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

State of the Court 2021

Summit County Probate Court was open throughout the shutdowns of Covid.  Learn here how services for the public and those in need were maintained and the work of the court went on safely throughout this challenging year. Adoptions, marriage licenses, guardianships, mediations and estates continued. Probate staff assisted with Covid relief. Thousands of cards by our community were delivered to seniors isolated during this difficult time. Our partnership with Summit Metro Parks allowed for in person outdoor weddings with some restrictions again this year. Adoptions continued some on zoom and some in person. Art collaborations accelerated with Curated Courthouse. The Senior Summit, though cancelled in 2020 was set to happen virtually in May 2021 free to all. This and much more in the 2021 State of the...

Grant From Ohio Supreme Court Supports Local Hearings

Summit County Probate Court was awarded a technology grant from the Ohio Supreme Court in April 2020 in the amount of $14,029 to purchase items that assisted in the response to COVID-19.  Prior to the pandemic, issues of security over court records meant that court computers were not equipped with cameras or microphones. These addition have allowed important hearings and other court business to continue throughout the stay at home and social distancing orders. “The Supreme Court of Ohio has provided lower courts the ability to continue to serve the public safely,” said Judge Stormer. “We are grateful for the support and recognizing our needs.” Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor announced the court would assist lower courts in need of technology that would allow remote access. Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer said the funds will be used to purchase secure laptops with cameras to allow court personnel to conduct remote mandatory hearings and for court investigators to continue their important work. Some of this work will continue long after the lock-downs to make hearings simpler for many when coming to the court is difficult.  To read more Click...

Cards For Seniors

                                 Thousands of Summit County senior citizens have been forced to isolate from their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Probate Court works with many seniors in extended care facilities and asks the public to let them know that they are not forgotten.  Anyone can help them by turning crayons and paper into a lifeline of joy in the form of cards.  Creativity and large print are encouraged, but participants need not worry about their level of artistic ability as any special card can brighten a senior’s day. Summit County Probate Court will collect and deliver your heartfelt wishes to seniors in nursing homes and assisted living centers across the County.  Homemade cards can be mailed to the Court, but those without the ability to the mail cards, or who choose to make virtual cards, can email them to the Court for printing.  The Court will distribute cards to centers through June 1, 2020. “It is a difficult time for all of us, but especially terrible for those who may be confined to just one room.” said Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer.  “With so many of us restless at home, please take a few minutes to make something fun and cheer up someone who is lonely.” Mailed cards should be free of loose items such as excessive glitter or confetti. Send mailed cards to: Summit County Probate Court Judge Stormer’s Cards for Seniors c/o Community Outreach 209 S High St Akron, OH 44308 To send a virtual card, simply take a photo of your homemade card , or create an online card and email it to...

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   **************************************************************************************** Answers regarding Stimulus Payments and the death of a loved one. This and other answers can be found at the The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website. Does someone who dies qualify for the stimulus payment? No.  Payments made to someone who died before the payment should be returned. Return the entire Economic Impact Payment (EIP) unless it was made to joint filers and one spouse had not died before receipt of the Payment.  In that case, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made on account of the decedent. This amount will be $1,200 unless adjusted gross income exceeded $150,000. How to return: If a paper check: Write “void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check. Mail the voided Treasury check immediately to the appropriate IRS location. Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the check. Include a note stating the...

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.