SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

State Of The Court 2018

Upon my election in 2013, I assembled a Transition Team to set goals and direction to improve the service and efficiency of Summit County Probate Court.  At that time, I promised to deliver improved court services.  The growth and innovation that the Court has delivered in last five years has meant more than just a rise in the number of people served.  We have improved the quality the Court as well as modernized it to better serve the people of Summit County now and into the future.  This year’s State of the Court looks at many of the numbers and some of the faces behind the steps taken to improve services, and better meet the needs of our community inside and outside the walls of the courthouse. It is my pleasure to share the Probate Court’s 2018 State of the Court……..Promises Made, Promises Kept Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer Summit County Probate...

My Loved One Has Passed

My Loved One Has Passed

Jan 9, 2015

When a person dies, some assets automatically transfer to named beneficiaries like life insurance or investment accounts; others can transfer outside of probate, such as joint and survivorship real estate or property recorded to transfer on death. All other property, real or personal, must be transferred through Probate court. This is known as “probating the estate.” Once Probate receives a request to open and administer an estate, the Court appoints a “fiduciary” to handle the affairs of the deceased person. The fiduciary first inventories the decedent’s assets and liabilities to ensure that property is properly collected, managed, and fairly distributed among the creditors and their heirs and/or beneficiaries, according to the directions of the decedent and/or the laws of Ohio. Naming a fiduciary to administer the estate, hiring an attorney, probating the Will, and handling all of the financial responsibilities can be a daunting process. Due to the complexity of the law and the legal issues that may be involved in estate administration, the Court recommends that all fiduciaries seek legal counsel. Good legal advice and guidance can expedite probate and prevent costly errors. The value of each estate’s assets determines the type of estate filing that is required.  Learn when it is appropriate and how to file an estate on your own. Click for Video   The types of estate filing include: Short Form Release from Administration When the deceased person’s estate is valued at $4,500 or less, and the funeral bill is paid, click on the following Short Form Release from Administration. Instructions for Filing Short Form Release from Administration   Summary Release from Administration When the deceased person’s estate is valued under the lesser of $5,000 or the amount of decedent’s funeral and burial expenses and the applicant has paid the funeral bill (or is obliged in writing to pay the funeral bill), or there is a surviving spouse, assets are under $45,000, and the decedent’s funeral and burial expenses have been prepaid, paid by the surviving spouse (or the spouse is obligated in writing to pay the funeral bill), follow the instructions for a Summary Release from Administration. Instructions for Filing Summary Release from Administration   Release from Administration When...

Welcome to Summit County Probate Court

Welcome to Summit County Probate Court

Dec 3, 2014

Welcome to the Summit County Probate Court website. Our goal is to assist those in need in the many important areas our Court serves. We seek to do this with integrity and being faithful to the laws of the State of Ohio.

I Want To Become a Guardian

I Want To Become a Guardian

Dec 3, 2014

Probate Court offers three types of guardianships depending on the needs and age of the proposed ward. An Adult Guardianship is established for a person over the age of 18 who is unable to manage their own care. Guardianship of a Minor is for a child under the age of 18 who has no living parents or whose parents are unable to properly care for the child. A third type, a Conservatorship, is established for a person who is mentally competent but has physical or some mental limitations. All potential guardians must complete appropriate forms to start the process. To view a series of helpful videos on guardianship, go to: (Guardianship Videos)   Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult is for an individual over 18 years old, (the proposed ward), who is “so mentally impaired and medically in need that they are incapable of taking proper care of themselves or their property.” A guardian may be appointed for the Person of the ward – making personal/medical decisions for them, for the Estate of the ward – making financial decisions or both. Potential guardians must pass a background check and present proof of incompetence of the proposed ward. Once a guardianship application is filed, and a medical assessment is complete, the Court will determine if a guardianship is in the best interest of the person in question. If so, the Court appoints a guardian. Follow this link for more information: Instructions for Filing a Guardianship of an Incompetent Adult The Court requires BCI Background Checks for all guardians which check for any past criminal record that would exclude an individual from becoming a guardian. For information on obtaining a BCI Background Check, click BCI Background Check. Once an individual becomes a guardian, the Court provides an initial training session as well as continued training on guardianship-related topics. The Guardianship Videos link above provides numerous training videos for guardians. Upon appointment as a guardian, you will receive a copy of our updated Guardian’s Handbook, which was revised on 02/01/2016. Guardian Handbook After appointment, a guardian has ongoing responsibilities including annual filings. A Guardian of the Estate must keep...

I Want To Adopt

I Want To Adopt

Dec 3, 2014

Helping a child and parent become a family is one of the most rewarding duties of the Court. Whether you are a two-parent family, a single parent or a stepparent, consider creating a loving “forever” bond with a child through adoption. Probate Court has the responsibility for finalizing all adoptions within Summit County, and depending on your personal situation, there are numerous ways to successfully adopt.  We invite you to watch our video, Foster Care to Adoption:  A Journey to a Forever Family, to hear parents share their experiences as foster-to-adopt families. Upon completion of a home study and all other legal requirements, Probate Court determines if the prospective parent is the right choice for this child. You will need legal counsel. Depending on your personal situation, there are seven avenues for completing an adoption or obtaining a Foreign Birth Record. The guidelines for each are listed below.   Public Agency adoption is used when you seek to adopt a child who is in legal custody of a private adoption agency. Public Agency Adoption Private Agency adoption is used when you seek to adopt a child who is in legal custody of a private adoption agency. Private Agency Adoption Private adoption –is used when you seek to adopt a child who has yet to be born or has not been previously placed in your home. Private Adoption Private adoption – legal placement is used when seeking to adopt a child who has been legally placed in your home by guardianship, custody, or is your grandchild. Private Adoption Placement Stepparent adoption is used when the custodial parent’s new spouse petitions the Court to adopt. Stepparent Adoption Foreign Re-Adoption is used when the parent(s) of a foreign born/adopted child petitions the State of Ohio to recognize the adoption and issue a birth certificate. Foreign Re-Adoption Adult adoption is used when an individual over 18 years old wishes to be adopted while meeting the criteria of the Ohio adopting laws. Adult Adoption Request for a Foreign Birth Record is used when the parents of an adopted, foreign born child seek a foreign birth record (Ohio Birth Certificate). Request for Foreign Birth Record Same-sex Adoption Chart Second Parent...