Areas of Focus


“Probate” is a word derived from Latin which means “to prove.” People most commonly associate probate with probating a will or inheritance issues, along with other estate administration that occurs after death and which is monitored under the supervision of the probate court system. However, under Ohio Law, in addition to the traditional estate administration functions that a probate court oversees after death, there are a number of other legal areas covered by probate law. In Ohio, probate courts have jurisdiction over the following areas:

  • Administration of decedent’s estates
  • Consent for medical treatment
  • Appointment of guardians for minors and incapacitated adults
  • Supervision of property of minors and incapacitated adults
  • Civil involuntary commitments of the mentally ill
  • Adoptions
  • Birth record corrections and registrations
  • Name changes
  • Issuance of marriage licenses
  • Supervision of testamentary trusts (those created by will)
  • Interpretation and enforcement of intervivos trusts (those created during a person’s lifetime)
  • Will constructions

At Kamine & Schilling, LLC, we have assisted clients in probate matters for decades. Many people have little knowledge or understanding regarding the probate process. We take the time to explain how the system works, what you can expect, what matters in an estate do not have to go through probate, and so on. Whether you are looking at adoption, a name change, or an appointment as executor or administrator, we will assist you in navigating the legal complexities in a timely and cost-effective manner.

To arrange a consultation to discuss your probate issues, please contact us at our office by phone at 513-721-6151 .

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