Our law firm is located in Cincinnati, so we are just a short drive away from Sharonville. If you are engaged in the estate planning process, or if you are going to be administering an estate for a loved one or friend, you should be aware of the process of probate.
When a will is used as an estate planning tool, an executor that is named in the document will act as the estate administrator. Under the laws of the state of Ohio, the executor is not allowed to act independently. The will would be admitted to probate, and the court would provide supervision during the estate administration process.
There are certain requirements that must be met when probate is underway, and there are specific steps to take to initiate the proceeding. We are going to share some probate resources on this page, and we may as well start with the most effective resource that is available to you.
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If you have questions about probate when you are planning your estate, we would be more than glad to sit down and have a meaningful conversation with you about the matter. Plus, we can also be engaged to help guide an estate through probate if you need assistance after the passing of a loved one. We offer no obligation consultations, and you can send us a message to request an appointment or give us a call at 513-721-1513.
State of Ohio Probate Code
The best way to understand the letter of the law is to sit down and read it word for word. You can find out everything that you need to know about probate if you absorb relevant sections of the Ohio Probate Code. If you click the links below, you can gain a great deal of useful information about the probate process in the state of Ohio:
View Our Probate Presentation
We have devoted a lot of effort into the creation of a comprehensive probate guide for the state of Ohio. This is a presentation that is very thorough, but it is direct and simple to understand. To obtain your copy of this valuable probate guide, click the following link: Comprehensive Guide to Probate in Ohio.
American Bar Association
You can obtain a great deal of useful information about any legal topic if you spend some time on the American Bar Association website. Clearly, the info is going to be absolutely reliable, because the articles are coming from the most highly respected legal organization in the country. They have some very good insight into the probate process on their site, and you can click the following link to tap into this resource: American Bar Association Probate Education.
Hamilton County Probate Court
Probate matters are handled by the probate court in the county that the decedent resided in. As a result, the court that is responsible for probate matters in Sharonville is the Hamilton County Probate Court. The exact location of the court building is 230 E. 9th St. in Cincinnati. Their offices are on the 10th floor of this building. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 o’clock in the morning until 4:00 p.m. This is a link to their website: Hamilton County Probate Court.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
In addition to estate matters, the Hamilton County Probate Court has jurisdiction over a number of other different types of legal situations that can arise. One of them is that of guardianship. In the state of Ohio, a person who is empowered by the state to make decisions on behalf of a minor child would be a guardian. Sometimes an individual will step forward seeking guardianship responsibilities, and in other cases, the court will have to appoint a guardian for a child that is in need.
As elder law attorneys, conservatorship is something that we often speak about, and the probate court handles conservatorship matters as well. In some cases, an elder will become incapacitated and unable to make sound decisions. Under these circumstances, the probate court can be petitioned to appoint a conservator to handle the personal and financial affairs of the incapacitated adult.
However, this can be prevented through the execution of legally binding documents called durable powers of attorney. With these documents, you would name representatives to act on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation, so a conservatorship would not be necessary. This being stated, if you ever need to file for a conservatorship for some reason, you can obtain access to the forms on the Hamilton County Probate Court website.