Probate Attorney Delaware Ohio
Probate Services from Trusted Attorneys
The probate process in Delaware Ohio can be complex and time consuming, and trying to manage it after a loved one’s death can add unwanted stress to an already difficult time. Let a probate attorney manage the legal proceedings for you. At Taneff Law, we offer a variety of services to assist you through probate in Delaware County Ohio, including estate administration and legal representation during guardianship issues. As our client, we can also help you create estate plans, wills, trusts, and other legal documents to make probate easier on your family in the event of your death. Contact Taneff Law today to learn more about our services.
Delaware Estate Planning
An estate plan expresses your wishes for the future and what should happen to your belongings after your death. The lawyers at Taneff Law can assist with creating a legal estate plan that will help guide the probate process, help avoid excess taxes, and provide you with peace of mind knowing your business and personal assets will be distributed how you see fit.
An estate includes your home, vehicles, and personal property, as well as finances like your checking accounts, savings accounts, and investments. Estate planning involves creating legal documents like wills, trusts, and powers of attorney that state your wishes for how and when your property should be distributed. Having an estate plan in place leads to less work and stress for your friends and family, because without an estate plan, they would have to decide what to do with your personal items. Working with a lawyer is a great way to learn more about probate and estate planning in Delaware, Ohio and ensure your estate plan includes all the necessary information.
Creating and Updating Wills and Trusts
The attorneys at Taneff Law are experts are preparing wills and trusts and can help you create these important legal documents. A will includes instructions for how your Delaware home, vehicles, personal belongings, and finances should be distributed after your death, including which items should be given to which people. A trust is a document that directs a trustee to manage finances or personal property until a specified date, at which point the finances or property are given to a beneficiary. Without a will or trust, the court will decide how your property is distributed upon your death. Having these documents prepared ensures people know your wishes for your property and makes it faster and easier for people to receive those items. Our legal team can explain what information should go into wills and trusts and help you create these documents based on your wishes for the future.
Estate Executor Support
During probate, the person named in the will as executor is responsible for distributing – or administering – the deceased person’s belongings, as well as taking care of other remaining tasks. If this role has been given to you, having an attorney on your side can make estate administration much easier. An attorney at our practice can assist with a variety of estate administration tasks in Delaware, including verifying the will, collecting personal property, determining liabilities, paying creditors, filing estate taxes, and distributing property to heirs. Attorney Thomas Taneff has years of experience advising executors during estate administration and can alleviate the stress, time, and cost associated with handling administration on your own.
Guidance During Guardianship Issues
When someone can no longer care for themselves, the courts may appoint a guardian to manage their financial and legal affairs. A guardian may also be designated in a will. Guardianship may be issued for a variety of reasons, including caring for someone with a severe mental or physical disability, caring for elders, protection for a minor, managing money for minors, and more. If you’re worried about a family member’s ability to oversee their own finances or personal affairs, contact the attorneys at Taneff Law to learn about what you can do. If you suspect a guardian has stolen or mismanaged finances, our team can assist with filing a breach of fiduciary duty claims. Our practice can also assist with contesting applications for guardianship. If you’ve been named a legal guardian, our attorneys can explain your duties so you’re prepared to properly carry out your responsibilities. Guardianship law can be complicated, and our Delaware team is here to make it easier to understand.
Legal Advice for Delaware County Ohio Residents
Hiring an attorney can make probate less stressful and easier to manage. The team at Taneff Law is here to help. We’re knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of probate law, including the practice areas of estate planning, estate administration, wills, guardianship, and more. Attorney Thomas Taneff has been providing his legal expertise to people in Delaware, Ohio and throughout the state for more than 30 years. We can help you understand what to expect as well as provide guidance and support throughout the entire experience.