Estate Planning

What is a Will?

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.

Lawyers focusing on handling these matters are Estate Planning Lawyers. Portage County Estate Planning Attorney Rachel Dodds 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

Attorney Rachel Dodds, Estate Planning lawyer in Portage, Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, can help you gain peace of mind by securing these issues. Consulting with an experienced Estate planning lawyer is essential in making sure 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 important to select a lawyer who can relate to your situation in a very professional and sensible way.

Attorney Dodds has the experience you need to address all your questions regarding wills and probate, trusts, drafting and execution of all legal documents, and estate administration. She is a knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer.

Attorney Dodds is a Member of Weisenburger Law Offices, a law firm in Ravenna, OH, located 5 minutes from the Portage County Courthouse. Our lawyers are dedicated to serving clients in Portage and Summit Counties. Weisenburger Law Offices was created in Portage County in 2000 and our lawyers have been servicing the Portage County community ever since.


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