Practice Areas

Estate planning

Preparing for the future is something everyone needs to do. Whether you are part of a young family and need to develop a full plan to provide for your children or a recent retiree looking to amend an existing estate plan, the Law Firm of Stephen K. Snavely can help. 

Mr. Snavely draws on his broad knowledge of estate planning tools and looks for ways to create estate plans that protect assets and, when it is time to distribute them, do so with the least amount of financial interference, including taxes and court fees. Some of the estate planning tools available include:

  • Wills
  • Living will
  • Trusts
  • Living trust
  • Charitable trust
  • Special needs trust
  • Estate, gift and income tax planning
  • Retirement benefits plans
  • Powers of attorney
  • Guardianship and conservatorship
  • Medicare and Medicaid planning
  • Business succession planning

These are sensitive issues, and you need a professional, seasoned attorney to help you deal with your estate plan pragmatically and compassionately. Contact the Law Firm of Stephen K. Snavely today for a free consultation on drafting or modifying your estate plan. He is adept at creating estate plans for those with complex assets and large tracts of land.

Probate and estate administration

When a loved one passes away, an executor must handle the decedent's affairs, including probate and estate administration. The estate's executor reports to the county Probate Court with an inventory of the decedent's assets. Probate officially permits the executor to pay estate taxes and fees and to divide and distribute the assets according to a valid will. Attorney Stephen Snavely can walk you through the specific steps of probate, including calling for appraisers to properly determine a decedent's assets. He is also prepared to serve as the executor of one's estate or can assist appointed executors during this difficult time.

Mr. Snavely can also represent family members in estate litigation, when one beneficiary contests the legal validity of a will or trust.

Real estate

Buying, renting, selling, inheriting and leasing properties require the trained eye of a real estate lawyer to ensure the proper documents are in order. Attorney Stephen Snavely at the Law Firm of Stephen K. Snavely in Defiance, Ohio provides legal representation when you need it, from drafting the contract through the closing process. Mr. Snavely can also represent clients in any litigation that arises involving the estate, including boundary disputes, landlord-tenant disputes and other issues.

Contact the Law Firm of Stephen K. Snavely in Northwest Ohio

For knowledgeable estate planning, legal counsel and guidance, call the firm at 419.782.8846 or contact the Law Firm of Stephen K. Snavely online to schedule a free initial consultation.