Probate Attorney in Ohio

The loss of a family member or close friend is one of the most difficult things we can encounter. Understandably, the thought of handling the estate through the courts creates stress and confusion for the very people who are still occupied with critical matters such as hospice care, funeral home services, and grieving family members. An Ohio probate attorney helps untangle the legal matters related to estate planning and probate as well as probate administration. 

How Does Probate Work?

Probate law controls the way in which a county handles probate administration and distributes the estate of the departed as well as issues including name changes. Probate refers to the process the United States uses to address and resolve claims and issues which arise whether there is a will (testate) or not (intestate). 

Understanding Probate

There are four basic steps to probate, which Attorney Greg Port describes in the following video:

1. File a petition in probate court and give notice to heirs and beneficiaries.
2. Following appointment by the court, the executor must give notice to all known creditors of the estate and take an inventory of the estate property.
3. All estate and funeral expenses, debts and taxes must be paid from the estate.
4. Legal title in property is transferred according to the will or under the laws of intestacy (if the deceased did not have a will).

The process may seem complicated, but with solid council from an expert in estate planning and probate, the process can go smoothly. 

What Is Involved in Estate Administration?

After a person passes away and the initial probate filing has been made, the case goes through what’s referred to as the Estate Administration. This generally involves identifying property of the deceased, getting control of the property, paying bills and necessary expenses, and then distributing the property to the beneficiaries.

Why Choose a Probate Attorney?

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things we can encounter. Dealing with the property, assets, and finances should be handled objectively and with confidence. Unfortunately, without assistance from an experienced legal professional, probate can become a complicated process. 

When it comes to the complexities of legal matters, Port Legal is prepared to help you along the way. We make probate administration  a smoother, much less stressful process in your time of grief.

Peace of mind.

Without the support of professional legal guidance, it can further complicate the process, from procedural miscues to interpersonal conflicts that arise as an outcome. Dealing with the property, assets, and finances must be handled objectively and with confidence. When it comes to the legalities of probate law, Port Legal is representing clients in need of assistance with estate planning and probate. We  ensure that legal matters ranging from estate taxes to probate a less stressful process in your time of grief.

No up-front fees.

Most people want to know how much the probate process costs. With the law offices of Port Legal, there are no up-front costs or hidden fees. You won’t pay a dime until the probate process is completed and your loved one’s wishes have been fulfilled.

Extreme circumstances.

Are you wondering where to start when it comes to taking care of a decedent estate— particularly their possessions? We specialize in difficult situations like hoarder households and unattended homes where the next of kin live far away. We take charge, relieving the stress and worry that come with these issues. We work with companies that organize and declutter homes and get the houses rehabbed and ready for sale.

Have questions about probate?

Check out our probate FAQs page.

What happens when a loved one passes without a will?

When someone passes away without a will, that’s called intestate. Intestate is from the Latin root word meaning no testimony. When someone passes away without a will, the United States law has specific procedures which must be followed.

Probate vs. Non-Probate: What is the Difference? 

As you plan your estate, it is important to understand the difference between probate and non-probate assets. Probate is the process through which a court determines how to distribute your property after you die.
Some assets are distributed to heirs by the court (probate assets) and some assets bypass the court process, going directly to your beneficiaries (non-probate assets).

Why Greg Port?

Gregory Port, M.B.A, J.D.

Port Legal’s founding attorney Gregory Port has been providing strategic legal representation as an Ohio probate lawyer since 1990. He practices in the areas of elder law, life care Medicaid planning, estate planning and probate, and real estate. His experience and core values are the cornerstones of the law offices of Port Legal. He’s proud to be a specialized advocate for your interests. When you choose Greg Port, you can rest assured that you’ve chosen one of the most experienced and most client-focused probate lawyers in the state of Ohio.

Greg Port will guide you through the 4 steps of probate:
1. File a petition in probate court and give notice to heirs and beneficiaries.
2. Following appointment by the court, the executor must give notice to all known creditors of the estate and take an inventory of the estate property.
3. All estate and funeral expenses, debts, and taxes must be paid from the estate.
4. Legal title in property is transferred according to the will or under the laws of intestacy (if the deceased did not have a will).

While this process may seem complicated, Greg will walk you through it step by step so you’ll have the best outcome possible.

Resources:

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