CUYAHOGA PROBATE COURT

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Probate Court Interior Is the Probate Court currently open?

With the partial reopening beginning Monday, June 8, 2020 the Probate Court Clerk’s Office continues to accept filings by U.S. mail, E-File and mail drop box located at the front and back entrances of the Courthouse. Filings may also be made in person; after going through the building screening and check-in process, persons are admitted to the Clerk’s Office one at a time. Since there may be wait times, other methods of filing are strongly encouraged if possible. The Old Courthouse is accessible to the public at the front entrance only, unless ADA access is required, in which case use of the back elevators is permitted.

Most hearings will continue to be conducted by telephone or video. Any person who has received a notice for an in-person hearing or is scheduled for an appointment will, upon entering the Cuyahoga County Courthouse, be temperature screened and questioned and directed to a Probate Court clerk for check-in and direction to their appropriate destination.

All individuals are required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing requirements. For further details, please review the administrative order on the attached link.

Updated Administrative Order effective May 25, 2020

Administrative Order 1 effective March 16, 2020

Administrative Order 2 effective March 16, 2020

Updated 7-7-2020

What is the Probate Court?

The Probate Court is established in each county of Ohio to supervise the administration of the estate of a decedent who was a legal resident in the county at the time of his or her death. Each transaction involved in the administration of an estate is subject to the examination and approval of the Probate Court.

Other matters within the Probate Court's jurisdiction are: issuance of marriage licenses, adoptions, guardianship proceedings, the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, and land appropriation cases.

Please see this PDF with information on the Cuyahoga County Court House.

Local Rules of the Court

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