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Probate Law Attorneys Columbus, Ohio

The Probate Court is a separate area of the legal system that mostly deals in non-contested issues, including wills, name changes and powers of attorney. I can assist you with the following matters:

Name Change

This is an action usually filed in Probate Court allowing an individual the opportunity to legally change his or her name from what was given at birth, marriage or adoption. Publication is required. The request will not be granted if it is found to be based on fraudulent or other illegal purposes. A name change may also be obtained through the Domestic Relations Court in conjunction with a pending dissolution or divorce.

Last Will and Testament

The will is your written declaration of how your assets are to be distributed after your death. In this document, you are able to name an executor, who shall be in charge of distributing your estate to your chosen beneficiaries, after debts are satisfied. Additionally, you may nominate a guardian for minor children and create a trust to care for their assets until they are competent or reach a more mature age.

Probate Law Attorneys and Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio : George W. Leach Law Offices LLC, : Wills, Testaments, Power, Financial, Name Changes, Land Contract, Deed, Note General/Financial Power of Attorney

This document gives the individual you nominate the full power to act on your behalf and sign all documents you are otherwise able to sign. This document may avoid the need for an appointed guardian in Probate Court, should you become mentally or physically unable to handle your own affairs. Great care should be exercised when choosing your attorney-in-fact.

Health Care Power of Attorney

This document provides the individual you nominate the authority to make health care decisions for you and express your intentions regarding medical treatment, should you be unable to do so yourself. If you are unconscious and or do not have the mental capacity to make decisions, your health care power of attorney has the authority to discuss matters with your doctor or hospital, and make decisions based on medical evaluations and recommendations.

Living Will

The living will is your written declaration regarding the removal of life sustaining treatments and in some cases is the withdrawal of nutrition and hydration. This document differs from a power of attorney in that you, not a power of attorney are making the decision for withdrawal of treatment. This alleviates the family member or friend from having to make such difficult decisions. The living will only applies when you are in terminal condition or permanently unconscious and have lost the capacity to make decisions.

Land Contract

This is a contract between a buyer and seller for real estate in which the seller provides the financing to buy the property at an agreed price. Generally, the seller retains title to the property while allowing the buyer to take possession. The buyer then makes scheduled payments, with or without interest to the seller until the purchase price is paid in full. An initial down payment from the buyer to the seller is usually required. Land Contracts offer benefits to a buyer who might not otherwise be able to obtain financing. The seller may have more potential buyers by offering sale under land contract, but assumes all the requirements and risks a bank may encounter.


probate propertyA deed is the document used to transfer some type of ownership interest in real estate. There are many different types of deeds, depending on the ownership interest intended or being created. These include but are not limited to warranty, quit-claim, survivorship, transfer of death and life estates. Deeds need to be recorded in the county in which the real estate is located.

Promissory Note

This is a contract between a “maker” and a “payee” in which the maker promises in writing to pay a sum of money to the payee in either monthly installments or at a fixed time in the future, with or without interest.


George W. Leach Law Offices, LLC, is a law office licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio. His office is in Columbus, OH. The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only and is not offered as and does not constitute legal advice, and your visit to this website does not create an attorney-client relationship with Attorney Leach. Please do not send us pictures or documents via email until after your consultation and we have had an opportunity to check for a conflict with a current or former client.

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Probate Law Attorneys and Lawyers in Columbus, Ohio : George W. Leach Law Offices LLC, : Wills, Testaments, Power, Financial, Name Changes, Land Contract, Deed, Note