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  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Rick Z.
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Jim was extremely helpful in the estate planning process for my wife and myself. Jim performed the following services, Will, Financial Durable Power of Attorney, Ohio Living Will Declaration and State of Ohio Health Care Power of Attorney and Transfer on Death Designation Affidavit. All meetings with Jim and myself were in the privacy of our home. Jim performed a full service estate planning process, he handled all the forms, all the notary work, traveled to the court to hand deliver all the documents, and followed through to make sure the process was complete. Jim is very knowledgeable of the estate planning process, and attends various conferences to keep up to date on the latest changes in the estate planning process. HIs personal service is outstanding and treats each individual with the utmost respect. I would highly recommend Jim for any estate planning work that you may need.

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Elizabeth V Westfall Esq
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom O.
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Elizabeth is awesome. She is fast acting, fair attorney who makes the experience much easier to navigate. She was very thorough and walked me through the process day one. She is helpful in negotiating with other attorneys and it very thoughtful in her approach to what can be difficult situations. I would highly recommend her!

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Elizabeth V Westfall
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lance G.
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This legal proceeding has been a long time coming and it's so nice to have an experienced attorney like Elizabeth. I am glad I found her.

Stewart Law Office LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mya L.
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It was a pleasure working with Craig. When I went to speak with the mediator for my bankruptcy, Craig was one of the only lawyers who actually came to be with his client. I was grateful that he provided a great service for an extremely reasonable price. Well below market rates.

  • 2 years in business
Shavone B.
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Ian Vita has to be definitely one of the best lawyers in Columbus. He got my case dismissed and I didn't even think for second it would. I hope and prayed for a lawyer that was more than great, and I got exactly that. He was very personable and polite. I hope and pray to never need a lawyer again to go to court. I will definitely be reccommending him to anyone that knows what's good for them.

Lucas Ruffing Law
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Keshia J.
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Omg! I wouldn't recommend any other attorney to go through this process with. He was very thorough in explaining the entire bankruptcy and his prices are the most reasonable ever! If you pick any other attorney you are doing yourself a grave injustice... choose Lucas you won't regret it!

Routte Law, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jonathan H.
    Verified review

    Chris represented me in filing an adjustment to my child support. Chris's advice was outstanding! He saved me hundreds of dollars in child support, and also saved me on his bill as well. Excellent attorney, I would high reccommend him.

    • 4 years in business
    Mike R.
    Verified review

    My experience with Barr, Jones & Assoc was a great one. They were friendly and cared about me. It did not feel like another number. They helped guide me step by step through the most difficult time of my life.

    Riddell Law LLC
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    At Riddell Law, we do not believe in hiding the ball when it comes to fees. We do not believe in running up your legal bill up with costly hourly fees. Rather, we will quote you a flat free up front at your initial consultation. At your initial consultation, we will review your case together, we will answer your questions, and will give our best assessment of your case based on the information provided. If you don’t think we are the right Columbus DUI lawyers for the job, you are under no obligation. To make payment easier, in addition to cash and checks, we accept all major credit cards. Further, if needed, you may qualify for a payment plan. What's more, Columbus DUI, traffic & criminal defense attorney Douglas E. Riddell has been awarded the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratingsthe highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review. Additionally, Attorneys Douglas Riddell and Bridget Purdue Riddell were both chosen by Ohio Superlawyers Magazine for inclusion as "Rising Stars" for 2014. Ohio Super Lawyers is a rating and review service of lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer review recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Rising Stars list consists of selected attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Ohio are named to the list. Further, Attorneys Douglas Riddell and Bridget were recently rated by Avvo as a perfect 10.0. Under Avvos rating and review system, a 10.0 is the highest ranking a lawyer can obtain. Avvo is an independent lawyers rating and review company that rates lawyers throughout the nation.

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    I have been in practice for over 37 years. I do domestic, bankruptcy, probate and other legal matters. I prepare documents, pleadings, and I provide counsel on these areas of the law as well as other related areas.

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    I am an attorney with a practice in business, personal injury, probate and criminal law. I am also a licensed RN with a critical care background.

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    We are experienced Columbus, Ohio bankruptcy lawyer, family lawyer, criminal lawyer, and estate planning lawyer who you need to assist you with your legal problems.

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    I have been an attorney for 24 years and practice in all areas of Family Law including divorce, custody, visitation, and adoptions as well as probate, criminal defense and Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I work hard for my clients and I am always honest with them. .

    • 9 years in business
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    The Yeager Law Offices is a general practice law firm located in central Ohio. We are committed to helping individuals who are facing some of the most challenging times in their lives.The firm provides the personalized individual attention necessary to serve its clients' best interests. We serve individuals primarily in Franklin County and the surrounding central Ohio area. The firm strives to provide quality legal services for a variety of legal issues and to build lifelong attorney-client relationships. The mission at the Yeager Law Offices is to be known as an attentive and diligent firm that advocates to meet its clients' goals, and also aspires to become as close and familiar with each client, so as to provide each client with comprehensive counseling regarding all matters affecting the client's personal and professional lives.

