Probate Lawyers in Toledo, OH
With an ideal location near downtown Toledo, OH, we pride ourselves on providing you with the quality representation that you deserve. We have been practicing probate law in Toledo since 2010. Additionally, with over 150 years of combined legal experience handling the probate needs of our clients, we are committed to providing them with the exceptional representation that they deserve. As a prospective client of ours, we would be more than happy to get you started in the right direction and devise the best plan of action for your unique needs. Whether you need legal counsel in estate litigation, you want to draft a will or trust, or you are currently dealing with the probate process, Heban, Murphree & Lewandowski, LLC, is here for you.
Quick Facts About Toledo
Toledo is one big melting pot. There’s a reason Toledo is home to so many great ethnic festivals: the population is hugely diverse. In addition to a varied European population, the city is home to large African American and Hispanic communities. At the turn of the 20th century, the city was pretty uniformly white European, but the Great Migration found African American populations settling in Ohio in huge numbers to find industrial jobs in the city.
Perhaps Toledo’s most beloved cultural institution, the Toledo Museum of Art has been around since the turn of the 20th century and has since seen some major developments since, including a Frank Gehry-designed Center for the Visual Arts and the Glass Pavillion, an acclaimed piece of architecture, plus gallery space, classes, and artist studios.
What Is Probate Law?
Probate is a legal process that occurs after death. More specifically, probate is the legal process where a will is proved in the court of law and accepted as a "valid public document" that is the true last testament of the deceased. Additionally, in the absence of a legal will, during probate the estate is settled according to the laws of intestacy of the deceased at the time of death.
The granting of probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person. Also, the resolving of all claims and the distribution of the deceased person's property under a will occurs during probate. A probate court decides the legal validity of the deceased person's will and grants its approval, also known as granting probate, to the executor. The probated will then becomes a legal instrument that may be enforced by the executor in the law courts if necessary. A probate also officially appoints the executor (or personal representative), generally named in the will, as having legal power to dispose of the testator's assets in the manner specified in the testator's will. However, through the probate process, a will may be contested.
If you have any additional questions about probate law in Toledo, please contact us today!