Legal Representation And Advice For Probate And Estate Administration
After the passing of a loved one, it is hard to think about the next steps related to the estate and finances of that person who is no longer with us. These are the times when you need a trusted legal adviser to guide you through the process.
At Brian S. Piper Co., LPA, we have helped families navigate the tough times by providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal advice to protect their rights, loved ones, assets and finances. From family law matters to estate administration, attorney Brian S. Piper is ready to advise you through every stage of the legal procedure.
Estate Administration And What To Expect After The Passing Of A Loved One
Estate administration kicks in after the passing of an individual and consists of handling the estate of the deceased person. Such action includes identifying property and distribution of property to relevant owners and payment of taxes or debts.
A will becomes a valuable instrument as it contains instructions about managing the property, paying debts and taxes, and who the beneficiaries/heirs are. Through a will, a person can also appoint an administrator. However, if the person died intestate, that is, without a valid will, a probate court will name an estate administrator to start and execute the probate process.
Helping You Navigate The Probate Process
Probate is only a part of the estate administration process required to inventory the property and distribute accordingly. As previously mentioned, if your loved one had a will, they might appoint someone to execute the estate administration as per their last wishes. Otherwise, the probate court will appoint someone to administer the individual’s property, finances and assets, and distribute the assets to heirs. According to Ohio law, the surviving spouse could be the first candidate to be appointed as administrator. If unavailable or unwilling, then the next in kin will be designated as an administrator.
The probate process might be lengthy, as it could take one year to complete. It also might become complex to follow without the guidance of an experienced lawyer. At Brian S. Piper Co., LPA, we help families protect and represent their best interests through estate administration procedures and assist them in drafting their estate plans. To know more about how we can help you, call our Westerville office today.
Legal Guidance Through Challenging Times
We serve clients throughout Columbus, Delaware county and throughout Ohio. Call 614-426-8704 or reach us via our secure online contact form to discuss your concerns.