When you have decided to start estate planning, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Dawes Legal, LLC, provides tips for starting your estate planning process in the blog below.
Steps to Begin Your Estate Planning
At the outset of your estate planning, there are a few things you can do to make the process faster and easier. Keep these tips in mind as you move forward:
- Start thinking about your property.You likely have some larger real and personal property you want to leave to loved ones upon your passing, like a home, land, and family valuables. It will be helpful to your estate planning process if you decide early what specific property you want to leave to family members or loved ones. Having an early accounting on your property will help you make easier decisions throughout your will drafting and estate planning.
- Consider loved ones. Begin considering the people in your life to whom you would like to leave some of your property when you pass. You can also choose people you specifically do not want to leave property to when you pass. This is known as disinheritance. In addition, if you have young children or are a guardian to any loved ones, begin thinking about whom you might want to take your place in caring for them if you pass. You can and should include these types of provisions in your Ohio estate planning documents.
- Understand your options. You have several varied options when it comes to your Ohio property, and it is important that you understand all of them. You want to make sure you choose the right options to protect yourself and your family upon your passing, through a will, a trust, or a combination of estate tools. You can make general or quite specific provisions for everything that matters to you and your family.
- Contact an experienced Ohio lawyer.The best action you can take when you are ready to begin estate planning is contacting an experienced Ohio attorney. Your attorney will guide you through all the necessary steps to ensure you have made the necessary arrangements to bring both you and your family peace of mind. A skilled lawyer will create the estate documents that fit all of your individual needs.
The Ohio attorneys at Dawes Legal, LLC, can help you start your estate planning process today. Our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers will provide you with a positive experience and appropriate estate materials that satisfy all Ohio laws. Contact our Columbus office today for your initial consultation with one of our skilled lawyers. You can schedule your case consultation today by calling Dawes Legal at (614) 733-9999.