Ohio Probate Form 18.0

Petition For Adoption Of Minor

Everything you need to know about Ohio Form 18.0, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related OH probate forms.

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About Petition For Adoption Of Minor

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Petition For Adoption Of Minor is a commonly used form within Ohio. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Petition For Adoption Of Minor

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For Adoption Of Minor:

  • This form pertains to the State of Ohio

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about Ohio’s Form 18.0 - Petition For Adoption Of Minor up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form 18.0

Step 1 - Download the correct Ohio form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Ohio probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form 18.0, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in OH are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form 18.0 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form 18.0 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Petition For Adoption Of Minor to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Petition For Adoption Of Minor is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Ohio.

5 reasons you should submit 18.0 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Ohio can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Ohio. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Ohio is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Ohio probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Ohio probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form 18.0, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form 18.0 Online

Petition For Adoption Of Minor is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Ohio probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Ohio.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form 18.0 - Petition For Adoption Of Minor f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Ohio probate court office.

Petition For Adoption Of Minor is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Ohio-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form 18.0 - Petition For Adoption Of Minor is a probate form in Ohio.

  • Ohio has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Ohio.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Ohio, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition For Adoption Of Minor

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form 18.0

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Ohio Form 18.0 - Petition For Adoption Of Minor. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

PROBATE COURT OF _____________________ COUNTY, OHIO _______________, JUDGE IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF _______________________________________ (Name after adoption) CASE NO. __________ PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR [R.C. 3107.05] The undersigned petitions to adopt ______________________________________________________________________, a minor, and to change the name of the minor to ___________________________________________________________. PETITIONER The petitioner states the following: Full Name:___________________________________________________________________ Age ___________________ Full Name:___________________________________________________________________ Age ___________________ Place of Residence: __________________________________________________________________________________ Street Address ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______ Post Office State Zip Code Duration of residence Marital Status:_______________________________ Date and Place of Marriage:_________________________________ Relationship of Minor to Petitioner: _______________________________________________________________________ The petitioner has facilities and resource suitable to provide for the nurture and care of the minor and it is the desire of the petitioner to establish the relationship of parent and child with the minor. MINOR TO BE ADOPTED Birth Name:_______________________________________ Date of Birth: ______________________________ Place of Birth:_____________________________________ Property and Value: _________________________  The minor is living in the home of the petitioner, and was placed therein for adoption on the __________________ day of ____________________, 20____ by _______________________________________________________________.  The minor is not living in the home of the petitioner, and resides at ______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________. A certified copy of the birth certificate of the minor is filed with this petition or is not available due to the following: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________. A Preliminary Estimate Accounting (Form 18.9), if required, is filed with this petition.  The minor is in the permanent custody of __________________________________________________________ whose address is ____________________________________________________________________________________. FORM 18.0 – PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR Amended: March 1, 2017 Discard all previous versions of this form CASE NO. _________  The guardian ad litem during the permanent custody proceedings was ___________________________________ whose address is ____________________________________________________________________________________.  The attorney representing the minor during the permanent custody proceedings was ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ whose address is ____________________________________________________________________________________. PERSONS OR AGENCIES WHOSE CONSENT TO THE ADOPTION IS REQUIRED  Name:____________________________ Relationship:___________________ Age, if minor _________ Address:_________________________________________________________ □ Consent filed  Name:____________________________ Relationship: ___________________ Age, if minor _________ Address:_________________________________________________________ □ Consent filed  _____________________________________________________________, the agency has permanent Custody of the minor filed under, ________________________, ___________ □ Consent filed PERSONS WHOSE CONSENT TO THE ADOPTION IS NOT REQUIRED  No person has timely registered pursuant to R.C. 3107.062 as a putative father of the minor. Attached is Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Form 1697. A The consent of _______________________________________________________________________ Name Address Relationship B The consent of _______________________________________________________________________ Name Address Relationship is/are not required because: A B   The parent has failed without justifiable cause to provide more than de minimis contact with the minor for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.   The parent has failed without justifiable cause to provide for the maintenance and support of the minor as required by law or judicial decree for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the adoption petition or the placement of the minor in the home of the petitioner.   State other grounds under R.C. 3107.07 (includes putative father of the minor. __________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________ FORM 18.0 – PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR PAGE 2 Amended: March 1, 2017 Discard all previous versions of this form CASE NO. __________ _________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Attorney for Petitioner Petitioner _________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Typed or Printed Name Typed or Printed Name _________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Street Address Petitioner _________________________________________ _____________________________________________ City State Zip Code Typed or Printed Name _________________________________________ _____________________________________________ Telephone Number (include area code) Street Address Attorney Registration No. ____________________ _____________________________________________ City State Zip Code _____________________________________________ Telephone Number (include area code) FORM 18.0 – PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR PAGE 3 Amended: March 1, 2017 Discard all previous versions of this form

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