Everyone, no matter the value of their assets, should have a will. Hilliard attorney Stephanie N. Dailey offers an estate planning package with the following important documents:
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What Are Wills & Living Wills?
A will directs the disposal of your property, both real and personal, at the time of your death. Drafting a will puts less pressure and trouble on the shoulders of your family when you are deceased. In addition, properly titling your real and personal property will make for a quick administration after your death.
A living will is a document that directs health care personnel as to the treatment or lack of treatment that you wish to receive should you enter a terminally ill or permanently unconscious state. If you do not have a living will your wishes may not be honored should you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney gives a trusted individual the power to decide on financial and healthcare decisions for you at a time when you are unable to make them yourself. A healthcare power of attorney prevents the need for a guardian to be appointed in the event you become unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself. It is important to draft these documents while you are mentally capable of doing so.
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The Probate Litigation Process
When a family member dies you will want a competent, caring, lawyer to guide you through the probate process. Dailey Law Offices has the right probate lawyer in Hilliard to help you through this difficult time. We will meet with you to gather all necessary information to open an estate in probate court for your deceased family member or friend and ensure that the estate is closed as quickly as possible.
In the event that a family member no longer has the mental capacity to care for themselves and a healthcare power of attorney is not in place, Dailey Law Offices can assist you or a family member in obtaining a guardianship. A guardianship ensures you can make decisions necessary to best care for your loved one. Dailey Law Offices offers affordable prices on estate planning packages for individuals and couples in central Ohio.
Simple Family Trusts
If you have minor children it is important to establish a simple family trust before you are deceased. This allows the trustee to spend money for the benefit of your child without asking permission from the probate court every time an expenditure is made.
How Long Do You Have to File Probate After Death in Ohio?
In Ohio, the probate process begins with the filing of a petition with the probate court. The petitioner must be an heir or beneficiary of the estate, and the petition must be filed within three months of the decedent's death. After the petition is filed, notice must be given to all interested parties, and a hearing will be scheduled. At the hearing, the court will appoint a personal representative for the estate. The personal representative will then have three months to settle the estate. If there are any disputes among the heirs or beneficiaries, the personal representative may request an extension of time. Probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, so it is important to seek the advice of an experienced Hilliard probate attorney.
Call Dailey Law Offices at (614) 524-4048 today and speak with an experienced Hilliard estate planning lawyer. We offer legal services for simple family trusts and any other estate planning needs.
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