The Guardianship Service Board

373 South High Street, 11th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 525-2279

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Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Franklin County Guardianship Service Board was created by the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Revised Code § 2101.026, in the biennial budget bill adopted in June 2014 to ensure the care and treatment of incompetent, mentally ill and other vulnerable residents of Franklin County. The Board consists of three citizens, one appointed by the Probate Judge, one appointed by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board and one appointed by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Board’s Director serves as the Guardian of last resort for eligible Franklin County residents.

The mission of the Franklin County Guardianship Service Board is to implement the laws enacted by the Ohio legislature in a professional and dedicated manner to ensure accessibility, fairness and courtesy in the administration of guardianship services to assigned wards in Franklin County.

Executive Director

Jack R. Kullman, Jr.

Mr. Kullman spent the early years of his legal career as a Hearing Officer with the Ohio Department of Liquor Control; in 1984 he joined the staff of the Tenth District Court of Appeals as the first appellate magistrate in the State of Ohio; in 1987 Mr. Kullman was appointed Administrator of the Tenth District, a position he held until his retirement in 2014. During his tenure with the Court Mr. Kullman was a frequent lecturer in the areas of Workers’ Compensation and Court Administration. He is a Certified Court Manager through the National Center for State Courts. In 1999 Mr. Kullman was awarded the Columbus Bar Association’s Award of Merit. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection.

Board of Directors

Jane Higgins Marx, Chair

Appointed by the Franklin County ADAMH Board, Ms. Marx is a partner with Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, a Columbus law firm, and practices in the areas of estate and business planning, probate, probate litigation, business succession planning, and elder law. She is a Fellow of The American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. A graduate of Denison University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, she is a board member of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Ms. Marx is a member of the Columbus Bar Association (Estate Planning and Trust Committee and past chair of the Probate Court Committee), The Ohio State Bar Association (member of the Board of Governors of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, member Elder Law Section Committee), the Columbus Foundation Professional Advisors, The Columbus Estate Planning Council, the Society of Financial Service Professionals Columbus Chapter, and The Catholic Foundation Professional Advisors Group. 

Larry James

Appointed by Franklin County Probate Judge Robert G. Montgomery, Mr. James is a partner with the Columbus firm of Crabbe Brown and James, LLP. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has practiced law at his firm since 1981. He is general counsel to the National Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge and has served as an assistant city attorney for the cities of Columbus and Cleveland, and as Public Safety Director for the City of Columbus. Mr. James' other public service includes past service as chairman of the Ohio Elections Commission, member of the Columbus Zoo board, and member of the board of the Columbus Museum of Art. Mr. James is currently on the boards of Kenyon College and the Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the American Red Cross Columbus Chapter. Mr. James has served on numerous other professional, charitable, community and governing boards and committees.

Frank New, Vice-Chair

Appointed by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Mr. New was formerly Director of Planning for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Director of Special Education, Ohio Department of Education, Teacher Cincinnati Public Schools, and Instructor at The Ohio State University, College of Education. He received degrees from Thomas More College and the University of Cincinnati. He served as president of Ohio Very Special Arts and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 

Board Meeting Schedule

 January 19, 2017         July 20, 2017
 March 16, 2017  September 21, 2017
 May 18, 2017  November 16, 2017

Time and Location

2:00 p.m. Guardianship Service Board Room, 373 S. High St., 11th Floor, Columbus OH