Mr. Ted Gudorf, J.D., LL.M. was one of the first attorneys to be board certified by... more
Mr. Ted Gudorf, J.D., LL.M. was one of the first attorneys to be board certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in the areas of estate planning, trust and probate law. There are only 142 attorneys inOhio with this prestigious designation at this writing. Ted has been a Dayton attorney for 23 years. For the last 12 years, he has limited his practice to estate planning, es... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.