Having a will is the first step in an estate plan. When you own any asset(s) you should have a written plan as to how you want your assets to be distributed. There are different methods of distribution depending on whether or not you are married and/or have children with that spouse.
You should review your estate plan every 3-5 years, unless there has been a major life change such as birth, death, disability, divorce, etc. During the review, make sure that your assets are titled correctly and easily located in case of your incapacity or death.
At a minimum, I recommend that my clients' children should have a health care power of attorney and living will in place, at the age of 18. They may still be on your insurance but you may not be able to get a prescription refill for them! Once they begin to own vehicles and investment accounts, they should consider a will and durable power of attorney.
Your local probate court generally has links to both the law and forms. Otherwise, google Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2113 or start with http://codes.ohio.gov/ .
With Probate, you may have started and realized that it is much more difficult than anticipated. That's okay, we are happy to step in and help.
With estate planning, we are not here to sell you on multiple trusts. We are here to give you choices about the options available to you.
Butler County: http://www.butlercountyprobatecourt.org/
The first thing is to grieve. Next, lots of people have complicated relationships, it is ok. We can help you work it out legally.
Some initial questions with any attorney will be:
These are some starting points for a discussion with an attorney. We understand that we are trying to help you on some of the hardest times of your life and we are happy to help.