This Good Deed Will Lead to Another

West G Seniors Attend Assembly on Future Legal Planning Skills


Photo Courtesy of Recorder Gingerich

Judge Mr. Timothy Grendell of Geauga County met with the high school seniors earlier this month to speak to them about a new program he is implementing: The Geauga County Good Deeds Program for Young Adults. Partnered with the Geauga County Recorder, Ms. Sharon Gingerich, both spoke about the importance of registering assets in a way to make them easier to transfer upon death.

The Geauga County Good Deeds Program is typically carried out with the “parents and grandparents” of Geauga County. The main focus of the program is to emphasize that how people hold property now and in the future will determine to whom and how it is transferred when the person is gone and provide beneficial ways to hold assets. The program started in Summit County and has quickly spread to many other counties like Franklin, Ashtabula, Lake, and Lorain. Geauga has been executing it for 5 years now.

Judge Grendell also expressed an increasing need to share the program with the youth. With a rise of sudden deaths in young adults ages 18-25 due to drug overdoses and other situations, the Good Deeds Program for Young Adults was created to help give information to young adults for making better decisions as to how to handle their assets. “You’re never too young to know these things,” he said. These assets include cars, bank accounts, houses, and digital concerns like social media accounts and bit-coins. They are pushing the idea that the sooner people know, the sooner they can take action. They stressed the importance of filing the assets under someone to transfer to upon death and signing up for “payable upon death” accounts. This allows them to avoid going through the long process of probate court if something unfortunate was to happen. If something unfortunate does happen, the assets can easily be transferred to somebody they have already chosen instead. “It saves a lot of grief later on.”

Recorder Gingerich also spoke briefly about how to look out for fake house deeds and scams, especially in the mail. She also pointed out the importance of having military discharge papers on file and– that at the Recorder’s office–it can be done for free and will be there safely forever if one ever needs them in the future. She said, “The first place you should stop after you get discharged should be to your family, and then to me!” She can also print out the real copies of house and land deeds, so she invites everyone to visit her in her office in Chardon to secure all these and other important documents.

The Young Adults Program is special to Geauga County, though. The two decided to recently begin the program and chose West Geauga as a nice start to test out the new addition. They passed out pamphlets and spoke passionately about the material. Their goal was to make sure the seniors retained at least a little of what they said so that, perhaps, in their future, when they buy a home and such, they will remember this presentation in the back of their minds. “They may not need it now, but it’s better to know the info for when they’ll need it later,” they highlighted. They were also surprised with the seniors’ responses to the presentation. They were impressed with the “young adults” and how attentive they were. They plan to continue the program and hopefully see it grow by speaking to other high schools in the county like Kenston and Cardinal. They organize many events and presentations for the “older crowd” annually and hope to expand the Young Adults Program.

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