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What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state? Ohio

My mother has recently passed away. Father already deceased. There is will and trust and I am executor. Unfortunately, my mother’s attorney did not provide adequate assistance in getting many of her assets into trust. I have hired new attorney, however I am not impressed. I have asked to be updated on a regular basis on legal expense. I already feel that time on my first bill is padded. I have just received forms from attorney to administer estate, probate will, etc. All forms available on court’s web site. I’m sure I’ll be billed over $500 on forms I could fill out in 15 minutes. Any issue filing forms with court myself? Any issues with changing attorneys as process moves forward? I would like to handle estate and probate as much as possible. Hire attorney as needed. I am capable of researching process. Am I likely to be very capable? Will court be supportive? Estate would not be considered small in size. Thanks for assistance.



"...Am I likely to be very capable?..."
No; if this is not a small estate, then you can very quickly screw this up to where it will take a lot more lawyers and a lot more time and a lot more money to clear it up.

"...Will court be supportive?..."
No; the judge is not there to give you a legal education.

"...Hire attorney as needed...."
An ethical attorney will not work on a decedent's estate by bits and pieces.

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