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Ross County Court of Common Pleas
Probate Division

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Chillicothe, OH  45601

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Guardianship of an Incompetent
 

Fundamentals of Adult Guardianship

All forms must be typewritten and signed in blue ink
All Forms

    15.0    Next of Kin of Proposed Ward        
  15.01 Judgment Entry Setting Hearing on Application for Appointment of Guardian        
    15.1   Waiver of Notice and Consent        
    15.2   Fiduciary's Acceptance - Guardian        
    15.3   Guardian's Bond        
    15.4   Letters of Guardianship        
    15.5   Guardian's Inventory        
    15.6   Application to Release Funds to Guardian        
    15.7   Application for Authority to Expend Funds        
    15.8   Guardian's Account        
    15.9   Oath of Guardian        
    16.0   Application for Appointment of Guardian of Minor        
    16.1   Affidavit        
    16.2   Selection of Guardian by Minor over Fourteen Years of Age        
    16.3   Notice of Hearing for Appointment of Guardian of Minor (To Minor Over Age 14)        
    16.4   Notice of Hearing on Application for Appointment Guardian of Minor to Parent, Known Next of Kin and Person Having Custody      
    16.5   Judgment Entry Appointment of Guardian of Minor        
    17.0   Application for Appointment of Guardian (an Alleged Incompetent)        
    17.1   Statement of Expert Evaluation        
    17.1A Supplement for Emergency Guardianship of Person        
    17.3   Notice to Prospective Ward of Application and Hearing        
    17.4   Notice of Hearing for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent Person        
    17.5   Judgment Entry Appointment of Guardian for Incompetent Person Amended March 1, 2017        
    17.7   Guardian's Report Amended March 1, 2017        
    17.8   Court Investigator's Report on Proposed Guardianship        
    22.7   Report of Distribution        
    00000Complaint Against a Guardian        
    00000Certificate for Deposit of Will        
    00000Will for Deposit        
    27.0 Notice to Guardian-Submission of Comments or Complaints Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.1 Notice to Guardian and Maker of Comments or Complaints - Disposition of Comments or Complaints Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.2 Notice of Compliance with Guardian Education Requirements Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.3 Notice of / Application for Change of Address Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.4 Notice of / Application for Change of Address of Ward Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.5 Annual Registration Guardian with Ten or More Wards Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.6 Guardian with Ten or More Wards Annual Fee Schedule Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.7 Annual Guardianship Plan - Person Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.8 Annual Guardianship Plan - Estate Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.9 Application to Terminate Guardianship Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.10 Notification of Guardian's Receipt of Fees Other than Through Guardianship Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.11 Notification of Ward's Important Legal Papers Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.12 Receipt of Guardian's Handbook Effective March 1, 2017        
Emergency Guardianship of an Incompetent
Emergency Forms Only
               
               Application for Appointment of Emergency Guardian of Alleged Incompetent        
    15.0   Next of Kin of Proposed Ward        
    17.1   Statement of expert Evaluation        
    17.1A Supplement for Emergency Guardian of Person        
    15.2   Fiduciary's Acceptance        
    15.4   Letters of Guardianship - 72 hour notice, 30 day notice to alleged incompetent person        
              Motion and Entry for 30 day extension (if applicable)        
             Notice to Alleged Incompetent Person of Extension of Guardianship (30 day notice)        
    17.5 Judgment Entry Amended March 1, 2017        
             72 Hour Notice        
             Supplemental Guardianship Information        
           
                         

Guardianship of an Incompetent
Miscellaneous Instructions
                         
   

1.  A State of Expert Evaluation 17.1 (medical/psych) is required before any guardianship can be filed with Application for Appointment of      Guardian of Alleged Incompetent 17.0.

   
   

2.  The correct address of the ward is very necessary in order for the Court to complete the necessary service on the ward. The applicant or the       attorney is responsible for notifying the Court where the ward can be served (particularly if the ward is residing in an institution and not their       home.) If the ward is residing in his/her home or residing in the home of another person (relative, etc) the Court should be advised in order to       serve the ward in care of a competent adult at the address.

   
   

3.  If guardianship is for estate only, a bond is required for the personal assets of the ward. The amount of the bond is double the amount of the      personalty (any asset other than real estate). The bond should be fully executed and signed by the principal (guardian) and the bonding      company representative before it is presented to the Court for filing. The Letters of Guardianship will not be issued without the required bond      being filed. The bond should be filed prior to the scheduled hearing. (Guardian's Bond 15.3)

   
   

4.  All next of kin (next of kin of proposed ward 15.0) who reside within the State of Ohio must sign a Waiver of Notice and Consent 15.1 or be      served with notice. The notice of hearing form is Notice of Hearing 17.4. The Probate Court will issue service to the ward.

