On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Cleveland Law Library is sponsoring a probate CLE captioned Practical Probate Practice for the Local Practitioner. Because changes are likely coming very soon for estate taxation, William A. Duncan plans to update attendees on the most current legislative developments in this area. Utilizing practice scenarios he commonly encounters in Cuyahoga County’s Probate Court, Bradley Hull IV will then discuss probating estates ranging from a full administration to a release of assets. Finally, Magistrate Charles T. Brown will explain all of the new changes that the Cuyahoga County Probate Court has implemented to streamline local probate practice, including Local Rule amendments and statutory changes. Those who are interested can find the registration form on our website or register in person on the 4th floor of the Law Library. The program is only $70 for members and will provide 2.5 hours of Ohio continuing legal education.
On September 23, 2011, the Cuyahoga County Probate Court posted changes to its mediation rules that affect Local Rules 11.1, 16.1 and 53.1. The new Rules can be found at this link on the Court's website. As we indicated in a prior post, the Probate Court began offering mediation services earlier this month.
The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted "new and revised standard probate court forms that concern personal identifiers, wrongful death and survival claims settlements, and petitioner’s accounts." Click here to review the new language. The new changes become effective very soon on September 1, 2011.
Beginning in September, the Cuyahoga County Probate Court will be offering mediation services. This service will be available upon request or by court order. According to the information provided by the Court, the Court can either assign a magistrate who has not previously worked on a case or an attorney to serve as a mediator. Eligible attorneys must possess 5 years of probate experience and complete a 12-hour mediation training program. Under this new program, the Court will pay $700 toward the first 4 hours of mediation, and the rest is either up to the parties or paid as outlined in a court order. The Court is creating a list of attorneys who are interested in serving as mediators, and interested persons can send a letter of interest with their experience and compensation rate to: Magistrate John Homolak, Court Administrator, Probate Court, 1 Lakeside Ave, Room 113, Cleveland, Oh 44113.
The Ohio Supreme Court has translated 27 common forms used in general, domestic relations, juvenile and probate court cases into Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, and Somali. A few of the key forms include those related to domestic violence and stalking. Click here to find the translated forms.
The Plain Dealer has reported on Ohio Supreme Court recommendations for significant safety upgrades at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. The Justice Center, which is next to the jail, houses most of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judges and their courtrooms, as well as Cleveland Municipal Court. The paper suggests the enhancements will cost millions of dollars for additional deputies, screening equipment, locks, security cameras, and other new procedures. Locally, Common PleasJudge John Russo chairs an ad hoc court security committee that is reviewing the recommendations. The same Ohio Supreme Court representatives who visited the Justice Center over the summer also visited the County Courthouse (which houses Cuyahoga's domestic relations, probate and appellate court judges and courtrooms), but we have not yet seen the report to determine whether it makes any recommendations for the Courthouse. See ourprior post on the site visit, where we also provided a link to the current Courthouse Security Policy and Procedures Plan.