The Probate Court will be closed for the holidays all day on Monday and Tuesday, December 24 and 25, 2018 and at noon on Monday, December 31, 2018 and all day Tuesday, January 1, 2019.  Filings due on any of those days will be deemed timely if filed on December 26, 2018 or January 2, 2019, respectively.

News and Updates

Expansion of Mandatory Reporters of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Elders (effective 9/29/18)

The Ohio Adult Protection Act has been broadened to expand the definition of mandatory reporters of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of protected persons age 60 or older.  The list now includes pharmacists, dialysis technicians, firefighters, first responders, building inspectors, CPA’s, real estate agents, bank employees, financial planners, and individuals serving as a notary public. (RC 5101.63).  Individuals who are mandatory reporters with reasonable cause to believe abuse, neglect or exploitation have occurred to protected persons age 60 or older are required to report it to adult protective services (DJFS) and receive specified civil and criminal immunity when doing so.

Building Address Changes (effective 1/1/2019)

The address for the building in which the Probate/Juvenile Court is located will change from 140 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015 to 145 N. Union St., Delaware, OH 43015 effective January 1, 2019.  This a only a change in address to reflect that the location of the public entrance to the building is on N. Union St. and it does not involve a physical move of the court’s facilities.  The mailing address continues to be PO Box 8006, Delaware, OH 43015-8006.  On the same date, the address for the new County Courthouse which houses the General and Domestic Divisions, Court of Common Pleas, the County Clerk of Courts and Adult Probation will change from 110 N. Sandusky St., to 117 N. Union St.

The 2017 Annual Report is now available.

Appointment of a Successor Custodian under OH UTMA

The Court has created a specific link and web-page to assist with the procedure for obtaining the Court’s designation of a successor Custodian for assets being held by a resigning, deceased, or incompetent Custodian under the Ohio Uniform Transfer to Minors Act.  Local forms are provided on the web-page in PDF fillable format.

Guardianship Adult Jurisdiction Affidavit
All Applications for Appointment of Guardian for Incompetent must be accompanied by a completed Adult Jurisdiction Affidavit (DCPC Form 66.12).  The form is available on this website at the “Guardianship-Adult” tab in the Pre-Hearing forms list.

Inventories with Real Estate Legal Descriptions Missing will be Rejected
Inventories containing real estate that do not also include the legal description for the property will be rejected as non-conforming filings.  Filers of inventories (estates, trusts and guardianships) with real estate are reminded that Loc.R. 78.1(B) requires that an inventory that includes real estate also contain the legal descriptionaddress, and tax parcel identification number (PIN) for the real estate. Please take note and remind your office staff.