Experienced Washington Court House Probate Attorney
When a loved one passes, their property and assets are generally distributed through the probate court. Going through this process is often both confusing and time consuming for family and loved ones, and disputes can arise pertaining to estate documents, inheritance rights, and administration of the estate. When these types of situations occur, they can delay the probate process indefinitely, and could end up costing you both time and money.
At the Law Office of Mike Gertner, we understand the impact probate court disputes can have on relationships between family members and friends, as well as former business associates and caregivers. With over 40 years’ experience in representing clients through in Ohio probate matters, you can trust our Washington Court House probate attorney to provide the professional legal representation at a time when you need it most, while ensuring your legal rights and interests are protected.
Providing Professional Representation to Ohio Residents
Under the Ohio Revised Code, the probate court is authorized to handle a variety of matters that can result when settling the estate of a person who has recently passed away, known as the decedent in these types of proceedings. The decedent’s property and assets pass through the probate court, where any claims against the estate will be settled and all tax debts paid. At that point, the remaining property will be distributed to heirs, according to the decedent’s estate planning documents. Unfortunately, disputes can arise at this point, and commonly involve disagreements over inheritance rights and the total amount of property or assets each heir is due to receive, as well as allegations against caregivers and others in a positions of trust who may have engaged in coercion or misconduct regarding and will or estate documents. At the Law Office of Mike Gertner, we use our legal knowledge and skill to represent those who have been wrongfully deprived of their assets in the following types of probate matters:
- Will Contests
- Life Insurance Litigation
- Concealment of Assets and Inheritance Enforcement
- Changes In Beneficiary Litigation
- Joint Accounts With Caregivers Litigation
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty
- Trust & Will Construction Defects
Results Oriented Probate Litigation
Probate proceedings for Washington Court House residents are handled through the Fayette County Probate Court. This process is often confusing to those unfamiliar with the system, and any disputes will likely result in delays that are both time consuming and costly. At the Law Office of Mike Gertner, our Washington Court House probate attorney takes a results oriented approach to probate disputes, working diligently to secure the best possible results in your particular situation. Our proven track record of success speaks for itself, and the following are examples of actual outcomes we have been able to achieve for our clients:
- A six figure settlement for a probate trust dispute involving two brothers, in which one brother failed to distribute to the other his rightful share of assets after their mother passed;
- Another six figure settlement for a widow who was wrongfully deprived of life insurance benefits from her late husband;
- Settlement of a dispute involving a business partnership, in which our client was being deprived of her late father’s share of assets from a previous business venture;
- Settlement of a claim involving improper changes to a will by another party after it had already been signed by the decedent.
Let Us Assist You with Your Case
When you need professional legal help in dealing with probate matters, get the trusted, experienced representation you deserve and contact the Law Office of Mike Gertner today. Our Washington Court House probate attorney provides comprehensive service and legal skill to help protect what is rightfully yours. For a one on one, personalized review of your particular situation, call or contact our office online.