Welcome To The Franklin County Probate Court

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 Judge Montgomery Creates the State's First Public Guardian

Public Guardian Creation News Release

Superintendence Rule 66 Regarding Guardianships

As of June 1, 2015 the Supreme Court of Ohio implemented new Superintendence Rule 66 regarding guardianships. An important provision in this new rule is guardianship training which requires all guardians to receive six hours of fundamental education, then three hours of continuing education every year thereafter.

Superintendence Rule 66

The Supreme Court of Ohio Adult Guardianship Course Schedule

Please visit the Court's website periodically for updates on guardian's responsibilities and other fundamental education sessions and future continuing education sessions.

Marriage License Applicants

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

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.