IN THE MATTER OF: THE ESTATE OF BARBARA JEAN BRINGMAN, DECEASED
Appeal from the Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, Case
No. 03 CR 621D
Plaintiff-Appellant WILLIAM PAUL BRINGMAN BRINGMAN LEGAL CO.,
Defendant-Appellee NO APPEARANCE
John W. Wise, P. J., Hon. Patricia A. Delaney, J., Hon. Craig
R. Baldwin, J.
Appellant William Paul Bringman appeals the October 26, 2017,
decision of the Knox County Court of Common Pleas, Probate
Division, which granted Steven C. McGann's Application to
be Appointed Administer of the Estate of Barbara J. Bringman
and denied Appellant's "Protective Application"
for Appointment as Executor.
Appellee Steven McGann has not filed a brief in this matter.
This case comes to us on the accelerated calendar. App.R.
11.1, which governs accelerated calendar cases, provides, in
"(E) Determination and judgment on appeal. The appeal
will be determined as provided by App.R. 11.1. It shall be
sufficient compliance with App.R. 12(A) for the statement of
the reason for the court's decision as to each error to
be in brief and conclusionary form. The decision may be by
judgment entry in which case it will not be published in any
This appeal shall be considered in accordance with the
OF THE FACTS AND CASE
The relevant facts leading to this appeal are as follows.
On September 13, 2016, Appellee Steven McGann, a Columbus
attorney, filed an application in the Knox County Probate
Court (hereinafter "trial court") requesting
authority to administer the estate of Barbara J. Bringman,
decedent. According to said application, Ms. Bringman, at the
time of her death on or about March 23, 2016, had been
"living temporarily at Lyn Village Apartments ***
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 but was a Knox County resident up to
that point." The application also stated that to the
best of Attorney McGann's knowledge, Ms. Bringman did not
leave a will.
A hearing on Attorney McGann's application was thereupon
scheduled for a hearing at the Knox County Probate Court on
October 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM.
However, about one hour before the aforesaid hearing,
Appellant William Paul Bringman, a Worthington attorney and
the decedent's ex-husband, filed a written objection and
motion to deny the appointment of Attorney McGann,
essentially asserting that Knox County lacked jurisdiction
over the estate. Attached to the motion was a copy of an
entry from the Franklin County Probate Court, dated October
24, 2016, naming Attorney Bringman (executor) as the
fiduciary for the estate of Barbara J. Bringman under
Franklin County Probate Case No. 581473. Accordingly, the
trial court set the matter for a new hearing on December 1,
2016, at the Knox County Probate Court. The hearing went
forward as scheduled.
On January 23, 2017, the trial court issued a judgment entry
ordering that the administration of Ms. Bringman's estate
would proceed in Knox County under case number 2016-1217. The
court also therein requested that the Franklin County Probate
Court forward certified copies of Ms. Bringman's will and
the entry admitting the will. The court also stated in the
entry that the will would be administered as a foreign
document. Finally, the matter of ...