When there is no will, the probate process requires the appointment of a skilled administrator. The administrator does not have to be a lawyer, but should be someone deeply familiar with the law and the probate process.

Most estates are finalized within six months of the appointment of an administrator. Where family, creditor, tax or other issues or disputes exist, administration may take more time to be resolved.

Administering An Estate

A court-appointed executor or administrator is responsible for the legal tasks involved in the probate process. These include:

  • Maintaining the value and security of the assets of the estate
  • Managing revenue and expenses of the estate
  • Determining the names, ages and addresses of all heirs and, when there is a will, beneficiaries
  • Evaluating claims against the estate
  • Paying federal, state and local estate and income taxes levied on the estate and in respect of the decedent
  • Implementing orders of, and accounting to, the probate court
  • Distributing assets

Guiding Clients Through Probate

Koehler Fitzgerald LLC has deep experience in the process of probate and estate administration under the Ohio code. This experience allows us to function calmly, fairly and effectively even when there are significant disagreements within families and other beneficiaries. This experience is an important credential in the probate litigation cases we accept.

We also oversee trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships.

For Probate Assistance, Call Koehler Fitzgerald LLC

The probate process requires competent, even-handed management. For help navigating the probate system, contact the attorneys of Koehler Fitzgerald LLC at 216-539-7714 or toll free 800-391-5127. Our office is located in Cleveland.