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C. Lawrence Huddleston III

C. Lawrence Huddleston III

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  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law
  • Ohio
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• Board-Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
• 22 years' Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law experience
• Founding Member and frequent speaker, WealthCounsel, LLC
• Fellow, Esperti Peterson Institute for Advanced Wealth Strategies Planning
• Fellow, The Laureate Circle
• Member, Professional Advisory Committee, The Columbus Foundation
• Member, ePlanners Educational Alliance
• Board Member, Christian Legal Society of Central Ohio
• Accredited Attorney – U. S. Veterans Administration
• Honoree, Leave A Legacy Award – Central Ohio Planned Giving Council
• Rated AV “Pre-eminent” by Martindale-Hubbell / Lawyers.Com
• Rated “10.0 - Superb” by AVVO.Com
• Co-author, "For Ohio Doctors: Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax and Estate Planning" (2010)

Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Trusts & Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
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  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations for referred clients and others who fully complete our comprehensive "Family & Financial Information" form
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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6th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
Founder & Manager
Huddleston Law Group
- Current
Capital University Law School
J.D. (1977) | Law
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Leave-A-Legacy Award
Central Ohio Council on Planned Giving
Nominated by the Ohio State University Office of Planned Giving for Leadership in Structuring the founding gift for the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, and other community planned giving activity
Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar
- Current
Activities: Estate Planning & Probate Law Committee
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Articles & Publications
For Ohio Doctors Only - Shedding Light on Asset Protection, Tax & Estate Planning
Guardian Publishing, LLC
Speaking Engagements
Dozens , Nationwide - 21 States
Dozens of Legal, Financial and Lay Organizatons
Numerous , Nationwide - 21 States
Dozens of Legal, Financial and Lay Organizatons
Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
Ohio State Bar Association/Ohio Supreme Court
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Legal Answers
18 Questions Answered

Q. How can I add on to my will. I want to clarify what is included with my house like my vehicles and tractor
A: An amendment to a Will is called a "codicil." It must be executed with the same witnessing formalities as a Will. If you did this Will yourself and did not have it done by an expert estate planning lawyer, there are probably other things that are not clear and you do not realize it. With modern computers and word processing, we do not recommend codicils. If they get separated or lost, the outcome could be worse than if there was no Will at all. Wills are so important, and can't be changed after incapacity or death, so it is worth doing it properly with an attorney who knows what he or she is doing ... and not all lawyers do. For example, if your existing Will was drafted by an attorney who didn't clarify the matter of personal property in the house, it was not drafted by an expert.
Q. Does a will have to go to probate in Ohio if there no assets to speak of?
A: Your question is a bit rambling, but if I understand that he owned nothing except a joint bank account, no, you are not required to probate his estate. Even if he owned a car, it can get transferred outside of probate.
Q. My parents n siblings r all passed n the house is still n my dad's name. Can I sell it or what do I need to do
A: You do not own it so you cannot sell it. In order to own it, someone must open a probate estate ... but whether you own some of it or all of it will depend on the language of the Will. And if there is no will and your siblings had children, some of the ownership will pass to them. You need an expert probate attorney to review the situation and any documents with you and provide you with your options and an understanding of the specific applicable process.
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Columbus Office
First Merchants Bank Building, Suite 210
3650 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43214
Telephone: (614) 488-7878
Fax: (614) 246-7108
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1800 Lyons Road
Centerville, OH 45458
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