Court Requests Comment on Proposed Guardianship and Probate Forms
New and updated forms for adult guardianship cases and a few other probate matters have been published for comment.
Following the Ohio Supreme Court’s adoption of new adult guardianship rules (Sup.R. 66.01 through 66.09) in June 2015, the Ohio Association of Probate Judges suggested several changes to forms used by probate courts. The Commission on the Rules of Superintendence reviewed the proposal and submitted its recommendations to the Court.
The guardianship-related changes consist of 11 new forms (Standard Probate Forms 27.0 to 27.10) and amendments to two other forms. The proposed new forms include:
- Notification by probate court to guardians when it receives comments or complaints about the guardian and when it decides whether to hold a hearing about the comments or complaints
- Guardian’s notification to the probate court that he or she has completed the required training courses
- Guardian’s application to begin a legal proceeding for a ward under his or her care
- Report to be completed by guardian listing a breakdown of fees incurred, including guardianship, legal, and other direct services fees
- Annual guardianship plan
- Report detailing whether a ward has certain legal papers and their location
- Application to close the guardianship of an estate
- Address change notices and other personal information updates for guardians or wards.
In other probate areas, the suggested amendments would adjust forms about adoptions, minors’ estates, and the appointment of appraisers.
The 30-day public comment period ends on June 23, 2016. Comments about these forms should be submitted in writing to:
Senior Policy and Research Counsel
Ohio Supreme Court
65 S. Front St., Seventh Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
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