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Probate / Estate Administration

When a loved one passes away, his or her estate often goes through a court-managed process called probate or estate administration, where the assets of the deceased are managed and distributed.  If your loved one owned his or her assets through a well-drafted and properly funded Living Trust, it is likely that no court-managed administration is necessary - the successor trustee will administer the distribution of the assets.  The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and the local rules and schedule of the probate court. 

Every probate estate is unique, but most involve the following steps:

  • Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.
  • Notice to heirs under the Will or to statutory heirs (if no Will exists).
  • Petition to appoint Executor (in the case of a Will) or Administrator for the estate.
  • Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Executor/Administrator.
  • Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors.
  • Sale of estate assets. 
  • Payment of estate taxes, if applicable.
  • Final distribution of assets to heirs.
  • Accounting of all financial transactions.


The attorneys of O’Diam & Estess Law Group, Inc., assist individuals, families and business owners throughout the Miami Valley, including Dayton, Kettering, Oakwood, Centerville, Beavercreek, Xenia, Springfield, Springboro and Troy, in Greene County, Montgomery County, Clark County, Warren County and Miami County.



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