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 will be closed on Monday, May 27th to observe Memorial Day.
Effective immediately, Wood County Probate Court will charge a $2.00 fee for notarizing documents pursuant to ORC 2303.20(N). This is in addition to any filing fee required for the document. This fee will not be waived in cases of indigent guardianships and must be paid by the person requiring notary services. Further, the Court will also charge $2.00 for use of the fax machine plus $1.00 for every page trasmitted pursuant to 2303.20(Y).
Wood County Probate Court has adopted new Local Rules of Court effective January 1, 2013 which are now posted to the Court Rules page. Amendments were made to Rules 71.1 and 71.4 as well as Appendix B.
Effective January 1, 2013, adoption deposits will increase $25.00 to account for required fees charged in accordance with ORC 2301.21 for recording hearings. This fee was previously being charged and collected after the hearing, but will now be collected as part of the deposit to prevent any delay in caseflow processing.
The Supreme Court of Ohio has amended the standard probate forms 17.0 Application for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent, 21.0 Application for Change of Name of an Adult, and 21.2 Appllication for Change of Name of Minor. The new forms are effective January 1, 2013, but are available on the Forms page and available for immediate use.
Effective November 5, 2012, a $25.00 court reporter fee will be assessed on any case where a hearing is recorded pursuant to House Bill 487 and newly codified in ORC 2301.21. This fee is collected on most cases as part of the deposit. In those cases where it is not, the fee will be charged after the hearing. Please contact the Probate Court office with questions.
Senate Bill 117, effective March 22, 2012, grants probate courts jurisdiction to hear petitions requesting involuntary commitment of certain individuals suffering from drug or alcohol abuse (see ORC 3793.32-3793.39). To initiate this proceeding, a party must file a petition, with certain attachments as required by law, as well as make a number of financial commitments toward treatment. Please see the revised statutes for details. Petitions are available at the Wood County Probate Court upon request.
The Court has developed a Volunteer Guardian Program and is now accepting applications from citizens who wish to act as volunteer guardians to adults in our community. Interested individuals should complete and submit the following application to this Court:Volunteer Guardian Application
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.