Helping Ohio Families since 1991
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3163 S High St., Columbus, OH 43207

Columbus's Most Trusted Estate Planning Attorney

Columbus Estate Planning Attorney

At Rathburn & Associates, our attorneys have been helping Columbus area individuals and families manage their assets and plan their future for over 25 years. We believe that proper estate planning is the most important gift you can provide to yourself and your family after your passing. Having a well-prepared estate plan by an experienced attorney at Rathburn & Associations will ensure your last wishes are followed, your assets are distributed properly, and your family is taken care of they way you want them to be.

Life sometimes gets people into situations they don't understand. We make legal matters understandable and simplify things as much as possible. Our mission has always been to provide clients with value for their money. We provide individual attention to you and your specific situation. In our office you are never "just a number" or "just another file." We'll help you determine what solutions are best for you and your family, ensure you are making informed decisions, and help you create a plan that is enforceable upon your passing.

Legal Counsel for Estate Planning, Elder Law & Probate in Columbus, OH

As we age, it becomes more apparent how important having some sort of estate plan is. When you have a thorough, detailed, and strategic estate plan in place, you are giving yourself and your loved ones peace of mind. Planning for your future protects your family from legal distress in the event of your disability or death. As part of our Estate Planning practice, we can help you with the sometimes complex area of Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, as well.

Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts & Wills

Probate Lawyer Columbus

Don't leave the outcome of your estate to Ohio probate - take control of your estate assets you've worked hard your whole life to acquire and create an enforceable plan that will ensure your family will be taken care of. The largest part of our practice is in helping families prepare for a death to occur (Estate Planning) and helping families with legal needs following a death in their family (Probate / Non-Probate).

At Rathburn & Associates, we take the time to understand your needs, evaluate your assets, and help you make a plan that is enforceable upon your passing. We want to help your family avoid probate and focus on each other in that time of need.

Estate planning is important at every stage of life. Ensure your loved ones' futures with proper estate planning that will:

  • Protect your loved ones from legal disputes and financial hardship
  • Settle estate disputes through negotiation, avoid probate or, if necessary, plan for probate litigation
  • Clarify complex business succession matters
  • Eliminate delays in estate administration and minimize post-death tax consequences
  • Achieve your goals

Wills and Trusts

Some situations may require that assets be re-titled to aid in avoiding Probate and saving money. Assets may be titled so that they "Transfer on Death" by one of several ways including "Rights of Survivorship" (JWROS, WROS). Generally the three primary types of assets to consider owning with "Transfer on Death" (TOD) status is real estate, motor vehicles and bank accounts.

This can make a very sizable difference in what legal work will be necessary upon the death of an owner. By using "Transfer on Death" (TOD) assets such as bank accounts, motor vehicles and real estate may be passed to your loved one without the need for probate court processing.

Rathburn & Associates will give you honest legal advice so you can make an informed decision on what documents you truly need in your estate plan. We have decades of experience drafting and reviewing wills, living trusts, and powers of attorney, helping you maximize the value of your estate and eliminate any uncertainties over administration of your estate.

Power of Attorney vs. Guardianship

Ohio Law provides that a person may establish Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Power of Attorney for General purposes. A good, sound, Power of Attorney document can save your family and loved ones a great deal of time, energy, frustration and money that would be necessary if you become incompetent or incapacitated. The best legal scenario is to execute a Power of Attorney document while you are well.

Without a good Power of Attorney document it would be necessary for your family or loved ones to petition Probate Court to establish a Guardianship. A Guardianship may involve a minor, an incompetent person or a disabled person. To start a Guardianship case for an adult you must have a doctor's evaluation and diagnosis that the person is "incompetent" and otherwise unable to care for his or her self.

Elder Law

Before you retire, before the possibility of a nursing home presents itself, call Rathburn & Associates. Early planning is instrumental in keeping your assets in tact. We have the experience and we want to be your trusted advisor. As part of our Estate Planning practice, we can help you with the sometimes complex area of elder law and Medicaid planning.

We can explain Trusts and their different forms and uses, both as a way to plan for your potential need for Medicaid, to avoid probate, and as a planning tool for minors and persons with special needs where we must work around and preserve disability benefits.


"I can't thank Rathburn & Associates enough for helping me after my husband passed away. We thought we had a plan in place. Turns out another attorney mislead us. Dennis was compassionate and understanding and really took the time to get our estate straightened out. Thank you, Dennis!" Patty M. of Columbus, OH

"Rathburn & Associates was a very positive experience for me , Dennis and Vicky were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and understanding of my personal legal situation. They went above and beyond to help me. Thank you both very much." A.S.

Contact us today to speak with an attorney about how you can prepare for your future.