E-Filing

All Probate Civil Action, Adoption, Name Change and Mental Commitment (except Outpatient Only) case type documents must be submitted through the Franklin County e-Filing System.

Probate Court e-Filing Help: 614-525-7777 probate@franklincountyohio.gov

Attorneys who practice in the Franklin County Probate Court now have the option of receiving their case due date notices via e-mail. Just fill out the e-Notice Registration Form and drop it off to the Court.

Instructions

Firm Account Management for the Franklin County e-Filing System

Available to participating law firms a Firm Account Management account for reconciling their monthly filing fees through the Franklin County e-Filing system. To request a Firm Account Management account for your law firm, please email the Franklin County Clerk's office at: efilinghelp-clerk@franklincountyohio.gov 

Frequently Asked Questions About e-Filing

Who can e-File?

Any person who registers as a filer in the Franklin County Probate Court’s e-Filing System and agrees to abide by the Court’s Administrative Order can e-File, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Customers without the capability to e-File will be provided support by a Deputy Clerk of Court on a walk-in basis during the Court’s regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All pleadings requiring a new case number or the payment of Court costs shall be filed by 4:30 p.m.

Do I need special software to e-File?

You will need the ability to save your documents into Portable Document Format (PDF) and MS Word (.doc, .docx) for proposed orders/entries. Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 provide this capability. Various free software downloads that enable PDF conversion are available through the Internet.

Do I need special hardware to e-File?

A computer, Internet connection and an e-mail address are needed to e-File. In order to file documents that are not in PDF or MS Word (.doc, .docx) format you may need an optical scanner.

Can I e-File all Probate Court case types?

Civil cases are the first case types in Phase I of the e-Filing Project. The Court will roll out e-Filing for additional case types in Phase II and Phase III. Adoption cases will begin e-Filing in February, 2012, followed by Mental Commitment cases in June, 2012. Additional case types will be implemented based on feedback from the public, including attorneys, litigants and paralegals.

Are there certain hours of the day when I can e-File?

The Court’s e-Filing System is accessible 24/7, with the exception of nightly backups to Probate Court’s systems each evening between the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Live Help Desk support is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.