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.
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.
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. Please click here to view the Proposed Revisions to the Local Rules.
Comment period will run until Noon on July 8, 2016. 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, 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 66.14 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.
All Departments Now Accepting Most Credit/Debit Cards
Effective February 9, 2016 the Probate Court began acceptance of most credit/debit cards to pay for all court fees. 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
Example: $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.
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.