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Judge Rusu to take on a new role at the OSBA

Legal News Reporter

Published: January 14, 2021

He’s served on the Mahoning County Probate Court since 2014 and come early February 2021, Judge Robert N. Rusu Jr. will utilize his judicial experience to help shape future legislation and changes to Ohio probate code as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council.
Judge Rusu was appointed to the council by the Ohio Association of Probate Judges (OAPJ), of which he is a member, and will serve as the OAPJ’s judicial representative.
“The Ohio Association of Probate Judges works closely with the OSBA Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section Council and I will be serving as a bridge between the two organizations,” said Judge Rusu.
Judge Rusu will replace Pickaway County Probate and Juvenile Judge Judge Jan Michael Long, who is retiring when his term on the bench expires on Feb. 8, 2021.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity,” said Judge Rusu. “Any time you have the chance to make an impact at the state level by offering input on changes that will affect your community and the local bar association it’s a good thing.”
The council is the governing body for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section, which consists of more than 2,800 members.
One of the section’s key missions is improving the laws in the state by proposing, sponsoring, opposing and reporting on Ohio legislation that affects estate planning, trusts and estates.
“We will be meeting in Columbus to discuss proposed changes,” said Judge Rusu.
In recent years, the OSBA’s Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law Section Council has focused on the impact of technological advances on estate planning.
“Currently we are dealing with the issues of allowing video notarization on legal documents and the adoption of electronic wills in the state of Ohio along with changes to guardianship law regarding visitation of wards with extended family members and the power of the court to enforce such visitation,” said Judge Rusu.
“Other issues that we will be dealing with in the future are the abolishing of the estate by dower in real estate and changes to the name change statute.”