William C. Hofstetter

William C. Hofstetter

Skilled Ohio Estate-Planning, Real Estate, and Civil Practice Attorney

Firm Overview

Securing people's futures for more than 35 years
Estate planning, trusts and real estate matters can have a tremendous impact on your present, your future and your legacy. These aren't issues that you should take lightly, and at the Chardon, Ohio law office of William C. Hofstetter, we have the knowledge and experience to get you the results you need. We are a seasoned law firm with more than 35 years in the profession. In that time, we have taken care of individuals and businesses throughout Geauga, Lake, Cuyahoga and Ashtabula counties, with a concentration in the areas of estate planning and administration, trusts and estates, and residential and commercial real estate.

Big firm knowledge. Small firm personal service.
At the office of William C. Hofstetter, you always receive:
-Personalized assistance - While we have the knowledge and experience of a larger firm, we take an individualized approach to our clients' needs. From our full-service office in Chardon, Ohio, we are able to serve our clients in a way that larger offices can't, as we seek to build long-lasting relationships with them.
-Practical advice - We take the emotion out of the law. We make sure to address your case in a realistic and practical way to ensure that your best interests are always being served.
-Experienced service - With more than 35 years of general practice experience to our credit, we are able to view your legal problems with a unique familiarity of the law. This extensive knowledge of the law has earned Attorney Hofstetter a BV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for his professionalism and ethics.

Areas of practice
At the office of William C. Hofstetter, we handle cases regarding:
-Estate planning and administration - Our estate planning and administration service helps to secure your estate and legacy on a cost-efficient basis.
-Trusts and estates - When you need help with trust or estate matter, we provide the peace of mind that you and your family deserve.
-Residential and commercial real estate - We have extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate matters to assist clients in sales, purchases, and leasing (landlord and tenant).
Oil and gas leases - Clearing titles and counseling and assistance in lease negotiations.
Formation and ongoing representation of small businesses - LLCs, corporations, partnerships, and proprietors.

Main Office

Main Office
155 Main Street
Chardon OH 44024



Estate Planning

Estate Planning & Administration Lawyer in Chardon, OH

Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, the Chardon, Ohio law office of William C. Hofstetter can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate-tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship of your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention, should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death.

A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires. We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

William C. Hofstetter

William C. Hofstetter

Practice Areas
-Civil Practice
-Real Estate
-Estate Planning
-Trusts and Estates
-Estate Administration
-Oil and Gas Law

1975, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Law School
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.

The Ohio State University, B.A.

Cleveland Metropolitan, Geauga County (Past President), Ohio State and American Bar Associations,

Cleveland, OH


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Juris Doctorate,