Probate is a legal process for administering your estate and distributing assets. The probate process includes the following steps:

* Proving the validity of the will;
* Appointing an executor or administrator of your estate;
* Identifying and inventorying the deceased’s property – assets are anything a person owns with value such as property, cash, vehicles, etc).;
* Appraising the property;
* Paying the deceased’s debts and taxes; and
* Distributing the deceased’s remaining property in according with the will or Ohio’s intestacy statutes.

The entire probate process usually takes several months to a year.

It is important to keep in mind that not all assets must be probated. This is where estate planning comes into play.

Call me today to schedule a free consultation regarding probating an estate at (567) 560-2095.

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