Michael J. O'Brien is a practicing attorney and a founding partner of Cleveland-... more
Michael J. O'Brien is a practicing attorney and a founding partner of Cleveland-based The O'Brien Law Firm LLC. Mr. O'Brien's firm emphasizes estate and trust planning and administration, probate, corporate planning, family business, family limited partnership and charitable trust and private family foundation planning. Mr. O'Brien has a particular expertise in planning for families with childr... view profile
Anna M. Petronzio, who co-founded the firm in 1993, is a graduate of the Catholic... more
Anna M. Petronzio, who co-founded the firm in 1993, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America(B.A.1990), John Carroll University (M.A. 1999) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D. 1993). She concentrates her practice in the areas of Family Law, Estate Planning, and Probate administration and litigation. Anna is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar and Geauga County Bar, and... view profile
Nicholas D. Laudato, a lifelong resident of Lake County, joined Wiles and Richards... more
Nicholas D. Laudato, a lifelong resident of Lake County, joined Wiles and Richards in 2011 after receiving his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern Universitys Claude W. Pettit College of Law in 2010. After graduating from Gilmour Academy he attended Ohio Northern University graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in History. While attending law school Mr. Laudato was a member of the Moot Court Tri... 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.