Jody Miller
Ohio.com correspondent

BATH TWP.: This past April, Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney explained his “Good Deeds Project” to Bath Trustees.


With this countywide project, Judge McKenney educates residents about the direct transfer of property upon death, particularly real estate, without the need to go through Probate Court. With a Survivorship Deed for couples, or a Transfer on Death affidavit for singles and/or widows or widowers, McKenney explained how citizens can save themselves a Probate Court filing fee, attorney fees and six-to-nine months of time.


The judge has a staff of volunteers who research the residential public records in each community to locate the properties that may qualify. Then letters are sent to those who qualify, inviting them to a public meeting to learn more about whether such changes could be of benefit to them.


Judge McKenney said up to one-third of those owning the nearly 3,500 residential parcels in Bath could qualify for this program, given the rates seen in other Summit County communities.


Since that April meeting, funding has been secured from the Bath Homeowners Association to cover the projected $1,000 in mailing costs for letters to those qualifying residents. 


Township Administrator Bill Snow announced Aug. 20 that letters will be sent to qualifying Bath residents in the next few weeks, inviting them to a Probate Review meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the cafeteria at Bath Elementary School, located at the intersection of West Bath and North Cleveland-Massillon roads. 


For details, call the probate court at 330-643-2330.