Greene County Estate Planning Lawyer

How Bridges, Jillisky & Streng, LLC Can Help

In the event of your death or an unexpected medical condition, having an effective plan in place can ensure the distribution of your estate and how you are taken care of according to your wishes. There is a wide range of ways in order to achieve these goals, but it is imperative to have an experienced attorney ensure all of the correct steps are taken and your wishes are protected.

At Bridges, Jillisky & Streng, LLC, we are committed to serving clients throughout Greene County who want to create or update their estate plan. Our legal team has a comprehensive understanding of the estate planning and administration processes to guide you through the complexities of the Ohio probate system. Not only will we make sure your estate plan is executed, but we will also get rid of the stress and frustration your grieving family must endure.

Estate Planning Options

Estate planning involves protecting your assets, providing directives for health care, and ensure that your real and personal property is distributed according to your wishes. A well-designed and meticulously crafted estate plan ensures your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and in the way you have decided.

Our firm offers skilled legal assistance in the following estate planning options:

  • Wills – A will lets you determine how your estate should be distributed when you pass away. If you die without a will, there is no guarantee your possessions will be distributed as you intended.
  • Living trusts – A living trust can help your heirs avoid probate. There are also a variety of other trusts that may meet your goals, such as family trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, and charitable remainder trusts.
  • Durable power of attorney – You may need to a durable power of attorney for finances, which designates someone to handle your money matters in the event you cannot make decisions on your own.
  • Health care derivatives – Allows you to make health care decisions for when you cannot speak to make them.

Probate in Ohio

Probate refers to the court-supervised process of administering and distributing the probate assets to the heirs of a deceased individual. If there is a will, the executor is in charge of overseeing the probate process and making sure the deceased person’s wishes are carried out. If there is no will, the court appoints an administrator.

Our Green County probate lawyer can offer assistance in identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s assets, appraising the property, paying estate taxes, resolving disputes, and distributing the remaining property as directed by the will. Additionally, we can provide ways to help you avoid probate altogether.

Let Us Protect Your Family & Your Future Today

Our Greene County estate planning attorney recognizes that it is imperative for us to understand your long-term goals in creating an estate plan. Our firm can explain all of your available legal options in person and work with you to create a personalized estate plan for you and your family. When you choose our firm, you can feel confident that your estate is being taken care of in the best possible way.

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