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RESULTS OF THE LORAIN COUNTY BAR
ASSOCIATION’S JUDICIAL BAR POLL


March 26, 2018

LORAIN COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT, GENERAL DIVISION

Full term commencing 1-2-19            

JENIFER BERKI                NOT RECOMMENDED

JOHN MIRALDI                HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


LORAIN COUNTY DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT

Full term commencing 1-3-19


CHARLITA ANDERSON WHITE        RECOMMENDED

JACK BRADLEY                           RECOMMENDED

MICHAEL DUFF                          RECOMMENDED

LISA SWENSKI                          RECOMMENDED
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Ohio’s Homestead Exemption
 By Kristen Nawrocki

Ohio has two types of Homestead Exemption:
 (1) senior and disabled persons homestead exemption
 (2) disabled veterans enhanced homestead exemption.
 Senior and Disabled Persons Homestead Exemption protects the first $25,000 of your home’s value from taxation. For example, if your home is worth $100,000, you will be taxed as if the home were worth $75,000.

Who is eligible?
 (1) A homeowner who owns and lives in the home as their primary residence as of January 1st of the year for which they apply and
    • is 65 years old (or who will turn 65 the year for which they apply) or
    • is permanently and totally disabled as of the 1st day of the year for which they apply.
 (2) The surviving spouse of a person who had been enrolled in Homestead who was at least 59 years of age when the spouse died.
 (3) Applicants must have a total gross income (applicant plus applicant’s spouse, if any) below the amount set by law each year. The 2017 household income limit is $31,800.
See www.tax.ohio.gov for income limits in future years.
 
Disabled Veterans Enhanced Homestead Exemption protects the first $50,000 of your home’s value from taxation. For example, if your home is worth $100,000, you will be taxed as if the home were worth $50,000.

Who is eligible?

A homeowner who owns and lives in the home as their primary residence as of January 1st of the year for which they apply and
    • is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States (including Reserves and the National Guard) who was discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions; and
    • has received a 100% disability rating for compensation based on individual un-employability for a service-connected disability or combination of service-connected disabilities.

What property is eligible?

For both exemptions:
The property must be where you usually live;
 (1) You must have been living there as of January 1st of the year for which you apply; and
 (2) You must be on the deed, or if the property is held in a trust, you must give the Auditor a copy of the trust.

How do you apply?
For both exemptions:
 (1) Fill out application form DTE105A—you can get the form at your county Auditor’s office, at your county Auditor’s website, or at the Ohio Department of Taxation’s website (tax.ohio.gov).
 (2) File form DTE105A with your county Auditor—you must file the original form that has your ink signature (not a copy). You cannot electronically file the form.
 (3) If your eligibility is based on AGE, you must submit PROOF OF AGE with your application. You can prove your age with a copy of your driver’s license (current or expired), State of Ohio ID card, birth certificate or passport (current or expired).
 (4) If your eligibility is based on DISABILITY, you must submit PROOF OF DISABILITY with your application. You can prove your disability by getting the Auditor’s Certificate of Disability form signed by your doctor OR by giving the Auditor a copy of a statement from Social Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation that says you are totally and permanently disabled.
 (5) If your eligibility is based on VETERANS DISABILITY, you must submit the letter you received from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs stating that your application for the status of individual un-employability has been granted (including percentage assigned) along with a copy of your DD-214.

When do you apply?
For both exemptions:
 (1) In September 2016, the law changed to allow real property (land and buildings attached to the land) applications to be filed any time before December 31st. If you are applying for the exemption on a manufactured or mobile home, you have to apply on or before the first Monday in June.
 (2) If you were eligible for the exemption last year, but did not apply, you can file a late application for the previous year at the same time that you file your application for the current year.
 (3) If you are approved for the Homestead Exemption, you do not need to re-apply in future years.


To get an application form, or if you need help or have questions,
call your county Auditor’s Homestead Department:

In Ashtabula County, call 440.576.3445
In Cuyahoga County, call 216.443.7010
In Geauga County, call 440.279.1617
In Lake County, call 440.350.2536
In Lorain County, call 440.329.5207

This newsletter is meant to give you general information and not to give you specific legal advice.  This information cannot take the place of advice from a lawyer.  Each case is different and needs individual legal advice.  You should contact a lawyer if you need representation or if you have questions.


If you need legal assistance,
You can contact Legal Aid any weekday for help.

