Probate Law Services in Cincinnati, OH

Probate is a legal process that can be complex and emotionally challenging, especially during a time of loss. At Keller, Barrett & Higgins, we understand the importance of compassionate guidance and skilled legal representation to navigate the probate process effectively. With Whitney Ellison at the helm of our probate practice, we offer comprehensive probate services tailored to meet your unique needs in Cincinnati, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

Understanding Probate

Probate is the legal process through which a person's debts are settled and their assets are distributed after their death. In Ohio, probate laws govern how estates are administered, but local procedures may vary. It's crucial to seek guidance from experienced probate attorneys to ensure the correct distribution of assets and adherence to legal requirements.

Our Approach to Probate

At Keller, Barrett & Higgins, we provide compassionate and personalized probate services to guide you through every step of the process. Whether you're dealing with a small or large estate, our team is committed to providing the support and expertise you need to navigate probate with confidence.

Services Offered

As part of our probate practice, Whitney Ellison offers a range of services to address various aspects of the probate process:

Name Changes: Our team helps clients navigate the legal process of changing their name, whether for personal or administrative reasons.

Upholding Terms of the Will: We work diligently to ensure that the wishes outlined in the deceased's will are upheld and executed according to legal requirements.

Resolving Probate Without a Will: In cases where there is no will (intestate), we guide clients through the probate process to distribute assets according to Ohio's laws of intestate succession.

Guiding the Executor: As experienced probate attorneys, we provide guidance and support to executors in fulfilling their fiduciary duties and navigating the complexities of estate administration.

Assisting with Asset Division: We help clients navigate the division of assets, ensuring that distribution is carried out correctly and in accordance with the law.

Why Choose Keller, Barrett & Higgins for Probate Matters?

When you choose Keller, Barrett & Higgins for your probate needs, you can expect:

+ Experience and Expertise: With Whitney Ellison's knowledge and experience in probate law, you can trust that your case is in capable hands.

+ Compassionate Support: We understand the emotional toll of the probate process and provide compassionate guidance to help you navigate it with ease.

+ Personalized Attention: Every client is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific needs and concerns to provide tailored solutions.

+ Efficient and Effective Representation: Our goal is to streamline the probate process and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients in a timely manner.

Contact Us Today

If you're facing probate issues in Cincinnati, Ohio, don't navigate the process alone. Contact Whitney Ellison at Keller, Barrett & Higgins to discuss your probate legal matter and discover how we can assist you during this challenging time.

What is Probate?

Probate is a court-supervised proceeding where an estate is administered. The Executor or Administrator is given authority by the Court to pay debts, claims, and taxes. The remaining assets are liquidated and distributed among the beneficiaries.

How long will Probate take?

An estate that does not have many assets and has no outstanding debts, can usually be settled within six months. This period can be lengthened if an estate tax return is required or if there are outstanding debts that must be paid to creditors. Keep in mind, creditors may make claims on the estate for six months. If there are complex assets, such as a business or properties located in several states, probate can last for longer than a year.

How Does Probate Work in Cincinnati, Ohio?

Probate is a legal process that takes place after an individual, known as the "decedent," passes away. In Ohio, the probate court collaborates with an individual appointed in the decedent's will, referred to as the "executor" or "personal representative," to facilitate the distribution of the decedent's estate. If the decedent did not designate an executor in their will, the court will appoint one, often choosing an heir.

Throughout the probate proceedings, the probate court and the appointed executor work in tandem to ensure the proper distribution of the decedent's estate. This involves various tasks, such as:

  1. Notifying individuals named in the decedent's will about the passing and the impending probate process.
  2. Providing the court with a thorough inventory of the decedent's estate, including assets and their respective values.
  3. Addressing any concerns raised by individuals regarding the validity of the will or the probate process.
  4. Settling any outstanding debts the decedent owed to creditors before their passing.
  5. Distributing the decedent's assets and estate among beneficiaries in accordance with the terms outlined in the will, once all preceding steps are completed.

The probate process can be intricate, time-consuming, and, at times, costly. It can pose challenges, especially for those unexpectedly thrust into the complexities of estate planning.

To navigate through these challenges effectively, engaging the services of a Cincinnati estate planning attorney is highly advisable. At Keller, Barrett & Higgins, our team comprehensively understands the probate and estate planning procedures in Ohio. Let us shoulder the responsibilities of your case, allowing you to focus on your well-being during this process.

Attorney Whitney Ellison is here to help

Looking for more information?  Give us a call or check out these Additional State Resources: 

- Ohio Revised Code (ORC): The Ohio Revised Code is the statutory law of Ohio and includes the laws related to probate. You can find the relevant sections under Title 21 (Estates, Trusts, and Fiduciaries) of the ORC.

- Ohio Probate Court: Each county in Ohio has its own probate court. You may want to check the official website of the probate court in Hamilton County, the probate court in Warren County or the probate court in Clermont County.

- Ohio State Bar Association: The Ohio State Bar Association may provide resources and publications related to probate law in Ohio. They may have guidelines or articles that can further assist you.