Solomon, Steiner & Peck, Ltd.
Contact Us for A Consultation:
216-245-0185 / 866-642-0932

February 2016 Archives

Estate plans and probate considerations

Ohio assets could be subject to probate in the event of their owner's death if certain steps have not been taken to avoid this situation. For example, an intestate estate would be handled through probate to ensure that distribution of assets reflects the laws related to inheritance in the state. Even when an individual leaves a will, a document that has not been handled legally could be subject to changes in the distribution of one's belongings. However, people who are concerned about their wishes being carried out can take several steps to minimize the potential for probate activity.

The benefits of an effective estate plan

Families in Ohio and around the country sometimes become embroiled in bitter legal disputes over the property of a loved one who has passed away. Most people are uncomfortable thinking or talking about end-of-life decisions, but having a comprehensive estate plan can greatly help the family members and friends that are left behind. Some people think that wills and trusts are really only benefit the wealthy, but some of the most acrimonious family conflicts are sparked by disagreements over property of high sentimental but low financial value.

When people need to update their estate plan

Ohio residents may assume that once they have created a will, they no longer need to worry about their estate plan. However, there are many changes in people's lives that may necessitate a revision of their will or the preparation of a new one to ensure that their wishes are carried out after their death. Some of the common reasons can include a change in marital status, the birth of a child or a financial windfall.

Avoiding mistakes with beneficiary designations

An Ohio resident who remarries might intend for the new spouse to receive the funds in a retirement account after their death, but a failure to change the beneficiary designation could leave those funds in the hands of the former spouse instead. There is little remedy for such a mishap once the owner of the account dies. Unfortunately, an account owner might even think that the matter is handled by a change in a will or trust.

2005 BBB Torch Award Recipient Recipients of the 2005 BBB Torch Award Honoring Business of Integrity

  • ASNP
  • CMBA Green Certified 2107-19
  • member of the national eldercare matters Alliance
  • Golden opportunities

We are here to help. Contact our attorneys today.   

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Independence Office
6100 Oaktree Blvd.
Suite #200 - Park Centre 1
Independence, OH 44131

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Mayfield Heights Office
6105 Parkland Boulevard
Suite 140
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Westlake Office
159 Crocker Park Boulevard
4th Floor
Westlake, OH 44145

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions

Mentor Office
5966 Heisley Road
Ste 201
Mentor, OH 44060

Toll Free: 866-642-0932
Phone: 216-245-0185
Fax: 216-595-2787
Map & Directions