When an Ohio resident dies owning probate property in Ohio, a legal proceeding to determine the decedent’s assets, their value and the method of distribution to heirs is provided for by law. This proceeding is called probate, and it occurs whether the person dies with or without a will. If the decedent also owned property in another state, additional proceedings may need to take place in another state. Probate property is all property that is not covered by any contract, trust or deed providing for a succession on the death of the owner.Steps can be taken to avoid probate altogether while a person is alive by changing the registrations on assets to make them non-probate assets.
Guardianships of minors or incompetent adults, name changes of adults or minors and adoptions are all other proceedings governed by probate law.
Gump Law takes pride dealing with all probate matters. If you need assistance and guidance in handling an estate of a deceased loved one, need a guardianship, name change, are in the process of adopting, or if we can help you with your own estate planning needs, please call our office for a consultation