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Judge Ralph Winkler and the Hamilton County Probate Court employees are committed to providing excellent service through courtesy, dedication and professionalism while following all laws of the United States of America and State of Ohio. The Court ensures prompt and equal access to all court records and services by using the latest technology to consistently improve accuracy and efficiency in our office, while increasing the times and locations that citizens can access our services. We strive to protect the rights and safety of all people, and those the court have been entrusted to protect, with prompt and just resolution to all legal matters brought before the Court. The Court provides over 80 unique services, some of them include assisting in the distribution of assets from generation to generation, providing guardianship for residents who cannot care for themselves and growing families through marriage and adoptions.

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THE HONORABLE JUDGE RALPH E. WINKLER

Judge Ralph Winkler is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Colerain High School in 1979 and the University of Cincinnati in 1983 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his J.D. from Chase Law School at Northern Kentucky University graduating in 1987.  While in law school, Judge Winkler worked full time as a law clerk in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.  After passing the Bar in 1987, he worked in the private practice of law and as an assistant prosecutor until April of 1999 when the Governor appointed him a Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge.   In 2004, he was elected to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and was reelected for a second term in 2010.  In 2004, Judge Winkler received his diploma in Judicial Skills from the American Academy of Judicial Education and in 2008 was named Trial Judge of the Year by the Hamilton County Trial Lawyers Association.  He has served as adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College Of Law.  After winning the Election for Hamilton County Probate Court Judge in November 2014, in 2015 Judge Winkler began serving the public by hearing cases involving adoptions, mental health care, guardianships, estates, and other probate cases.  He is married to Teresa Winkler and has three daughters and six grandchildren.  As a judge for over 17 years, he has presided over 36,000 + cases, giving him a wide variety of great experience.  He feels blessed to hold a job he loves and looks forward to what each new day brings. 

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Effective: January 1, 2018

Ohio Law requires the Hamilton County Probate Court to post a list of cases in which money has been paid and remained in the hands of the Court for one year since the next preceding first Monday of January. The attached is a list of funds, which are being held by the Hamilton County Probate Court. Payees can contact the probate cashier by Wednesday February 7, 2018 to claim the funds. The cashier is located on the 9th floor of the William Howard Taft Center at 230 East 9th Street and is open for business Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. For additional information contact the cashier at 946-3583.

