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Working to Improve Ohio’s Guardianships

Derek Graham of OLRB was recently quoted in the Columbus Dispatch in connection with his work with the Ohio Supreme Court to revamp and improve minimum standards for guardians of incompetent adults in Ohio. Earlier this year the Ohio Supreme Court passed a new Rule of Superintendence which, among other changes, requires all guardians of incompetent adults to complete a 6-hour fundamental course on how to be an effective guardian. The Ohio Supreme Court engaged Derek to develop and teach part of the course. The development of the course has been challenging and rewarding. It is estimated that Ohio has approximately 40,000 guardianship cases statewide and Derek is now in the process of traveling across the state teaching the 6-hour fundamental course.

Additional information on the fundamental course is also available in the feature segment linked below which aired in May on Court News Ohio and which features Derek and Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor discussing the new rules and standards.


As part of his larger disability law and estate planning practice, Derek provides legal representation to Advocacy & Protective Services Inc. (“APSI”). APSI is a guardian of last resort for adults with developmental disabilities. In that position, Derek serves as counsel of record in over 4,000 guardianship cases across the state of Ohio. If you would like more information on guardianship, disability law or estate planning then please do not hesitate to contact Derek Graham at 614-716-0500.

Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 12:51 pm and filed under News and Press.

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