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 and trust law. Daniel McGowan has built a reputation for being accessible and for his thoughtful and innovative manner in solving probate problems and other civil disputes.
Under Ohio law, Probate is a legal proceeding to administer certain kinds of property owned by someone who has died. This generally includes seeing that claims, expenses and taxes are properly paid, and that the remaining estate is distributed to those entitled to receive it under the terms of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, or under Ohio law.
Probate property is defined as all property in a decedent’s name that is not transferable upon death. It is distributed in accordance with the Will of the deceased or, if decedent died without a Will (intestate), in accordance with Ohio law.
While the probate process usually occurs in the county in which the decedent died, property that is owned out of state may require additional probate proceedings. Cleveland estate planning attorneys can often structure an estate to bypass the probate process through the use of trusts and other estate-planning measures. Other non-probate property includes property the decedent and another person held as joint tenants with right of survivorship; property held in a trust; accounts that are payable on death (POD) or will transfer on death (TOD) to a named beneficiary; and insurance or retirement benefits that are payable to a named beneficiary.
However, most estates governed by a simple Last Will and Testament (or estates where a decedent left no Will) are administered through probate court.
Probating an estate requires that a person be appointed to conduct the administration of the estate to safeguard decedent’s property and make sure it is properly distributed after all verified debts are paid. If there is a Will, this person is usually named in the Will and is called an executor. If there is no Will or no person is named in the Will, this person is appointed by the probate court and is called an administrator.
The executor or administrator may be an individual, a bank or a trust company. Common probate tasks include:
There are many issues involving the settlement of an estate that can require probate litigation. Some of the most common include:
The Law Offices of Daniel McGowan, LLC, 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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