Check Number Check Date Amount Payee Case Number Case Caption
59145 01/13/2016 213.00 STEVEN D HALPER 2014001886 CHARLOTTE R STUEBING
59150 01/21/2016 35.00 BONNIE HARRISON 2005003112 DOUGLAS HARRISON
59166 01/21/2016 59.00 LESLIE K CANNON 2015004425 JOHN H CANNON
59169 01/21/2016 22.00 MELINDA M REID 2015005179 VINCENT JAMES REID
59191 01/28/2016 25.45 MILDRED DEDDEN 2015003191 VIRGINIA L SIVORI
59244 02/11/2016 20.00 JOSHUA GOODE 2010001465 NEIL A KUMPF
59286 02/18/2016 22.00 RICHARD B DUSTERBERG 2010002968 ANTHONY R BURNAM V
59304 02/18/2016 50.50 HELEN R COLEMAN 2015004579 ERVIN COLEMAN
59306 02/18/2016 31.00 SARAH E MOSHER 2015005430 TROY RYAN JONES
59315 02/25/2016 29.50 JOHN JAMES MCMULLEN 2014003317 MARTIN E MCMULLEN
59325 02/25/2016 19.80 TIFFANY JONES 2015005346 AHMAD M RASHID
59332 02/26/2016 13.95 PAMELA CARTER 1999005698 HJAVIER JIREH PITTS
59351 03/04/2016 52.95 DUSTIN JAMES SOUDERS 2015001435 CLAIRE ANN SOUDERS
59386 03/11/2016 10.00 PNC BANK NA 1974003220 WALLACE ESPY
59389 03/11/2016 22.05 LEWIS H SEILER 2012003102 IDABELLE BLUE
59392 03/11/2016 9.85 MARGARET ROACH CAPOZZOLO 2014003887 EDWARD ALEXANDER ROACH
59405 03/11/2016 40.90 RONNIE HAROLD BELLAMY 2015004522 BARBARA JEAN BELLAMY
59414 03/11/2016 35.00 MELISSA SMITH 2016000758 MARGOT AMINA VICTORIA REESE
59432 03/18/2016 10.00 GERALD GRAHAM 2015002336 CHARLES A GRAHAM JR
59459 03/24/2016 10.00 NICHOLAS RYAN LEWIS 2015004044
59465 03/24/2016 35.00 MELISSA SMITH 2016000759 LEYLA LAURA LOTFI
59481 03/29/2016 19.00 CHRISTOPHER JOHN DALEY 2015004868 ROBERT J DALEY
59482 03/29/2016 14.00 BRITTANY COY 2015005195
59509 04/06/2016 7.50 LARRY M CONLEY 2009005358 CHESTER CONLEY
59516 04/06/2016 6.00 BRENDA PATRICK 2015000413 BERNICE BYRD
59523 04/06/2016 18.43 JAMES W HENDRICKS 2015003798 LOUIS J HENDRICKS JR
59556 04/13/2016 13.85 ROBERT MICHAEL LEVIN 2015004580
59559 04/13/2016 9.00 BRADLEY MARCUS SALLY 2016000269
59566 04/20/2016 15.00 GARY ROBERTS 2007000753 NANCY D HOLMES
59572 04/20/2016 19.00 SHANNON WHEELER 2014000296 DASHAWN WHEELER
59605 04/27/2016 13.90 STEPHEN P RODENBECK 2015000567 JUSTIN BECKER
59680 05/12/2016 15.80 KELLY DICKENS 2015005110 BURT DICKENS
59710 05/18/2016 10.20 MARY HALLOCK EDWARD 2015003922 RUTH G NOONE
59727 05/25/2016 169.85 KEYBANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 2014004099 ROBERT B FRIEDMAN
59733 05/25/2016 35.00 DALE W BROWNING 2015004220 MARY RUTH BROWNING
59773 06/02/2016 35.00 ERVIN BINFORD 2016001698 BARACK OBAMA BINFORD
59788 06/10/2016 13.95 PAMELA J TIMON 2015002039 DOROTHY J KLENK
59809 06/10/2016 49.00 JEAN C MCFADDIN 2016001614 ARTHUR H MCFADDIN
59815 06/16/2016 26.00 REBECCA M JACKSON 2014000371 STUART C JACKSON
59818 06/16/2016 6.90 JOSEPH P SCHLOTTHAUER 2015001071 JOHN A DOLWIG
59830 06/16/2016 9.00 DAVID DANA GEIGER 2016001446
59831 06/16/2016 9.00 DAVID DANA GEIGER 2016001447
59835 06/16/2016 35.00 JIA BING WU 2016002261 FANGYI WU
59845 06/22/2016 5.70 GREGORY T JARVIS 2014004951 LILLIAN A JARVIS
59854 06/22/2016 15.00 TOM M JONES 2015004975 EVELYN COOKSEY
59876 06/29/2016 32.95 GERALD L OSTERBROCK 2015004941 GERALD A OSTERBROCK
59916 07/07/2016 40.00 LEWIS H SEILER 2015004017 SHIRLEY M STAHL
59918 07/07/2016 10.80 T STEPHEN PHILLIPS 2015004428 HELEN H MORRISON
59945 07/19/2016 38.70 JENNIFER L COATES 2016000127 FRANCES F GILMORE
60020 08/04/2016 18.90 LISA JOHNSON 2013002359 JAMES D JOHNSON
60021 08/04/2016 6.80 PATRICIA E PENSAK 2014000867 RUTH NEWMAN
60025 08/04/2016 6.85 CONSTANCE BANTA 2015002504 CORNELIA B MAHN
60026 08/04/2016 41.85 CAROL L EASLEY 2015002857 JENNIFER L EASLEY
60035 08/04/2016 22.00 TRICIA BAUR 2016002712 ZACHARY M BAUR
60094 08/25/2016 12.00 BRUCE KOELKER 2015000095 AUDREY K PETTIGREW
60100 08/25/2016 14.80 ROBERT J FELDMAN 2015002466 ROBERT E FELDMAN
60136 09/02/2016 11.90 DAVID THOMAS BIEHN JR 2003002377 DESIREA MICHELLE BIEHN
60199 09/14/2016 33.17 MARY BURK 2014005387 ROSEY CASEY
60208 09/14/2016 13.40 DENVER W KIDD 2016001413 COY E KIDD
60218 09/22/2016 98.90 ROSE BRADLEY 2015000609 MICHAEL BRADLEY
60237 09/22/2016 9.00 PAMELA MILLER 2016003277
60284 10/05/2016 40.50 EMILY HARRISON 2013005000 JAMES R HARRISON IV
60290 10/05/2016 18.70 TODD S NEUMANN 2016000549 SHIRLEY A NEUMANN
60310 10/12/2016 105.95 DIANNE KRAUSE 2012002721 PAUL F KOENIG
60318 10/12/2016 9.00 KEVIN ALEXANDER HUGHES 2016003571
60324 10/20/2016 12.00 LINDA MARTIN COLE 2014005514 ULYS C MARTIN
60332 10/20/2016 25.75 LISA M BRYSON 2015004927 NOEL J BIESIK
60333 10/20/2016 67.00 BRYAN EDWARD WARREN 2015005357 BRENDA JEAN WARREN
60360 10/27/2016 12.00 SUSAN M RODGERS 2015003600 SARAH R ZAVITZ
60361 10/27/2016 27.00 SUSAN BELL 2015005087 CAROLYN HUSTON
60413 11/03/2016 13.70 GLENN D GIESTING 2016001762 PATRICIA E GIESTING
60418 11/03/2016 47.50 PATRICIA D LAUB 2016004253 JENNIFER LAZAROW
60429 11/10/2016 16.00 DANIEL L BISH 2016001198 MAJA ADAM BISH
60480 11/23/2016 29.80 ADRIANNE C SHEPHERD 2016002186 MARTIN R ENGLAND
60487 11/23/2016 9.00 JOE M RICHARDSON III 2016003809
60505 12/02/2016 9.00 HUNTINGTON NATIONAL BANK 2000001203 ELIZABETH BRADY AGUADO
60507 12/02/2016 6.00 ERICA PRATHER 2009003531 MICHAEL AMISON JR
60564 12/15/2016 8.50 KENNETH M BATCHLER 2016000922 SHIRLEE M BATCHLER
60573 12/15/2016 42.40 BRANDI L COLLINS 2016002377 DANIEL L PETERSON
60576 12/15/2016 12.00 ANDRE DAVIS 2016004171

