Auglaize County Estate Planning Attorney

Let Our Experienced Lawyer Help You Plan Your Future

Many people assume that estate planning is exclusively for individuals who are wealthy and possess a significant number of assets. However, this belief can be farther from the truth. In fact, estate planning is for everyone who is concerned about their own well-being and for the well-being of those they love. If you have not created an estate plan, all of your assets—including your home, bank accounts, vehicles, inheritance, and even your business—are at risk of being kept out of the hands of our loved ones.

At Bridges, Jillisky & Streng, LLC, we offer estate planning and probate services. With decades of experience, we can guide you through the complexities of the Ohio legal system and advise you whether you need a basic estate plan or solutions to complicated tax issues. You can trust our Auglaize County estate planning attorney to empower you with the information and insight necessary to make the best decisions about your future.

Using Wills & Trusts to Your Advantage

The purpose of estate planning is to distribute your assets and property to the heirs of your choosing. Since these are your possessions, you have the power to choose exactly what happens to them once you pass away. Without an estate plan, you will lose control over your estate after your death, meaning you will not have a say in your heirs, how much they will receive, and how much is paid to the government in taxes.

Our firm provides a full range of services to meet your estate planning needs, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Power of attorney
  • Advanced health care directives
  • Asset protection planning
  • Elder law services
  • Deeds and transfer on death affidavits
  • Tax issues

Helping Navigate Probate in Ohio

Probate is a legal process which occurs after a person passes away, despite whether the individual died with a valid will or without one. If a decedent passes away with a will in place, then his/her property is distributed according to the document. If a person passes away without a will, then Ohio probate laws dictate how the decedent’s assets will be divided.

The person named to serve as executor in the decedent’s will must take responsibility for the estate. The executor needs to prove in court that a deceased person’s will is valid, collect inventory, safeguard the assets, pay debts and taxes, and distribute the remaining property in the will.

We Can Plan for the Future Together

Our Auglaize County estate planning lawyer can take time to listen to your goals and questions regarding your future. If you wish to draft your estate planning documents yourself, we could offer knowledgeable legal advice to help you see the bigger picture and look over your documents to see if they are in correct order.

For more information, contact us and request a free consultation today.