Everyone has heard that you should avoid probate. Where possible and appropriate, we can help you achieve that goal. To do so, careful planning and coordination of your wishes, your estate planning documents and your assets will be required.

Our estate planning attorneys are familiar with guardianships and estate and trust procedures and the formalities of Northeast Ohio and the probate courts surrounding Akron and Summit County. We have established a mutual respect and rapport with these courts and can assist you in any way necessary to make this potentially unfamiliar process less intimidating.

When probate litigation can’t be avoided, dealing with disputes after a loved one passes can be a torturous experience. Stark & Knoll’s experience and depth with probate litigation matters can help. Our attorneys have litigated will contests and disputes about trusts. We have also assisted administrators and trustees in defending trust and probate estates against third-party claims.

We can represent individuals, beneficiaries and fiduciaries in financial matters, guardianships, estate or trust disputes, should litigation ensue. If needed we can assist with:

  • Probate court filings and pleadings
  • Estate and trust taxation matters
  • Will and trust contest actions
  • Trust reformation and termination actions
  • Acting as and assisting fiduciaries in probate and trust administration and litigation