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Dependability In Ohio Probate, Intestacy And Trust Administration

The probate attorneys of Ziegler Metzger LLP offer comprehensive client service in Ohio probate proceedings of all kinds, from the administration of both testate and intestate estates to ancillary probate of Ohio property connected to out-of-state probate cases. We also offer one-stop counsel for individual and institutional trustees, including estate, trust and fiduciary tax preparation.

Work With A Leading Trusts And Estates Practice

Ziegler Metzger is one of the leading estate administration law firms in Northeast Ohio. With offices in Cleveland and Painesville, several of our lawyers focus primarily in the estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration practice areas. All rated attorneys hold the AV Preeminent* rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system.

Our goal in probate and trust administration is to carry out the terms of a trust, last will and testament, or the laws of intestate succession in a manner that protects asset values and the interests of beneficiaries. Most of our work is undertaken on behalf of executors, administrators or trustees, and we help our fiduciary clients discharge their responsibilities promptly and efficiently to avoid delays, unnecessary expenses, disputes and litigation risk.

As a medium-sized firm with a sophisticated trusts, estates and probate practice, we offer our clients the depth of experience and legal knowledge that is characteristic of much larger firms while at the same time providing accessible and personalized client service. We take a proactive role in our work in trust and estate administration, and our firm’s business and real property experience helps immeasurably with the administration of assets typically held by family corporations or partnerships, real estate investors and other entrepreneurs.

Versatile And Individualized Client Service For Estates Of All Sizes

Ziegler Metzger LLP handles the administration of trusts and estates of all sizes — from the very small to those in the multimillions of dollars. We also offer prompt and reliable client service for executors, trustees, including successor trustees, who live in other states with responsibility for the administration of an Ohio trust or estate.

The death of a family member or loved one is never easy. Our attorneys are sensitive to the personal, practical and emotional implications of a recent loss. An important objective of our estate administration practice is to let family members concentrate on supporting one another through a period of grief while we take care of all of the legal and procedural demands of estate administration.

Our lawyers also take referrals and serve as local counsel for probate, estate and trust administration involving out-of-state property or out-of-state probate matters with property in Ohio.

We help families avoid the disagreements that sometimes arise over the terms of a will or the administration of a trust. When necessary, however, our experience in probate litigation can help point the way toward a favorable resolution in will or trust contests or claims against fiduciaries.

For additional information about our approach to litigation in Ohio probate and trust administration, call 216-273-6726 or contact us online.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.