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The 2016 Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court Annual Report is Now Available. "Click Here" to view.

1.  Guardianship Adult Jurisdiction Affidavit - All Applications for Appointment of Guardian for Incompentent must be accompanied by a completed Adult Jurisdiction Affidavit (DCPC Form 66.12).  The form is available in this website at the "Guardianship-Adult" tab in the Pre-Hearing forms list, on the "Local Rules/Local Forms" tab, and at the intake counter in the Court lobby.

2 Inventories with Real Estate Legal Descriptions Missing will be Rejected - Inventories continaing real estate that do not also include the legal description for the property will be rejected as non-conforming filings.  Filers of inventories (estates, trusts and guardianships) with real estate are reminded that Loc.R. 78.1(B) requires that an inventory that includes real estate also contain the legal description, address, and tax parcel identificaton number (PIN) for the real estate. Please take note and remind your office staff. 

3.  First Commonwealth Bank (fka Delaware County Bank & Trust Co.) Verifications - Requests for completion of the annual verifications of the funds on deposit in Court Ordered restricted access accounts of the former Delaware County Bank & Trust Co. may be requested from "First Commonwealth Bank, (Legal Dept.), PO Box 400, Indiana, PA 15701.  Requestors should forward the appropriate verification form with the request.

4.  Amended Local Rules - Guardianship Consent Sales -  Effective May 12, 2017, the Court has adopted revised Local Rule 65.3 (Consents to Power to Sell Real Estate) to provide guidance for guardians who are able to use the new statutory precedure under RC 2127.012 for selling real estate without a land sale action when consents can be obtained from the necessary parties having an interest in the parcel.  Additonally, the Court has adopted new Local Forms 65.3A (Consent to Power to Sell Real Estate - Guardianships) and 65.3B (Representations with Respect to Guardianship Real Estate Sale by Consent) to assist counsel and guardians with the use of the new guardianship consent sale procedure.

5.  STABLE Accounts - A Guardian may find that they have a ward who qualifies for the establishment of an Ohio ABLE account (referred to by the administering Treasurer of Ohio as a STABLE account).  These accounts are authorized by federal law and corresponding Ohio implementing legislation (RC 113.50, et seq.) for individuals with disabilities arising prior to age 26 and who meet other requirements.  The assets/income in the account are not countable resources for purposes of several governmental benefit programs.  A guardian can establish a STABLE account for the ward, using assets and/or income of the ward, with prior court approval.   A local probate form has been created for use in applying to the Court for such authority.  It is included under both the Adult and the Minor Guardianship tabs on this website as a post-hearing form and also on the Local Forms tab.  The Treasurer's website for STABLE accounts is www.stableaccount.com.