Experienced Toledo Probate Lawyer Helps Clients Settle Loved Ones’ Estate
If you have recently lost someone, you’ve no doubt heard the word “probate” used in relation to your loved one’s estate. Probate often refers to the court process of validating a will so an executor can implement the decedent’s wishes; or it refers to the oversight the court provides for an estate administrator who settles an intestate estate (one without a will). Whether a will exists or not, the process of settling an estate can be complex, so the person who assumes those duties needs the advice of a knowledgeable probate lawyer. At Joanne F Gall Attorney at Law, Ltd., I have over 25 years’ experience advising clients who act as executors and administrators. Executors and administrators need sound guidance, since the law holds them personally liable for losses in the value of estate assets due to errors or misconduct. I can guide you through the complex process quickly and efficiently, so you maximize the value of the estate for your loved one’s heirs.
Probate attorney who guides you through every step of the process
Most people have never had to probate a decedent’s estate. With professional guidance, it can be done expeditiously. The Executor’s duties (if there is a will) or Administrator’s duties (if there is no will) include:
- Filing the will with the Ohio probate court
- Getting court approval as estate administrator and posting bond
- Finding and assembling assets
- Paying creditors and claimants
- Collecting amounts owed the estate
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying current and delinquent taxes as well as estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Estate representatives can easily make mistakes due to inexperience, stress and hasty decisions. I guide clients through every step of the probate process, with reliable, detailed advice, so you can settle your loved one’s estate as efficiently, quickly and easily as possible.
I assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. When needed, I can call upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties and can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectibles for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Sometimes disputes arise among beneficiaries or between certain beneficiaries and the executor/administrator. When those unfortunate incidents occur, I advocate strongly for my client’s rights.
Contact an experienced and knowledgeable probate lawyer certified by the Ohio Bar Association as a specialist in probate law
At Joanne F Gall Attorney at Law, Ltd., I have provided probate court services in many county courts, north, east, south, and west, throughout Ohio. Call 419-474-5678 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.