Akron Probate Lawyer, Ron Koehler

Akron Probate Lawyer,  Ron Koehler

With over thirty years experience practicing law, attorney Ron Koehler serves the Akron Area in matters of probate law, including estate administration, wills, trusts and other estate planning techniques.

Firm Overview

Ron Koehler's offices are in Akron's Portage Lakes area, offering convenient free parking, evening hours by appointment, and hospital or nursing home visits when necessary.


Estate Administration is the process by which a person's debts are paid, and assets are transferred to their heirs. The process is administered through Probate Court and involves the filing of many forms, and the following of procedures set out in Ohio law. It is important to have the assistance of an experienced attorney who knows probate law. Ron has administered estates in Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina, Wayne, Geauga, Ashtabula, Lake, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Mahoning, Columbiana, Franklin and Marion counties.

In addition to assisting families with administration of estates and trusts, Ron offers many cost-saving estate planning services:

Simple Will. A will names an executor who will oversee your estate, and beneficiaries who will receive the assets in your estate. Without a will, the law of the State of Ohio will determine who will receive your estate.

Living trust. A living trust accomplishes what a will does, but allows you to avoid probate as the trust is administered. This provides for privacy, since the assets in your estate won't be listed in a public Probate Court record. Avoiding probate also means avoiding the court costs, attorney fees and fiduciary fees that come with the probate administration. Lastly, trust administration can be done much more quickly than probate, which has built-in delays to allow for claims to be filed against the estate.

Joint Survivorship Deed. This is a tool used to keep real estate out of probate, especially useful for married couples who own their home. Often we find that married couples received title to their home jointly, but without a right of survivorship. The solution is to prepare a new deed, by which the couple transfers the property to themselves, with a right of survivorship. Then, upon the death of one of them, the survivor automatically becomes the owner of the home. This fact is documented with an Affidavit of Survivorship, without going through probate.

Transfer on Death Affidavit. This is another tool used to keep real estate out of probate. Transfer on death allows an owner of real estate to name one or more beneficiaries who will become owners after the current owner dies. This tool is more commonly used for a single or widowed person to transfer real estate to children or other beneficiaries. After the original owner's death, an Affidavit of Survivorship is recorded, so the property transfers without going through probate.

Financial Durable Power of Attorney. This document is a very useful tool that allows a person to name somebody they trust who will be authorized to handle all aspects of the person's finances. It is most useful to avoid the necessity of appointing a guardian, which is a process by which Probate Court names an attorney-in-fact who will take control of the finances of a person who is unable to handle his own finances.

Health Care Power of Attorney & Living Will. These documents allow you to now decide what medical measures will be taken at the end of your life. The health care power of attorney allows you to choose a person who will be able to make medical decisions on your behalf if you can't communicate with your doctor. The living will states what your wishes are, and allows you to refuse medical procedures which will merely prolong the dying process, while assuring that you receive appropriate pain management.
Main Office
Main Office
3522 Manchester Rd
Suite D
Akron  OH  44319
  • (330) 644-3572

Ronald J. Koehler

Ron Koehler grew up in the Firestone Park area of Akron and what is now New Franklin, and attended Northwest High School, then the University of Akron, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He attended Akron University's School of Law, and received a Juris Doctor degree in 1986. While in law school, Ron worked as law clerk and bailiff in Stark County Common Pleas Court. After graduating, Ron worked as an associate attorney for one law firm in Canton, then another law firm in Akron, before starting his own law practice in 1989. Ron also served as a Springfield Township trustee from 2002 through 2005, and now serves on Summit County Council. Ron participates in the Akron Bar Association, where he served a term as chairman of the Probate Law Section, and is a member and past officer of the Summit County Academy of Justice. Ron has three children, and two grandchildren, and livs in Macedonia with his wife, Kathy. Ron is a member of Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, a trustee of the Ohio Christian Alliance, and member of the Akron South Gideons. He follows the Browns, Indians, Cavs, Zips and Buckeyes, and enjoys gardening, bicycle riding and the beach.

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