Probate & Estate Administration
In Ohio, there are clear, step-by-step procedures for administering a person’s final affairs, whether he or she died with or without a will. Probate is the process of administering a person’s will. While implementing the terms of revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, and other alternative estate-planning tools is referred to more broadly as “estate administration.”
However, while Ohio’s probate and estate administration procedures are less complicated than those in many other states, it is still common for personal representatives, beneficiaries, heirs, and other interested parties to run into issues during the process. From choosing the correct form of probate to dealing with will contests and other disputes in probate litigation, there are a number of reasons why those preparing for probate or estate administration may need the help of an experienced, licensed attorney.
If you have been named executor of someone’s estate, or if you have recently lost a loved one and want to make sure that his or her final wishes are carried through, Attorney Obenour can help. They are compassionate advocates who take a diligent and thorough approach to protecting their clients’ interests.
Our Approach to Probate and Estate Administration Services
While probate is a legal process, it is also deeply personal and emotional, and it touches people in a way that is unique in the legal field. It can also be confusing for those who are not familiar with the options and procedures that are involved, and mistakes can lead to delays at a time when most people simply want to do what is necessary as quickly as possible.
Understanding the Probate Process in Ohio
While everyone’s situation is unique, there are certain uniform steps that everyone can expect to encounter during probate:
- Gather the facts, including interpretation of the decedent’s will
- Filing the application to initiate probate
- Inventory and appraisal of estate assets
- Payment of valid creditors’ claims
- Transfer of remaining estate assets to beneficiaries and heirs
- Making all necessary tax filings
- Making and filing and account of all receipts and disbursements for court approval
I am the closest relative, but I don’t have time to deal with everything. Now what?
Abbie Obenour not only guides with Estate Planning, but we also handle Probate or Estate Admiinistration. We can take care of bills, division of assets, notice to other family members and all other matters that are related to Estate Administration in the Probate Court.
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What are the steps involved in non-probate estate administration?
- Ascertaining with assets have beneficiaries named
- Provising a death certificate and information about the beneficiary to the holding institution
- Recording the death with the county recorder for real estate with a named beneficiary
- Recording the death with the county title agency for motor vehicles with a named beneficiary
- Implementing the terms of revocable and irrevocable trusts
What if my loved one left a will and a trust?
What is the role of a personal representative?
What are some of the types of issues that can lead to probate litigation?
While litigation is a possibility, it is possible that the parties will resolve their differences out of court. There are several common issues that can potentially lead to probate litigation:
- Allegations of undue influence on the person who made the Last Will and Testament
- Allegations of theft of estate assets
- Disagreements over interpretation of the terms of a will
- Disputes among beneficiaries and heirs
- Disputes regarding creditors’ claims
- Fiduciary claims against the personal representative or executor
When do beneficiaries and heirs receive assets from decedent’s estate?
Will I need to come to Ohio to probate my loved one’s estate?
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