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Our lobby hours are 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. 

Office hours by appointment

*Our office closes for lunch between 12:00PM and 1:00PM.

Saturday and evening appointments are available by special request.

We are conveniently located in downtown Painesville, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland 

and 30 miles west of Ashtabula County.  

Main Street Law Building
166 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 739-6211

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice     

You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. 

Wills, Trusts, Directives

What is a Revocable Trust?

     A trust exists when one person (usually called the grantor or settlor) gives property to another person (called the trustee) to hold and mange for one or more persons (called the beneficiaries).  Under Ohio Trust Code, a revocable trust (sometimes also known as a 'living trust') is a trust that the grantor can amend (change) or revoke (cancel) during his or her lifetime.  A revocable trust can be funded with any property such as checking accounts, savings accounts, brokerage accounts, stocks and bonds, a home and other real estate.  Some revocable trusts can be funded initially, but rather at a later time or at the grantor's death.   FORBES LAW LLC can help advise when a trust should be funded and with what property.  The terms of a trust are described in a writing called the declaration of trust or trust agreement.  This document is usually signed by both the grantor and the trustee.  

Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney &

Financial Powers of Attorney

What is a Living Will Declaration?  

     A living will is a legal document you can use to express your wishes about the use of life-sustaining treatment if you should become terminally ill or permanently unconscious. 

      An anatomical gift (such as a gift of organs or tissues) can be made upon your death by completing a related form attached to the living will titled Donor Registry Enrollment Form. 

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney?

     A health care power of attorney (or "durable power of attorney for health care," sometimes known as a "DHCPOA" or "health care proxy") is a legal document that authorizes another person to make health care decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself.

What is a Financial Power of Attorney?

     A financial power of attorney ("POA") is a legal document an individual (the 'principal') can use to appoint someone (the 'agent') to act on his or her behalf regarding personal, financial and business matters.  

     There are some other methods of keeping control over your affairs.  Please contact our office and we can tell you how a POD or TOD designation on your assets can help avoid the necessity of administering your estate through the Probate Court.

What is a Will?

     A will allows you to determine what should happen to your property upon your death, and permits you to name an executor who will be responsible for the administration of your estate. We will work with you to develop a customized estate plan to accomplish several goals, including:

Protecting assets from over-taxation
Documenting your wishes regarding your property
Preventing family disputes
Providing for your loved ones

     Through wills, trusts, living wills, advanced medical directives, and powers of attorney, we can develop a comprehensive and flexible estate plan for you.  See our Advanced Directives page for information on Living Wills, Durable Health Care Powers of Attorney and Financial Powers of Attorney.  

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