County Probate Court
Help Desk Program
Under the direction of Judge Elinore Marsh
Stormer, Summit County Probate Court has instituted a Help
Desk Program for all Summit County residents. The program,
staffed by two licensed attorneys, is open every Wednesday
and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is located adjacent
to the Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Summit
County Court Building.
Court proceedings involving the death of
a loved one, guardianships, and other probate law matters
are often emotional and sometimes confusing to the general
public. In these difficult times, it is highly recommended
that one consults an attorney to represent individual and
family interests. If, however, one chooses to represent themselves,
the Probate Court Help Desk Program is available for assistance.
The Help Desk offers guidance in the following
areas: name changes, assist with simple estate transfers,
clarify issues related to guardianships, distribute and review
probate forms, provide notary services, and answer questions
regarding probate court procedures. Help Desk attorneys cannot
assist with the making of a will, complicated estates, adoption
proceedings, or contested matters. If a specific situation
is not within the scope of the Help Desk, individuals will
be referred to the Akron Bar Association for a list of probate
attorneys who specialize in probate law.
Probate form packets for all court matters
are available in the Probate Court Clerk’s Office, 209
S. High Street, Akron, Ohio, 44308, or can be downloaded at
Desk hours are every Wednesday and Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. Prior appointments preferred yet walk-ins are welcome.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, call the
Probate Court at 330.643.2323. Court filing fees remain applicable;
there is no charge for Help Desk services.
S.B. 124, which became effective
immediately with the governor's signature on December 28,
2009, requires that a designation of a beneficiary of a transfer
on death of real property must be created by affidavit rather
than by deed. This means that deeds may no longer be used.
However, S.B. 124 does not affect existing transfer on death
deeds recorded prior to its effective date.