Serving as the personal representative (sometimes referred to as the “executor”) of an estate can be both complicated and stressful. While many think that the process of handling an Ohio probate is going to be straightforward, the truth of the matter is that complications can quickly arise. This is true regardless of whether the deceased had a valid will. Retaining an experienced attorney is an important step to ensuring that the matter is handled properly. Our Dayton probate lawyers have been serving the southwest Ohio region for decades. We pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service while ensuring that your interests remain protected. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Dayton attorneys handling probate cases with or without a valid will
The probate process which an Ohio resident must deal with will depend on the size of the deceased’s estate. The most simplified form of the process is referred to as a Release from Administration. This process may be utilized if the estate’s value is less than $45,000 and the deceased’s spouse receives the entirety of any support allowance left behind. The second least complicated form of probate is referred to as a Release of Estate from Administration. This process may be utilized if the estate has $35,000 or less worth of assets or if there is less than $100,000 worth of assets, all of which will be inherited by the deceased’s spouse. If the estate is not eligible for either of these processes, then the case will proceed to full administration.
How the probate of an estate will begin is going to depend on whether or not the deceased had a valid will. If there was a last will and testament, then that document will be filed with the Court. If there was no will, then the deceased will be considered as having died “intestate.” The assets of an intestate estate will be distributed to a list of heirs that is pre-defined under Ohio statutes. If there is a valid will, then the estate will generally be distributed in accordance with the deceased’s final wishes. Assets held as part of a living trust will generally not be considered part of the estate. The Court will name a personal representative and that individual will be charged with wrapping up the estate’s affairs before a final distribution of any assets may take place. Once the Court approves a final distribution then the case can be completed. Several issues can arise during probate proceedings and the executor of an estate can face many challenges. It is strongly suggested that you retain an experienced lawyer to assist you.
Our Dayton probate attorneys have over forty years of combined legal experience. We understand that at times like this, your family does not wish to deal with the legal process. We will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your complete situation and to help you understand what to expect from the process. We will work to gain a complete accounting of the estate’s assets and will handle your matter in the most streamlined process possible. Our firm understands that this is a difficult time. We focus on this process so that you may focus on moving life forward.
Probate lawyers providing regular communication to Dayton, Ohio residents
Our attorneys understand that you wish to focus on your family after having lost a loved one. It is important that you have an attorney who will push your case forward while ensuring that your questions are timely answered. This is why our lawyers make client communication a priority. We will respond to your messages and make sure that you receive copies of all relevant documents. We are proud of our record of service to the community and we take our obligations seriously. Contact us online or by telephone.
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