Wills & Probate

Wills & Probate

Youngstown and Warren Area Estate Planning Attorney

Establishing a carefully thought out estate plan is important for everyone, regardless of age, wealth or medical condition. Careful estate planning can offer peace of mind that your affairs are in order, your health care wishes will be followed and your family will be protected. For experienced estate planning advice or probate guidance, contact Charles A. Ziegler, Attorney at Law to schedule a free consultation.

Estate Planning

If you do not establish a documented estate plan, the state will make your decisions for you. Assets will be distributed to heirs according to Ohio's intestacy laws (for individuals without a last will and testament). Likewise, the state will be forced to make health care decisions on your behalf. Without a power of attorney or health care directive (living will), doctors may be forced to use all measures of life-sustaining treatment (such as feeding tubes, respirators and life support), even if your family knows that this is not your intent. Estate planning attorney Charles Ziegler advises clients how to document their wishes through:

  • Wills and trusts
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Health care directives (living wills)

Probate and Estate Administration

When a loved one dies, all property and assets must first pass through probate before an inheritance can be distributed to beneficiaries. The probate and estate administration process can seem overwhelming and complex, especially when you are grieving the loss of a family member or close friend. Charles Ziegler guides clients through all probate and estate administration matters, including:

  • Collecting assets into the estate
  • Verifying the will and resolving will contests
  • Verifying and paying creditors
  • Resolving other probate litigation
  • Obtaining property appraisals
  • Filing estate taxes
  • Distributing remaining assets to heirs according to the will

Professional Legal services You Can Afford

As an experienced attorney in the Youngstown area, Charles A. Ziegler is committed to providing quality legal services at reasonable rates. Schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your estate planning and probate needs. Contact Charles A. Ziegler, Attorney at Law.