protective Services cases and issues approximately 9,300 marriage licenses per year. In addition, the Court tries litigation issues in all of the above matters.
Marriage Department Now Accepting Most Credit/Debit Cards
Effective December 1, 2015, the Marriage Department initiated acceptance of most credit/debit cards to pay for marriage licenses and in-department proof of marriage requests. VISA, MasterCard and Discover will be accepted. These transactions are non-refundable per the Ohio Revised Code Sections 301.28 and 2101.16(A) that this is a service rendered and the funds in this transaction are nonrefundable. There is a separate 3% service charge payable to US Bank or its subsidiary for all credit/debit transactions that take place in the Marriage Department.
- $65 Marriage License = $1.95 service fee
Online requests for abstracts, or proof of marriage, will still be handled by Official Payments Corporation who charges a $1 fee per transaction. Our Cashier Department on the 22nd floor will begin accepting Credit Card transactions in January or February of 2016.
Judge Montgomery Creates the State's First Public Guardian
Outpatient Only Commitments
The law regarding outpatient commitment for the mentally ill individual took effect on September 17, 2014. Please click here for further information.
Background Check Required For Guardianship Applicants
Upon applying for guardianship you are required to have a BCI background check performed. Background checks should be completed as soon as possible to allow for processing. Timeframe for processing is 3 to 30 days. Click on the below link to locate a BCI background check site near you
Backgrounds checks may also be performed at Probate Court during regular business hours.
Superintendence Rule 66 Regarding Adult Guardianships
As of June 1, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio has implemented new Superintendence Rule 66 regarding adult guardianship cases. An important provision in this new rule is guardianship training which requires all guardians of adults to receive 6 hours of fundamental education, then 3 hours of continuing education every year thereafter.
In addition, the Court has enacted Local Rule 66.14 for the procedure for complaints.
Please visit the Court's website periodically for updates on guardian's responsibilities and other fundamental education sessions and future continuing education sessions.