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Experienced Estate Administration and Probate Attorneys

When a family member or loved one passes away, the probate process can seem overwhelming. The process often involves locating and securing assets, dealing with creditors, filing tax returns, creating or reviewing wills, distributing assets to beneficiaries, and much more. This can be challenging to tackle alone, so it is important to have an experienced probate attorney on your side who can guide you through the process confidently and compassionately.

At Dooley Gembala, our experienced attorneys understand that this is a difficult time for your family and are here to help you navigate through the process of settling your loved one’s affairs. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing executors, administrators, trustees, and beneficiaries in Estate/Trust administration.

Our team of experienced attorneys is knowledgeable in all aspects of estate administration and works diligently to ensure that the process is as stress-free and efficient as possible. We provide professional representation through the administration of both probate and non-probate estates and are patient with clients during their difficult times.

Exact Accounting of Assets and Timely Payment

Our attorneys work with families to settle the affairs of deceased family members, including providing counseling and representation through the administration of probate and non-probate estates. We make sure to provide an exact accounting of assets, timely payment of taxes and bills, and distributions in accordance with the decedents’ wishes. We understand that this time can be stressful and we strive to make the process as smooth as possible.

Guardian of the Person

Sometimes, the court will appoint a guardian to care for an incapacitated individual. Becoming the guardian of another person’s personal affairs can be an emotional and difficult process. At Dooley Gembala, our experienced attorneys have experience representing guardians and can help guide you through the process. We work with guardians to ensure that they are fulfilling their duties in accordance with applicable laws and provide legal counsel when needed. With Dooley Gembala on your side, you can rest assured that we are experienced in navigating the guardianship application process and can assist you through court filings to ensure your loved one is taken care of.

Guardian of the Estate

Becoming the guardian of an estate can be a daunting process, but it can often be necessary. At Dooley Gembala, our attorneys can help you through the legal process of becoming a guardian of someone’s estate. With our help, you can have peace of mind that your loved one’s financial affairs and health care needs are taken care of.

Personalized Representation

At Dooley Gembala, we take the time to get to know each of our clients and provide personalized representation tailored to their individual needs. Our attorneys are committed to providing the best service possible and work diligently to ensure that the process is as stress-free and efficient as possible. We understand how difficult this time can be and make sure to keep our clients informed throughout the entire process.

Why Choose a Dooley Gembala Probate Lawyer?

Our estate and trust administration services are designed to help families manage the complex process of doing estate taxes and settling the affairs of a deceased loved one. Our attorneys work closely with clients to ensure an exact accounting of assets, timely payments of taxes and bills, and distributions in accordance with the decedents’ wishes. We understand the emotional toll that losing a loved one can take and strive to provide compassionate support while also ensuring that the legal requirements of the estate/trust administration process are met.

Our probate attorneys have extensive experience in estate and probate law, making them well-equipped to manage all aspects of the estate/trust administration process. Whether acting as an executor, administrator, or trustee, our team ensures that all legal requirements are met, and that the estate/trust is managed efficiently and effectively.

For families facing the process of guardianship for a loved one, our attorneys provide guidance and support through every step of the application process. Overall, our comprehensive estate and trust administration services, experienced attorneys, litigation counsel, and support throughout the guardianship application process provide our clients with the peace of mind they need during difficult times.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is probate litigation?

Probate litigation refers to the legal process of resolving disputes involving probate administration and living wills. In the United States, probate laws vary by state, which is why it's important to seek guidance from the appropriate legal organization such as the Ohio State Bar Association. In Ohio, probate is the legal way of administering the estate of a deceased person. Probate litigation can arise when disputes arise over the validity of a will or when certain parties believe they were unjustly excluded from an inheritance. This process typically involves probate court hearings and legal representation from attorneys with experience in estate and probate law. Seeking legal advice from a qualified attorney can help you navigate this process and ensure that your rights are protected.

What is estate litigation?

Estate litigation is a form of civil litigation that concerns disputes related to estate planning. As estate planning involves deciding how assets are distributed after death, litigation over estate plans can arise when people have different interpretations of legal documents such as wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations. Estate litigation can also arise when parties dispute the actions of estate attorneys, trustees, or fiduciaries. These types of disputes can be complex and require the expertise of estate attorneys who specialize in litigation. Estate attorneys can help clients navigate the legal system and ensure that their legal rights are protected. In the event that estate litigation is necessary, an experienced estate attorney can help guide the client through the process and work toward a favorable outcome.

When do I need a probate attorney?

When a loved one passes away, their assets and property may need to go through probate courts to be distributed to heirs and beneficiaries. In this circumstance, it's important to consider engaging the services of a probate attorney, who can help guide you through the complex legal process of probate.

Probate attorneys have extensive knowledge of probate laws and can help manage the often time-consuming administrative tasks involved in dealing with the probate court. They can prepare legal documents, assist with inventory and appraisal of assets, and handle creditor claims. In addition to probate attorneys, elder law attorneys may also be helpful when dealing with the legal issues that arise as people age. Elder law attorneys specialize in issues relating to aging including estate planning, Medicaid planning, and long-term care planning. Both probate and elder law attorneys can provide the legal guidance necessary to navigate the legal complexities of these processes.

How can I get started with probate lawyers near me?

If you or someone you love is in need of assistance with estate planning, the probate process, or any other legal matter related to these topics, it's important to find qualified probate lawyers near you who can provide the necessary guidance.

At the Dooley Gembala law offices, we specialize in providing comprehensive estate planning services for individuals and families. We understand that guardianship can be a complex and emotional process, and we strive to provide the best legal representation possible. When it comes to estate planning, we will help you identify the best options for your unique situation and guide you through every step of the process. Feel free to reach out to us via phone at 440-930-4001 or visit our office at 5455 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44054.


Dooley Gembala is among the top-rated law firms in the Lorain County area. From corporate litigation and personal injury to family disputes, there is a specialized attorney at Dooley Gembala who can tend to your legal needs. With more than 30 practice areas, clients can rest assured that the attorneys at Dooley Gembala have the expertise and experience needed for successful outcomes. Schedule your consultation online here with one of our attorneys or give us a call at 440-930-4001. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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