No one likes to think about what happens when they die or lose a loved one. But, by not planning ahead, you may subject your family to extra expenses, avoidable disagreements, and a lengthy probate court process. The estate planning and probate attorneys of Semro Henry & Barga offer several tools to help you plan ahead and to aid families during the hard times that may follow a loved one’s death.
Probate is the process of distributing a deceased loved one’s belongings after they die with or without a will. It is a complicated process which requires court hearings, financial recordings, and many difficult decisions. The attorneys at SHB are devoted to helping you through this difficult time and process. Our vast experience with courts in Ohio and Michigan, along with the snow bird states, provides us with the necessary skills to guide you to the best possible solutions.
The probate process is made significantly simpler when a person has a Last Will and Testament. A Will gives a person the ability to determine who their belongings will be divided amongst when they die rather than letting the State make those decisions. Wills often can prevent many family fights, additional court hearings and unnecessary costs. SHB lawyers’ knowledge of the probate process and Wills allows us to draft Wills that make you feel confident your assets will be distributed as you desire.
Having a trust is one of the best estate planning moves a person can make. Trusts can prevent a loved one’s assets from going through probate, provide asset protection from creditors and provide numerous tax benefits. Selecting the proper form of trust and drafting these complex documents require the skill that only an experienced estate planning attorney possesses.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with all forms of trusts. We will help you select and draft the trust that will best suit your circumstances. We frequently draft revocable living trusts (inter vivos trusts), Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, including the Ohio Legacy Trust, irrevocable life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, Medicaid trusts and specialty trusts such as gun trusts.
Guardianship is a legal process that selects a person (the guardian) to care for property or person of a minor or incompetent adult. Selection of an individual to be the guardian takes careful thought and consideration, and giving that person control over the minor or incompetent adult requires knowledge of the probate system and laws. SHB has a devoted team of lawyers to guide you through this difficult process and make sure that the needs of the minor or incompetent adult are met with the guardianship.
Contact us today to learn more about estate planning and our role in protecting your family, your estate and your legacy.