Wills & Other Basic Tools
Akron Wills Attorney
For experienced estate planning advice tailored to the specific objectives of your family, contact the wills and trusts lawyer at the Law Office of Margaret H. Kreiner in Cuyahoga Falls. With more than 26 years of experience, I serve the needs of Akron families through careful drafting of wills, powers of attorney and living wills.
While many families rely on sophisticated estate planning tools such as trusts and gift transfers to shelter assets from state or federal estate taxation, just about everybody stands to benefit from four basic estate planning tools, not only to arrange for the orderly transfer of your assets to the next generation, but to plan for the possibility that you will be dependent on others to make important health care or financial decisions for you. These basic tools include:
- Last will and testament to designate an executor for your estate, transfer assets, specify your funeral or memorial wishes, or designate guardians for children in case you die while they are minors
- Durable power of attorney for financial matters from managing your checking account to the purchase and sale of assets — this can be especially important for avoiding guardianship proceedings in the event of your later incompetence
- Durable power of attorney for health care to make sure that a trusted person makes medical treatment decisions for you in the event of an accident or health crisis that robs you of your own voice
- Living will to specify your wishes for continued medical treatment, such as life support, in case you become terminally ill or permanently unconscious
I can not only advise you about the terms of these instruments and make sure that they are prepared and executed properly, I also help you get the most out of them. I can help you review an existing estate plan to make sure that that the persons who are designated health care agents or financial fiduciaries are still in a position to serve in that capacity, or to make sure that a divorce in the family is properly reflected in your last will and testament.
I can also advise you about tax planning trusts, special needs trusts, advance directives, retirement planning and other aspects of a well balanced estate plan that continues to meet your needs and goals as they might change over time. To learn more about the scope of our estate planning services, contact Attorney Kreiner at the Law Office of Margaret H. Kreiner.