Welcome to the Franklin County Probate Court Website

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 8,500 marriage licenses per year. In addition, the Court tries litigation issues in all of the above matters.

A unique aspect of the Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Court, thus, the Judge in addition to performing judicial duties, also performs all the duties (filing, docketing, providing certified copies, etc.) as the Clerk of the Court.

new Increase of the Dispute Resolution Fund Fee and Establishment of the Special Projects Fund

Effective March 2, 2015 the Probate Court will increase the Dispute Resolution Fund fee from $10.00 to $15.00 in all actions and proceedings before the court. The Court's successful mediation program is expanding and has necessitated the establishment of new mediation facilities located on the 23rd floor of the Courthouse at 373 South High Street. This program has become a popular option for many disputes that arise in Probate Court and necessitated additional resources to support this growing program.

Effective March 2, 2015 the Probate Court will implement a "Special Projects Fund". A fee of $15.00 dollars will be collected on all actions and proceedings within the jurisdiction of the court. A fee of $5.00 will be collected for all marriage license certificates. This fund is to provide more resources to the current guardianship caseload. This Special Projects Fund will allow the Court to be more proactive in addressing all issues surrounding the establishment, administration, management and support of guardianships.

The collection of these fees will begin on Monday, March 2, 2015 and applied to the fees of documents submitted through the Court's e-filing system starting at 5:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Outpatient Only Commitments

The new 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.





Website Updated Nightly - Due to the backup of files, some applications on this website are unavailable between the hours of 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM every night.