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Experienced Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys

Our attorneys develop estate plans and implement complex business succession trusts, asset protection trusts, and special needs trusts for our clients.

We create detailed plans for asset management during your life. If a disability occurs, we help you protect your assets. Upon death, we deliver counsel to ensure a tax-efficient transfer of wealth.

Our services encompass general estate planning and trust drafting, elder law and probate administration, and guidance on matters including guardianships, conservatorships, and wills. 

Our attorneys develop estate plans and implement complex business succession trusts, asset protection trusts, and special needs trusts for our clients.

Estate Planning Services

Estate planning preserves a family's legacy and protects their interests. Imagining the time when you are no longer around to provide for your loved ones can be difficult, but proper estate planning and preparation will make the transition much smoother for your heirs.

Our estate planning attorneys are knowledgeable and skilled in a host of trusts, living wills, guardianships, and other estate planning instruments.

Our attorneys deliver compassionate, knowledgeable guidance regarding all aspects of estate planning. We are committed to helping families navigate the complex legal process involved in protecting their family’s wealth, values, and goals.

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Estate Planning Attorneys Help Plan for the Future

Estate planning attorneys help individuals and families plan for the future. They create wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney, and much more. Estate planning lawyers also assist with estate administration and taking care of your assets during life, thereby helping to ensure that all decisions are properly recorded and implemented as intended after death.

Estate planning is essential for everyone, ranging from those who simply want to establish their healthcare directives and last will, to those looking to name a guardian for any minor children, or preserve an inheritance in trust. With the right estate plan, families can protect themselves from the uncertainty of life's events.

Regardless of the size or complexity of the legal issue, our attorneys deliver the thoughtful guidance needed to ensure that all of your affairs are settled according to your wishes.

What Is a Trust?

A key tool used in estate planning is the creation of certain Trusts, depending on the goals and needs of the individual or family. For example, elderly individuals or individuals with disabilities may require certain types of Trusts to preserve their assets from institutions like Medicaid if they need long-term care or need to maintain ongoing benefits like Social Security Disability.

Other individuals create Trusts to simply protect their families from the stress and expense of dealing with the probate court after their death. Whatever your reasons, our team of attorneys is committed to your estate planning needs and asset preservation goals.

At Dooley Gembala, we understand that planning for the uncertain future can be uncomfortable and stressful. That's why we approach each individual’s goals and concerns with patience and sensitivity. We take pride in tailoring the best plan for each person and their family's needs, core values, and legacy.

Do I Need an Estate Planning Attorney for a Will?

A living will is a document that states your wishes for end-of-life medical care and is written to ensure that your choices are carried out in the event you become incapacitated. It can also include instructions like organ donation requests or any other desires you may have concerning your healthcare.

Your will also outlines how your assets should be distributed after death. It is a legally binding document that lists the individuals who should receive your estate and any instructions on how or when they are to receive it. A will also details your choice of guardian for any minor children and names an executor responsible for carrying out your wishes. Without a will, your affairs may not be handled as you wish after death. This can cause unnecessary stress and strain on your loved ones in an already difficult time.

It's important to note that wills must comply with state laws to be legally binding. An experienced estate planning attorney can help ensure that your will meets all of these requirements and is properly filed with the court.

An estate planning attorney can help you prepare wills and other important documents tailored to  your unique needs. The attorneys at Dooley Gembala have decades of combined experience in estate planning, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your future is secure. With our help, you can rest assured that your wishes for the future will be carried out exactly as you desire.

Estate Planning

No matter what your legal needs are, the attorneys at Dooley Gembala possess the knowledge and experience to provide you with the quality legal services you need. Our lawyers have decades of combined experience across a range of practice areas including Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate, Elder Law, Asset Protection and Medicaid Planning, Business Law, and more. We are committed to providing personalized attention and high-quality legal advice to all our clients.

Our knowledgeable attorneys strive to ensure that you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your particular legal matter. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. You can schedule a consultation online or give us a call at (440) 930-4001. We look forward to supporting you and your family as you plan for the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you have both a will and a living trust?

Yes, it is possible to have both a will and a living trust in your estate plan. A will outlines how you would like your assets to be distributed after death, while a living trust is used during your lifetime to manage those same assets. Having both documents can ensure that all of your wishes are carried out after you are gone. If you have questions about how a will and trust can work together for your estate plan, let an experienced estate planning attorney guide you at Dooley Gembala.

How much does it cost to set up an estate plan?

The cost to set up an estate plan can vary depending on the complexity of your situation. Factors like the size of your estate, the number of beneficiaries, and the types of documents needed can all affect the cost of a basic estate plan. At Dooley Gembala, we offer consultation calls so you can get an estimate of what your estate plan will cost. We strive to provide comprehensive services at a reasonable rate so that everyone can have peace of mind knowing their future is secure.

How can I get started with estate planning near me?

If you are interested in estate planning, the best way to get started is to contact a qualified attorney. At Dooley Gembala, we offer consultations during which our experienced estate planning attorneys can answer any questions you may have and help determine which documents are right for your needs. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your wishes for the future are honored. If you are ready to get started with estate planning services, schedule a consultation online, give us a call at (440) 930-4001, or visit our office at 5455 Detroit Road, Sheffield Village, Ohio, 44054.


Dooley Gembala is among the top-rated law firms in the Lorain County area. From corporate litigation to family disputes, there is a specialized attorney at Dooley Gembala who can tend to your legal needs. With more than 30 practice areas, clients can rest assured that the attorneys at Dooley Gembala have the expertise and experience needed for successful outcomes. Schedule your consultation online here or give us a call at (440) 930-4001. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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