Probate Court News


August 10, 2016

NEW FORM AVAILABLE - APPLICATION TO APPROVE QUALIFIED INCOME TRUST (MILLER TRUST)

Probate Court form Application to Approve Qualified Income Trust (Miller Trust) (75.0) is available on the Court Website located in the COURT FORMS tab under the "Guardianship" topic.

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June 27, 2016

The Cuyahoga County Probate Court is pleased to announce that the next case type available for E-Filing is the “Application for Change of Name of Adult (R.C. 2717.01)”.

To read more about the Probate Court’s E-File Gateway System, please follow see the Electronic Filing page located here.

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February 1, 2016

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

ALL APPLICATIONS TO APPROVE SETTLEMENT OF WRONGFUL DEATH AND SURVIVAL CLAIMS OVER $100,000.00 WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR HEARING.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that Applications to Approve Settlement over $100,000.00 will NOT be heard on a "Walk-In" basis, even if the fiduciary is present.

PROBATE COURT SUBPOENA FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Probate Court Subpoena Forms are available on the Court Website located in the COURT FORMS tab under the "Miscellaneous" topic. The Court has waived the requirement of the Clerks issuing the subpoenas prior to service; you may complete the forms online and file the forms with the Probate Clerk after service of the subpoena.

Also be advised that the Probate Court Clerk's Office will no longer accept the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas General Division subpoena forms.

Notice of Appearance

PLEASE BE ADVISED that all attorneys are required to file a separate NOTICE OF APPEARANCE when representing a party in a Probate Court proceeding.

NOTICE OF APPEARANCE forms are available on the Court Website in the COURT FORMS tab under the "Miscellaneous" topic.

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January 5, 2016

Please see the link 2014 Unclaimed Funds List for a complete list of the unclaimed funds from 2014. This list will be available until January 31, 2016.

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December 29, 2015

GUARDIANSHIP TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS

Please be advised that the Fundamentals of Adult Guardianship broadcast course in Cuyahoga County on March 3 has reached capacity and any new registrations will no longer be accepted.

On Thursday January 21, 2016 and Thursday March 3, 2016 the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College is offering a six-hour training for professional guardians (attorneys, social workers). Cuyahoga County Probate Court will host the remote broadcast at the Education Center at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division, 1200 Ontario Street, 12th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44114. All professional guardians of adults, unless otherwise exempted, are required to participate in this education before June 1, 2016, pursuant to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio 66.06 and 66.07. The Ohio Supreme Court also offers an online training broadcast, for which CLE is not offered. These courses are tuition free.

There are also broadcast sites available in other northeast Ohio locations on February 19, April 12, May 20 and June 8. Please visit www.judicialecademy.ohio.gov to preregister for any of these trainings.

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December 2, 2015

On Friday December 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College is offering a six-hour training for professional guardians (attorneys, social workers). It will be broadcast remotely to the offices at Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 East 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, OH 44114. All professional guardians of adults, unless otherwise exempted, are required to participate in this education over the next six months, pursuant to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio 66.06 and 66.07. This course is tuition free. Please visit www.judicialecademy.ohio.gov to preregister for this training.

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November 10, 2015

The Cuyahoga County Probate Court is pleased to announce the launch of our E-File System. The Court is launching its E-File System by CASE TYPE. The initial case type available for E-Filing is the “Application for Change of Name of Adult (R.C. 2717.01)” . The Court is anticipating that several additional case types will be made available for E-Filing in 2016. You will be notified accordingly.

To read more about the Probate Court’s E-File Gateway System, please follow see the Electronic Filing page located here.

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June 15, 2015

Please see the Local Rules page for updated information on Local Rule 34.1 and Local Rule 58.1.

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June 12, 2015

Update: Commissioner's Reports

Please be advised that Commissioner's Reports require supporting documentation including, but not limited to, signed acknowledgment of receipt of funds from beneficiaries and/or copies of cashed checks. The Court will accept the Commissioner’s Report if the supporting documentation is provided with the Report. If these items are not provided, the Commissioner’s Report may be scheduled for hearing, thereby delaying the acceptance of the Commissioner’s Report until the supporting documentation is provided.

Update: Reports of Distribution

Please be advised that Reports of Distribution for Trusts, Estates, Guardianships and Minor Settlements require supporting documentation. The Court will accept the Report of Distribution if the supporting documentation is submitted with the Report. If the proper documentation is not provided, the Report of Distribution may be scheduled for hearing, thereby delaying the acceptance of the Report until the required supporting documentation is provided.

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June 11, 2015

A new Probate Court Guardianship Complaint form is now available under the Court Forms.

Updated Local Rules

There are two new local rules concerning Guardianships. Please see the Local Rules page for more information on Local Rule 66.4 and Local Rule 66.03.

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February 19, 2015

Probate Court Closed Friday, February 20, 2015
Due to dangerously cold conditions, the Cuyahoga County Probate Court will be closed on Friday, February 20, 2015.

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January 9, 2015

Probate Form 14.0 has been updated by the Supreme Court of Ohio and is now available on the web. Probate Forms 22.5, 22.6 and 22.7 have been created by the Supreme Court of Ohio and are now available on the web. All forms are effective January 1, 2015. See more detailed information at Court News Ohio.

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January 1, 2015

Please see the link 2013 Unclaimed Funds List for a complete list of the unclaimed funds from 2013. This list will be available until January 30, 2015.

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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

INTERPRETATION SERVICES

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 a.m.to 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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FILING OF INVENTORY AND ACCOUNTS

COMMENCING JANUARY 27, 2014 ALL INVENTORIES AND ACCOUNTS WILL BE PAID FOR AND FILED IN ROOM 121 PRIOR TO REVIEW BY THE ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT IN ROOM 113.

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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

UNCLAIMED INHERITANCES

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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