Welcome to Spore & Associates Attorneys & Counselors at Law concentrating in Estate & Probate Administration in the larger Columbus Area
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The probate attorneys at the Law Offices of Spore & Associates also possess significant experience in probate administration matters, and have handled estates of all sizes, with particular expertise in larger estates involving complex tax issues. We work closely with the estate fiduciary to marshall and value the assets of the estate, settle claims against the estate, swiftly and efficiently shepherd the estate through the probate process, and transfer title to assets to the heirs and other beneficiaries of the decedent. We strive to administer every estate with a minimum of expense and delay. Many of our probate estates involve significant wealth requiring the filing of a federal estate tax return.
Probate refers to the process where a court oversees the administration of a deceased person's estate. The purpose of probate administration is to ensure that any final bills and expenses of the decedent are paid, including any taxes owed, and any claims by creditors settled. Remaining assets are distributed to the beneficiaries named in the decedent's will, or if the decedent died without a will, or "intestate," the decedent's estate will be distributed to the decedent's heirs as defined under Ohio's laws governing intestate succession.
Probate Fees and Costs
Probate fees and costs generally fall into the following three categories: first, court costs and fees related to the probate process, including court fees, publication fees, surety bond fees (if required), certification and recording fees; second, the personal representative's fee, otherwise known as the executor or administrator's fees paid for his or her services; and third, the attorney's fee.
The fee paid to the personal representative and the attorney is set by county court rule and the gross value of the estate. At Spore & Associates, we will discuss these fees in advance. Fees for Wood, Lucas and Ottawa counties are listed below in PDF form and serves as examples of attorney's fees for those counties on a graduated basis. Spore & Associates Attorney's may adjust these fees in our client's favor to remain competitive in the marketplace.
The gross value of the estate is based upon the full value of the assets of the estate, not taking into account any debt, mortgages or other encumbrances on the asset. For example, a decedent may have a home with a value of $1,000,000 and a mortgage of $950,000. The fee to probate the home would be based on the full value of $1,000,000, not the $50,000 net value of the property.
It should be noted that the statutory fees mentioned above are the same for all attorneys without regard to the relative experience, skill and qualifications of the attorney. It does not cost you additional statutory fees to retain an experienced probate attorney such as our firm principal, John Spore.
Seek Representation from an Experienced Ohio Probate Lawyer
Serving as the personal representative of a decedent's estate involves many fiduciary duties and responsibilities. It is important to seek the guidance and representation of an experienced Ohio probate attorney who specializes in probate administration and estate planning matters. The Law Offices of Spore & Associates, LLC offers complimentary initial consultations on probate matters. Should you wish our representation on an estate, we would be happy to contact other attorneys to secure a copy of the decedent's Last Will & Testament to ensure a smooth transition.. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
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