Probate Court

Montgomery County Probate Court Judge David D. Brannon

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Montgomery County Probate Court's website. 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. Some records are not readily available like adoption and mental health records. We are dedicated to creating an easily accessible Court for the citizens of Montgomery County. To help manage this we have implemented e-filing.

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 website, 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 this 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;
  • Upholding the law and delivering justice in an equitable and just manner.

Future Court Closings

  • May 29, 2023 Memorial Day
  • June 19, 2023 Juneteenth
  • July 4, 2023 Independence Day
  • September 4, 2023 Labor Day
  • October 9, 2023 Columbus Day
  • November 10, 2023 Veteran's Day (Observed)
  • November 23, 2023 Thanksgiving Day
  • November 24, 2023 Day After Thanksgiving
  • December 25, 2023 Christmas Day
  • January 1, 2024 New Year's Day

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, this includes assistance with the selection and filling out of specific forms.