seal of ohio

Hocking County

Juvenile & Probate Courts

Probate Court FAQ

The purpose of the Probate Court is as follows:

  • Proper administration of decedent's estates
  • To hear petitions for adoption
  • Grant marriage licenses
  • Determine need for involuntary hospitalization in mental illness cases
  • To hear change of name petitions
  • To direct and control the conduct of fiduciaries in decedent's estates
  • Guardianships
  • Trusts
  • Conservatorships
  • To hear applications for appointment of guardian
  • To grant declaratory judgements
  • To hear complaint as to continuation, use, withdrawal, or withholding life sustaining treatment with persons terminally ill or permanently unconscious state
  • To authorize sale of land and completing of contracts by administrators, executors, or guardians
  • To hear petition for withdrawal of hydration nutrition for certain persons, in permanently unconscious states