Deanna L. Durbin, Attorney

Akron Probate Attorney


Akron Estate Planning Attorney

The primary purpose of a Will is to direct the disposition of any assets owned solely by testator upon his or her passing.  Many younger families feel they do not need to do estate planning, although a will is very important for younger parents with minor children to ensure their children will be cared for by the persons they want as guardians in the event of their incapacity or death. A will can help alleviate family disagreements over property.  It can also facilitate a smoother, more efficient  and less costly probate process as Executor powers are defined and bond can be waived if desired.

A Power of Attorney (POA) documents a person’s wishes concerning who they want to serve as their agent(s) to handle their financial affairs, and what powers they want their agent(s) to have. Most POA's are durable, meaning they continue during any period of incapacity, but there are also Limited POA's that limit the agent's powers to act to specific, lilmited situations.  

Advance Medical Directives document a person's wishes concerning who they want to serve as their agent to handle medical decisions if they are unable to do so, as well as a person's wishes concerning end-of-life wishes. Minimally, a person should consider having a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will.  These health care directives allow your chosen agent to step in only when you are unable to make your own health care decisions.

It's important to have your POA's and Directives in place before something should happen. If these documents are not in place, a guardianship would have to be opened if a person was unable to manage his or her own affairs due to mental or physical impairment. For all of a person's financial, personal & medical directives, it is crucial to select a trusted individual to serve as Agent.

330-472-2083 today for a free initial consultation to discuss your estate planning needs.

Estate planning should be tailored to each person's individual circumstances and needs.  Every adult should minimally have a basic estate plan in place. This consists of a Will or Trust to document a person's wishes as to how their property is to be distributed and who they want to handle their estate, and importantly, documents to provide powers to a trusted agent to assist the person in any times of incapacity during his or her lifetime.

These documents allow the designated agent to provide assistance with financial and/or personal and medical matters based upon the person's wishes if a short or long term incapacity arises. Planning for long-term care needs in compliance with Ohio's Long Term Care Insurance program should also be considered for those wishing to include long-term care insurance in their estate planning.