Judge Ewanic's Standing Order - Probate (Decedent's Estates/Guardianships)- River Valley Courtroom 2- updated 3/13/24

1.  Zoom will remain in effect until further Order:
        • Any attorney or litigant may attend via Zoom unless directed by the Court to attend in person.
        • Evidentiary Hearings and Citation Returns shall be in person.
        • Individuals who habitually have difficulty appearing remotely, e.g., connectivity issue, inability to mute/unmute, or technical difficulties, will be required to appear in person.
        • Adoptions are not heard via Zoom – parties are to appear in person on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. on their scheduled court date.

2.  Odyssey and Proposed orders
        • All orders should be sent to my queue.
        • Do NOT file Proposed Orders in Odyssey prior to the scheduled court date; it just gums up the system.
        • Orders should be correctly dated, prior to submission.
        • Do NOT email me proposed orders.
3. Courtesy Copies
        • Do NOT send courtesy copies unless specifically requested by the Court.
4.  The Call will start at 9:00 a.m.

5.  All Motions shall be set for presentment at 9:00 a.m.
        • Hearings for relatively short matters will be set at 10:30 a.m. 
        • More lengthy matters and evidentiary hearings will be set at 1:30 p.m.
6.  Opening and Closing an Estate
        • Have your Affidavit of Heirship on file prior to Court, as well as any receipts, vouchers, etc.
7.  In Court Orders
        • If you are appearing in Court, I would prefer Orders to be filled out and presented contemporaneously.  It lessens the work my Clerk is required to do once Court is over.
        • All Orders setting hearings for "all pending matters" will be rejected.  Be specific if you want me to prepare.
8.  Emails
        • Please restrict emails to emergencies only, e.g., emergency motions.
        • All parties must be carbon copied in any email sent to the Court.