Estate Planning

Estate Planning Attorney Columbus Ohio

Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney

Our philosophy is that everyone needs an estate plan. Such a plan is critical regardless of the size of your assets or your marital status. A carefully constructed, flexible estate plan made with the help of lawyers is useful to avoid excess taxes and to ensure that your wishes are carried out.

What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is the process of determining what happens to your belongings in the event of your death. It makes sure there is a plan in place for your assets during the probate process, including how your wealth is distributed, who gets your personal belongings, who will care for your dependents, and more.

Your estate includes your home and any other properties you own; the items in your home, such as furniture and appliances; vehicles, and any other belongings. It also includes your wealth, such as savings and checking accounts, investments, and more.

Along with instructions on how to distribute your property to your living relatives, an estate plan might include a trust or a power of attorney. Ohio attorneys familiar with probate law can help their clients determine which documents they need or if new information is needed.

Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney
Importance of Estate Planning

Importance of Estate Planning

Everyone needs a plan because it results in less work for your family and friends to worry about during a difficult time. Dealing with the death of a loved one is emotional and stressful. Without a plan in place, families face added stress in trying to figure out what to do with your personal items.

In over three decades of Ohio probate and estate administration practice, we have seen many families in distress at the passing of loved ones who did not leave them comprehensive plans for the handling of their estate. Having a plan prepared ahead of time will help your distribution of property go smoothly and allow your loved ones to focus on other things.

Planning Your Estate

Planning your estate involves putting together a set of legal documents that expresses your wishes for the future. A plan includes wills, trusts and more, and is often created with the help of attorneys familiar with probate law.


A will is critical if you have minor children. This document will make clear who is to have custody of your children and take care of them upon your death. A will also establishes what will happen to your personal belongings after you pass. It includes important information on how your items will be distributed, and who will receive what items.


Instead of immediately passing assets to a beneficiary, you may decide to create a trust and have a third party, or trustee, hold onto them for a period of time. In a trust, you can declare which items you want the trustee to hold onto, when the trustee needs to pass them to the beneficiary, and who the beneficiary will be. A trust gives you more control over how and when your assets will be distributed to a loved one. A trust also provides your assets with protection from creditors.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that states a person may make decisions on your behalf. A power of attorney is especially helpful in case you are ever in a situation where you are living but need care and are incapable of making decisions due to health or financial reasons.

Importance of Estate Planning
Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Estate and Gift Tax Planning

Probate Law Attorneys You Can Trust

Estate planning may seem daunting, but working with estate planning lawyers in Columbus can make the process easier. As a former Probate Court Magistrate, Thomas Taneff has the experience and legal expertise to help Ohio clients make plans for their property after their death, protect their family wealth, provide for their families and more.

Family Wealth Planning

Making sure your financial assets are passed down to and properly managed by your living family members helps ensure your family wealth will continue to provide for future generations. Estate planning attorneys will help you create plans for your family wealth and help protect your family from bankruptcy.

Estate Planning, Tax Planning, Estate and Gift Tax Planning

An important part of preparing a plan is tax planning. Estate tax is a tax that needs to be paid when property is distributed from a deceased person to their beneficiary. A gift tax is a tax that must be paid when a gift is given from a person to another. Proper planning with a lawyer will help prevent you from having to pay excess taxes while following the law.

About Thomas Taneff

Thomas will be your partner in estate planning. Well versed in probate law, he works closely with each client to create a plan that fits his or her needs and will adapt to changing life circumstances. He will help your family avoid battles over who gets what and how proceeds from your home, car and other family assets should be distributed. Thomas shares his extensive expertise and experience in this field by regularly lecturing and teaching other professionals on the process and to the community at large. You too can benefit from his experience, skill, and one-on-one approach.

Thomas is a former Probate Court Magistrate. That background ensures he knows how to handle your estate plan to maximize the assets you pass on to your descendants and minimize tax consequences. Contact us today.

Probate and Estate Administration
Who We Serve

Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the process of carrying out a person’s will and administering their estate following their death. If a will was created, the distribution of a deceased person’s property and wealth will be based on that document. If a will was not created, a legal representative will step in to assist in the administration process.

If you are in need of a probate lawyer to help you handle the closing of a family member’s estate, our firm is here to help. If you are concerned about how long it will take, how much money it will cost, how difficult the process is, don’t worry. We understand. We do this kind of work every day. We will take the legal burdens off your shoulders so you can grieve and deal with the other emotions of losing a loved one.

Who We Serve

The attorneys at our law firm serve clients throughout the state of Ohio, specifically the Columbus metro area, including Franklin County, Delaware County, Knox County, Licking County, Fairfield County, Pickaway County, Madison County, and Union County in probate and estate administration. In adoption law matters, our business serves clients in the entire state.

Contact Taneff Law Today

If you are in need of an experienced Estate Planning Attorney, call us today: (614) 241-2181, or contact us by email.

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