Probate and Estate Administration

The closing of a family member's estate

Probate Estate Administration

Probate and Estate Administration

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Closing a Family Member's Estate:

If you need an attorney to help you handle the closing of a family member's estate, the probate attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson are here to help.

If you are concerned about how long it will take to probate the estate, how much money it will cost, and how difficult the process will be, we understand. The probate attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson assist clients with their probate needs every day. We will guide you through the administration of the estate, and will explain to you the entire process.

Following the passing of a loved one, the family often wishes for nothing more than to have time to grieve, collect their memories, and move forward. However, this is often disrupted by the need to administer the estate. At Bailey & Gunderson, we relieve you of the burden of estate administration. We work diligently to alleviate the time, expense, and stress associated with the process.

Estate administration is essentially the process of resolving the remaining issues that the decedent had before he or she died, and transferring his or her assets to the heirs or beneficiaries according to the decedent's Last Will and Testament, and his or her estate plans. If an effective estate plan has not been established, which designates the decedent's intentions for transferring assets upon his or her death, the State of Ohio has laws which will make these decisions.

The probate attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson have the experience and the necessary understanding of the probate laws and procedures for estate administration. We will advise the executors, administrators or personal representatives of the estate through the entire estate administration process, including:

  • Admitting the Last Will & Testament in the Probate Court
  • Appointing the personal representative of the estate
  • Advice and assistance on collecting all assets (collecting and appraising real estate, personal property, life insurance policies, unpaid income, and other assets)
  • Advice and assistance on determining debts of the estate (notifying creditors, verifying validity of debts, and contesting invalid debts)
  • Filing estate income tax returns
  • Advice and assistance with asset distribution (distributing remaining assets to heirs, and titling assets)
  • Finalization of the administration of the estate (filing the final account of the representative of the estate)

The probate attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson understand that the administration of a loved one's estate can be emotional and overwhelming. We are dedicated to helping families through the estate administration process as quickly as possible.

The probate attorneys at Bailey & Gunderson welcome the opportunity to assist you with your probate needs.

Since 1995, the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson has assisted probate clients in the greater Cincinnati area (Hamilton, Clermont, Butler and Warren counties). If you have questions or need information about estate planning and probate, please call our Cincinnati office at 513-631-0022.

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