Seasoned Trusts & Estates Attorneys Can Secure Your Legacy.

Helping Clients in Chardon, Ohio for More than 35 Years

With more than 35 years of experience, the Chardon, Ohio Law Office of William C. Hofstetter possesses in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate-tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate Planning

We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes, and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts.


Our office applies our extensive knowledge about Ohio’s probate courts to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the appropriate probate court in Ohio
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Valuating the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate Disputes

When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we help to successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Skillful mediators and litigators, our attorneys negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court, when necessary.

Contact Us Today.

The Law Office of William C. Hofstetter serves clients in Chardon, Ohio and throughout Geauga, Lake, Cuyahoga, and Ashtabula, Portage, and Trumbull counties. Call the firm at 440.285.2247, or contact us online.