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ESTATE PLANNING/PROBATE

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Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Our lawyers recognize the changing and complex estate planning needs of individuals, fiduciaries, and closely held business owners. Development of a well thought out estate plan is critical for making sure your wishes are carried out, without undue burden on your beneficiaries and in a tax advantageous manner. We help our clients to make appropriate decisions, both by suggesting and explaining appropriate alternatives and exploring the pros and cons of each. We have the depth of experience to help you manage your wealth and transfer it to future generations and worthy causes. If your wealth includes ownership in a family or closely held business, we help to insure a seamless fit between your estate plan and your business succession plan. Whether your estate planning needs are simple or extremely complex, we can bring peace of mind to you and your family. We will provide options and opportunities to fit your individual circumstances, and assist you with implementing and appropriately funding your plan to minimize probate court involvement once you are gone. Our services include drafting and implementation of estate planning documents, including wills, trust agreements, powers of attorney, and advance directives, integration of the estate plan with business ownership, as well as trust and probate administration.

 

Probate, Trust and Estate Administration and Guardianships

After the death of a loved one, it can be overwhelming to deal with the task of being appointed to serve as an executor or trustee. If you have never handled a probate estate or managed a trust before, it can be difficult to know where to turn. At Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, we have decades of experience handling all types of probate matters, ranging from very small estates to large, complex probate administrations. If you have been appointed as an executor, trustee, or other fiduciary, we have the knowledge and resources to provide you with legal guidance and transactional services to help you complete the process smoothly. Our attorneys will work with you to guide you through the process of probating a will and managing an estate in Ohio’s probate courts. We also assist with the preparation and filing of Federal estate tax returns, and the difficult web of decisions that accompany them. And, if unexpected problems should arise, such as a will contest action or other probate litigation, we have lawyers in our firm who are ready to assist.

Our experienced attorneys will also help you understand the guardianship process in probate court. If a loved one is in need of a legal guardian due to diminished mental or physical capacity, we will work with you to set up the guardianship and assist throughout the administration process.

Get In Touch With Our Legal Team

Brandon D. R.
Dynes

Principal

Kelly A.
Slattery

Principal

Gina M.
Bevack-Ciani

Associate

Heidi M.
Cisan
Principal

Joseph R.
Znidarsic

Principal