Dublin, OH Probate Lawyer

Dublin, OH Probate Lawyer

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, we are incredibly sorry. Death is always hard and everyone heals in their own time. What doesn’t help your grieving process is having to deal with difficult legal affairs regarding your relative’s estate, but if it must go through probate, that is likely your reality. In this emotional time, allow our compassionate Dublin probate lawyer to take the burden off of your shoulders so that you can focus on healing and finding comfort in your family.

Our lead attorney, Stephanie Dailey, has 20 years of legal experience and is seasoned in Ohio estate and probate laws; she can put you in the best position for a successful resolution. Call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can serve you.

Dublin Probate Lawyer

Why Does Probate Happen?

Probate is the court-supervised process that must happen to ensure that a deceased person’s assets (all the money, property, and possessions they owned) are distributed according to their wishes if they had a will, or according to the laws of intestate succession if they did not. Some people are surprised to find that their loved one’s estate must go through probate even though they had a will. However, it is still a required step to ensure that the assets are appropriately divided and distributed to their intended heirs as is laid out in the will.

Probate is not a sort of punishment on your loved one’s part for any wrongdoing; they most likely just did not realize how valuable an estate plan could be to your family, or perhaps they simply ran out of time. But, if probate didn’t happen, any random person might be able to lay claim to their hard-earned wealth, so it is a sort of necessary evil. Whether you were expecting probate or not, you can rely on our skilled Dublin probate lawyer to simplify the process and get you to a speedy resolution!

What Happens During Probate?

There are a lot of steps to the probate process, and if you are the executor (or have been appointed representative), those, unfortunately, fall on you to complete. While the list may seem daunting, you can rest easy knowing that our experienced Dublin probate lawyer will handle the bulk of it – including communicating with the court, preparing and filing legal documents, and protecting your interests.

Moreover, she will…

  • Submit the will (if there was one) and death certificate to the court
  • Submit a petition to the court to open a probate case
  • Submit formal notices to the public, creditors, and beneficiaries
  • Collect and care for assets until probate is closed
  • Inventory and appraise those assets
  • Settle creditor claims and outstanding debts
  • File final tax returns and pay any required taxes
  • Communicate with the courts, meet deadlines, and pay court fees
  • Submit a final accounting and any other required records
  • Submit a petition to close probate
  • And more.

How Can A Dublin Probate Lawyer Help Me Save Time, Money, And Stress?

Probate is long (it can last anywhere from 9-12 months or longer!) and expensive (you can expect to pay 3%-7% of the estate’s total value), not to mention stressful to the executor (especially while in the midst of mourning and handling your own day-to-day obligations). What makes it last longer, cost more money, and add to your already extensive mental load is when mistakes are made or legal disputes arise. Having our experienced Dublin lawyer involved from the beginning minimizes the risk of these things putting your progress in jeopardy.

When you choose Dailey Law Offices, you can have peace of mind knowing that the wealth your loved one worked tirelessly to build during their lifetime is in capable hands. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional level of professionalism and efficiency to each and every case and client. Call today to schedule your free consultation and let’s take the first step together.

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