Like many Americans, you’ve worked hard during your lifetime to provide for your loved ones. So you want to ensure that when you pass away, whatever assets you leave behind are distributed to them according to your wishes. The only way to be certain that your wishes will be legally enforceable is to have your attorney create an estate plan for you.
The Services We Provide
Our team is focused on setting up comprehensive, fully customized estate plans for our clients. More specifically, we can help you create, customize and establish any of the following four core estate planning documents:
Last Will and Testament: This is one of the foundational documents of your estate plan. This legal document provides detailed instructions for the distribution of your assets and it will also name the person you want to be in charge of administering your estate (the executor). If you pass away without executing a will, then your assets will be distributed as provided under state laws, which may not be in line with your wishes.
Durable Power of Attorney: Setting up a valid durable power of attorney is extremely important. It allows you to name a trusted person who will have legal authority to make important legal and financial decisions for you if you are ever affected by a disability or incapacity.
Ohio Living Will Declaration: In Ohio, a living will is used to provide direct instructions concerning your medical care in the event you cannot communicate your wishes and are permanently unconscious or terminally ill . For instance, it is commonly used to set forth your directions about the use or non-use of artificial life-sustaining support.
Ohio Health Care Power of Attorney: This is another critically important document that allows a trusted person to act as your agent to obtain your health information and to make health care decisions for you. You can allow your agent to get your health information and communicate with your health care provider at any time, but health care decisions can be made for you only if and when you cannot make those decisions for yourself.
Setting up a Trust in Ohio
In appropriate situations we find that preparing trusts for our clients is an excellent estate planning tool. For example, clients with significant wealth may benefit from establishing trusts for tax reasons. Another advantage of trusts is to bypass the probate process, thereby saving the time and cost of estate administration, as well as preserving privacy. Trusts are also advisable in other situations, such as for clients who own real estate outside of Ohio or for those who have loved ones with special needs. While trusts are not necessary in every case, they may be the best option for many people in Northeast Ohio.
Contact Our Team Today
At Kryszak & Associates, Co., LPA, our attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide variety of Ohio estate planning issues. We will help you craft a plan that you fully understand, and that best protects your desires and interests. To learn more about what we can do for you, please contact us today at 440-934-5330 or 1-888-934-5330 to schedule your fully confidential initial legal consultation.
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