If you have concerns about estate fraud, contacting an experienced Cleveland probate lawyer as soon as possible is the best course of action.
In many cases, there is a limited time frame to take action. Disputes in probate court, for example, are best handled while the case is being settled - which is the point of the probate court process. Those who wait until they are unsatisfied with the outcome, may forfeit their rights and will have a much more difficult path to recovery.
Allegations of estate fraud may also occur outside of probate court. Many estate planning tools, such as the establishment of trusts and named beneficiaries, are designed to avoid the probate process, where paying debts and distributing assets are supervised by the court. In such cases, estate fraud can be even more difficult to uncover and rectify.
While each case is unique, whenever an estate settlement is expected to be contentious, either because of the relationship among heirs or for other reasons, seeking help from a Cleveland probate attorney can best protect your rights.
Common types of estate fraud in Ohio include:
Time is of the essence because under Ohio law you may have just 3-6 months to contest a Will or probated estate.
The Law Offices of Daniel McGowan, LLC is a full-service law practice, with extensive experience in the areas of litigation and trial practice, elder law, and probate law and trust law. Daniel McGowan is well known for his experience with the probate process and Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio and probate courts. He has a reputation for being accessible and for his thoughtful and innovative manner he solves probate problems and other civil disputes.
Daniel McGowan represents clients in probate and estate matters throughout the Cleveland area, including Lakewood, Rocky River, Fairview Park, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, East Cleveland, Linndale, Brooklyn, Parma, Brook Park. Newburgh Heights, Cuyahoga Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Warrensville Heights, Maple Heights, Garfield Heights, Bratenahl and Euclid.
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