New intakes are processed via phone:
888-817-3777 (toll free)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 9a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you prefer an in-person intake application, those are handled:
Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
At any of our four Northeast Ohio offices (Cleveland, Elyria, Jefferson & Painsville).

Visit www.lasclev.org for more information!

Listed below are The Legal Aid Society’s upcoming neighborhood clinics. 

CIVIL MATTERS ONLY (NOT CRIMINAL)



WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Catholic Charities Ashtabula
4200 Park Avenue, Third Floor, Ashtabula
Call 440-992-2121 for an appointment

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
General Brief Advice Clinic with a focus on
Elder Law Issues
Fairhill Patners, 12200 Fairhill Road
Call 216-861-5350 for more information

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cleveland Public Library
Hough Branch
1566 Crawford Road, Cleveland

FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Pro Se Divorce Clinic –
Cuyahoga County
Call 888-817-3777 for an appointment
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/04202018/

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Our Lady of Peace Church
12601 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
West Side Catholic Center
3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Legal advice for CMHA residents
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
CMHA Main Campus
8120 Kinsman Road
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/04262018/

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Naturalization Information Clinic
Call 888-817-777 for an appointment

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
East Cleveland Public Library
14101 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
U.S. Veterans ONLY
Call 216-391-0264 for an appointment

SUNDAY, MAY 6
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Green Road Synagogue
2437 South Green Road, Beachwood

TUESDAY, MAY 8
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Oberlin Depot - Oberlin Community Services
240 South Main Street, Oberlin
Call 440-774-6579 for an appointment

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Catholic Charities Ashtabula
4200 Park Avenue, Third Floor, Ashtabula
Call 440-992-2121 for an appointment

FRIDAY, MAY 11
Pro Se and Pro Se Plus Divorce Clinic –
Cuyahoga County
Call 888-817-3777 for an appointment
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/05112018/

SATURDAY, MAY 12
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cleveland Public Library
Woodland Branch
5806 Woodland Ave., Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Cleveland Public Library
Main Branch
325 Superior Ave .East, Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Cleveland Public Library – Main Branch
325 Superior Avenue East
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/05162018/

FRIDAY, MAY 18
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
El Centro
2800 Pearl Avenue, Lorain
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/05182018/

FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Pro Se Divorce Clinic –
Lorain County
Call 888-817-3777 for an appointment
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/06012018/

SATURDAY, JUNE 2
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Avenue
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/06022018/

SATURDAY, JUNE 6
U.S. Veterans Only
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
VA Community Referral and Resource Center
7000 Euclid Avenue
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/06062018/

SATURDAY, JUNE 9
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cleveland Public Library – Fleet Branch
7224 Broadway Avenue
More info: https://lasclev.org/event/06092018/

At these clinics, attorneys are available for free brief advice on legal matters relating to shelter, safety, consumer issues, and legal issues related to health, education, work, income and immigration.

In addition to providing help via neighborhood clinics – people in need can contact Legal Aid anytime for help – see details at: http://lasclev.org/contact/




Lorain County Bar Association Foundation
Recognizes Excellence and Courage

The Lorain County Bar Association and the Lorain County Bar Association Foundation are pleased to announce that they will present awards to recognize outstanding individuals in four separate categories:  Lifetime Achievement, Member of the Year, Courage, the Maude May Washburn Awards.

Congratulations to the following winners:

The Lifetime Achievement Award:

This year’s recipient is Attorney Timothy T. Smith.  After obtaining his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1969, he partnered with his brother to develop Smith & Smith Attorneys in Avon Lake, and he practiced law there for nearly 40 years.  He left that practice to begin Smith Illner & Gemelas in Elyria, where he presently maintains Of Counsel status.  He spent 30 years as the Law Director for the City of Sheffield Lake. Tim is currently and has been for many years rated AV “Preeminent” by Martdidale-Hubbell.  Especially later in his career, Tim has focused on the needs of children through his advocacy for grandparent’s rights and the Lorain County Kinship Care Program, his Guardian Ad Litem and Parent Coordinating work, for which he is highly regarding by his peers.  Tim was the first Lorain County attorney to be fully certified as a Parent Coordinator.  Tim served for many years as the Chair of the LCBA’s Domestic Relations Section and as a member on the Legal Ethics & Grievance Committee.  Tim helped develop and shape Domestic Relations Law in Ohio through his body of appellate and trial work.  Over the years he quietly donated his time and talents through pro bono activities and representation with the Lorain County Bar Association and the Legal Aid Society.  Throughout his career Tim has earned the respect and affection of his colleagues, both Bar and Bench.  He is known as a gentleman and a credit to his profession.  Tim practices law with civility and integrity.  Tim always has time to mentor younger lawyers and frequently participates in new lawyer mentoring programs.  Tim genuinely believes in giving back and always makes time for any lawyer – new and old – who approaches him for guidance or seeking his abundant wisdom.  Generations of new lawyers have benefited from Tim’s generous and steady counsel, both with legal issues and with difficult nuances in dealing with clients and other lawyers.  By his high level of service to the profession and devotion to the community, Timothy Smith is most definitely deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award.

