Top Sheffield Village Probate Attorney
The passing of a loved one is a life-changing event that can be made even more stressful for the survivors as they struggle with the process of dealing with the legal and financial issues of wrapping up the estate. For many people, this involves navigating their way through the probate court, which can be a frustrating and overwhelming process.
Our firm can handle the estate administration for you by representing you through the probate court process while also dealing with insurance companies, financial institutions, agencies, like social security, veteran’s affairs, Medicare, and creditors. Kryszak and Associates has extensive experience handling all legal issues related to Ohio probate. If you have questions or concerns about estate administration or probate litigation, please contact our experienced probate lawyers today.
How Does Probate Work in Ohio?
In general, the Ohio probate process should begin very shortly after a person has passed on. The individual who was appointed to serve as the executor of the will is tasked with identifying and locating the deceased assets, as well as his debts. However, before that often arduous task can begin, the required documents and paperwork must be filed with the local probate court where the decedent resided at the time of his death. Probate cases are handled at the county level.
Once your case is opened by the court and an executor is appointed, all relevant parties to the estate must be notified of the death and admission of the will to probate
If there are no objections, the probate process proceeds with the executor valuing the assets, paying the debts, and distributing the assets in accordance with the terms of the will. The process is complete when all of the assets are transferred to the appropriate parties. This seemingly straightforward process can be complicated in many ways, for example, if the deceased died without executing a will, when a will is contested, when assets are difficult to locate or value, when debts exceed assets, or in cases where the heirs challenge the filings or distributions.
How Our Probate Attorneys Can Help
To help you navigate the process and avoid or address some of the pitfalls noted above, we will:
- Meet with you early on to explain step-by-step how the process will work in your specific situation;
- Assist you with identifying and securing all estate assets and required records and documents;
- Assist you with obtaining fair and reasonable appraisals of property;
- Prepare and file all required paperwork and documents;
- Handle any issues with insurance companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and debt collectors;
- Handle all tax reporting requirements; and
- Oversee the final transfer of assets to the appropriate parties.
If probate litigation becomes necessary, our attorneys will assist you. No matter which side of the dispute you are on, whether you are an estate administrator or a party that is being wronged in the process, we have the experience to help.
Get Probate Assistance Today
At Kryszak & Associates, Co., LPA, we have many years of probate experience, including both estate administration and litigation. If you need probate assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 440-934-5330 or 1-888-934-5330. From our offices in Sheffield Village and Grafton, we serve communities throughout Northeast Ohio, including Lorain County, Cuyahoga County, and Medina County.