Probate Court Brief Advice Clinics
The inaugural 2017-18 CMBA Leadership Academy class created and developed the idea for Probate Brief Advice Clinics in response to an urgent request by the Probate Court of the CMBA to partner in providing brief advice for pro se individuals in Cuyahoga County. The Court reported an overwhelming number of residents trying to navigate complex probate issues on their own, to their detriment and the Court’s. In addition to meeting an underserved public need, the Probate Clinic addresses an additional need in the CMBA membership by training new and inexperienced lawyers in the probate practice while allowing more experienced lawyers to use their knowledge and expertise to give back.
Clinics begin with a 1-1.5 hour free CLE presentation by the Probate Court judges and magistrates. The clinics are held quarterly and cover a different topic each quarter: guardianships, release of assets, and two sessions on full estate administration. The public is also invited to attend these presentations to learn more about the probate court and the legal issue at hand. After the presentation is complete, a newer lawyer is paired with an experienced lawyer, and they both are then matched with a member of the public coming to them with a legal question.
The Probate Court Brief Advice Clinics are programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.