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You will receive the finest legal services and advice that you need along with the personal care and attention to detail that you desire. I am personally involved with every client, and it is my personal responsibility to provide the finest service and attention.
I welcome the opportunity to provide you with all the professional and personal attention that you expect and deserve. Your legal matters, no matter how large or how small, will receive my personal care and attention. Hennis Legal has been providing quality personal and small business legal services to the northeastern Ohio area since 1995. Located in Doylestown, Ohio, my office is convenient to Wayne County, Summit County, Stark County, Medina County and Holmes County.
If you have been putting off attending to these important legal issues, now is the time to contact me for a consultation. We can meet in person or simply conduct an initial discussion of your issues on the phone or via e-mail. Important Estate Planning issues do not need to be intimidating, and our discussion will set your expectations and personalize your issues.
Estate Planning is the process of developing an overall plan for a person's Estate. There is no single "formula," because every person has different needs and requirements. It is my job to discuss your personal needs and requirements with you to develop an integrated plan.
Your personal Estate Plan is very dynamic. As such, it must be designed to meet your requirements today and to be easily modified to grow, change and age with you. Ultimately, your Estate Plan is designed to serve you, your spouse, your children and others… allowing you to pass along your assets efficiently and effectively while minimizing the impact from Probate and Taxes.
Your Will is the single most important and basic legal document that every person should possess. A Will serves to allow you to state your wishes for how your Estate will be distributed upon death, who will potentially become guardian over your children, and who will be empowered as Executor to manage your Estate. Wills are necessary and critical for every size and type of Estate.
Your Living Will is a means for you to make decisions concerning your ongoing medical care, in the event that you lose your capacity to make such decisions due to physical or mental issues. Due to advancements in medical technology over the past decades, millions of Americans remain alive in nursing homes and other care facilities solely by means such as feeding tubes, intravenous hydration and ventilators. A Living Will allows you to make decisions regarding your wishes, at a time when you still have capacity to make such a decision, to be disconnected from such artificial life-sustaining means.
POWER OF ATTORNEY
General Durable Power of Attorney
Your General Durable Power of Attorney ("GDPOA") is a legal document used to empower another person or agent to represent you in various private, business and legal matters at times when you lack the physical or mental capacity to act in your own behalf. The GDPOA is used by the agent you select to conduct matters for you, such as cashing checks, writing checks, moving funds, investing funds, managing real property, and more.
Healthcare Power of Attorney
Your Healthcare Power of Attorney (“HCPOA”) is a legal document used to empower another person or agent to represent you in various medical decision-making matters at times when you lack the physical or mental capacity to act in your own behalf.
Your Revocable Living Trust ("RLT") is a legal document which constructs a legal entity into which your assets and properties are transferred, such that the Probate process is avoided or streamlined. The RLT allows you to still manage your assets and properties as Trustee of the Revocable Living Trust, but also provides for an Alternate Trustee to step in to manage the assets and properties if you lack the capacity to manage them yourself.
A Revocable Living Trust also appoints a Trustee to manage these assets and properties for the benefit of minor children. Upon your death, the RLT essentially serves as a Will, distributing your Estate according to your wishes while minimizing exposure to the Probate process and maximizing the privacy of you and your heirs.
When a person dies, his or her estate must go through Probate, which is a process overseen by a Probate Court. If the decedent leaves a will directing how his or her property should be distributed after death, the Probate Court must determine if it should be admitted to probate and given legal effect. If the decedent dies intestate—without leaving a will—the court appoints a Personal Representative to distribute the decedent's property according to the laws of Descent and Distribution. These laws direct the distribution of assets based on hereditary succession.
In general, the probate process involves naming an Executor, collecting the decedent's assets, liquidating liabilities, paying necessary taxes, and distributing property to heirs. The probate of a will means proving its genuineness in probate court. Unless otherwise provided by statute, a will must be admitted to probate before a court will allow the distribution of a decedent's property to the heirs according to its terms.
If assets of the decedent are solely in his/her name, these assets must go through the Probate Court before they can be distributed or liquidated to the heirs named in the will.
Other services include drafting a wide range of speciality Trusts, including:
Special Needs Trusts
Drafting Deeds for the transfer of real estate
Guardianship Agreements to allow non-parents to make medical decisions for children when the parents are unavailable
Guarandianship matters for loved ones to step in and manage the legal affairs of aging parents or siblings
Other Estate Planning and Probate matters.
Hennis Legal can assist with planning for elderly clients who face potential issues with Assisted Living care, Nursing Home care and Medicaid eligibility.
Additionally, Hennis Legal Services drafts various Agreements and Contracts for its small business clients, based upon their specialized needs.