The probate court accepts payments made in person, via mail and online. 

In Person
Payments can be made in the clerks office of the Delaware County Probate Court during normal court hours via cash, check, money order or credit card (via public terminal).

Via Mail or Commercial Carrier
Payments may be mailed to the Delaware County Probate Court at the following address (for commercial carrier exclude the PO Box):

Delaware County Probate Court 
140 N. Sandusky Street, 3rd floor, PO Box 8006 Delaware, Ohio 43015

•    To ensure that the payment is applied correctly, please include the case number and the fees that the funds are to be applied to on the memo line of the check. 
•    For your protection, DO NOT send cash through the mail.

Payments can be made online via the eServices portal. ePayments are processed by PayPal; transactions are subject to a convenience fee in the amount of 4.5%. The fees are pursuant to Section 301.28 of the Ohio Revised Code. Without exception, the aforementioned fees are non-refundable.

The eServices portal and ePay is an online option available from a designated computer in the clerks office. This system allows for payments via debit or credit card. All transactions are subject to a convenience fee in the amount of $4.5%. The fees are pursuant to Section 301.28 of the Ohio Revised Code. Without exception, the aforementioned fees are non-refundable. 


(RC 2113.64 - 2113.68)

There are individuals, whose addresses or identities are unknown, who are the beneficiaries of estate or otherwise owners of funds handled in our Court. The case fiduciary deposited their respective distributive shares with the Treasurer of Delaware County, Ohio. The County Treasurer is now holding those funds as part of the County’s General Fund.  The County Auditor maintains a list identifying the beneficiaries.  The unknown heir/owner entitled to the funds, or that individual’s heirs if the individual is deceased, may apply to the Delaware County Probate Court for an order directing Delaware County to pay the unclaimed inheritance/account.

An Applicant for a specific fund will be required to provide government issued photo identification and such other supporting evidence of entitlement as the Court determines necessary. The Application for Unclaimed Inheritance form at the right must be completed and filed with the Court to initiate the claim proceedings. The cost deposit is $30.00 for funds of $100.00 or more. For claims to amounts less than $100.00, the Court waives the deposit. 

The County does not pay interest on the unclaimed funds.

This is a current list of cases in which the County Treasurer is holding funds for estate beneficiaries or the estates of missing wards:

1.  Est. of Anna Wagner, Case #00007320-PES - heir Raymond Jackson - Amount $440.56

2.  Est. of Francis McMillien, unknown heirs - Amount $1,093.46

3.  Est. of Grover C. Sperling, unknown heirs - Amount $1,506.30

4.  Est. of Dorothy Erick, unknown heirs - Amount $67.76

5.  Est of Lloyd Crafton, Case #5-88-225-R - unknown heirs - Amount $405.63

6.  Est. of Edward K. Snedeker, Case #79-383 - heir Jerry Lewis ($688.68); heir Elizabeth Ann Lewis ($688.68)

7.  Est. of Margaret Ryan, Case #00091243-PES - heir Catherine Duffy - Amount $1,184.24

8.  Est. of Lilah McCarty, Case #2-95-65-E - heir Relna L. Main ($9.65); heir Cheryl Page ($9.65)

9.  Est. of Mary F. Price, Case #26023 - heir Tom Thompson ($1,142.44); heir Thomas Price Brundige ($1,142.44)

10.  Est. of Bessie M. Pettit, Case #970568-E - heir Darel Pettit - Amount $500.00

11.  Est. of John Unland, Case #98-08-07375-E - unknown heirs - Amount $481.77

12.  Est. of Joan Wescott, Case #207642-E - heir Brenda Wescott - Amount $75.79

13.  Est. of Sherry Lou Cain, Case #208258-E - unknown heirs - Amount $5,894.73

14.  Est. of Allen E. Wilson, Case #210559-R - heir Angela Wilson - Amount $4,991.17

15.  Est. of Lawrence F. Cain, Case # 1304-0393-PES - heir Jacob Cain - Amount $69.70

16.  Est. of Ersell H. Mount, Case #1305-0658-PES - unknown heirs - Amount $2,000.00

17. Gdnshp and Trust for Raymond Guiducci, Case #00209704-G and Case # 1503-0244-PTR - Ward/beneficiary's address unknown - Amount $20,828.62




News Items 

1.  Appointment of a Successor Custodian under OH UTMA - The Court has created a specific link and webpage to assist with the procedure for obtaining the Court's designation of a successor Custodian for assets being held by a resigning, deceased, or incompetent Custodian under the Ohio Uniform Transfer to Minors Act.  The process is applicable only as a default to the other means for designation successors.  Local Forms are provided on the webpage in PDF fillable format.

