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The estate planning process can be overwhelming, especially for those who have never done it before. Success comes from careful, thorough planning with the help of someone who understands the guidelines and can warn you of any pitfalls. The estate planning process includes not just the creation of the documents but also some advance planning to make sure that the right documents are in place and that the right people know how to find them if needed.

Van Ness Law is here to help you through this process. Call our Cuyahoga County estate planning attorney at (440) 650-1787 today.

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What Is Included in Estate Planning?

A general estate plan includes several different types of documents that work together to ensure that the person's wishes are respected and that the person's assets go to the people and organizations that they intend them to go to. These documents include the following:


Trusts are one of the most important tools for estate planning. A trust is an arrangement between the person who creates the trust and a trustee that controls the assets in the trust. The person who creates the trust is called the grantor or settlor. The trustee is the person or organization who is given control over the assets in the trust and is responsible for following the grantor's instructions about how to use the assets. The trust document itself is referred to as the trust agreement or trust document.


A will is a document that specifies how a person’s assets should be distributed after they die. The grantor is the person who creates the will, and the person who is in charge of carrying out the will is called the executor. The executor is the person who is given the responsibility of distributing the assets according to the will.

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Living Wills

A living will is a document that lets the people who are responsible for taking care of the grantor know what kind of medical care the grantor would want if they were unable to communicate their wishes. It is sometimes called a "healthcare directive" or an "advance directive."


Probate is the court process that is used to transfer a person's assets after they die. It is usually necessary to go through the probate process when there is no valid will or trust. The probate process can be complicated and time-consuming, so it is important to make sure that the necessary documents are in place to make it as easy as possible.

General estate planning is a complex process that involves several different types of documents. It is important to work with an attorney who is experienced in estate planning to make sure that the documents are correctly created and that the right people know where to find them if they are needed.

Contact an attorney at (440) 650-1787 to schedule an appointment with an estate planning lawyer in Cuyahoga County to create the documents that you need.

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