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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
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  • Skype
  • Zoom
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  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations for referred clients and others who fully complete our comprehensive "Family & Financial Information" form
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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
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
7 Questions Answered

Q. How do you go about writing a will? Do you do it with your spouse or does each person write their own? What is the cost?
A: Wills are individual, not joint. In the modern medical and tax world, simple Wills are not nearly enough. You should meet with an attorney who specializes in Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. You can find a list of Certified Specialists on the Ohio State Bar Association website. Some attorneys do not charge for initial consultations and some will charge up to $500. Done properly, a modern estate plan (Will, maybe a living trust, various powers of attorney and health care documents) will cost anywhere from $1,500 to $7,500, depending on your circumstances. For business owners, real estate investors or those who need to do Medicaid planning, the costs are likely to be higher. The only way you will know for sure is to meet with an estate planning specialists to learn what you do not know.
Q. Ownership of life insurance on another person if the owner dies?
A: You are the Executor and are responsible to present her will to probate. As a part of that process, you will need to list all her assets. The insurance policy is an asset, and it will be handled in probate like every other asset. Make sure you retain the services of an expert probate attorney to help you with this process. You will not need to pay anything up front, as probate attorneys get paid from estate assets at the end of the probate process upon approval by the court of the fee, which is likely 2% or less of the probate assets.
Q. It's complicated. My boyfriends dad died, he was divorced but the property was still in both their names. She took his
A: No one is going to be able to give you a good answer without looking at the documents to which you refer. You need to assemble all the information and schedule an appointment with an expert probate attorney. If there was a survivorship deed, it is valid. If she signed a prenup of some sort, it may or may not be valid. No way to know what's going on without reviewing all the documents and interviewing the family about the facts.
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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
Dayton Office
1800 Lyons Road
Centerville, OH 45458
Toll-Free: (888) 488-7878
Telephone: (937) 438-3122
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