The LCBA Member of the Year Award:

This year’s recipient is Attorney Andrew Young of the Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy law firm.  Andy is currently serving as the Secretary to the LCBA Executive Committee and has served on the Committee for the past four years.  In addition to his service on the LCBA Executive Committee, Andy has served as Chair of the Negligence Section and the Social Committee.  He is always searching for new and unique social/networking events to plan for the membership.  Andy is always the first to raise his hand to volunteer and then is first in line to roll up his sleeves and actually work.  Additionally, Andy and his firm are consistent sponsors of LCBA events, and he frequently lectures at LCBA seminars. By consistently going above and beyond the call of duty in service to the LCBA and the legal profession, Andy fits every criteria of a Most Valuable Player.

The Courage Award:

The Courage Award recognizes any resident of Lorain County who has shown exemplary courage in aiding and supporting its citizens. This year’s award is shared by the founders of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County, Elizabeth Thuning, Susan Bowers, Marcia Miller, and Nancy Sullivan.  These four amazing women, who became friends while receiving advanced degrees in business from Tiffin University, decided in 2010 that they wanted to make a difference right here in Lorain County.  That is when they started 100 Women.  They determined that by banding together, they could contribute much more than any one of them could do alone.  They were able to convince 96 other women to join with them and meet quarterly.  If they each donated $100 a quarter, they could raise $40,000 annually to make a significant impact in Lorain County.  The participants meet and write the name of their favorite charity on a piece of paper, which is deposited into a hat.  The charities are chosen and the woman supporting that charity will give a brief discussion about the merits of that particular choice.  Each non-profit that is presented for consideration is required to serve Lorain County.  The whole group votes and chooses who will receive the funds.  If a woman wants to join and can only afford $25 a quarter, she can join with three others to come up with the necessary $100 for a vote.  Since 2010, over $200,000 has been donated to local organizations including Soul to Sole, Lorain County Free Clinic, Family Promise of Lorain County, St. Jude Church Helping Hands Food Pantry, and many, many more.   The Lorain County Bar Association Foundation is delighted to recognize the vision and courage of Libby, Susan, Marci and Nancy in meeting the needs of the Lorain County community.  For more information on 100 Women, please visit their website at www.100womenloraincounty.org.

The Maude May Washburn Award:

Twenty one years after the Cronise sisters, Nettie and Florence became Ohio’s first women lawyers, Lorain County was making its own mark in women’s history. Maude May Marsh Washburn became Lorain County’s first licensed woman lawyer. In 1894, Maude successfully sat for the Ohio bar. She was the only woman out of 88 applicants.  In 1953, she was among 15 fellow attorneys recognized and honored by the Lorain County Bar Association for 50 years of service to the community.  Maude was a consummate community servant and leader, an activist, an avid learner and an outspoken advocate. Over 100 years ago, this wife, mother, leader and lawyer, did it all and that is exactly what this award honors – a female lawyer that does it all.  Charlita Anderson-White is our modern-day Maude May Washburn.  She is a wife, a mother, a leader, a lawyer.  She is a Magistrate of the Lorain County Domestic Relations Court and has served as such since 1999.  Prior to that Charlita worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and at Legal Aid.  While serving as a Magistrate, Charlita earned her MBA in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She serves as adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan.  As if she is not busy enough, Charlita serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Ohio Association of Magistrates, the Lorain County Free Clinic, the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, the Lorain County Urban League (she also serves as President of the Lorain County Urban League Guild), and the Lorain County Community Foundation.  She is on the Lorain County Bar Association’s Executive Committee and the Legal Ethics & Grievance Committee.  These are just the organizations she currently is affiliated with, those she has served on in the past are just too numerous to list.  In 2014 she was named a “Woman of Achievement” by the Elyria YWCA.  Charlita truly exemplifies what this award recognizes.  Maude May Washburn would be proud.





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