   
   

5.  The Oath of Guardian 15.9 must be signed before the Judge or a notary at the time of the hearing.

   
   

6.  The guardian must file a Guardian's Inventory 15.5 within 90 days after his/her appointment. The inventory lists the assets of the ward and the       value of those assets. No inventory is required if the guardianship is for the person only (must file an inventory if the guardianship is for the       estate or the person and the estate).

   
   

7.  The guardian is responsible for filing a Guardian's Report 17.7 every year from the date of his/her appointment. The Guardian's Reportmust       be accompanied by a Statement of Expert Evaluation 17.1. The Guardian's Report tells the Court of the ward's physical/mental condition,       living conditions, if the guardianship should be continued, etc. The Guardian's Report is required for the guardian of the estate, guardian of       the person, or both.

   
   

8.  The guardian is responsible for filing a Guardian's Account 15.8 every year from the date of their appointment. The Account shows       receipts/income and any disbursements that are made from the guardian's assets. The account deals with the ward's assets (what he/she       had at the beginning of the guardianship (as shown on the inventory) plus what he/she receives as income and how it is dispursed/spent).       The guardian must produce cancelled checks or receipts for payment of all disbursements when filing the account with the Court.

   
   

9.  The deposit for filing the Guardianship for an Incompetent is $174.00 and must be paid by either cash, credit card or a check       from a law office. No personal checks will be accepted. Please confirm the amount with the clerk since filing fees may have changed.

   
   

10. Additional costs are due when filing each account or guardian's report in case of person only.

   
                         
                         
Guardianship of Incompetent Forms
                         
    15.0    Next of Kin of Proposed Ward (Initial Filing)        
    15.01 Judgment Entry Setting Hearing on Application for Appointment of Guardian (Initial Filing)        
    15.1   Waiver of Notice and Consent (Initial Filing)      
    15.2   Fiduciary's Acceptance (Initial Filing)        
    15.3   Guardian's Bond (Initial Filing)        
    15.4   Letters of Guardianship (Initial Filing)        
    15.5   Guardian's Inventory        
    15.6   Application to Release Funds to Guardian        
    15.7   Application for Authorization to Expend Funds        
    15.8   Guardian's Account        
    15.81 Bank Certificate        
    15.9   Oath of Guardian (Initial Filing)        
    17.0   Application for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent (Initial Filing)        
    17.1   Statement of Expert Evaluation (Initial Filing)        
    17.3   Notice of Hearing to Alleged Incompetent or Prosective Ward (Initial Filing)        
    17.4   Notice of Hearing for Appointment of Guardian of Alleged Incompetent (Initial Filing)        
    17.5   Journal Entry Appointment of Guardian for Incompetent (Initial Filing) Amended March 1, 2017        
    17.7   Guardian's Report (Initial Filing) Amended March 1, 2017        
    17.8   Investigator's Report on Guardianship (Initial Filing)        
              Consent to Accept Jurisdiction Over Guardianship and Ward        
              Entry Accepting Jurisdiction Over Guardianship        
              Application to Extend Time        
    13.7  Waiver of Notice of Hearing on Account        
             Supplemental Guardianship Information        
              Notice of Hearing on Inventory        
              Notice of Hearing on Account        
    13.5A Additional Notice of Hearing on Account        
    Complaint Against a Guardian        
    Certificate for Deposit of Will        
    Will for Deposit        
    27.0 Notice to Guardian-Submission of Comments or Complaints Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.1 Notice to Guardian and Maker of Comments or Complaints - Disposition of Comments or Complaints Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.2 Notice of Compliance with Guardian Education Requirements Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.3 Notice of / Application for Change of Address Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.4 Notice of / Application for Change of Address of Ward Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.5 Annual Registration Guardian with Ten or More Wards Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.6 Guardian with Ten or More Wards Annual Fee Schedule Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.7 Annual Guardianship Plan - Person Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.8 Annual Guardianship Plan - Estate Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.9 Application to Terminate Guardianship Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.10 Notification of Guardian's Receipt of Fees Other than Through Guardianship Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.11 Notification of Ward's Important Legal Papers Effective March 1, 2017        
    27.12 Receipt of Guardian's Handbook Effective March 1, 2017        
                         
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