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Welcome to the Sandusky County Probate Court’s website, which was recently updated through the assistance of an Ohio Supreme Court Technology Grant, and the hard work of our incredible Court Staff!

Under the first Ohio Constitution of 1802, the Court of Common Pleas had exclusive jurisdiction over all Probate matters. The updated Ohio Constitution of 1851 shifted this power by creating a separate Probate Court in each of Ohio’s 88 counties. In Sandusky County, I serve jointly as Judge of the Juvenile Court and Probate Court simultaneously.

Judge Brad Smith

Judge Brad Smith

My judicial role as Probate Court Judge is to oversee the administration of decedent's estates, guardianships, adoptions and trusts, as well as issuing marriage licenses, making various appointments to boards & commissions, and other administrative duties. With the assistance of my Magistrates, we make Findings of Facts and issue Orders in cases involving will contest actions, wrongful death settlements, settlements involving injuries to minors, applications for name changes, various other civil suits, and the involuntary evaluation/hospitalization of the mentally ill.

Although it is my duty to settle disputes based on the facts and the law, coupled with some judicial discretion, I always encourage our citizens to make a sincere effort to settle disputes amongst those involved or through mediation, as opposed to creating the ill-will and expense associated with prolonged litigation in Court. Remember, conflict can’t survive without your participation!

Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as your Sandusky County Juvenile & Probate Court Judge since 2009…

This website was developed with monies awarded to the Court through the 2017 Ohio Supreme Court Technology Grant.

PROBATE COURT NEWS

Sandusky County Deputy Clerk

Sandusky County Juvenile/Probate Court is accepting applications for a full-time Deputy Clerk. Example of minimum acceptable qualifications includes: Associate Degree in Legal Practices or closely related field OR 2 years of experience as a deputy clerk or legal secretary. Excellent communication, organizational, computer and clerical skills are required. MUST have the ability to effectively communicate with co-workers and various outside personnel in a consistently friendly manner. Must be able to follow detailed directions and be multi-task oriented.

Work duties include: Receives and prepares various legal documents and processes filings; dockets cases; prepares journal entries regarding cases and reviews cases for procedural compliance; prepares correspondence and notices and sends as directed; receives payments; issues and posts receipts; answers telephones and public inquiries; and operates general office machines. Starting wage is $12.25 per hour, plus all standard County Benefits. Interested individuals may apply by application and resume to: Sandusky County Human Resource Office, 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio or go to www.sandusky-county.com, under county departments select Human Resources and complete the online application. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2018 or until filled. EOE.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I PERSONALLY WANT TO THANK MY PROBATE DEPUTY CLERKS FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK AND INPUT IN DEVELOPING OUR WEBSITE AND LOCAL FORMS – JUDGE BRAD SMITH

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