WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Trumbull County residents who have questions about how to prepare their assets to pass down to loved ones will soon have help through a program made available through several county offices.

The Trumbull County Recorder, clerk of courts and probate court offices are joining together to offer their Good Deeds program to help those with questions on how to pass on their estate after they pass on.

The program is free and only takes about an hour.

“We hope to provide a little bit of a road map so that people can avoid the pitfalls of failing to plan,” said Probate Judge James Fredericka.

The program consists of several presentations discussing the following topics over the course of about an hour:

  • Real estate
  • Motor vehicles
  • Boats
  • Mobile homes
  • Bank accounts
  • Life insurance
  • Investments
  • Wills

The Good Deeds program has already run in other Ohio counties, and Latell said his involvement with the Ohio Recorders Association served as a catalyst for bringing it to the Valley.

“I was able to attend a Good Deeds program in another county back in 2019, and thought it would be great to start here,” said Trumbull County Recorder Tod Latell.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic put the program on hold, Latell said the Trumbull County services are “finally ready and excited to bring this program home.”

“We wanted to put together a program in order to go out to the public and just give them some information on different things that they can do to help their loved ones through such a difficult time,” said Chief Magistrate Christopher Schiavone.

The plan is to hold quarterly presentations in various locations across the county, according to Clerk of Courts Karen Infante.

“We want to get the word out and help people, and I think this is a great service that we’re going to provide.

Infante said they looking for locations and is urging residents to contact her office, the recorder or the Probate Court if they have a venue available.

The first “Good Deed” community presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Demetrios Community Center in Warren. It is free and open to those interested who live in Trumbull County.