Columbus Estate Planning Attorney
When it comes to preparing for the inevitable, having a well prepared plan by an attorney not only ensures your end of life wishes are followed, but that your assets are distributed properly and your family is taken care of the way you want them to be. We want to help your family avoid probate and focus on each other in that time of need.
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 will give you honest and upfront answers so you can make an informed decision on what documents you truly need in your Estate Plan.
Protect Your Assets and Family Estate from Ohio Probate
Trusts & Wills, Power of Attorney, and Re-Titling Assets
Estate planning is the most important gift you can provide to yourself and your family. Our method is simple. Our estate plans work.
Some items we will consider for your Estate Plan are:
- Last Will and Testament
- Living Will
- Power of Attorney
- Re-titling of Assets
Medicaid Planning & Elder Law Attorney Serving Greater Columbus
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.
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. 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. The best legal scenario is to execute a Power of Attorney document while you are well.
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.
Is your estate stuck in Ohio Probate?
If you have had the misfortune of losing a loved one with an incomplete Estate Plan, call us immediately. We will review your documents and help you work through the court system pursuant to Ohio Law.
Dennis A. Rathburn is a member of the Columbus Bar Association Probate Committee. Protect your family and your assets. Call Rathburn & Associates 614-497-9918. The first call is free!