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Columbus Probate Attorney

What is probate?

Probate is required following the death of an individual to distribute his or her assets and property through the court. During this process, all property and assets will be appraised to see the total value of the estate and pay back any debt or obligations.

How do I get started?

After the death of the individual, the person named in the will as the executor will file the appropriate paperwork with the probate court. If no one is named in the will, the person is appointed by the probate judge. The executor will present your estate to the court with a list of property, assets, debts and beneficiaries.

The executor must then manage the assets during the probate process, appraising the value of the assets and property within the estate. The executor has the liberty to sell real estate, investments and property, depending on the will and any debts that may exist.

At Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin, we are prepared to represent your interests in this process. Probate is often complex and confusing. We strive to make the process understandable, equipping you with the answers and information you need to make the best decisions possible.

How much does it cost?

Many times, the family may request that the court allow short-term support from the family estate and probate proceedings progress, as the process may take a significant amount of time.

How long will it take?

The process could take a few months or a year, depending on the circumstances, assets, obligations and property involved.

Do I have to go to court?

Probate hearings take place in the local probate court. As your attorneys, we will be with you at each hearing, providing guidance and legal representation to ensure that your interests are protected.

What if there is a dispute?

It is not uncommon for disputes to arise during probate or the administration of an estate, particularly in situations involving blended families or multiple marriages. When they do, you need the skill of a Westerville probate court lawyer that understands how to handle contested wills and disputing the conditions of an estate in court. Westerville Probate Court Attorney

At Metz, Bailey & McLoughlin, we have served families for more than 50 years, offering representation that protects the interests of our clients.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss a potential probate issue, please contact a Columbus Probate Lawyer of our law firm today Local: 614-882-2327.

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33 E. Schrock Road,
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Westerville, OH 43081

Local: 614-882-2327
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