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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Losing a loved one: Don’t let the probate process add stress to your life

By Joe Grimme, Fessler, Schneider & Grimme LLP
(859) 291-9075

Losing a loved one is something that none of us enjoy, regardless of the person’s age, situation, or circumstances when they pass.  It is a very difficult time for everyone involved, especially for those that are responsible for handling the probate process in the court system.  Although we can’t avoid these emotional times, we simply need to cope with our loss and try and think about the memories that were made over the lifetime of the loved one that we have lost.

As with other major events in our lives, many decisions typically need to be made after someone passes away, all of which are very important.  The probate process can be very confusing and oftentimes difficult, which is why an attorney can be so valuable to you.  The stress that can accompany the administration of one’s estate is something that should not be added to the grieving process that already exists.

While it is not always necessary to open an estate in Kentucky when someone passes, there are plenty of circumstances that require the probate process to begin.  If an estate does require administration, it must be filed in the district court in the county within which the decedent resided.  The estate must be open for at least six (6) months in order for creditors to submit their claims, if any exist.

After it is determined whether an estate needs to be opened, there are countless other variables that can make the probate process complex and confusing.  Did the decedent have a will?  Did he/she own real property?  Were there any specific requests made that will require additional court intervention?  These are just a few questions that should be handled by an attorney.

Our law firm, Fessler, Schneider and Grimme, has over 80 years of combined legal experience and we are licensed in Kentucky and Ohio.  Our attorneys can help with your estate planning, as well as to assist with the probate process upon one’s passing.

If you have any questions regarding estate planning or the probate process, do not hesitate to contact us.  Our office is located at 14 North Grand Avenue in Fort Thomas and we take pride in being one of the longest-lasting law firms in Northern Kentucky.  We also handle real estate, personal injury, business representation, criminal defense, divorce/custody matters, and other areas of law.

Fessler, Schneider & Grimme LLP
Phone: (859) 291-9075 | Fax: (859) 291-9165
14 North Grand Ave.
Fort Thomas, Kentucky, 41075

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