Experienced Counsel In The Complex Process Of Estate Administration
After the death of a loved one, the estate administration process can seem daunting and stressful, particularly during your mourning period.
At Hurley Law, our Ohio attorneys provide crucial guidance in administering the estate according to the final wishes of the deceased individual. We provide efficient representation throughout the process, whether that includes probate court, trust administration or both.
Assisting Executors With Estate Administration
After someone dies, their estate must be properly accounted for and administered. Tasked with this process is the executor or administrator of the estate. The will may include a nomination for an executor. The court will appoint an executor in the absence of one previously nominated.
The executor may have several important tasks, including:
- Gathering and distributing the property and assets as listed in the estate
- Determining if probate is necessary and if so, filing the will with the appropriate probate court
- Contacting beneficiaries named in the estate plan
- Paying outstanding bills or expenses, including funeral expenses, debt and taxes
The first steps of an estate administration are to gather the documents and to send notifications to banks, insurance companies and medical providers. Then the administrator must identify heirs, beneficiaries and all debts before the distribution of assets. In some cases, the administrator may have to facilitate the sale of estate property. Once an estate is settled, the administrator can proceed with distributing the remaining assets according to the will and Ohio state law.
As you can see, estate administration involves a lot of steps and paperwork. The process can get even more complicated when disputes must be taken to probate court.
Our attorneys assist executors in the often-overwhelming tasks they face. Offering experienced guidance, we will ensure that the estate administration process moves as efficiently as possible.
Lessening The Burden Of Estate Administration
The responsibilities of administering an estate can be burdensome and confusing. Our attorneys at Hurley Law can help you with estate administration with compassion and practical guidance. We can assist in the administration of any estate, from those including a simple will or trust to complex, multimillion-dollar estates.
Estate administration can be an incredibly complicated and sensitive area of the law. Whether you are the executor of an estate or a beneficiary, an estate administration lawyer can ensure that the process is fairly executed. Schedule a free initial phone consultation with our attorneys in Middletown. Call us at 513-318-9893 or reach out to us online.