Helping Families With Estate Planning And Probate In Ohio
At Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, our attorneys and staff have dedicated our careers to helping families who are affected by life-changing injuries and illnesses pursue justice and compensation. Part of that process includes helping our clients make end-of-life decisions and making their final wishes known to family members.
Estate planning and assistance through the estate administration and probate processes can relieve much of the emotional toll that comes with making end-of-life decisions, losing a loved one and guiding surviving family members. Our probate lawyers have been creating wills and estate planning documents and representing families in probate courts throughout Ohio since 1997. Let us help you plan ahead and make decisions that will protect your loved ones and your estate.
An Estate Plan Is For Everyone, Regardless Of Their Financial Status
Too many people put off setting up a will or estate plan because they think they do not have enough money or assets. However, estate planning is not just about what you leave behind; it is also about planning for end-of-life care and taking care of family after you are gone.
No matter how much money you have, you should have the following basic documents:
- Last will and testament: This takes effect upon death and provides instructions for those left behind.
- Living will: This document contains your medical care preferences while you are alive but unable to tell people your preferences because of illness or injury. These may include issues of organ donation, life support and pain management.
- Financial powers of attorney: This appoints a person to make decisions on your behalf regarding your money and other financial matters.
- Health care powers of attorney: This appoints a person to make decisions on your behalf regarding your health care and medical treatment.
Our estate planning lawyers understand that these are difficult issues to talk about. We will help you make the best possible decisions about your future and the future of your family.
Guiding Ohio Families Through The Probate Process
When a loved one dies, surviving families often need to go through the Ohio probate process while they are still grieving. The person in charge of administering the estate (the executor) has a lengthy and complex task ahead of them. While you can attempt this on your own, it is often a good idea to work with a probate attorney.
We help executors, heirs and others left behind with every stage of the probate process. This includes opening the estate, filing the will, paying bills and distributing assets.
Contact Us Today For Experienced Help
Talking about death is hard for many people. Let one of our estate planning and probate attorneys help you draft your will or guide you through the probate process with compassion and understanding. Call our Cleveland office at 216-238-8654, or contact us online to set up a consultation.
Most of our clients will be asked to complete the following documents. Feel free to look at them to get an understanding of some of the information you will need to give us.