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.
The Montgomery County Probate Court has been E-Filing all Civil, Miscellaneous cases since December 2016. The court is in a temporary Estate Pilot Project with a few local attorneys.
Go Live for Estates is August 1, 2018, E-Filing will be mandatory for all attorneys. In addition the Court will no longer accept any Estate Filings from attorneys through the U. S. Mail, FED EX or UPS.
1. An Original Last Will and Testament, Codicil with Form 2.0A~ Notice of Deposit of Original Will/Codicil must be presented to the Court either in person or through the mail. The Court does not recommend mailing original wills. The Notice form also states the subsequent action that will be filed in the E-Filing system. A case number will be assigned to this filing and is used for all subsequent actions E-Filed in the case; and/or
2. An Original Fiduciary Bond, with an attached power of attorney, along with Form 4.2B~ Notice of Deposit of Fiduciary Bond must be presented to the Court either in person or through the mail. The original Bond will be held by the Court until the fiduciary is appointed and then the original Fiduciary Bond will be filed. The Notice form also states which subsequent action will be filed in the E-Filing system. A case number will be assigned to this filing and will be used for all subsequent actions E-Filed in the case.
1. If for any reason after filing one of the above Notice of Deposit forms, the type of action you intend to file changes, you must E-File Form 2.0B~Statement of Intention, stating what your new intention is. This will allow you access to the correct "Document Types" as to the type of action you will be E-Filing in the case.
There is an online video that demonstrates how to E-File in Probate Court. This can be found at on our website www.mcohio.org/probate under the E-Filing tab on the left.
In addition, you can locate all relevant E-filing information including the Amended Administrative Order and updated Local Rule.
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 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.