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9/4/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Summit County Good Deeds Project holding meetings

NORTON — Owners of some residential properties in Norton have been notified by the Summit County Good Deeds Project a simple change to their deeds could keep their property out of Summit County Probate Court.

Last month, about 2,000 letters were mailed to Norton residents whose property would require Probate Court involvement should one of the owners die, said Barberton Municipal Court Judge Todd McKenney.

Those property owners were invited to attend one of two public meetings — set for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Norton Community Center, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive — to find out how to avoid Probate Court.

McKenney will answer questions about the project and discuss why assets like real estate need — or do not need — to go through Probate Court.

Property owners should bring copies of their deeds to the meeting, McKenney said. Deeds can be obtained by contacting the Summit County Fiscal Office at 330-643-2720. Printed copies are available for $4, or property owners may look up the deed for free at www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net, according to McKenney.

“There are always a lot of questions, and we look forward to explaining why a simple and inexpensive update to a deed can make such a difference to widows and families,” said McKenney.

Over the summer, volunteers examined all of the approximately 6,000 residential property deeds in the city, according to McKenney.

The Summit County Good Deeds Project has completed the review of deeds in 17 Summit County communities, according to McKenney.

For details, contact McKenney at Barberton Municipal Court at 330-848-6783.

Medina County Treasurer hosting unclaimed funds tables

MEDINA COUNTY — Medina County Treasurer John Burke has released the office’s fall schedule for unclaimed funds tables, providing a free and confidential search for those monies.

Unclaimed funds are assets that have existed in accounts or deposits that have been inactive for five or more years, according to Burke’s office. These funds are held by the state until claimed by their owners.

The schedule includes:

  • Oct. 5, 1 to 5 p.m., Wadsworth Public Library, 132 Broad St.;
  • Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soprema Senior Center, Senior Expo, 617 School Drive in Wadsworth;
  • Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road in Granger;
  • Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 175 Great Oaks Trail in Wadsworth; and
  • Jan. 10-11, 2015, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buehler’s Fresh Foods, 3626 Medina Road, Medina.

For more information, call 330-725-9748.

Stouffer Realty opens Brecksville office

Stouffer Realty’s Stanley Team includes, from left, Jan, Chris and Duane Stanley.
Photo courtesy of Stouffer Realty
BRECKSVILLE — Stouffer Realty recently opened its seventh office, located at 8185 Brecksville Road. The Stanley Team, including Chris, Jan and Duane Stanley and seven others, have transferred their licenses to Stouffer Realty, and the new office is a union of two homegrown, family real estate businesses that cater to their local communities in a boutique fashion, according to Stouffer Realty officials.

For more than 30 years, Chris Stanley has been a top producing real estate agent and broker in Brecksville, according to Stouffer Realty officials. His father, Duane, has been licensed for 60 years and at one time had 100 agents with his Brecksville-based Stanley & Associates Realty. In 1986, Chris and his wife, Jan, joined HGM Hilltop Realtors, which then became Realty One. Duane sold his company and joined them shortly thereafter. Together they formed the Stanley Team, which now is part of Stouffer Realty.

“It is the perfect combination,” said Jim Fox, Stouffer Realty vice president of general sales and operations. “We were looking for a presence in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights area to help complete our coverage in Northeast Ohio for home buyers and sellers. At the same time, the Stanley Team wanted to expand their services and support while maintaining their independence.”

“Our values align with Stouffer Realty’s core values: caring, integrity, professional development and service excellence,” said Chris Stanley. “We are excited for how this partnership will benefit our clients and that our entire team of 10 was all on board to work under the Stouffer Realty banner.”

In addition to Chris, Jan and Duane Stanley, pthe real estate agents who transferred their licenses to Stouffer Realty include: Jo Calabro, Alan Dylag, Colby Hatcher, Casey Linhart, Michele Mihalich, Connie Rockey and Ken Wise.

Stouffer Realty also has offices serving Akron/Fairlawn, Green/Canton, Stow/Hudson/Cuyahoga Falls, Chagrin Falls/Solon, Kent/Brimfield and Medina and surrounding communities. The company is comprised of a team of more than 140 real estate agents and specialists. For more details, visit www.stoufferrealty.com.

Ariel Hakim and Pam Lifke contributed to this report.

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