The Ohio Supreme Court has just adopted new Probate Court forms for alcohol and drug treatment and public notice waivers for name changes. According to the Court, new Forms 26.0-26.14 were designed for the following situations:
"A person petitioning the court for the involuntary treatment can now submit forms to demonstrate that someone is suffering from alcohol or other drug abuse; represents a danger to himself or herself, family members, or others; and would likely benefit from treatment. The forms also include a physician evaluation, a form for emergency commitment if a respondent refuses to undergo the required evaluation, and various hearing notices."
"The Court also approved a new probate form to allow a person seeking a name change to do so without publishing it in a newspaper if his or her personal safety would be threatened by its publication. Applicants could include domestic violence victims or those under orders of protection. Form 21.6 reflects a process provided in R.C. 2717.01(A)(4), which requires notice of the name change in a general circulation newspaper. An applicant now can use the form to ask the probate court to waive the requirement."
The new forms will be added to the existing Standard Probate Forms in the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio.
For more information, read the Ohio Supreme Court's New Release.
The Cleveland Public Library
is hosting a program on "Patents and Trademarks: Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property"
Tuesday, May 10 • 10:00 a.m. -5:45 p.m.
Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium
"United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) staff members Michael Hydorn and Robert Berry will explain patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Presentations in the afternoon by staff from the USPTO Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, the Department of Justice for the Northern District of Ohio, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Federal Trade Commission will discuss their agencies’ work in assisting people in safeguarding their inventions, designs, and products. Space is limited; pre-registration is required."
Register at here
or call (216) 623-2932.
The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct has issued its second Advisory Opinion (2016-2) of the year. This Advisory Opinion covers a lawyer’s duty to report unprivileged knowledge of another lawyer’s misconduct. The Syllabus of the Opinion states that:
"A lawyer is required under Prof.Cond.R. 8.3 to report any unprivileged knowledge of a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel or a bar association's certified grievance committee. A lawyer shall not reveal privileged information relating to the representation of a client, including information protected by the attorney-client privilege. Prof.Cond.R. 1.6(a). A lawyer may reveal information relating to the representation of a client if the client gives informed consent under Prof.Cond.R. 1.6."
This Opinion replaces Opinion 90-01.
The Ohio Supreme Court provides all of its Advisory Opinions on this page, with various finding tools for accessing them.
The Ohio Supreme Court Board of Professional Conduct has just published its first Ethics Guide on Client File Retention. This Guide covers applicable ethical and legal obligations and discusses confidentiality of client files, retention periods, different types of documents that may be considered property of clients, client retention policies, notices to clients, file closing procedures, destruction of files, emails, digital media and cloud storage, and succession planning. The Board of Professional Conduct also plans to issue more Ethics Guides in the future on "lawyer succession planning and lawyers transitioning to the bench from private or public practice." The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a Press Release containing additional details.
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