Making Probate Straightforward
If you are the personal representative for a friend or relative that has died, the complexity of the probate process can be overly burdensome. At a time when you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you must locate all of the assets and liabilities of the deceased, pay off any debts, and distribute the remainder of the estate. The Columbus legal firm of Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP is experienced in helping people move through the stages of probate as directly as possible.
Even if a legal will exists and there is a trust, part or all of an estate will still have to go through probate court. Probate is mandated by Ohio law depending on what type of assets are owned by the decedent.
Assets that have to go through the probate process include:
- Possessions such as jewelry, cars and furniture only in the decedent’s name
- Individually owned real estate as well as property held as a tenant in common
- Investments such as stocks and bonds in the decedent’s name
- Bank accounts with no co-owner or beneficiary
Assets that do not go through the probate process include:
- Property held in a Revocable Trust
- Real estate owned in a Tenancy By the Entirety or Joint Tenants With a Right of Survivorship arrangement
- Retirement accounts and life insurance policies that have designated beneficiaries
- Bank accounts with clauses such as Payable on Death or Transfer on Death
Our firm understands that this is not an easy time for you. We can work with you to make compliance with probate requirements a straightforward process.
You do not have to deal with a loved one’s probate alone. Give Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP a call at 614-221-0944 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We can talk about how our legal team can help you make probate easier.