Estate Planning

Do you have a Will? Does your family know your wishes in the event of your death or a medical situation where you cannot speak for yourself? It is not easy to make these decisions, or take the first steps of estate planning, but the professionals at Joel Kuhlman, Attorney at Law, are here to help. As experienced estate planning attorneys, we are passionate about helping you identify their wishes, protect your estate and ensure sound legal documents are filed on your behalf.

Call us! Our offices are convenient, both in Haskins and Bowling Green, Ohio, and we will guide you through the legal documents for creating a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney or Trust.

Estate Planning FAQ’s:

What is included in Estate Planning?

Joel Kuhlman, Attorney at Law will guide you through the documents necessary for creating a Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney or a Trust.

What are the benefits of Estate Planning?

Legal estate planning by a lawyer helps to give you peace of mind and confidence that your family will be taken care of in the event of your death. Estate Planning often includes:

  • Controlling whom your minor children are left with;
  • Directing whom receives what property items;
  • Minimizing legal disputes regarding your wishes;
  • Avoiding unnecessary tax liabilities;
  • Enabling someone you trust to be responsible for your health and financial decisions prior to death if you are unable to.

What is a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

These two legal documents cover medical care. An estate planning attorney will ensure your wishes are specified in a Living Will in the medical event that you cannot speak for yourself. A Living Will identifies the care you want or don’t want, and informs your healthcare provider of your wishes. A Health Care Power of Attorney identifies the person you want to make your medical decisions for you according to your Living Will.

What is a Trust & what are the Benefits of a Trust?

As an estate planning attorney, Joel Kuhlman, Attorney at Law, will guide you through the process of the legal documents necessary to setup your Trust. A Trust identifies three parties whereby property (real or personal, tangible or intangible) is transferred by you, to be held by another party, the Trustee, for the benefit of a third party, the Beneficiary.  A trust is governed by the terms under which it was created, and is why an estate planning attorney is important. We help our clients to craft written Trust instruments that are legally enforceable and are able to carry out the function intended the client.

A Trust can provide many benefits in the estate planning process:

  • Limiting probate and its expenses
  • Lowering attorney fees
  • Expediting the transfer of property
  • Keeping your estate plan private

What is a Special Needs Trust?

A Special Needs Trust is a Trust that can be used by individuals with special needs or disabilities to preserve essential government benefits or gain other fiscal advantages. 

If you or someone you are close to is disabled or has special needs contact our office for an Estate Planning Attorney to discuss the benefits that may be enjoyed by creating a Special Needs Trust.