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Wills and Probate

wills-are-very-important-but-seldomly-thought-about-imageWhen a loved one reaches the end of their life, the family is generally left to address the Probate and Estate Administration process which can be a scary proposition for anyone not well versed in this area of the law. Attorney Collum’s experience has helped a number of families in Northeast Ohio navigate the probate process as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. As an attorney practicing in this area of the law, Attorney Collum has assisted many families in distributing the loved one's assets and also counsel heirs on the best methods for preserving those assets for the future. Whether a loved one should die without a will or estate plan in place at their time of death or when a dispute arises concerning the presence of a will, Attorney Collum can guide clients through the probate process or in probate litigation matters.

The probate process generally begins with establishing a valid will and establishing that such will was decedent’s final statement regarding the distribution of their assets. The next step in the process would be to draft and file an inventory of the estate whereby all assets and debts are identified and evaluated. Generally, assets are first used to pay debts, including bills for final medical expenses and state and federal taxes and the remaining assets, if any, are distributed according to those designated as beneficiaries in the will. Unfortunately, many estates incur costly probate administration proceedings because individuals who were unfamiliar with the process administered the estate.

Attorney Collum has assisted individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio in matters pending in probate court as well as assist them in drafting a will to reflect their goals and wishes. Please contact Attorney Collum for a FREE CONSULTATION at (330) 494-4877 or by e-mail at jcollum@collumlawoffice.com.

Attorney Collum represents individuals and families through the probate process as well as in the drafting of a will in cities all over Northeast Ohio including, but not limited to, the cities of Canton, Akron, Alliance, Canal Fulton, Massillon, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Fairlawn, Green, Macedonia, Munroe Falls, New Franklin, Norton, Stow, Tallmadge, Twinsburg, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, Aurora, Brunswick, Medina, Rittman, Wadsworth, Dover, New Philadelphia, Uhrichsville, Orrville, Wooster, Columbiana, East Liverpool and Salem.


 

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