Probate lawyers deal with the legal process during which the assets and liabilities of a deceased person are transferred to the next generation.
Probate is the legal process of fulfilling the wishes of the decedent (the person who has passed away), and is governed by the decedent’s documents, such as wills or estate plans, and the law.
Property subject to the probate process is that property which is owned by a person at death and which does not pass to others by designation or ownership. Common examples of assets subject to Probate include:
- Real estate titled only in the deceased person’s name
- Personal property such as jewelry, household goods such as furniture, and vehicles
- Bank accounts that are solely in the deceased person’s name
- Life insurance policies which list the deceased, or their estate, as the beneficiary
Non-probate property would bypass the courts and go directly to the named beneficiary. These include:
- Bank or brokerage accounts held jointly
- Property held in trust
- Life insurance or brokerage accounts that list someone, other than the deceased, as a beneficiary
- Retirement accounts
The probate attorney guides the Executor or Administrator of an estate through the process, assisting him/her with:
- The orderly administration of the decedent’s estate, including identifying and inventorying property
- Gaining access to the assets of the estate
- Filing taxes
- protecting the estate assets
- Paying a deceased person’s debts
- distributing of the assets, money, and property in accordance with the terms of the will; or, in the absence of a will, in accordance with state law.
Our probate lawyers also can address and resolve disputes and other legal issues that relate to Wills, Trusts and Guardianship matters.
Therefore, if you have legal issues pertaining to:
- The probate process, including advice for acting executors or to fulfill the role as appointed executor of the estate
- Contesting or disputing a Will that is in the probate process
- Trust administration
- Execution of a Guardianship plan
It is in your best interest to retain a probate lawyer who is well versed with the laws in your state. Dagger Law can assist with all of your Ohio probate needs and questions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Whether you reside in Columbus, Canal Winchester, or in Lancaster; we have you covered. Check out the nearest location to you by clicking Our locations page.
Will an attorney travel to me, or do I need to come to your offices in either Lancaster or Canal Winchester?
While some meetings will need to be held in our law offices, we do try to minimize your travel time by offering two convenient locations in both Lancaster and Canal Winchester, Ohio. It is our goal to minimize the disruption to your life caused by legal issues, and many communications or meetings can be conducted through emails or phone calls. In certain circumstances we realize that it isn’t possible for clients to reach us, and visits to your location may be required. If a Dagger Law attorney is retained to represent you, they will travel to the necessary court hearings and legal procedures in order to represent you, anywhere in Ohio! Please note that in some instances the cost to represent your case may require an unusual amount of money due to travel expenses. In such cases, we may recommend using legal representation closer to the location of your case. We are happy to provide referrals in these instances, if we are able.