COURT

JUDGE BRAD SMITH

Judge Smith is currently serving his third 6-year elected term as Sandusky County’s Juvenile & Probate Court Judge. He was born in 1969 to Ken & Jane (Mayle) Smith, and resides in Fremont, with his 4 sons. His ability to be successful in this position has come from a great variety of life experiences and activities, some of which are highlighted below...

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Enjoying time with his Family, Travel, Motor Sports, and OSU Football

COURT HOURS AND LOCATION

The Court’s hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Court is closed on all legal holidays. The address is 100 N. Park Ave., Fremont, OH 43420. The main telephone number for Probate Court is 419-334-6211. You are required to enter through the front of the Courthouse located on Park Avenue and be screened by the Courthouse Security Officers.

LEGAL HOLIDAYS

New Year’s Day

President’s Day

Juneteenth

Labor Day

Veterans Day

Christmas Day

Martin Luther King Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Columbus Day

Thanksgiving Day

COURT ATTIRE

If you are appearing for a court hearing, there will be a Judge or Magistrate presiding. It is important to wear clothing that shows respect and that you are taking this matter seriously. Be conservative, as you want to present the best image possible. Suggestions are clothing you would wear to work or a nice social function. If you are dressed inappropriately, the Judge or Magistrate may take exception and reschedule the hearing with an enforceable dress code.

COURT COSTS

UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THE COURT THE ADVANCE DEPOSITS FOR PLEADINGS IN THE PROBATE DIVISION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Adoption for Children in Custody of JFS (per child) $150.00
Certified Copies $1.25
Certified Copy of Birth/Death Certificate $5.00
Change of Name $100.00
Civil Proceedings $100.00
Claim $10.00
Conservatorship $125.00
Full Administration of an Estate $200.00
Guardianship of Incompetent $200.00
Guardianship of Minor $175.00
Private Adoption (per child) $350.00
Relief of Administration of an Estate $150.00
Testamentary Trust $125.00
Will on Deposit $25.00

UNCLAIMED FUNDS

All public officials are liable for public money received or collected. All money received or collected that hasn’t been paid out according to law shall be paid into the County Treasury, on the order of the County Auditor, and shall be retained there until claimed by its lawful owner. If not claimed within a five year period, the money shall revert to the General Fund.

On the First Monday of January, the Court is required to post a list in the Court’s Office designating the amount of money and the name of the party in which the “unclaimed” funds remain, for a period of one year preceding the First Monday of January, for 30 days. On the Second Monday of January the list must be posted on the Court’s website, for the same period of time. Unclaimed Funds for Probate Court are:

UNCLAIMED FUNDS

Checks have been issued by Sandusky County Probate Court and remain uncashed. If these checks are NOT reissued by January 31, 2022, they will be turned over to the County Auditor as unclaimed funds.

CASE NUMBER CHECK NUMBER NAME AMOUNT
21920320 VOIDED CHECK #7502 SPEEDWAY
FREMONT, OH 43420
$24.99
21030010 VOIDED CHECK #7508 ADAM ABDOO
FREMONT, OH 43420
$135.00
22020028 VOIDED CHECK #7560 RITE AID
HARRISBURG,PA 17105
$20.00
21920276 VOIDED CHECK #7584 JENNIFER STICKLE
ZELIENOPLE, PA 16063
$41.00
22020099 VOIDED CHECK #7626 WAL-MART
FREMONT, OH 43420
$32.94
22020231 VOIDED CHECK #7767 LYNDSAY HOWLAND
FREMONT, OH 43420
$160.00

Prior to January, 31, 2022, if you would like to have your check reissued; please contact the Court by email at probateinfo@co.sandusky.oh.us.

After January, 31, 2022, you will need to contact the Sandusky County Auditor’s Office to claim your funds.

LOCAL RULES

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