Several quick points:
1. Under Ohio law, creditors have six months from the date of death to file a claim to protect their interest.
2. Once the claim is filed, they sit back and wait for the estate to be settled. Distributions may not be made until the creditor’s claim has been paid.
3. I love it when high priced corporate lawyers bring their white shoes, prestigious degrees, high billable rates, and commensurate bluster to the serene probate area where the purpose, contrary to their belief about protecting creditors, is to ensure the orderly transfer of assets pursuant to a decedent’s wishes in due time. Actually, I do not love it – I find it annoying.