Cleveland Probate & Estate Attorneys
Safeguarding the future of your assets and family members takes planning well in advance. Creating an estate plan, drawing up a will, or organizing legal matters such as power of attorney can give you peace of mind as you get older. A valid estate plan can help your family avoid the lengthy and often expensive probate process after you pass on. Your plan will ensure the courts fulfill your last wishes without needing to put the matter to a judge or jury. For help establishing your estate plan or handling probate, contact Elk & Elk of Cleveland, Ohio.
Why Choose Our Cleveland Estate Attorneys?
- We are a reliable source of probate and estate law services in Cleveland. We have spent over 50 combined years fighting for client rights throughout the state.
- We strive to make the legal process as hassle-free as possible. We have multiple offices throughout the state of Ohio for your convenience.
- We are highly client focused. Your unique needs and desires will drive all legal decisions we make on your behalf.
Do You Need a Probate or Estate Attorney?
Finding out your family has to go through probate after the death of a loved one can feel overwhelming. Yet when you hire a probate lawyer you do not have to worry about any aspect of the process. Your attorney can represent your side of the matter during probate court dates and hearings. Hiring a lawyer for other estate matters could also come with many benefits. Working with an attorney could open your eyes to different inheritance options you did not know about. It could also give you peace of mind far into the future – not just your future, but also that of your beneficiaries.
What Is Probate?
Probate can refer to the official validation of a last will and testament. If a surviving family member or another party contests the will upon the death of an individual, probate may be necessary to settle the matter. Probate may also be a necessity if the individual did not leave a will behind. The process of probate court includes appointing an administrator of the deceased person’s estate (usually a family member), inventorying and appraising the decedent’s assets, paying off the decedent’s debts, and distributing the assets according to the person’s will or state law if no will exists.
What Services Does an Estate and Probate Lawyer Provide?
At Elk & Elk, we are happy to offer a range of probate and estate planning services to the people of Cleveland. We have spent years acquiring experience and further education into family law so we can better help our clients.
- Estate planning. Planning for your estate means planning for your life. A comprehensive estate plan can include a last will, power of attorney, medical directives, and trusts. You can know exactly where your assets will go and who will be responsible for them after you die with a solid estate plan.
- Probate administration. If a loved one passes away without a will or estate plan, probate court may be necessary to divide assets among surviving family members. Our lawyers can represent you during probate. We can attend hearings, fill out paperwork, and help protect your future.
- Guardianships. A legal guardianship can serve a loved one who has a mental incapacity. Having guardianship means having the right to make legal decisions and other major life choices for someone else. Creating a guardianship for someone with limitations due to age or a serious accident can protect that person’s rights.
These are just three of the many probate and estate planning services we provide across the state of Ohio. We are here to answer your questions and offer our assistance through any type of estate issue you might encounter. Call us today to find out if we can help with your specific request or problem.
Contact Our Cleveland Office Today
Elk & Elk Cleveland personal injury attorneys are here for families in Cleveland during difficult probate and estate matters. We will put our years of hands-on experience to work for you. Let us help you create a will or work through probate with limited stress. Call (216) 313-9774 and ask to schedule a free consultation at our Cleveland office, or request a callback online.