All civil actions must be e-Filed through the Franklin County e-Filing System in the form of a complaint and must meet the requirements of the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court does not provide forms or formats for a civil complaint.
The Civil Litigation Deparment dockets and monitors pleadings relating to various types of litigation ancillary to the underlying estate, guardianship or trust. Some examples of civil actions include will contests, will constructions, land sale proceedings, actions to determine heirship, actions for presumption of death, and actions for concealment of assets. Close to 400 civil actions are pending before the Court at any given time.
Minimum deposits for civil actions are as follows:
|Creditors Claim:||$ 75.00*|
|Complaint for Land Sale:||$175.00*|
|All other Civil Action Complaints:||$150.00*|
Legal Practice in the Probate Court
Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Due to the complexity of the law and desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Court employees are prohibited by statute from practicing law and cannot give legal advice.