Marraige License Information

I’m Getting Married

Congratulations! As you prepare for your wedding, one of your stops is to visit Probate Court to get your marriage license.

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Adoption Information

I Want To Adopt

Every child deserves to grow up in a loving family, and adoption is one way in which a person can provide a loving home for a child.

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My Loved One Has Passed

It’s not easy to lose a loved one. In addition to dealing with heartbreak, you may be asked to settle the “estate.” Where do you begin?

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Public Records

I Want To Become a Guardian

If age or infirmity takes away an individual’s ability to make good choices, the Probate Court will appoint a guardian.

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Additional Resources

State of the Court 2021

Summit County Probate Court was open throughout the shutdowns of Covid.  Learn here how services for the public and those in need were maintained and the work of the court went on safely throughout this challenging year. Adoptions, marriage licenses, guardianships, mediations and estates continued. Probate staff assisted with Covid relief. Thousands of cards by our community were delivered to seniors isolated during this difficult time. Our partnership with Summit Metro Parks allowed for in person outdoor weddings with some restrictions again this year. Adoptions continued some on zoom and some in person. Art collaborations accelerated with Curated Courthouse. The Senior Summit, though cancelled in 2020 was set to happen virtually in May 2021 free to all. This and much more in the 2021 State of the...

Grant From Ohio Supreme Court Supports Local Hearings

Summit County Probate Court was awarded a technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court in April 2020 in the amount of $14,029 to purchase items that assisted in the response to COVID-19.  Prior to the pandemic, issues of security over court records meant that court computers were not equipped with cameras or microphones. These addition have allowed important hearings and other court business to continue throughout the stay at home and social distancing orders. “The Supreme Court of Ohio has provided lower courts the ability to continue to serve the public safely,” said Judge Stormer. “We are grateful for the support and recognizing our needs.” Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor announced the court would assist lower courts in need of technology that would allow remote access. Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer said the funds will be used to purchase secure laptops with cameras to allow court personnel to conduct remote mandatory hearings and for court investigators to continue their important work. Some of this work will continue long after the lock-downs to make hearings simpler for many when coming to the court is difficult.  To read more Click...

Cards For Seniors

                                 Thousands of Summit County senior citizens have been forced to isolate from their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Probate Court works with many seniors in extended care facilities and asks the public to let them know that they are not forgotten.  Anyone can help them by turning crayons and paper into a lifeline of joy in the form of cards.  Creativity and large print are encouraged, but participants need not worry about their level of artistic ability as any special card can brighten a senior’s day. Summit County Probate Court will collect and deliver your heartfelt wishes to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living centers across the County.  Homemade cards can be mailed to the Court, but those without the ability to the mail cards, or who choose to make virtual cards, can email them to the Court for printing.  The Court will distribute cards to centers through June 1, 2020. “It is a difficult time for all of us, but especially terrible for those who may be confined to just one room.” said Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.  “With so many of us restless at home, please take a few minutes to make something fun and cheer up someone who is lonely.” Mailed cards should be free of loose items such as excessive glitter or confetti. Send mailed cards to: Summit County Probate Court Judge Stormer’s Cards for Seniors c/o Community Outreach 209 S High St Akron, OH 44308 To send a virtual card, simply take a photo of your homemade card , or create an online card and email it to...

Mason CLC Art Project

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Promises In The Park

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Probate Documents Replaced

Probate documents replaced free of charge for victims of area floods Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer is offering free replacement of legal documents that may have been lost during flooding in Summit County.   This includes areas in Barberton, Clinton and others that were particularly hard hit and may have had their basements or storage flooded. Probate documents that are available for free replacement include marriage certificates, adoption papers, letters of authority and name change judgements, among other documents.  If you have any questions, please call the Probate Court at 330-643-2350.  Court hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Proof of residency...

Change in Ohio Law allows Change of Gender on Birth Records.