The judges of the circuit and superior courts in Lake County are seeking to improve the availability and efficiency of the county’s probate court services by offering increased availability of probate commissioners in one central location.
Lake Superior Chief Judge John Pera and Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider and Circuit Judge Marissa McDermott announced Monday that county probate commissioners will now be available four days per week in Crown Point. Circuit Court Probate Commissioner Jewell Harris and his staff will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Courtroom B-105 in Crown Point, effective Tuesday. In the Superior Court, new Probate Commissioner America McAlpin will begin her duties under Schneider on Aug. 21, also in Courtroom B-105, and will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The new probate availability marks a change in the Superior Court, which used to offer probate services only one day a week in Gary, McDermott said. Additionally, Courtroom B-105 has been recently re-purposed to serve as the joint courtroom and is located in the Lake County Government Center, 2293 North Main St., Crown Point, 46307.
All Civil Division Room Four probate files will be transferred to Room 7, according to a Monday memorandum sent to all members of the bar. Probate filings will continue in Civil Division Two in East Chicago and Civil Division Five in Hammond.
The circuit and superior probate staff also have new contact information. Calls for commissioners can be directed to 219-755-3305, while faxes to all commissioners can be sent to 219-648-6024.
Questions regarding the changes can be directed to Superior Court administrator Joy Sinclair at 219-881-6342 or Circuit Court administrator Vera Mileusnic, 219-755-3488.