Facilitating the Smooth Administration of Estates
An important part of administering an estate smoothly is having the right person (or persons or entity) to be in charge of the estate — this person or group is referred to as an executor or administrator. It can be a challenging job to bear responsibility for settling a person's assets and debts, and most people want it to be done by a family member or another reliable person. In many situations, an experienced estate attorney can help with the selection of an estate executor and with the administration of the estate when the time comes. In certain circumstances, legal help may be needed to remove an executor.
What's the Difference Between an Executor and an Administrator?
When a decedent dies with a will in place, the person named in that will to be in charge of his or her estate is known as an executor. When a person dies without a will, an administrator is assigned by a probate court to handle the estate. Executors and administrators of estates have certain fiduciary duties — duties that involve working for the best interests of the estate.
Get Your Important Questions Answered
At Godbey & Associates, our attorneys help families and individuals manage all aspects of estate planning, probate and estate administration. We can assist you if you have questions about how to appoint or remove an executor or administrator, and we can represent you in solving problems and disputes that present themselves. Our experienced estate lawyers can help you answer questions like:
- What can I do if an executor is not acting in the best interest of the estate?
- Who exactly can be appointed to serve as an executor or administrator?
- Can I decline to serve if a parent or another relative appoints me?
- Do I have to be bonded to serve as an executor or administrator?
Regardless of your situation, our firm can help you find a solution to your specific estate or probate challenge. We offer a free consultation.
Contact an Experienced Cincinnati Estate Executor Lawyer
The attorneys of Godbey & Associates can help you explore and manage the appointment or removal of an estate executor in Ohio. Contact us to consult a knowledgeable probate and estate lawyer who will evaluate your situation and help you understand your legal rights and options. Our firm has extensive experience with estate and probate complications of all kinds.