Welcome to Ohio Probate Answers

The purpose of this site is to provide legal information related to the most common Ohio Estate Administration questions. It allows an Executor, Executrix, or Trustee to gain a greater understanding of Estate law.

OVERVIEW

Estate Planning Verses No Planning
Probate Court
Key Terms
How Do I Find An Estate Attorney?
I Have Lost A Loved One, Where Do I Start?

ESTATE PLANNING

What Is A Basic Estate Plan?
What Is A Last Will And Testament?
What Is A Power Of Attorney?
What Is A Power Of Attorney For Health Care?
What Is A Living Will?
What Is A Revocable Living Trust?

PROBATE

What Is The Probate Process?
What Are The Steps Of Probate?
What Is The Timetable For An Administration?
Is Probate Necessary?
What Assets Go Through Probate?

OPENING AN ESTATE WITH A WILL

Filing Of The Will
Notice To The Heirs
Appointment Of Executor
What Does An Executor Do First?

OPENING AN ESTATE W/O A WILL

How Is An Estate Opened If There Is No Will
Who Can Serve As Administrator And Guardian If No Will
What Is A Bond For The Administrator?

EXECUTORS/ADMINISTRATORS

Powers And Duties Of The Executor/Administrator
Liabilities Of The Executor/Administrator
What Does An Executor/Administrator Get Paid?

INVENTORY AND APPRAISALS

How Do I Find Assets?
How Do I Value Assets?
Filing Of The Inventory
Notice To Heirs
Objections To The Inventory

SPOUSAL AND FAMILY RIGHTS

Spouse’s Right To Elect Against The Will
Election To Remain In, Purchase, And To Take The Mansion House
Allowance For Support
Automobiles

RETIREMENT PLANS, SOCIAL SECURITY & LIFE INSURANCE

How Are Retirement Plans Collected?
What Are My Rights To Social Security?
How Is Life Insurance Collected?
Am I Entitled To Any Benefits From My Spouses Employer?

CREDITORS OF THE ESTATE

How A Creditor Files A Claim?
How Are Disputed Claims Handled?
Insolvent Estate Proceeding

DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE ESTATE

Distributions With A Will
Distributions If No Will

TRUST ADMINISTRATION

What Legal Services Are Needed For Probate?
How Is An Attorney Compensated?

ESTATE LITIGATION

Will Contest
Actions Against The Executor/Administrator
What Is A Wrongful Death And Survivor Action?

INCOME TAXES AND ESTATE TAXES

Decedent’s Final Income Tax Return
Estate Income Tax Return
Ohio Estate Tax Return
Federal Estate Tax Return

ATTORNEY SERVICES

What Legal Services Are Needed For Probate?
How Is An Attorney Compensated?

ACCOUNTINGS

What Is An Accounting?
Who Gets Notice?
Objections?

OUT OF STATE REAL ESTATE

Ancillary Administration

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