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Petition for estate administration filed for Boseman estate

Far too often, individuals in Ohio and elsewhere pass away without having put a will in place. When this happens, surviving family members have to make many difficult decisions and take extra steps to get the estate administration process underway. Even affluent individuals may not always leave enough instruction for their loved ones.

Do you need an attorney for probate and estate administration?

Perhaps a member of your family recently passed away. As you process the news, you realize that you agreed to serve as the executor of his or her estate. Now that you face the probate and estate administration process, you may decide that you need some help. Fortunately, you do not need to take care of your duties alone.

Probate is the time to handle a decedent's debts

The executor of an Ohio estate has many responsibilities to address. Often, individuals who take on this role have no formal legal or financial training, and while having those skills can certainly come in handy, not having them could result in executors needing assistance when it comes to handling probate. In particular, they may wonder how to handle the decedent's debts.

During probate, who needs to know about a person's passing?

After the passing of a loved one, it can seem as if time stands still. Ohio residents may stop going about their regular routines for at least a few days as they grieve and process their loss. However, the executor of the decedent's estate still has a lot to do, and the responsibilities associated with probate can begin almost immediately.

Understand probate before accepting the role of executor

When Ohio residents create their estate plans, they often choose to appoint an executor to handle the proceedings associated with settling the estate. If a person is approached about being an executor, he or she may want to first understand what is involved with probate. Many people do not know what this process entails, and having this information could allow a person to knowledgeably accept or decline the role.

Outstanding medical bills are addressed during probate

Some people may have the unfortunate experience of having a loved one in a hospital up until the end of his or her life. While this type of scenario is unavoidable for many Ohio residents, it can leave surviving loved ones wondering what will happen with the outstanding medical bills after the person's passing. Like other remaining debts, medical debt is addressed during probate.

Does the death of a beneficiary complicate probate?

A number of problems could arise when trying to settle someone's estate. Acting as an executor can be a complex role, and any Ohio resident acting in this capacity may have questions when an unexpected event happens during the probate process. For example, an executor may not know what to do if a beneficiary dies before the process is completed.

Mishandling an estate can cause problems during probate

When it comes time to settle a person's estate, the executor has a serious responsibility. If he or she makes any mistake during the probate process, it is possible for serious issues to result. Those issues could range from the executor being personally liable for correcting those mistakes to having to handle litigation from disgruntled beneficiaries or other parties.

Signing estate documents during probate as the executor

Making mistakes when closing a person's estate can cause major turmoil. The executor needs to ensure that he or she does everything correctly in order to avoid additional issues with creditors, beneficiaries or others associated with the estate and to avoid taking on personal liability for estate issues. Probate is a process during which mistakes could easily be made, but careful consideration may help mitigate those chances.

Probate obligations must be met before asset distribution

Though many people may want to receive a portion of a deceased loved one's estate soon after the person's passing, there are many hoops to jump through first. Often, Ohio residents will leave behind a will that details their final wishes, and their estates will need to go through the probate process. As a result, heirs and beneficiaries may have to wait a considerable amount of time before receiving any assets.

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