It comes as no surprise to us that many of our county partners do more than just record Deeds — they perform goodDEEDS. We thought it would be a great idea to share as many of these stories as possible. By doing so we hope to raise awareness of the various charities and organizations they contribute to. We want to build their momentum and effectiveness in achieving their very important goals.

We would like to recognize Sharon C. Gingerich, Geauga County Recorder, OH, for her commitment to helping Geauga residents learn how to take care of their estate matters and minimize or eliminate the probate process at a recurring event called the “Good Deeds Program”. The Program provides a free deed review process for Geauga County homeowners. It is a joint effort between Sharon, Judge Timothy J. Grendell, volunteer Geauga County attorneys, and the Geauga County Department on Aging.

Attending homeowners begin at the Recorder’s Office where they are given a copy of their deed. With deeds in hand, they listen to a presentation on deeds and other estate matters including vehicle transfers given by Sharon and Judge Grendell.

After the presentation, homeowners can meet with local attorneys who provide free consultations and, if necessary, will prepare a new deed for $100. The process helps residents avoid Probate Court after the death of a loved one. Additionally, the Department on Aging offers low cost legal services to residents over 60.

We would like to thank Sharon for dedicating time and effort to contributing to her community and beyond.