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AmySue Taylor is a leading Columbus estate attorney. When your needs relate to planning, administration, probate, or a will contest; we want to be your legal counsel. As a litigator for over 30 years, attorney Taylor is uniquely qualified to prosecute or defend your rights if mediation efforts are exhausted.
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Estate Attorney in Columbus OH
Finding a lawyer you can trust to guide you through the estate planning process, decisions that will affect you and your family for years to come, is crucial. It can also be difficult to find the lawyer who’s the right fit. You need an estate lawyer who has a in-depth understanding of the various issues involved in putting together an estate plan, such as making sure your children are raised by whom you want in the way you want, minimizing tax liability, and assuring that your heirs receive their inheritance in a way that does not cause them more harm than good.
WHAT DOES AN ESTATE LAWYER DO?
An estate planning lawyer should have expertise beyond the preparation of a last will and testament. Although a last will and testament is a good fit for some, one size does not fit all. A lawyer who works in estate law in Columbus must also be familiar with complex estate planning tools, such as revocable and irrevocable trusts, asset protection, and the process of probate and trust administration, which may include potential challenges to trust and will instruments. An estate attorney must be able to respect the risks inherent in each client’s proposed estate plan strategy, clearly convey the risks, and suggest a strategy that will minimize risks while ensuring a client’s goals are achieved.
ESTATE IS WHAT WE DO.
If you have tried to seek advice from a general practitioner, or worse an online resource trying to sell you on a one-size fits all approach, chances are something is lacking. Estate law is an especially nuanced area of the law that requires perpetual educational updates, and you deserve a professional with that dedication.
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What is estate planning?
An estate plan is simply a plan to look your assets and liabilities, consider your objectives for transferring the assets upon your death, and ensuring a smooth transfer with minimal taxation, expenses and inconvenience. Learn More.
What happens if I die without an estate plan?
The State will decide how your property is distributed. In nearly every case, your estate will be depleted to pay huge probate fees, court costs, and attorneys fees. Learn more.
What is the difference between a Will and a Living Trust?
A Will instructs the court on the distribution of your assets, but your estate must still go through the “probate” process prior to distribution. Probate may keep your assets tied up for a year or more. All legal expenses and court costs are paid by your estate.
Living Trusts avoid probate and allow your assets to transfer within weeks or months. Living Trusts remain private. A Will records your personal information as public court record. Learn More.
Can the same person be guardian and trustee for my children?
Yes. However, you may want to consider the unique requirements of each responsibilty. The guardian may have the best parenting skills, but may not be good at managing money. If you have concerns that the guardian may not be able to manage and make distributions under the trust according to what is specified, then naming another person to act as trustee is advisable. Learn More.
Can I protect the interests of someone with special needs?
You may create a special needs trust along with your will that will include a comprehensive care plan for your special needs person, and name a trustee to manage that trust according to its terms. Learn more.
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