What We Do
This court handles all filings and hearings for the admission of wills, the administration of estates, applications for and administration of guardianships and conservatorships, adult protective services actions, administration of mental illness cases, adoptions, name changes, minor settlement cases, and wrongful death cases. Additionally, this court issues marriage licenses.
Wood County Probate Court adopted new Local Rules of Practice effective April 29, 2016. Notable changes include, but are not limited to, an increase to the Full Administration deposit to $225 and an expanded ability to submit pleadings electronically to include filings by e-mail in accordance with L. Rule 57.9. A complete copy of the amended rules are available on the Court Rules page of this site.
Wood County is hosting a layperson guardian training on Thursday, May 19th at Job and Family Services. Although it is considered a layperson training, any guardian may attend. Contact Emma at 419-354-9230 to register.
On March 15, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court amended the following Standard Probate Forms to include gender neutral language: 15.2 Fiduciary's Acceptance, 15.3 Guardian's Bond, 16.3 Notice of Appointment of Guardian of Minor, 17.4 Notice of Hearing for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent, 18.3 Consent to Adoption, 21.2 Application for Change of Name of Minor, 21.3 Judgment Entry-Change of Name of Minor, and 21.4 Consent to Change of Name. Please discard any old versions of the forms you may have an begin using the new. The updated forms are available under the Forms tab.
Significant amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio concerning guardianships become effective June 1, 2015. These changes create additional requirements in adult guardianships. These include, but are not limited to, background checks and/or certificates of good standing for attorneys, pre- and post-appointment training, mandatory grievance procedures, new filings including a case plan and a list of important legal papers, as well as additional requirements for guardians who are appointed to ten or more wards. Those considering applying as a guardian and attorneys who do guardianship work are encouraged to read the full text of the new rules which can be found here.
The information provided in this web site is a time sensitive copy of certain records and may not reflect the most recent updates to the actual records. The Wood County Probate Court shall not be liable for losses or damages resulting from errors, omissions, or discrepancies in these records. The official records are located in the Wood County Probate Court, second floor of the Wood County Court House, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.
The Wood County Probate Court personnel are prohibited by law to provide legal advice or assist in filling out forms.