Probate & Estate Administration

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Losing a family member is never easy and managing the actual emotional loss can consume your everyday life.  Additionally, many important legal decisions must be executed within a specific time frame while you are busy grieving.  The dedicated attorneys of R. F. Meyer & Associates can ease the burden of grieving families by guiding you through the potentially complex Ohio probate and estate administration process.

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What is Probate?

Columbus, Ohio Probate Attorneys
Probate is a legal proceeding to administer certain kinds of property (called probate property) owned by someone who has died (the decedent), and to see that claims, expenses and taxes

What does probate involve?
Probating an estate requires the appointment of a person to conduct the administration of the estate.  If there is a will, this person usually is named in the will and is called an executor. If there is no will or no person is named in the will, this person is appointed by the probate court and is called an administrator. The executor or administrator may be an individual, a bank or a trust company.

The executor or administrator takes care of the following tasks:

  • caring for all property of the decedent;
  • receiving payments due the estate, including interest, dividends and other income;
  • collecting debts, claims and notes due the decedent;
  • determining the names, ages, addresses and degree of relationship of all heirs;
  • determining the names, ages and addresses of all beneficiaries, if there is a will;
  • investigating the validity of all claims against the estate and paying all outstanding obligations including federal, state and local estate and income taxes;
  • planning for federal and state taxes and preparing and filing estate tax returns when required;
  • carrying out the instructions of the probate court pertaining to the estate and distributing the assets of the estate to the heirs.

are properly paid, and that the remaining estate is distributed to those entitled to receive it under the decedent’s will or Ohio law.

Avoiding Probate
With proper estate planning, it is possible to avoid the probate process altogether.  Contact R. F. Meyer & Associates to learn how to create an estate plan that is right for your family.

Our trusted attorneys handle all aspects of probate and estate administration process including:

  • Full Estate Administration Testate
  • Full Estate Administration Intestate
  • Small Estate Administration spouse (under $100,000)
  • Small Estate Administration non spouse (under $35,000)
  • Estate / Guardianship Medicaid Planning
  • Estate / Guardianship Special Needs Trust Creation
  • Trust Administration
  • Non-Probate Trust Administration
  • Non-Probate Asset Transfers
  • Ohio Estate Tax Returns
  • Federal Estate Tax Returns
  • Fiduciary Income Tax
  • Adversarial Estate / Trust Cases

The Probate lawyers of R. F. Meyer & Associates can assist you with probate, estate administration and proper estate planning.  Please contact us today to learn more.