Probate Court

About the Court

The jurisdiction of the Probate Court is defined In R. C. 2101.24. The Code places many diverse duties upon the Court.

The Ashtabula County Probate Court provides a variety of services to the legal community, as well as the general public. The Court consists of one (1) Judge, one (1) magistrate, one (1) Chief Deputy Clerk, and five (5) Deputy Clerks. With the assistance of these people, the Court handles the following administrative functions: the probating of wills, estate administrations (full estates and releases from administration), trusts, guardianships of incompetent adults and minors, commitment hearings for the mentally ill and mentally challenged, adoptions, birth corrections, name changes, delayed birth registrations, custodial accounts, lost heir accounts, order disinterments, Adult Protective Services cases, and issues approximately 650 marriage licenses per year. In addition, the Court tries litigation issues in all the above matters.

A unique aspect of the Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts; thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts (indexing, filing, docketing, etc.).

Probate Court Mission Statement

The mission of the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, is to provide prompt and fair resolutions to legal issues, disputes and other legal matters for all who appear before the Court and for all whom the Court has a duty to protect. The Court will serve the citizens of the community with dedication, professionalism, and integrity and will strive to: accurately and efficiently maintain its court records, provide timely access to the court and its public records, and fulfill its obligations and responsibilities as established by Ohio law.

Magistrate - Richard Dana, Esq.

Richard Dana, Esq. began his term as a new Magistrate in January 2023.  Richard graduated with University Honors from the Ohio State University. He received his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Richard has prior experience as an acting judge and has also served as a former member of a local School Board.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies and Criminology, Department of Sociology, and Instructor of Business Law and Ethics at Kent State University – Ashtabula. Richard brings a wealth of legal experience and community involvement to our bench.  He is a Past-President of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and a former board member of the Ashtabula County Mental Health/Recovery Services Board.  He is a Past Board President of the Hubbard House Underground Railroad Museum and currently serves as a Board Vice Chair of University Hospitals Eastern Market. Richard has created and presented programming highlighting the role the “Western Reserve” has played in the history of the Underground Railroad, Women’s Suffrage, and the Civil Rights Movement. He has spoken on these topics throughout the Country and at the White House in February of 2016.  In 2017, Richard moderated a panel discussion during the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. Richard is a wealth of local and court knowledge and is excited for this opportunity.

Probate Staff

Court Administrator

Chief Deputy Clerk

Andrew Misiak (440) 994-6004
Andrea Hathaway (440) 576-3455
Jennifer Bagliore (440) 576-3536
Lindsey Broussard (440) 576-3456
Susan Allen (440) 576-3533
Marriage Licenses (440) 576-3453
  • Juvenile Court: (440) 994-6000
  • Fax: (440) 994-6020
  • Resource Center: (440) 994-6044
  • Fax: (440) 994-6040
  • 4717 Main Avenue
    Ashtabula, Ohio 44004