Probate Court News

November 20, 2014

Employment Opportunities

Please note the new link under the Home Menu which takes you to the Cuyahoga County Employment page. Probate Court, as well as other County job postings will be posted there.

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October 16, 2014


Please call 216-443-8768 to inquire about Interpretation Services for hearings. Forty-eight (48) hours notice is needed. Telephonic interpretation is available for all non-hearing proceedings; twenty-four (24) hours notice is preferred. For additional information please visit the Ohio Supreme Court.

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May 21, 2014

Effective April 21, 2014, Local Rule 58.1 Court Costs has been updated and Rule 78.4 Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care has been added. Please see the Local Rules for more information.

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February 27, 2014

Probate Forms 12.0 packet (Forms 12.0 and 12.1), 19.2, 19.3 and 25.0 packet (Forms 25.0, 25.1, 25.2, 25.3, 25.4, 25.5, and 25.6) have been updated by the Supreme Court of Ohio and are now available on the web. They are effective March 1, 2014. See more detailed information at Court News Ohio.

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January 27, 2014

Probate Court Closed Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Due to dangerously cold conditions, the Cuyahoga County Probate Court will be closed on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

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January 21, 2014

Marriage satellite location hours will be from 9:00 Noon & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Berea location on January 24, 2014 due to the scheduled Court shutdown.

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January 17, 2014

On Friday January 24, 2014 the Probate Court and the Clerk's Office will be unable to accept any filing or payment after 3:15 p.m. in order to complete a data backup of its case management system. This is being done in conjunction with the county's power shutdown on January 26 during the demolition of the former County Administration Building.

The Probate Court and Clerk's office will resume normal operations on Monday January 27, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.

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January 9, 2014

Please see the link 2012 Unclaimed Funds List for a complete list of the unclaimed funds from 2012. This list will be available until February 7, 2014.

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January 6, 2014

Probate Court Closed Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Due to dangerously cold conditions, the Cuyahoga County Probate Court will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

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December 17, 2013

Effective Monday December 9, 2013 Cuyahoga County Probate Court implemented Local Rule 8.2 Special Process Server. For more information please see our Local Rules and search by Local Rule Number "8.2" or by Local Rule Topic "Special Process Server".

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October 4, 2013

Effective Tuesday October 15, 2013 Cuyahoga County Probate Court will require death certificates on the initial filing of all estate cases.

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September 19, 2013


You can now search our online docket to find out if you or one of your relatives are a party to a probate case that closed with unclaimed funds -- something that happens when an executor or trustee can't track down at least one beneficiary, or if a guardianship closed without locating the ward.

The person owed money will appear with the party role "entitled beneficiary" on the case, and the online docket will list the approximate amount owed.

Unclaimed inheritances can be collected by filing a Motion to Release Funds in Room 121 of the Probate Court. You will need to bring proof of identification, proof of your relationship with the deceased (for example, a birth certificate) and the case number. The filing fee is $20, cash or credit card.

Once the motion is approved, you take the court order to the prosecutor's office, which is on the 9th floor of the Justice Center, 1200 Ontario St. After approval by the prosecutor's office, you will go to the county fiscal office for the funds to be issued.

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August 1, 2013

In accordance with R.C. 149.45, any person who is a peace office, parole officer, probation officer, bailiff, prosecuting attorney, assistant prosecuting attorney, correctional employee, youth services employee, firefighter, EMT, or investigator of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation residential and familial information may request to have their personal address and phone number redacted from the internet.

If you believe you fall under one of these categories, please see the Court Guidelines here for filing a request.

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July 3, 2013

As of July 3, 2013, the Court's case documents will be available on our online web docket in a redacted format. If you are looking for a document or even a regular copy, please check the Court's public docket. If certified copies are required, those copies still must be requested from the Court. It is especially important to note that you cannot print your own Letters of Authority from the web docket; the only approved letters are the ones certified by the Court.

The documents will be available for dockets dated December 19, 2011 and beyond. There is also a new ten (10) day delay for all documents for redaction purposes. Please allow ten (10) days to pass and on the following day the item will be available for viewing. Thank you.

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