Welcome to the Summit County Probate Court website. Our goal is to assist those in need in the many important areas our Court serves. We seek to do this with integrity and being faithful to the laws of the State of Ohio.

My staff and I look forward to assisting you and we welcome your suggestions for improving our service.

Yours very truly,
Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer


READ - The 2015 State of the Court Here

Big changes coming this week in adoptions as a new law impacting adoptions that took place between 1964 and 1996 goes into effect March 20, 2015. If you are a birth parent or adoptee during this time period please click on the link below for more information:

Ohio Department of Health



Starting January 1, 2015 the Court will grant one automatic 60 day extension for the filing of an inventory, account, or guardian’s report upon request. Please see revised Local R. 78.1 for details.

There will be no further extensions and the clerk’s office will not accept non-complying filings.


Local Rule 57.1(A)(3):
Upon the initial filing of any matter captioned in the name of a deceased person, the applicant shall submit a certified copy of the deceased person’s death certificate.


Volunteer Guardian Program

Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer has created the Volunteer Guardian Program to provide trained, Court appointed volunteer guardians for indigent wards who do not have family or friends who can help. Jewish Family Services will match a volunteer with a person in need. Summit County Probate Court, in conjunction with Jewish Family Services, will train all volunteers to serve as advocates and surrogate decision makers for the wards under guardianship.
To learn more about becoming a volunteer guardian, contact J. J. Mesko-Kimmich, JFS Volunteer Guardian Program Director, at 330-867-3388, or go to www.jfsakron.org/volunteerguardian.


Mandatory Guardianship Training Video for Appointed Guardians

To prepare for guardianship, all appointees are required to watch two training videos prior to the appointment hearing. To facilitate this requirement, the videos will be scheduled on the same day as your hearing. Information on the date and time for the video presentation and appointment hearing will be sent by Probate Court.


Attention Guardianship Applicants

Upon applying for guardianship you are required to submit a BCI background check. Background checks should be completed at the time of application for Guardianship. Processing a background check can take anywhere from 3 to 30 days. You must have a valid government-issued photo ID (Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, Green Card). Background checks are available through the Summit County Clerk of Courts, or you may go to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to locate a BCI background check site near you.


READ - The 2015 State of the Court Here

Senior Citizen Fraud Alert - See Court News for details

Speakers Bureau Program is Now Available - See Court News for details

New Help Desk Program is Available - See Court News for details
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