Last Will and Testament

Columbus, OH Estate Planning Lawyer

Many people choose not to think about a last will and testament because they are young, healthy, or think they do not have enough property to distribute after their death. On the contrary, establishing a last will and testament early on is the best way to eliminate the stress of uncertainty. A properly drafted last will and testament is one of the most important components of an estate plan.

The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. can help you draft a will that can stand as a valid legal document in the Ohio courts. With an effective last will and testament, you can preserve your financial affairs and ensure that your property - small or large - is distributed according to your wishes. Even though you may not need your last will and testament for years, preparing for the future can give you invaluable peace of mind!

At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we are experienced lawyers who are committed to caring for people of all ages through estate planning methods. When you are ready to prepare a last will and testament in Ohio, you want to trust a lawyer who has been serving your community since 1996! Our Columbus estate planning attorneys provide exceptional legal guidance, and we are proud to offer a comprehensive range of legal services to our people throughout Ohio.

Drafting an Effective Last Will & Testament

Don't underestimate the power of a will. A will, also known as a last will and testament, specifies your desires of what should be done with your property after you pass away or become incapacitated. When a will is written correctly, it can help ensure that your children, spouse, family members, and pets are to be provided for after you pass away. A last will and testament has the power to communicate your desires for:

  • Leaving property to people or organizations
  • Naming a trusted person to manage property that you leave to minor children
  • Naming a trustee, or a person whom you trust to handle your will and ensure that your desired terms are carried out

Would you rather have control over your estate or risk having your property distributed by a judge who doesn't know your family or circumstances? The most effective way to protect a lifetime of investment is with a last will and testament! With experiencedtrial attorneys from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. by your side, we can ensure that your life's accumulation of hard work and wealth is not at the mercy of the Ohio probatecourt.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you do not have a valid will set in place, Ohio law will determine how your assets will be distributed after you pass away using the probate process. Many times, Ohio's laws are not tailored to your family's specific dynamic or circumstances. For certain families, Ohio's intestacy laws - or laws involving property distribution - could be devastating for a family, leaving children with nothing or leaving a surviving spouse with no way to pay for funeral expenses.

Individuals and families experiencing life-changing circumstances, such as a divorce, marriage, or birth of a child should always consider drafting an estate plan. Failing to do so could result in your assets being distributed in a way that you would have never desired, which could subject your family, children, or spouse to financial strain in the future. Establishing a valid last will and testament with the help of an experienced Columbus estate planning lawyer from our firm is the only way to avoid costly mistakes and accomplish the ultimate goal of protecting your family.

Secure Your Future by Planning Ahead

Life can bring unexpected surprises. Estate planning can offer a tremendous amount of peace for any person of any age, wealth, or status. Doing everything in your power to prepare for the unexpected can help protect you, your family, and your finances when you are no longer around to control it.

Ohio law requires that certain formalities be followed in order for a will to be valid and enforceable. Our firm can help you prepare a valid will that can be recognized as a legal document. Seeking solid representation from our firm at the outset can minimize the possibility of subjecting your family to unnecessary and costly lawsuits in the future!

We can help you draft your last will and testament or draft other documents that can help prepare your estate for the future. Because each situation and family is unique, certain elements of an estate plan may be more effective for you than other tools, such as trusts. As an expression of care for the ones you hold dearest in your life, prepare your last will and testament with the help of a compassionate lawyer.

If you are ready to get started, contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. and schedule a case evaluation!