Estate Planning

Youngstown Estate Planning Law Firm

What happens to a person unable to make decisions for themselves? What happens to their assets if there’s a lawsuit? How do they care for an adult child with special needs? How do they pass on what they’ve built to their heirs? These are existential questions. They can keep people awake at night. Estate planning is the mechanism by which people give their answers to these questions and do it in a legally binding way. DiLoreto Law is here to help. 

Good estate planning requires a thoughtful and thorough approach, and that’s exactly what our Youngstown estate planning law firm aims to provide to each and every client who comes through our door. By giving each person real, individual attention, we can craft the plan that best meets the unique situation they are in. From our Youngstown office, we serve all Mahoning County and throughout Columbiana County and Trumbull County. Call today at (330) 953-3066 or reach out here online to set up a free consultation. 

Protecting the Decisions Made on Our Behalf

The prospect of being mentally incapacitated and in the hospital, perhaps terminally ill, can be a scary thought. There’s also a very good chance it will happen to all of us. Who decides what (if any) medical treatment will be administered? Who handles our financial affairs if we can’t? These are questions that not only trouble us, but they can become deeply divisive amongst our loved ones. Especially if our own wishes are uncertain. 

The legal means to express our wishes are living wills and power of attorney. In the former, we can articulate how we want situations handled that are reasonably foreseeable—such as whether to continue with extraordinary medical care if there is no prospect for recovery. For scenarios that we might not foresee, power of attorney can be granted to someone we trust to decide on your behalf. That same power can allow a trusted confidant access to our financial accounts.

Power of attorney and living will decisions have to be made with thoughtful foresight. At DiLoreto Law, we take the time to help our clients think through all their options and make the decision that will best suit them. 

Estate Planning in Youngstown: Navigating Local Resources and Challenges

Living in Youngstown, Ohio, brings unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to estate planning. The local community is known for its close-knit neighborhoods and strong family ties, which can make decisions about living wills and power of attorney even more significant. At DiLoreto Law, we understand the importance of these decisions and are here to guide you through the process with the local knowledge and sensitivity you deserve.

Youngstown residents often turn to local resources such as the Mahoning County Probate Court and the Youngstown City Health District for guidance on legal and health matters. While we do not partner directly with these entities, we are well-versed in the procedures and requirements they uphold. This familiarity allows us to provide accurate and relevant advice tailored to our community's standards.

One common concern among Youngstown locals is the potential for family disputes over medical and financial decisions. Given the strong family connections in our area, it's crucial to have clear and legally binding documents that outline your wishes. This can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure your loved ones are not burdened with difficult decisions during stressful times.

At DiLoreto Law, we take pride in our deep understanding of Youngstown's unique needs and challenges. We are committed to helping you create a comprehensive estate plan that reflects your values and provides peace of mind. Whether you're concerned about healthcare decisions or financial management, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Contact our Youngstown estate planning law firm by calling (330) 953-3066 or by filling out our online contact form to arrange for a free consultation.  

Commonly Asked Questions

What should I consider when choosing someone to grant power of attorney for my estate?

When selecting someone to grant power of attorney for your estate, consider their trustworthiness, reliability, and ability to act in your best interest. It's important to choose someone who understands your values and wishes and is willing to carry them out responsibly. Additionally, they should be capable of handling financial matters and making decisions under potentially stressful circumstances. It's also wise to discuss your expectations with them beforehand to ensure they are willing and able to take on the role.

Can DiLoreto Law help me set up a living will and power of attorney in Youngstown?

Yes, DiLoreto Law can assist you with setting up both a living will and a power of attorney in Youngstown. Our law firm understands the importance of thoughtful foresight in estate planning, and we dedicate time to help our clients consider all their options. We guide you through the process to ensure that the decisions made align with your wishes and provide peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

How does a power of attorney complement a living will in managing my affairs?

A power of attorney is a legal document that grants a trusted individual the authority to make decisions on your behalf, typically covering financial and legal matters. It complements a living will by covering scenarios that the living will does not anticipate. While a living will focuses on healthcare decisions, a power of attorney can enable someone you trust to manage your financial affairs if you become incapacitated. Together, they provide a comprehensive approach to managing your personal and financial matters in times when you are unable to do so yourself.
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Protecting Our Assets

We work hard to build wealth and when we do pass on, it’s important that our assets go to whom we want and in the manner that we desire. A last will and testament is the most basic legal vehicle for achieving that. DiLoreto Law also works with clients to establish trusts, which can help heirs avoid probate and provide other benefits. 

Trusts can be used to achieve a wide range of goals. They can be a valuable tool in special needs planning, allowing parents to give a disabled adult child a generous inheritance without compromising eligibility for government programs. Trusts can be used to protect assets from litigation or other creditors. DiLoreto Law also works with clients on federal gift and estate tax planning, a valuable and creative tool that allows generational wealth to pass down while minimizing the tax bite. 

Call Our Youngstown Estate Planning Law Firm

We take pride in our knowledge of estate planning and our outside-the-box thinking to help clients meet their goals. Above all though, we take pride in our ability to listen. Thinking creatively has to start with understanding exactly what the client wants and how they want it. It involves the thoughtful asking of questions, raising of issues, and eliciting information. That’s what we do. Clients who come to DiLoreto Law know they’ll never be handed a cookie-cutter solution. They’ll always get real, personalized service. 

Call today at (330) 953-3066 or contact us online. We serve clients throughout Mahoning County and into Columbiana and Trumbull counties. 

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