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Administration of Estates
The largest responsibility of the Court involves the supervision of decedents' estates. This Court's annual estate case load is approximately 1000 estates.
The Court supervises the estate administration by appointing an estate fiduciary (executor or administrator) when necessary, who must collect the assets of the decedent, pay all the legal obligations and debts to the decedent and distribute the remaining assets to those who are entitled to inherit. Most simple estates are closed within 9 months.
A properly drafted and executed will is beneficial and will allow the estate to be administered more efficiently. It is recommended that an attorney be consulted for the preparation of a will.
Duties & Contact Information
For questions regarding Opening an Estate, Letters of Administration, Release of Administration, Summary Releases, Initial Filing Costs, filing claims in an Estate, Estate Taxes, Wills on Deposit contact Deputy Clerk, Karen Brucker at (937) 521-1854.
For questions regarding the filing of Estate Inventories, Accountings, Extensions of Inventories and Accountings, current costs due and fees contact Deputy Clerk , Lucinda Sanders at (937) 521-1849.
For questions regarding Wrongful Death, Civil Land Sale proceedings, Real Estate and Automobile transfers contact Deputy Clerk, Nancy Burkitt at (937) 521-1853