Probate Divison

Common Pleas Court


Probate Court

Welcome to the Guernsey County Probate Court website. The Probate Court is located on the second floor of the historic Guernsey County Court House. The Probate Court has over 200 separate duties that it is charged with by the Ohio Revised Code. These duties range from the issuing of marriage licenses to overseeing testamentary trusts valued in millions of dollars.

The term “Probate” comes from the Latin word Probatio, meaning “to prove”, wherein matters in early English religious courts were proven before an ecclesiastical judge. Early American probate courts may be traced back to those English ecclesiastical or religious courts, which had jurisdiction over the probate of wills and administration of estates.

In Ohio the Court of Common Pleas had exclusive jurisdiction of probate matters under the first Ohio Constitution written in 1802. Over the years amendments have been made to Ohio’s Constitution whereby the Probate Court now is a special division of the Court of Common Pleas. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties has a probate division of its Court of Common Pleas.

See what our Probate department offers by following the links below.

PROBATE COURT LOCAL RULES OF COURT:

Probate Court Local Rules Of Court

FEE SCHEDULE:

Juvenile Court
Probate Court

Court of Common Pleas
Probate Division

Probate Court
Probate Online Documents/Forms

Court of Common Pleas
Juvenile Division

Juvenile Court
Juvenile Online Documents/Forms

Juvenile Probation

 


Juvenile Division

Juvenile Court
Guernsey County Common Pleas Courthouse
801 East Wheeling Ave.
Suite 101-D (Second Floor)
Phone: (740) 432-9266

Juvenile Probation Department
Bottom Floor in Common Pleas Courthouse
Phone: (740) 432-9229

Probate Division
Probate Court
Guernsey County Common Pleas Courthouse
801 East Wheeling Ave.
 Suite 203-D (Second Floor)
Phone: (740) 432-9262

Judge David B. Bennett

Probate Service Links

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 A.M. to 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M.

Phone: (740) 432-9262
Fax: (740) 439-5278

Probate Court Division Staff

Peter N. Cultice, Magistrate
Patricia A. Nichols, Court Administrator
Deana Craft, Deputy Clerk
Allanna Decker, Deputy Clerk