25th Probate Bench/Bar Practical Probate Seminar - Scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.until Noon, at the Willis Building, Delaware, OH.  Reserve the date.  Three hours of CLE is being requested. Details will follow.

3.  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.



These fees are considered initial deposits.  Actual costs are accrued throughout proceedings and additional deposits may be required.  Cash, Checks and most Credit Cards (subject to a convenience fee) are acceptable forms of payment.  ATM -  For the convenience of the public, there is an ATM operated by First Commonwealth Bank located in the ground floor vending room of the Hayes Building. 


Adult $126.50                        
Includes $21.50 for birth certificate, if applicable

Full/Pre-placement* $1,493.00    
Includes $21.50 for birth certificate, if applicable

Step-Parent* $516.00
Includes $21.50 for birth certificate, if applicable

* For the above cases, if more than one (1) child is involved, an additional $175.00 per child will be charged.

Refinalization** $400.00
Includes $21.50 for birth certificate, if applicable

**For the above case, if more than one (1) child is involved, an additional $75.00 per child will be charged.

Public Agency $195.00
(DCJFS Only) Includes $21.50 for birth certificate for one child, additional children $21.50 each

Private Agency $400.00
(JFS outside of Delaware County and other private agencies) Includes $21.50 for birth certificate for one child, additional children $21.50 each


Correction of (all types) $87.00

Registration of $87.00



Plus proof of Notice ($1.00 per page)

ESTATES/Wrongful Death Cases $200.00

(With Will or without Will)

Special Administrator $90.00


Adult Person and/or Estate $225.00

Minor Person, or Person and Estate $225.00

Minor Estate Only (No Investigation) $125.00

Dispensing with Guardianship $70.00

Emergency $83.00

Power of Attorney -Nominating Guardian of Minor Child (Deposit for Safekeeping) $15.00

Nomination of Guardian for Incompetent (Deposit for Safekeeping) $15.00


Plus possible sheriff fees



Adults - $104.00 

Minors - $110.00   
Plus advertising in both types of cases to be paid directly to the publishing newspaper (i.e. the Delaware Gazette)



Application for Summary Release $88.00

Release with Will filed for Record Only $93.00

Release with Probate of Will $108.00

Application to Release Estate from Administration $88.00
There may be additional charges for Auto Title Transfers or Certificates of Transfer

Short Form Release from Administration $35.00


This deposit covers one (1) parcel only $68.00



      Tax filing only $58.00

TRUSTS/Special Needs Trusts $120.00


Will for Record Only (New Case) $58.00

Will for Record Only with Taxes $63.00    

File Will for Safekeeping $35.00   


Account Filing $17.00
Affidavits/Certificates $5.00
Applications $5.00

Application for Certificate of Transfer $5.00
Certificate of Termination $10.00
Certificate of Transfer - each $5.00
Creditor’s Claims $10.00
Copies (per page) $0.10

Copies Authenticated per page $2.10
Certified Copies (per page) $2.00
Certified Copy of Marriage Record $2.00
Copy of the Local Rules $5.00

Custodian (Successor) UTMA, Application $58.00
Declaratory Judgment Petition filed in open estate case $20.00
Designation of Heir, Application $20.00

Disclaimer $5.00
Election of Surviving Spouse $5.00

Exceptions $10.00
Insolvency $20.00
Inventory  $17.00

Letters $2.00

Motions $5.00

Oaths $5.00

Praecipe $5.00
Proof of Service $1.00
Filing of Claim $10.00

Receipts $1.00
Release of Claim $5.00

Request for Information - Application $25.00
Re-Appointment of Executor/Administrator $10.00
Reports $5.00

Safe Deposit Box Entry $25.00

Subpoena $5.00
Tax Forms $5.00
 Verifications - Custodial (Initial or Annual) $5.00
Waivers/Consents per sheet of paper $1.00