The First Essential Document In Estate Planning
A will is a legally binding document that allows you to designate how, when, and to whom your property is distributed when you pass away. A will also allow you to designate who will care for your children. Without a will, the State of Ohio will determine who gets your property, who takes care of your children, and who administers your affairs.
We can provide you with the guidance you need to protect your loved ones and help you draft the proper wills and other necessary documents.
The Drawbacks Of Not Having A Will
Many times we encounter clients who have not thought through the process of a will and all the variables, such as what would happen if a spouse passes at or near the same time, or if someone named in your will declines to serve or passes first. Or they have a will that was not processed properly and is invalid. This is why the guidance of an experienced Estate Planning Attorney is indispensable.
Having a will can also shorten the often lengthy probate court proceedings that estates can encounter. Other problems can also be avoided with a will, such as a requirement that your executor posts bond, or that a particular person cannot or will not serve.
There are very strict rules in Ohio concerning wills, how to ensure that they are valid, and how to be certain that they are properly witnessed. It’s not a job for an amateur or something you want to trust to a do-it-yourself website.
A Few Reasons To Have A Will:
1 – Me incapacitated?
2 – I don’t have assets: most people have possessions. A car? A house? Jewels? Clothes?
3 – Who will take care of your pets? Do you have special provisions to that effect?
4 – Where do you want to be buried? Do you prefer cremation?
5 – Who will take care of your young children? Do you have a guardian in mind?
6 – Will your ex-wife handle the money you want to leave to your children?
7 – Can you prevent your teenagers from blowing their inheritance?
8 – If you die intestate, without a will, the probate court will determine who your executor is, who should be your children’s guardian, and who will get your assets – including your beloved dog Spot.
Portage County Estate Planning Lawyer
Our Estate Planning lawyer can help you gain peace of mind by securing these issues. Consulting with an experienced estate planning lawyer is essential. It will ensure that your final wishes regarding your property, your loved ones, and your healthcare options are carried out.
Not all lawyers are created equal. In difficult times, it is vital to select a lawyer who can relate to your situation in a very professional and sensible way.
Our Estate Planning attorney has the experience you need to address all your questions regarding wills trusts and probate, including estate administration. He is a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer.
We are located 5 minutes from the Portage County courthouse in Ravenna, OH. Our law firm was created in 2000, and our lawyers have been servicing the Portage County community ever since.
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The attorneys in our law firm primarily service Portage County courts (Ravenna and Kent) from our office in Ravenna and Summit County courts (Akron, Stow, Barberton) from our office in Stow. Cases in all other courts in North East Ohio, such as Cuyahoga County courts, are handled under specific terms and conditions.