SIDNEY — The Shelby County Probate Court had a busy year in 2016. Case filings were up nearly 10 percent, with increases in new estates, guardianships of incompetents, marriage license applications and adoptions.
Judge William R. Zimmerman has submitted the following report:
The Probate Court’s responsibilities include the processing of estates, guardianships of minors, guardianships of adults, adoptions and will contests. The Court also handles name changes, issues marriage licenses and oversees trusts. Chief Deputy Tricia Rosengarten and Deputy Clerk Carla Busse handle the majority of this work. Both Tricia and Carla have worked for the Court for over 20 years.
Our 2016 successes included:
• The Probate Court records are now online;
• We hosted a free guardianship seminar for people serving as guardians for minors or incompetent adults;
• We deposited over $51,000 into the General Fund, up 20 percent from when I first took office in 2009.
• Installed new microfilm equipment for record review
I left office on Feb. 8, 2017, to begin my new job as judge on the Third District Court of Appeals. It has been a pleasure to work with such a professional staff these past eight years.