Summit County Probate Judge Todd McKenney’s yearlong project to help county residents better understand court procedures and examine more than 238,000 residential deeds has wrapped up in some communities and is moving on to others.
A review of deeds in New Franklin is done and Fairlawn is almost done, McKenney said this week.
Reviews of deeds in Copley Township and Tallmadge are going on now, he said.
The judge launched the project in January and continues to look for partnerships with communities and volunteers.
Residential deeds on file in Summit County are being checked to notify home-owners who could benefit from creating a Joint and Survivorship Deed or another document called a Transfer on Death Affidavit (often called a TOD or a TOD deed).
The transfer allows a property to go from a single person or widow or widower to heirs. Both scenarios would transfer property without probate court involvement and save time and money for families, he said.
McKenney said these are recommended for people in a first marriage or those who are single with adult children and with a home as their largest asset. Single or divorced parents with minor children might not want to have a TOD to young children.
Communities and volunteers interested in participating may call 330-643-2330.
Previous Beacon Journal stories with contact numbers about McKenney’s project as well as information about how to look up the deeds and read about estate-planning can be found online at www.ohio.com/betty under “Probate project.”
More than 2,000 letters were mailed out to affected New Franklin residents this week. Residents may attend a public meeting that McKenney will attend at 6 p.m. Thursday at Grace Bible Church, 5781 Manchester Road.
In Fairlawn, two meetings are scheduled at the same place at two different times: 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 26 at the Fairlawn/Kiwanis Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road.
A meeting in Copley meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Copley Community Center, 1278 Sunset Drive.