Protecting Your Legacy In Ohio
An estate plan is essential for everyone, regardless of your age or how much you own. As you progress in age and accumulate more property, the need for a well-crafted estate plan is essential for protecting your goals and legacy.
At the law office of Kirner & Boldt Co., L.P.A., in North Royalton, Ohio, our lawyers can help you develop an estate plan that is appropriate for your assets and your family, whether it involves a simple will or a trust to accomplish specific directives.
Achieving Your Goals In A Timely, Cost-Effective And Thorough Manner
Unlike online documents creation websites, we don’t assume you know all there is to know about estate-planning documents. We have 30 years of experience in the administration of estates and trusts, as well as drafting estate plan documents. Our job is not only to prepare documents, but to educate you as well.
At Kirner & Boldt Co., L.P.A., this process begins with a series of questions asked of you, addressing your questions, and walk-through and discussion of topics that may be important to your plan. We will then create plan documents tailored to your goals in a timely, thorough, and cost-effective manner. The basic estate plan documents are:
- Wills: A Last Will and Testament addresses the disposition of your probate assets at the time of your death. If you have minor children, the will can also set forth who you would want to designate to care for your child and be their guardian.
- Trusts: We can help you determine if you or your beneficiaries could benefit from having a trust. There are many types of trusts that you can use to meet special goals such as avoiding probate, managing assets for beneficiaries well into adulthood and beyond the age of 18, keeping matters of your personal finances and assets private, elder care planning, protecting assets, or providing for a child with special needs.
- State of Ohio durable power of attorney for health care: Your health care power of attorney designates your agent to make health care decisions for you should you be unable to make them for yourself. Your health care power of attorney also instructs your agent to follow your wishes as contained in your living will.
- Living will: A living will is your declaration under Ohio law that you do not want your life to be artificially prolonged, or have heroic measures taken on your behalf to sustain your life at the time of a terminal illness or when you are in a permanently unconscious state.
- Patient authorization — HIPAA: The patient authorization is prepared in compliance with federal law and supplements the health care power of attorney authorization. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires a stand-alone authorization for the permitted use and disclosure of your protected health information. Your health care provider may request this authorization even though such authorization may already be set out in your power of attorney.
- Durable powers of attorney for finances and nomination of guardian: Your durable general power of attorney and nomination of guardian is a legal document that allows you to name another individual to take all legal action on your behalf in your name, in the same capacity as you could do for yourself. This durable general power of attorney may allow your family to avoid the necessity of going through the procedure of establishing a guardianship through the probate court should you no longer be able to manage your own affairs.
- Declaration for funeral arrangements: This document authorizes the selected representative to oversee and make decisions to complete your burial. Otherwise the law states who is in charge.
- Elder law and Medicaid planning: We help clients protect their assets while planning for the cost of nursing home care and other issues.