Common Questions About Probate Litigation

In more than 25 years of experience representing parties in probate litigation and inheritance disputes, we have answered countless questions about the process. Below are some answers to some of the most common questions we hear. However, there is no substitute for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

What Is “Undue Influence?”

The term “undue influence” can apply to many types of behavior. Generally, it refers to someone exerting pressure on the creator of a will or trust to include terms that benefit them. To succeed on a claim of undue influence in probate litigation, one typically must show that the creator of the will did not act freely without coercion.

How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Case?

Every case is different, and many factors affect how long it takes to reach a resolution. Most probate matters take months or even years to resolve in court. Evaluating options for mediation and settlement can significantly shorten the process if the parties are willing to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.

Do I Need A Lawyer?

In civil litigation, there is no legal requirement that you secure representation from an attorney. However, engaging in an inheritance dispute without proper representation is much like trying to build a house without a contractor. Working with a knowledgeable probate litigator can greatly increases your chances of success and help you avoid costly, time-consuming pitfalls.

Can I Afford It?

It is common for people in the midst of an inheritance dispute to worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer. Every case is unique, and your cost-benefit analysis may rely on many factors. However, there is no cost to schedule a free consultation with our experienced probate litigators. We are one of the few probate litigation firms in Ohio that accept cases on a contingency basis – so we are only paid attorney fees if we secure compensation that benefits you.

More Questions About Probate? Contact Zigray Law Office, LLC.

At our Toledo law firm, we offer free in-home initial consultations throughout the state of Ohio and contingency fees for the ease of our clients who have breach of fiduciary duty questions. Call 419-794-1044 or contact us online.