The passing of a loved one is never easy, and the last thing that you want to handle after the death of a friend or family member is the probate of their estate. In Medina, the experienced probate attorneys at Kryszak & Associates have managed the probate of many clients’ loved ones and are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about the wide range of probate legal services available to you.
One of the first things that a probate attorney can help with is to determine whether, and to what extent, an estate qualifies for the probate process. Certain assets, such as property in trust and joint survivorship property, does not have to pass through the probate process. Also, estates that have a property value of $35,000 or less or that go entirely to a surviving spouse may qualify for a simplified probate process. This can save you both money and time with what can be an arduous process.
In Ohio, the probate process begins fairly quickly after the passing of the deceased. An executor may be named in that person’s estate or can be appointed by the court. The estate executor is tasked with significant responsibilities during probate, which an experienced attorney can provide substantial assistance with. A lawyer can help identify all assets and debts in the estate that must go through the probate process. Documentation must also be filed with the probate court in the county where the deceased passed away.
An attorney can also help notify all necessary parties of your loved one’s passing. This includes all individuals entitled to inherit from the estate as well as any potential creditors that are allowed to collect debts from the probated estate. A lawyer can also help get all valuable items in the estate appraised, negotiate all issues with creditors, manage the final taxes on the estate, and oversee the transfer of the probate assets to heirs and beneficiaries.
There are also times when issues arise during the probate process that requires litigation in court. If a family member expects a larger share of the estate, if a dispute cannot be settled about a major asset, or if you did not receive your proper inheritance, our team can provide zealous legal representation for your case. We have experience litigating probate issues on both sides for administrators and wronged parties so you can rely on lawyers that have familiarity with your legal needs.
If you need assistance probating the estate of a loved one in the Medina area, the highly qualified legal team at Kryszak & Associates is here to help. We have significant experience administering and litigating probate, so our team is capable of handling all probate matters in your case. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.