Probate Court Help Desk
The Help Desk is meant to provide assistance to individuals needing simple estate transfers, guardianship proceedings and answer questions on probate procedure. The Help Desk is staffed by local lawyers who are available every Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.
The Help Desk attorneys cannot assist in the making of a Will, complicated estate proceedings, adoption proceedings or contested matters. If a specific situation is not within the scope of the Help Desk, individuals will be referred to local lawyers who may be able to help.
Judge Rusu strongly recommends individuals seek the assistance of their own lawyer and not represent themselves in court. However, for individuals with minor probate issues and limited resources, they can take advantage of the Help Desk to make the probate process easier and quicker.
There is no charge for using the Help Desk but all court filing fees for the specific pleading are still applicable and will be collected from the filer at the time of filing. In addition, due to this being a free service and the court having limited resources, individuals will be limited to one (1) visit per case.
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ELECTRONIC FILING PROCEDURES
TO ALL PROBATE PRACTITIONERS:
Today I issued a Judgment Entry (see attached) stating that effective December 1, 2020, the Court will not accept any electronic filing unless they are directed to one of the officially designated addresses:
1. Facsimile to 330-740-2325; and
2. Email to email@example.com.
It has been brought to my attention that several lawyers and staff are emailing documents directly to certain Court employees. The problem that this is causing is that those pleadings cannot be properly “tracked” and processed in a timely manner. The officially designated addresses are constantly monitored throughout the day by Deputy Clerks and are processed when received and officially time stamped. When pleadings are emailed to a specific Court employee, that employee may be off for an extended period of time due to illness or scheduled vacation time and no other Court employee has access to those documents.
Therefore, that is why it is imperative that you send all of your pleadings to the officially designated addresses so they are processed in a timely manner. You are free to reference in your cover letter/email who the pleading(s) should be directed to, but please only send to the officially designated addresses for consistency purposes.
Thank you for you cooperation and understanding during this very unique time.