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Dublin Probate Court Process

Many people know very little about the probate process. At the Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller, we provide a wide variety of legal services for people needing estate administration help, or probate representation.

We frequently meet with extended family members who are in town for a brief period following the death of a parent or other family member who left an estate. Contact the probate law attorneys of the Law Office of Nancy L. Sponseller to make arrangements to meet at a convenient time at our Dublin offices.

Probate laws and the probate court process are often confusing, but the general process following someone’s death can be summarized with some simple explanations. We hope you find this page helpful for you and your family, although it is not intended as a substitute of an in-depth, in-office consultation.

What is Probate Court?

Probate court is the division of a Common Pleas Court that handles all legal issues concerning the administration of estates, testamentary wills, and inheritance issues arising out of the distribution of assets.

How does the Probate Court Process Work?

The probate process starts when the court assumes control and supervision of the transfer or distribution of property and assets of the estate of the decedent.

Does the Probate Process Affect All Property?

Fortunately, not all property goes through the probate process. The probate process controls only the distribution of assets that the person has not specifically directed to beneficiaries to pass outside of probate. Assets that pass outside of probate include life insurance benefits and IRA accounts with named beneficiaries, and property held jointly with right of survivorship.

Who is in Charge of the Probate Process?

A specific “executor” is listed in most legal testamentary wills. The executor is legally charged with distributing the assets to beneficiaries according to the exact terms of the will after all assets have been valued, all taxes and debts paid and all costs of probate administration have been paid. Retaining a probate attorney to administer the final affairs of the decedent’s estate is necessary. An experienced probate attorney handles all aspects of the probate process and estate administration.

Is the Probate Process Always Necessary?

No. An experienced probate lawyer will review the details of the Will and the assets involved, so you know whether the probate process is necessary.

Contact our offices to learn more about the probate process during your free 30 minute consultation. We will give you the straight answers you need to make sound probate and estate administration decisions.