MONTGOMERY COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION COURT

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Judge Alice O. McCollum 
 Montgomery County Probate Court


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Montgomery County Probate Court's web site. The probate judge is also the Clerk of the Probate Court. To assist me in managing the court records, the deputy clerks maintain and make available to the public all of the Probate Court records. We are dedicated to creating an easily accessible Court for the citizens of Montgomery County.

The Probate Court possesses exclusive jurisdiction over the administration of estates and trusts, appointment of guardians for incompetents and estates of minors, adoptions, the issuance of marriage licenses, name changes, commitment of the mentally ill and various other actions. The Court also approves settlements in wrongful death actions and minor injury claims.

Our web site, which is updated daily, offers information on cases filed within our court. Forms and instructions over many of the subject matter filed within our Court are provided on this website.

The Montgomery County Probate Court is dedicated to resolving matters and disputes fairly and efficiently.

We accomplish our mission by:

  •      Offering easy access to the court for prompt problem resolution;
  •      Providing quality and innovative services to the public;
  •      Ensuring efficient case management by a professional and courteous staff; and
  •      Upholding the law and delivering justice in an equitable and just manner.
Most of our records are public information.  Exceptions to this include the departments of Mental Health and Adoptions.        

 



ATTENTION APPLICANTS FOR GUARDIANSHIP AND APPLICANTS FOR ADULT NAME CHANGES:
Beginning January 1, 2017, you are required to submit a criminal background check completed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) with your application. Click here for information regarding how to obtain a background check.  If you are an attorney, you may submit a certificate of good standing issued by the Supreme Court in lieu of the criminal background check.




The Montgomery County Probate Court is E-FILING!

All new and existing MSC case filings shall be electronically filed.

The Court will not accept any MSC filings from attorneys through the U. S. Mail, FED EX or UPS.

Miscellaneous case types include:

Assign Lottery Prize    Production of Will 
Change of Name--Adult   Registration of Birth
Change of Name--Minor Child   Sale of Real Estate—Estate
Concealment of Assets   Sale of Real Estate—Guardianship
Correction of Birth   Successor Custodian
Correction of Marriage   Surviving Spouse Purchase Action
Declaration of Paternity   Transfer of Rights
Declaratory Judgment   Validity of Will
Designation of Heir   Will Construction
Determination of Heirship   Will Contest 
Disinterment   Other- Applicant
Presumption of Death   Other- Plaintiff


Continue to monitor this website as the Probate Court requires
E-Filing on additional case types.
 

News

The Rules of Superintendence governing guardianships of adult incompetents have been amended
effective June 1, 2015.  To access the amended rules, click here.  For more information regarding the
Court's guardianship requirements, click here.

Highlights

Attention: New & Revised Probate Forms have been posted on the Probate Webpage.

Attorneys, please note that Form 14.0, Application to Approve  Settlement  and Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims has been amended effective January 1, 2015.  The amended forms may be found on this website and at the Court
The Court is accepting the amended form only
.



FUTURE COURT CLOSINGS FOR 2017 AND 2018:

January 2, 2017 New Year's Day Observed

January 4, 2017 Staff Training Court closed from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

February 20, 2017 President's Day

May 29, 2017 Memorial Day

July 4, 2017 Independence Day

September 4, 2017 Labor Day

October 9, 2017  Columbus Day

November 10, 2017 Veterans Day Observed

November 23, 2017 Thanksgiving

November 24, 2017 Day After Thanksgiving

December 25, 2017 Christmas Day

January 1, 2018 New Year's King, Jr. Day

January 15, 2018 President's Day

May 28, 2018 Memorial Day

July 4, 2018 Independence Day

September 3, 2018 Columbus Day

November 12, 2018 Veteran's Day Observed

November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving

November 23, 2018 Day After Thanksgiving

December 25, 2018 Christmas Day


THE JUDGE AND THE EMPLOYEES OF THE PROBATE COURT MAY NOT ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF PROBATE LAW IN ANY WAY.  THIS INCLUDES THE GIVING OF LEGAL ADVICE OR ASSISTANCE IN THE PREPARATION OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS. YOU SHOULD CONSULT WITH AN EXPERIENCED PROBATE ATTORNEY IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS AS TO YOUR RIGHTS.