The Ohio Supreme Court issued new rules for adult guardianships in Ohio that went into effect June 1, 2015.

Among other changes, individuals interested in serving as guardians of adult wards are now required to take a one-time, six-hour course on the fundamentals of adult guardianship and must complete three hours of annual continuing education thereafter.

Probate courts in surrounding counties – Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Butler – have implemented different approaches to the education requirements, outlined below.

Hamilton County has established an exemption from the fundamentals and continuing education requirements at Local Rule 66.1(H) where the guardian is related to the adult ward by blood or marriage. Warren County also has an exemption where the guardian is related by blood or marriage at Local Rule 17(F) and (G).

Clermont County and Butler County have not established any such exemption from the education requirements. In those counties, guardians appointed after June 1, 2015 have six months from their date of appointment to complete the fundamentals course, while guardians already serving on June 1, 2015, or who served as a guardian during the five years immediately preceding that date, have until June 1, 2016.