Being the executor of an estate in Ohio is a complicated and sometimes daunting task. For those who have never been involved in an Ohio probate proceeding before, the rules and procedures can seem almost incomprehensible. It can be especially challenging if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. To get the support and guidance of an experienced Ohio probate lawyer, contact Legacy Law Group.

Administration Duties of the Executor of an Estate

The job of the executor (also called the “personal representative” of the estate) is to take care of the estate and financial affairs of the deceased person (decedent). They must identify, collect and secure the assets of the estate, find the decedent's will (if they had one), determine which assets will pass through probate and which will be distributed directly to beneficiaries.

The executor must provide relevant information to heirs and beneficiaries, must file the required papers in the probate proceeding, and pay the rightful debts and claims against the estate. Finally, the executor distributes the remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries as directed.

The Ohio Probate Process

How complicated the probate process is depends on the size of the estate, the assets involved, and a host of other factors. Sometimes it can be streamlined to be more efficient, and sometimes it needs to go very slowly and methodically, to ensure that every detail has been properly addressed and the rights of all interested parties protected.

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Going through the estate procedure without an experienced probate attorney is never recommended. An attorney who is experienced in probate matters can advise you regarding your options, the best procedures to utilize, your responsibilities as the estate fiduciary, and can help make sure that you don't end up being legally and financially responsible for mistakes made in the estate administration process.

If you are named as the executor in a person's will, make sure that you understand your responsibilities and legal obligations. Take the necessary steps to protect the estate and protect yourself from potential liability. Don’t navigate the probate process alone; contact Legacy Law Group today to schedule a consultation and get the help you need.

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