The passing of a loved one can often be a difficult event to deal with. Following the decedent's passing, you or other family members may be responsible for transfering property or other assets.
Many assets could have been marked for automatic transfer to others by the decedent. These may include bank accounts, life insurance, or real property. However, if there are assets or property without a transfer on death or survivorship designation, they must be transfered through the Probate Court.
If an estate is opened in Probate Court, someone will be designated as an administrator or fiduciary in handling the estate. If the decedent had a Last Will and Testiment , it will often state who they wished to handle dividing their estate. The duties and tasks involved in being an administrator can be difficult and time consuming. Property will have to be inventoried and collected, debts and creditors will have to be dealt with, and the decedent's taxes may need to be handled. Lastly, any remaning assets or property will need to be distributed to the decedent's heirs or individuals designated by a Last Will and Testiment or by the laws of Ohio.
Hiring The Law Office of Attorney Michael A. Malyuk to assist you as an administrator would provide you with our knowledge and expertise of gathering and dispersing assets and property, along with filling out and filing the necessary forms and documents with the Probate Court. The Summit County Probate Court does recommend that an estate fiduciary seek legal counsel to navigate the required filings and to expedite the probate process. If you need assistance with filing and administrating an estate in probate court, our attorneys can assist you.
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