The Probate Court provides a variety of services to the legal community, as well as the general public and handles the following administrative functions:
probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, mental commitment hearings, adoptions, birth corrections, name changes, delayed birth registrations, custodial accounts, lost heir accounts, order disinterments, Adult Protective Services cases and issues nearly 10,000 marriage licenses per year.
In addition, the Court tries litigation issues in all of the above matters.
Letter of Instructions for Filing an Application for Authority to Expend Funds from Custodial Account
Proposed Revisions to the Probate Court Local Rules Open For Comment
Judge Robert G. Montgomery, Franklin County Probate Court Judge, provides notice of updates, additions and deletions to the Franklin County Probate Court Local Rules of Court.
For your convenience, you may also pick up a red-lined version of the proposed revisions at the Court at 373 S. High Street, 22nd floor, Receptionist Desk.
Comment period will run until Noon on June 29, 2018. Comments can be made either by mail to Robert G. Montgomery, Attn: Local Rules Comment Box, 373 S. High Street, 22nd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 OR to the e-mail address: ProbateLocalRules@franklincountyohio.gov
The new rules will take effect August 1, 2018.
Probate Court Creates Innovative Mental Health Program
Guardianship Service Board Works
Ohio County Establishes Unique Guardianship System
Better Care For The Vulnerable
Wexner Medical Center Teams Up With Court To Connect Patients With Guardians
Vulnerable Now Getting Better Help
Judge Montgomery Receives Prestigious Award
The National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter Region V nominated Judge Montgomery to receive their "Public Elected Official of the Year" award for 2016.
Judge Montgomery Creates the State's First Public Guardian
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 66.13 for the procedure for complaints.
Adult Guardianship Course Registration If you are having issues with the registration process, please contact the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College at (614) 387-9445.
Please visit the Court's website periodically for updates on guardian's responsibilities and other fundamental education sessions and future continuing education sessions.
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
Backgrounds checks may also be performed at Probate Court during regular business hours.