Centerville, Ohio is a vibrant city in the Dayton metropolitan area. The city lies in Montgomery and Greene counties with a population of 23,999. The average age of a citizen in Centerville, OH is around 42 years; however, we do have a growing base of citizens under the age of 30 and over the age of 65.
Benjamin Robbins founded the City of Centerville 1796. Robbins called the area “Centreville” after his hometown in New Jersey. The U.S. Post Office changed the spelling to Centerville by 1900. The city was formally incorporated on December 2, 1968. The residents of Centerville enjoy a rich history that can be seen in the city’s historic district. It is a wonderful example of the small town “Main Street” era that was prevalent in the United States during the early 1900s.
Today, Centerville offers a variety of entertainment, artistic, recreational, and cultural venues. The school system is one of the best in the country, and the city government strives to continue to provide exceptional services to residents. Residents who need help or who have a question can contact the city by calling 937-433-7151 or visiting the city office located at 100 West Spring Valley Road, Centerville, OH 45458.
Serving The Needs Of Centerville Since 1989
The attorneys Lovett & House have been serving your legal needs since 1989. Estate planning services is a concern for many residents. The need for estate planning is not limited to wealthy individuals or property owners. Every adult should have a comprehensive estate plan to ensure his or her wishes are carried out in the event of death or incapacitation.
Attorney George Lovett is a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He has thousands of hours of experience in this area of law. This experience combined with his extensive knowledge of Ohio’s elder laws and probate laws allow him to develop an estate plan that encompasses all your needs. Contact Lovett & House by calling (937) 429-7730 to schedule an appointment to discuss your estate plan.
Why Do I Need An Estate Plan?
“I don’t own a home yet, I don’t have children, and I’m not married yet. Why spend the time and money on an estate plan?”
This is a common question our Centerville estate planning attorneys hear during a consultation. Our answer is always the same — estate planning encompasses much more than asset protection. While estate planning does involve protecting your assets, it also involves providing for your family, protecting your right to make decisions regarding your healthcare, and ensuring your wishes are carried out after your death. Each person, regardless of his or her financial status or marital status, needs an estate plan for the following reasons.
Decide Who Receives Your Property
If you do not have a will at the time of your death, the state determines what happens to your property. The people you want to inherit your property may have not standing under state law. For example, if you wanted to leave a special item of college memorabilia to a friend, that friend would not be considered an heir under state law. Likewise, if you wanted to donate money to your favorite charity, you can only do so through your estate plan. Ohio intestate laws do not recognize charitable organizations as heirs. With an estate plan, the decisions regarding your heirs and your property belong to you and not to the state.
Protect Your Children
If you do have minor children, you do not want the state to choose who raises your children in the event of your death. You also do not want the state to decide how your child’s inheritance is used. You probably do not want your child to receive his or her entire inheritance on his or her eighteenth birthday. Without an estate plan, the state chooses a guardian and conservator to raise your child and manage the inheritance until your child’s eighteenth birthday.
Making healthcare and end-of-life decisions is a very personal matter that should not involve the state. To ensure your wishes regarding your healthcare and life-prolonging medical treatments are honored, you must have your wishes in writing. Estate planning encompasses this issue. You can set forth detailed instructions for medical treatments and procedures. In addition, you can also name an agent to enforce those decisions if you become incapacitated and cannot speak for yourself.
Contact A Centerville Estate Planning Attorney
If you have questions about estate planning, we are here to help. Our Centerville estate planning attorneys have the expertise you want an attorney to have who is assisting you in making such personal and important decisions for yourself and your family.
Contact Lovett & House by telephone at (937) 429-7730 to speak with a Centerville estate planning attorney.