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Daniel Francis Zigray

Probate Attorney at Maumee, OH

4.9   11 reviews

also known as Daniel F. Zigray

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Daniel

Learn Daniel’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    34%
    Probate Litigation: estate disputes, bank account and life insurance beneficiary designation changes; farm estate disputes; power of attorney abuse

  2. Trusts
    33%
    Trust Contests; Trust Accounting

  3. Wills and living wills
    33%
    Will Contests; Estate Disputes

Daniel F. Zigray, Attorney at Law 

 

Ohio Probate Litigation Cases are the only type of cases I work on.  Most I take on a "contingency fee" basis - which means I don't get paid a fee unless I obtain a recovery for you through trial or settlement.   I handle Will Contests, Trust Contests and other Inheritance disputes.  Contact me at my email address to discuss your case.           

 

My practice is exclusively in the complex and unique area of probate litigation.  Probate Litigation includes will contests (challenges to the validity of a last will), trust contests, inheritance disputes, claims against estates, guardianship matters, elder financial abuse, and misuse of power of attorney cases.  I have been handling these types of cases for 15 years and I do not handle any other kind of legal matters.

 

My Probate Litigation experience encompasses all phases of the case includng filing the lawsuit, discovery of evidence, taking depositions, reviewing and using medical records, reviewing and using financial records, and taking the case to a trial in front of a jury, obtaining verdicts in favor of our clients.  I have also successfully mediated and settled these kinds of cases.

 

I have spoken at seminars in Ohio on  various probate litigation topics.  I have also been a regular monthly speaker at the Toledo Bar Association Probate Committee Meetings, speaking on current Probate Litigation Law topics, since 2002. 

 

I have been licensed to practice law in Ohio since 1991.  Early in my career I handled various types of legal matters including real estate, probate, family law, and estate planning.  I was also a prosecutor in the Perrysburg Municipal Court where I gained experience in trial practice, taking many cases to trial during my tenure there.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Zigray Law Office, LLC
1755 Indian Wood Circle
Suite 400
Maumee, OH, 43537

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Alicia | June 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Inheritance Dispute
Family disputes regarding money and inheritance are difficult and sometimes unexpected and can cause a great deal of stress for a long period of time. We were referred to Dan Zigray by one of his peers and he came highly recommended. We quickly found Dan to be someone we were comfortable with in handling our case and he was very well versed on every aspect of what needed to be done and what could be done. He educated us to help us make a proper and constructive decision for everyone involved directing us to the best possible outcome. I am very pleased with the end result of our case and it also helped down the road to mend our family differences. He was very professional; he always took the time to listen to our concerns and he answered our questions timely and with consideration. He was a pleasure to work with and made a difficult situation more tolerable. I highly recommend Dan Zigray and am thankful for what he did for us and our family.
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Posted by Diane | May 31, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Issue with Trust
I contacted the Zigray Law Office and left a message after hours. The next morning, Mr. Zigray called me so we could discuss the issues with my parents estate closure. He listened, asked questions, was patient and kind as I explained the problem. He suggested that I try to compromise to avoid court. He helped me develop an action plan and invited me to call him back if I had questions. I would contact Zigray Law Office, LLC again for any estate issues. Diane
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Posted by Rhonda | May 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
litigation
my sister and I are trustees of an irrevocable trust and we went into litigation and achieved better resolve than we were hoping for. He was very professional and to the point. I would highly recommend Dan.
Response from Daniel Zigray May 20, 2019
Thank you Rhonda. I appreciate your review.
Posted by jon | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dan and his staff are outstanding
I contacted Dan Zigray concerning an estate dispute. My cousin, who had power of attoney and co executor of my Uncles will had him sign 800,000 dollars into her name as beneficiary. My Uncle at the time of the transfer suffered from Dementia and Parkinson's. Dan and Adam Freed were outstanding, There professionalism and there legal skills were incredible. Dan was very up front with the process and what to expect. After 10 months of researching the facts and doing an incredible job during depositions Dan and Adam obtained a very acceptable settlement for 10 of our family members. I cannot say enough about the job he did. I would highly recommend Dan, he's the best attorney we have ever dealt with. Sincerely Jon
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2015
Results through negotiation
Concluding our inheritance dispute with a substantial settlement, Daniel Zigray proved to be a reliable and diligent attorney. Experienced in these matters, he advocated a realistic approach in our case. Avoiding the pitfalls of a protracted and expensive lawsuit, Att. Daniel Zigray achieved a satisfactory outcome by way of a settlement agreement. In addition, his calm demeanor and his patience were much appreciated!
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2014
Exceptional Settlement Obtained!
Mr. Zigray was the only lawyer who would agree to take our case. All of the other lawyers we talked to said we had no chance in getting anything in contesting our mother's will in Montgomery County Probate Court. After a long battle, Mr. Zigray was able to obtain a very nice settlement amount for my sister and me. We would recommend The Zigray Law Office for handling your inheritance dispute.
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Posted by Karen | November 11, 2013
You won't find a better family law/trust attorney anywhere
My case involved the kidnapping of an incapacitated family member from Florida to Ohio. I needed immediate assistance and Dan was the first attorney I contacted that was not only willing to work with me but had an action plan ready within hours of our initial contact. I contacted Dan on a Friday, received the emergency orders that Dan requested from the Florida judge on Tuesday afternoon and met with Dan at my hotel early Wednesday morning. Dan had already arranged for a hearing with the local magistrates and orchestrated a plan of action with a PI and local law enforcement. By Wednesday evening I was reunited with my family member. Another attorney involved in the case immediately backed down when he realized I was being represented by Dan. The Judge in Florida called the return of my family member a "miracle" as he had seen many similar cases before but none that had the quick resolution and positive outcome that mine had. I am just thankful that I worked with Dan!
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Posted by Irene | November 6, 2013
Successfully handled difficult will contest
Mr. Zigray took our case when nobody else would because it was such an involved mess in an estate of a relative. He followed through with everything he said he would do and he did a wonderful job in obtaining a sizeable settlement for our family. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Mary | June 27, 2010
Highly Recommend
It is with great pleasure to recommend Daniel Zigray as an attorney. Mr. Zigray is very conscientious about his work and about the satisfaction of his clients. I found his knowledge to be extensive and easily accessible. Mr.Zigray informs me of his personal schedule, without my request, so that I may reach him if necessary. Seldom have I been able to make such an enthusiastic recommendation regarding an attorney. I have no hesitation in advise anyone, to retain Daniel Zigray as their attorney.
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Posted by Leslie | June 23, 2010
Ottawa County
Mr. Zigray was professional, engaging and made all legal issues understandable to all involved who are not in the legal field. He went above and beyond our expectations. Mr. Zigray was knowledgable about the case whenever I needed to contact him.
Posted by Chris | December 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A life Experience
A life experience that I didn’t see coming, and never want to go through again. Finding out, after the passing of my sister and then my brother-in-law, and then told by the Attorney that wrote their Will, that I needed to hire my own Attorney, due to the fact that it was a codicil will. Then through a friend, since I live in Florida, recommended Dan Zigray of Zigray Law Office, LLC. I worked with Dan for two and a half years. Always moving forward and communicating with what the next step would be in trying to see an end. I always felt that we had a very good relationship in talking everything over and Dan always listening. I would wish that no one would have to go through this with family, but unfortunately that is not always how life works out. Thank you Dan !
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • principal attorney
  • Zigray Law Office, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kolb & Zigray
  • 1991 - 2010

Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Toledo
  • B.B.A.
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Will Contest Resolved
  • Settled Will Contest and Investment Account Changes
  • Successfully Litigated Estate Matter
  • Recovered assets in probate litigation matter
  • Embezzlement of Trust Assets by Trustee
  • Successful Recovery/Settlement
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Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Lucas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Probate Committee
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Toledo Bar Associations, Probate Committee
  • Regular speaker (2002-2010)
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2008
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1994 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Very High Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Attorneys in America
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2017

Publications

  • Will Contests
  • Will Contests in Ohio - CLE Seminar
  • 2007
  • OSBA CLE
  • Probate Litigation - Case Law Update
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Probate Committee Meeting - Monthly
  • Probate Litigation - Law Update (since 2002)
  • 2010
  • Will Contests - District 5 Annual Meeting
  • Will Contests and Other Probate Litigation Topics
  • 2007
  • Probate Litigation in Ohio - Course Planner
  • Will Contests, Trust Contests, Estate Disputes
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Daniel
Litigation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Dan on several cases over the past few years. He has extensive knowledge of probate matters and the law, and his litigation skills are remarkable. I have observed him expertly pick apart defendants while taking their deposition. I took many mental notes on how to illicit the evidence needed to win a probate litigation case during the depositions he led. He is professional and aggressive, and he secures the results his clients seek and deserve."
Probate Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Zigray. I have faced Mr. Zigray as opposing counsel on many difficult cases over nearly two decades and I am never disappointed by his professionalism and ability to apply the law to difficult situations. He is unwavering in his loyalty to his clients and yet serves to facilitate settlements in appropraite situations for the benefit of the parties who are often related to one another."
Probate Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Daniel Zigray. Dan is a conscientious and accomplished attorney who is well respected among his peers."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known this attorney since he began practice. He is an able litigator, effective negotiator, and able legal counselor especially in the area of Wills and estate litigation."
Probate Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dan is one of the best probate litigators I have seen. He would be an excellent counselor and resource for probate and trust litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have prepared literally thousands of estate plans. When the beneficiaries of the Trusts or Wills have disputes, I refer 100 PERCENT of them to Dan. I have complete confidence in him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dan specializes in probate and elder financial abuse litigation. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and well prepared for his cases. He has successfully handled difficult cases throughout Ohio. I have referred several clients to him."
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