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.
Grant Awarded From The Columbus Foundation
The Franklin County Probate Court recently received a $25,000 grant from The Columbus Foundation to increase services to indigent wards of the court.
Revised Probate Court Local Rules
Judge Robert G. Montgomery, Franklin County Probate Court Judge, provides notice that the revised Franklin County Probate Court Local Rules took effect on January 5, 2017. Please check the Probate Court website periodically for any future updates.
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.
All Departments 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 are 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 Marriage Abstract copies (Proof of Marriage) are processed by Official Payments Corporation who charges a $1.00 per transaction serice fee.
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.