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

State Of The Court 2020

Summit County Probate Court is “The caring help you need” during some of the most joyful and most difficult times of your life.  If you are adopting, getting married, your loved one is in need of a guardianship, or has passed, Probate Court helps the residents of Summit County as reflected in the 2020 State of the Court. Judge Stormer, our Magistrates and staff spend many hours volunteering in our communities to educate the residence of Summit County about how Probate Court can help you with your needs. Learn more about the role of Court Investigators in our court and community. Our partnerships with Summit DD, Summit Metro Parks, and dozens of other agencies are part of our everyday work in the court. Since 2018, the Probate Court has broadened its commitment to seniors and their needs through our Senior Summit.  Multiple agencies collaborated with our Court to share best practices for seniors through local and national speakers.  Every other year we showcase these services through an expo for the public as well. Sadly this year’s Senior Summit is postponed until 2021 due to the recent COVID-19 crisis but we are looking forward to coming back stronger than ever. It is with pleasure that we serve our community and make available the 2019 State of the...

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.

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 all...