The Probate Process In Ohio

In Ohio, a deceased person's estate must pass through probate before the executor can carry out the deceased's wishes and the heirs can collect their inheritances. Located in Maumee, Ohio, Barkan & Robon Ltd. helps clients plan to minimize the impact of probate court on their estates, and represents executors throughout the probate process.

How Probate Works In Ohio

In Ohio, the probate process begins with the judge appointing someone to serve as executor, or personal representative, of the estate. If the deceased left a comprehensive estate plan, he or she probably already selected an executor. Otherwise, the court will choose someone for the job.

From there, the court supervises the executor as he or she assembles the deceased's assets, pays his or her debts and taxes, and distributes the remaining assets to the heirs. This can take weeks or months, and potentially cost the estate significant taxes and administration costs.

Barkan & Robon Ltd. Minimizes Probate

Barkan & Robon Ltd.'s estate administration attorneys help their clients go through probate as easily and stress-free as possible. One common option is to file for release from the administration requirement. If the value of the estate is modest, it is possible to be approved for an expedited probate proceeding, or even avoid the proceeding entirely.

Another option takes place during the estate planning phase. Under Ohio law, property placed in a revocable trust does not pass through probate — neither does real estate owned in certain forms of joint tenancy, or retirement accounts with a named beneficiary. Careful planning can ensure that the maximum amount of the estate passes to the deceased's loved ones, friends and favorite causes.

Speak To A Barkan & Robon Ltd. Attorney

To schedule an appointment with a Barkan & Robon Ltd. lawyer, please call 567-302-0763, or email the firm. Barkan & Robon Ltd. has offices in Maumee and Oregon, Ohio, and accepts clients throughout the Toledo area.