Safeguarding Your Estate: The Importance of Your Estate Planning & Probate Attorney
When a person dies, the estate (assets owned by the deceased) of that person must be managed in a process called probate. The assets of the estate are gathered, debts paid and remaining assets distributed properly. If there is a will, the process is guided by the person who has been named executor or administrator for the estate. If no will exists, or if no one has been named, an administrator is appointed by the probate court, according to Ohio law.
Probate can be lengthy, freeze the ability to sell or transfer property involved in the will, and be costly. In addition, the will may also be contested, adding another layer of complication. The estate management law firm of Charles E. Mills puts our experience to work for you, to develop an estate plan tailored to your wishes and situation.
Comprehensive Estate Administration Services in Cleveland
Will the estate holdings be distributed the way you wish? Or, will a government or other entity make the decisions about how your assets will be divided up and to whom. One simple way to safeguard your estate is to secure explicit legal advice for how it is to be managed. Depending on the size of the estate, this task can be quite complicated and lengthy. The responsibilities of the person who is selected to administer the estate are specific and guided by law. These include:
- Inventory, appraisal and collection of all the estate assets
- Receiving payments due and paying debts of the estate
- Paying all federal, state and local tax obligations
- Gathering information about heirs and beneficiaries
- Filing all required legal documents
- Distribution of assets to heirs
Attorney Mills has been serving those in the Cleveland, Ohio area and suburbs for more than 25 years. His attention to detail, deadlines, and the interests of his clients have a proven track record of successful and thorough estate administration. Contact our estate planning law office for comprehensive estate administration.
Speak With Cleveland’s Estate Planning/Probate Lawyer Today
At Charles E. Mills & Associates full-service law firm we are dedicated to serving our Cleveland and western suburb area clients. We talk with you about each phase of the process, answer your questions, and help you through the administration of your family estate surely and carefully. Don’t hesitate to contact Charles E. Mills & Associates to begin the process of caring for your loved one’s estate. Your initial consultation is free, so please call our office today at 440-822-3375.