Many families believe that probate is nothing more than a formality, a process that takes place “automatically” to equitably resolve all issues associated with asset distribution according to Ohio statutes. Unfortunately, disputes over the distribution of assets through probate occur more frequently than you might think.
Probate disputes arise for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, outside parties try to grab a part of the family estate for themselves. In other cases, family members disagree about “who is supposed to get what.” Challenges to wills and even trusts are not uncommon, and in situations where there is not a will at all the potential for disputes is even greater. These types of disputes can prove costly and result in devastating financial consequences for some family members. Such disputes can also lead to hard feelings between family members that last a lifetime.
Perhaps even more disturbing, many probate litigation cases involve people of trust, such as Powers of Attorney, Trustees and Executors, betraying that trust and using estate assets for their own personal gain.
At Bixler Moore, LLC, our Ohio probate litigation attorneys help families embroiled in disputes involving probate, will contests, asset distribution and many more. While we strive to work with families and/or creditors to resolve conflicts through mediation, we understand that this is not always possible. We have extensive experience litigating matters involving the distribution and protection of assets, and will fight tooth and nail to protect our clients’ interests. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation.