Judge Robert G. Montgomery

Judge Robert G. Montgomery was elected Probate Judge by the people of Franklin County on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 1, 2011. He was re-elected to a new six-year term on November 4, 2014.

By law, Judge Montgomery serves as Administrative Judge of the Probate Division of the Common Pleas Courts, as well as, clerk of his own court.

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Mediation Services

Mediation is a problem solving process in which a neutral professional (the mediator) facilitates communication between parties involved in a probate dispute. The mediator does this by directing communication towards reaching an agreement which will resolve the dispute.

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Interpretation Services

The Franklin County Probate Court provides interpreters, free of charge, to facilitate the participation in court proceedings of persons who either:

do not speak English;

do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English or

are deaf or hard of hearing.

Court interpreters help to ensure that all persons are given equal access to the court and that court proceedings function efficiently and effectively.

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Unclaimed Funds

Unclaimed funds are money left to heirs in an estate who cannot be located. Once these heirs learn that they can receive this money they must contact the Probate Court and apply for payment.

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Guardianship Service Board

The Guardianship Service Board's primary purpose is to protect Franklin County's most vulnerable residents and is a collaborative effort between the Franklin County Probate Court, local charities and social-services organizations.

The Board’s Director serves as the Guardian of last resort for eligible Franklin County residents.

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Probate Court


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.

Local Rules of Court

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.