Comprehensive Legal & Professional Services
Our firm is dedicated to taking great care of our clients, many of whom are facing difficult decisions. We understand that the legal system can sometimes be intimidating and overwhelming, and we are here to help you achieve your goals and find the answers you need. Our practice areas include: Estate planning; Medicaid planning and applications; probate and estate administration; general elder law; and trust administration. Call us today to find the answers you need.
Our firm believes that people of all ages should start putting the necessary documents in place in order to secure a bright future for their loved ones. Together, we will help you understand your options and prepare all the documents that are required to prepare a successful estate plan. We can help you establish a durable power of attorney to handle financial matters; designate a healthcare power of attorney; activate a HIPPA form that will identify which individuals, if any, will be able to speak with your doctor or nurses regarding your health matters; prepare a last will and testament; set up trusts; and plan for the care and well-being of any loved ones who have special needs.
Probate & Estate Administration
When a loved one passes away, they may have assets that must be probated in court. An Ohio court will appoint a personal representative to handle the administration of the estate, who is typically nominated in the will left behind by the decedent. If no personal representative has been appointed in the will, the court will appoint someone to serve in this capacity. Our firm will help personal representatives navigate the probate process, allowing them to successfully fulfill their obligations for the administration of the estate. We understand that the death of a loved one can be painful and difficult, and we will treat you with the compassion and sensitivity you need during this emotional process.
When a loved one dies, they may have a trust in place to govern the management and distribution of his or her assets. While there are many different kinds of trusts, the ultimate goal of trust administration is to smoothly manage and distribute the deceased person’s property to the named beneficiaries set forth in the trust. If an individual is named as trustee, this person will manage the trust assets as directed in the trust agreement. At times, a trustee may feel overwhelmed by this task, so working with a knowledgeable attorney may provide reassurance and confidence during this process. If you have questions about trust administration or other estate planning matters, Sandra J. Buzney Co., LPA is here to provide you with reliable and sound legal guidance.
Medicaid Planning & Applications
If and when the time approaches for you or a loved one to apply for Medicaid, many questions may arise. We can help you determine strategies for the long-term use of your finances as Medicaid nears so that you can enjoy a clearer picture of what your future will look like. We will guide you through the Medicaid application process itself, taking great care to protect your spouse, property, and any dependent children throughout the process. It is important to realize that once you are receiving benefits from Medicaid, you will still need to submit additional documents on an annual basis, and we can assist you with this ongoing process. We are proud to help all of our clients with their Medicaid issues, including those who are currently living in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Call us today to get started.
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The experienced team at Sandra J. Buzney Co., LPA values open communication and innovative approaches to our client’s specific needs. We will listen carefully to your challenges and goals and provide you with an accurate assessment of your situation before choosing a path forward. If you are ready to work with a compassionate team that is responsive to your needs, call us today to get started.
Sandra J. Buzney Co., LPA serves Northeastern Ohio individuals and families as an estate planning, probate, and Medicaid planning law firm. Call (216) 283-0905 to get started with a knowledgeable and supportive professional legal team.