Lake County Probate & Wills Lawyers
After the death of a loved one, administrating a will may be the last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, it is important to begin the process of organizing the financial affairs of the deceased and determining his or her wishes with regard to his or her property. At Sternberg & Zeid Co., LPA in Mentor, Ohio, our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience with probate and estate administration. We charge reasonable fees to guide our clients through the probate process, and we handle nonprobate transfers and will contests. For a consultation and to begin the estate administration process, please contact our office for an appointment.
The Job of an Estate Administration Lawyer
Whether or not the deceased had a will, the person’s estate must be settled through the probate court. If there is a will, it will name a personal representative (or executor). The estate administration lawyer represents the personal representative. The lawyer guides the client through the probate process by performing the following tasks:
- Arrange for probate of the will
- File with the court the required documents to move the will through probate
- Represent the personal representative in court
- Arrange for repayment of debt
- Coordinate the distribution of gifts according to the bequests made in the will
An knowledgeable estate administration lawyer can accomplish these tasks with minimum fuss and can save the personal representative a lot of heartache and headache dealing with the complex and time-consuming rules of the probate process.
If a potential heir or beneficiary receives little or nothing in a will, or if the circumstances under which the will was written are suspicious, a dispute over the contents of the will may erupt. If a will contest looks likely, a veteran probate litigation attorney is absolutely necessary if you want the matter handled competently, delicately and respectfully.
Contact Our Attorneys
Since 1982, the attorneys at Sternberg & Zeid have been guiding wills through probate and counseling clients who are either bringing or defending against a will contest action. For advice on any probate-related legal matter, we welcome you to contact our office for an appointment. We can be reached by e-mail or by telephone at 440-942-6267.
Free initial consultations in person or over the phone.