PROBATE

An estate in Ohio is comprised of all of the assets owned by someone at the time of their death—for example—cash, real estate, stocks, bonds, life insurance, retirement accounts, cars, etc.

The probate of someone’s estate refers to the process by which a Court recognizes that person's death and authorizes the administration of that person's estate. The probate process applies both when:

  1. Someone dies leaving a Will or
  2. When Someone dies without a Will

The Ohio Probate Process requires that:

  • All of that person’s property will be gathered
  • Their debts paid
  • The remaining assets distributed according to either the provisions of his or her Will, or
  • If they died without a Will, then the property will be distributed according to Texas law regarding intestacy (dying without a Will).

PROBATE PROCESS, COSTS AND TIME

As your Ohio probate attorney, I can offer flat fees or hourly fees for a probate administration for most types of estate administrations in all the probate courts in the Franklin, Delaware, Union, Licking, Fairfield, and Marion Counties in Ohio. Under certain circumstances, I may agree to be paid from the estate in a probate estate administration or on contingency so there is no upfront costs or retainers.

PROBATE ADMINISTRATOR PROCEDURE

Typically, the executor or administrator files the probate application with the help of their probate attorney and original will if applicable.  Depending on the number of assets and the specifics of the case, we file to open an estate and then the required documentation and forms are given to the Court to begin work. 

In many cases, I can open and close the estate in one day.  Complex estates can be opened and closed in just a few short weeks.  Attorney Christopher Gasper is known for his niche ability to move cases along quickly and to work through an obstacles and develop legal strategies that work for you.

As your Ohio probate attorney, I will be involved in each step of the probate process. Will probates can be completed within several weeks. Estate administrations that are intestate (no Will) can take a month or more depending on the probate court.