Probate and Trust Administration
Our objective is effectiveness. Our strategy is efficiency.
We understand that estate and trust administration is a sensitive and often emotional practice area, but where other attorneys see delays and frustration, we see opportunities for sensible and compassionate solutions for our clients’ individual circumstances. When a loved one passes away, there is often much to do in order to honor the decedent’s wishes. Probate is a process. The key to our success is managing that process in an efficient, timely manner. Timely action is a priority for our probate administration lawyers and staff. We recognize the importance of moving through the process as rapidly as possible. Experience Counts.
A decedent’s property is not always required to go through the probate process. A major part of our estate planning practice involves the creation of various trusts to achieve assorted planning goals. Trusts created during a person’s lifetime must also be administered at the time of death in order to manage and transfer the assets as the decedent intended. We have counseled and assisted hundreds of clients regarding their duties as trustee.
We understand the value of communication and teamwork. We want clients who are satisfied with not only the results, but also the manner in which we handle their legal affairs. In addition to estate and trust administration, Smith and Condeni frequently assists clients with various other probate court supervised matters such as guardianships and testamentary or wrongful death trust administration. We apply the same principles when handling these matters as we do with the administration of decedents’ estates and trusts. At Smith and Condeni, we focus on our clients’ needs and the decedent’s wishes in order to effectively administer an estate or trust. In addition to these components, we also focus on:
- Using proven strategies to administer an estate or trust for the client, to benefit the beneficiaries;
- Implementing comprehensive approaches that transfer family assets as the decedent intended; and
- Utilizing the applicable law to minimize conflicts and obtain anticipated results on the client’s death.
In order to achieve the high standards that we set for ourselves, we take a multi-faceted approach to the estate and trust administration process. The head of our department is a specialist in estate planning, probate and trust law, one of an elite group of attorneys certified by the Ohio State Bar Association. All of our attorneys concentrate their areas of practice within related estate and trust planning fields:
Practice Area Attorneys
Please contact Smith and Condeni for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.