Avoiding Probate

Generally, the most efficient way to avoid expensive, protracted probate proceedings for problematic estates is solid, sound estate planning.

This is one of many quality legal services we provide at Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd., in northeast Ohio.

Avoiding probate means avoiding turning your hard-earned assets over to the government in probate fees and taxes after a loved one's passing. Our experienced probate attorneys can recommend a number of effective strategies that facilitate this goal.

Depending on your situation, we may suggest the use of a living trust, which places your funds and possessions "in trust," to be overseen by a trustee for your beneficiaries' benefit; the naming of beneficiaries on retirement and bank accounts, to guarantee that the proceeds are distributed immediately without having to be impacted by probate; or a joint tenancy with a right of survivorship, the joint holding of a property with a spouse or significant other.

Understanding Your Options, Advocating For Your Rights

When you retain Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd., to represent your interests during an estate's administration, you work with knowledgeable lawyers who take your objectives seriously in ways that promote avoidance of probate. We are also highly proficient when disputes over estates arise — differences between family members that become will contests and trust litigation, for example.

To learn more about the many ways we can help you, inside and outside of probate court, please contact any of our law offices to schedule an initial consultation.