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    I specialize in: * Full service legal representation * Personal injury automobile collision * Wrongful death injuries * Motorcycle injuries * Dog bite injuries * Divorce cases * Dissolutions * Probate and will cases * Estate cases

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    We provide legal help in the areas of bankruptcy, domestic, litigation, business and probate. We are listed among the preeminent attorneys in America by Martindale Hubble because we enjoy the highest rating available from our fellow attorneys. We provide dependable advice and decisive action.

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    Our areas of practice include the following: * Personal injury/wrongful death cases/negligence and intentional tort cases (most are accepted on a contingency fee basis) * Business formation/general law/business litigation * Insurance and contract law * Employment Law * Insurance contract litigation

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    My practice is limited to the areas of Personal Injury, Insurance Disputes, Business Planning and Civil Litigation. I previously worked for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte and Touché as a tax consultant focusing on the areas of high net wealth planning, business development and mergers. During the past six years I worked for a civil litigation firm in Columbus, Ohio where I represented individuals who were seriously injured by the negligence of others. I am proud to have been voted an Ohio Rising Star 2009 by Super Lawyers. I am also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which has been rated as one the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. I pride myself on my dedication to my clients and my determination to aggressively represent them. My clients receive personal attention from me and are never given to a "case manager." They receive personal and professional attention at all times. Our office offers a diverse range of services which includes, but is not limited to: · personal injury / wrongful death · estate planning / probate · business law / business litigation · tax consultation / tax resolution · health care / medical practice formation, sale & preservation · commercial real estate · franchise system consultation We truly offer big firm experience and expertise while providing our clients with the small firm benefits which include reasonable rates and personal, professional attention. We are also flexible in our fees as we accept many cases on a contingency fee basis, we offer flat fees and also hourly rates.

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    Cynthia (Cindi) Irwin, Attorney at Law, has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years. Initially, Cindi practiced law in a prosecutor capacity for the City of Columbus, Ohio. She subsequently began a solo law practice which has continued to grow through the succeeding years to current. Prior to 1997, Cindi’s legal practice represented clients in numerous areas including the following: * criminal * traffic * juvenile * domestic * civil matters * debt collection * bankruptcy * probating estates * guardianships * estate planning For the past fifteen (15) years, Cindi has primarily focused in the areas of probating estates, estate planning and guardianships.

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    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good real estate lawyer?

    If buying or selling property feels overwhelming and the thought of finding a good real estate lawyer seems daunting, you’re in luck. There are some simple steps to follow for finding a trustworthy, affordable real estate lawyer to help with your property and legal needs.

    • Determine what kind of real estate lawyer you need. Many states require a real estate attorney to handle sale closing documents. For more complex matters such as a real estate deal gone awry or foreclosure, you’ll want to find an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours.  
    • Look for online reviews of real estate lawyers in your area. Verify that they have proven experience closing or winning cases like yours and that they are in good standing with the state bar association.
    • Choose two or three lawyers to interview. Many offer a free consultation to learn about your case and provide information about rates. For standard real estate closing services, in-depth interviewing might not be necessary.
    • Ask about their rates and whether they charge by the hour or provide services for a flat fee. Ask whether a retainer is required, and what the total bill should be for a case like yours.
    • Ask for a write-up of the services that will be covered by the projected costs.
    • Make sure you like the real estate agent and they treat you with respect. Confirm whether they or another person will be working on your case and make sure you’re comfortable with all members of their team.
    • Pay the retainer and hire your lawyer.  

    What does a real estate lawyer do?

    A real estate lawyer represents their client’s best interest in all matters related to the sale, purchase and ownership of real estate. They are experts in real estate law. In states that require a real estate lawyer to close home sales, the lawyer must review and finalize all documents before the deal can be legally completed. Real estate lawyers also help clients legally protect their rights when entering, exiting or renegotiating a real estate deal. You can hire a real estate lawyer as an individual or as a business. A real estate lawyer can help with negotiation, addressing mortgage fraud, managing foreclosures and bankruptcy, transfers of titles and deeds, property ownership disputes, zoning issues, creating a co-ownership contract for joint purchase of a property, and much more. Real estate lawyers can also protect you from issues that result when a known problem was not properly disclosed by the previous owner. Overall, real estate lawyers are an added cost when it comes to buying and selling property, but they also ensure your best interests are met, and that you and the people you are doing business with comply with the law.

    What kind of lawyer does wills?

    No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

    Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

    • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
    • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
    • Have an ownership stake in a business
    • Expect someone to contest your will
    • Want to disinherit your spouse

    How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

    Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

    How much does it cost to have a living will?

    Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

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