 

Effective January 1st, 2018 the Probate Court will be collecting fees to implement a Guardianship Project Fund. The fee charged will be $10.00. The Probate Court will be increasing the required case deposits for actions and proceedings before the court due to this fund.

NEW COURT COSTS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018

CODE DESCRIPTION NEW DEPOSIT
AA ADULT ADOPTION $173.00
AC CONSENT TO INTERSTATE ADOPTION $63.00
AF REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN BIRTH RECORD $87.00
AG AGENCY ADOPTION $195.00
AL PRE-PLACEMENT $72.00
AP PRIVATE ADOPTION $195.00
AR READOPTION (AKA FOREIGN READOPTION) $180.00
AS ADOPTION BY STEP PARENT/RELATIVE $180.00
AX COMPLAINT DETERMINING BIRTH REGISTRATION $185.00
AZ SURROGACY AGREEMENT $82.00
BC BIRTH CORRECTION $57.00
BR BIRTH REGISTRATION $57.00
CD DISINTERMENT $85.00
CH DETERMINATION OF HEIRSHIP $150.00
CI CIVIL CASE (UNSPECIFIED) $175.00
CM CORRECTION OF MARRIAGE RECORD $82.00
CN NAME CHANGE $170.00
CS SALES CASE $150.00
CT TRANSFER STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT $165.00
CW WILL CONTEST $175.00
DG DESIGNATION OF GUARDIAN - POWER OF ATTY $50.00
DG DESIGNATION OF GUARDIAN $50.00
DH DESIGNATION OF HEIR $110.00
DP JOINT DECLARATION OF PATERNITY $67.00
DR AUTHENTICATED COPIES $39.00
DR AUTHENTICATED COPIES WITH WILL $49.00
DW WILL DEPOSIT $40.00
EA FULL ADMINISTRATION (DOD PRIOR TO 1/1/2002) $250.00
EB REOPEN FULL ADMINISTRATION $95.00
EC CERTIFICATE OF TRANSFER OVER 10 YRS. AGO $80.00
ED ADMIT WILL ONLY $90.00
EE ESTATE TAX RETURN ONLY $28.00
EF WILL FOR RECORD ONLY $25.00
EG DISPOSITION OF BODILY REMAINS $80.00
EN FULL ADMINISTRATION (DOD AFTER 1/1/2002) $250.00
EP ESTATE RELIEVED (PUBLICATION REQUIRED) $173.00
EP ESTATE RELIEVED (PUBLICATION REQ w/will) $198.00
ER ESTATE RELIEVED (NO PUBLICATION) $136.00
ER ESTATE RELIEVED (NO PUBLICATION w/will) $161.00
EX WRONGFUL DEATH ONLY ESTATE $185.00
EZ SUMMARY RELEASE FROM ADMINISTRATION $125.00
GC CONSERVATORSHIP $148.00
GE ADULT GUARDIANSHIP (ESTATE ONLY) $237.00
GI ADULT GUARDIANSHIP (PERSON AND ESTATE) $237.00
GP ADULT GUARDIANSHIP (PERSON ONLY) $221.00
GX PETITION FOR PROTECTIVE SERVICES $175.00
IT INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT $90.00
MA APPOINTMENT OF SUCCESSOR CUSTODIAN $57.00
ME MINOR GUARDIANSHIP (ESTATE ONLY) $160.00
MG MINOR GUARDIANSHIP (PERSON AND ESTATE) $160.00
MJ MINOR DECLINING JURISDICTION $103.00
MP MINOR GUARDIANSHIP (PERSON ONLY) $141.00
MS MINOR SETTLEMENT (NO GUARDIAN) $100.00
MX DELIVER FUNDS TO MINOR (NO GUARDIAN) $70.00
TM TRUST (MISC.) $130.00
TS TRUST (SPECIAL NEEDS) $130.00
TT TRUST (TESTAMENTARY TRUST) $130.00
TW TRUST (WRONGFUL DEATH) $130.00

Effective January 1st, 2018 the Probate Court will be increasing the fee for a Marriage License to $75.00.

If you have any questions regarding any other fees please contact our Cashier’s Office @ 513-946-3583.

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