Bish, Butler & Thompson Ltd.

1210 W. High St.

Bryan, OH  43506

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We provide legal services in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Our Ohio coverage area includes Defiance County, Ohio, (Ayersville Ohio, Defiance Ohio, Evansport Ohio, Farmer Ohio, Hicksville Ohio, Jewell Ohio, Ney Ohio , Mark Center Ohio, and Sherwood Ohio.); Fulton County, Ohio (Archbold Ohio, Assumption Ohio, Burlington Ohio, Denson Ohio, Eckley Ohio, Elmira Ohio, Fayette Ohio, Lyons Ohio, Metamora Ohio, Oak Shade Ohio, Ottokee Ohio, Pettisville Ohio, Powers Ohio, Seward Ohio, South Delta Ohio, Tedrow Ohio, Thlema Ohio, and Wauseon Ohio); Henry County, Ohio (Napoleon Ohio, Liberty Center Ohio, McClure Ohio, Malinta Ohio, Florida Ohio, Deshler Ohio, Hamler Ohio, New Baveria Ohio, and Ridgeville Corners Ohio.); Paulding County Ohio (Paulding Ohio, Antwerp Ohio, Broughton Ohio, Cecil Ohio, Grover Hill, Haviland Ohio, Latty Ohio, Melrose Ohio, Oakwood Ohio, and Payne Ohio.) and Williams County, Ohio ( Alvordton Ohio, Blakeslee Ohio, Bryan Ohio, Edgerton Ohio, Edon Ohio, Holiday City Ohio, Kunkle Ohio, Lake Seneca Ohio, Melbern Ohio, Nettle Lake, Pioneer Ohio, Stryker Ohio, West Unity, Williams Center Ohio). We go beyond this area for special and significant projects. Our Indiana coverage areas includes Auburn, Indiana, Waterloo, Indiana, Butler, Indiana, Ashley, Indiana, Angola, Indiana, Fort Wayne, Indiana,  Fremont, Indiana. Our MIchigan coverage area includes Albion, Michigan and Hillsdale Michigan, See our coverage areas.

Practice Areas > Probate & Estate Planning 

Upon death a person's estate may be subject to probate proceedings. We seek to provide individualized representation to family members through the probate process.

A financial power of attorney can avoid the need for a court supervised guardianship if a person becomes disabled or mentally incompetent. 

Inappropriate gifts or transfers of money can result in disqualification from Medicaid benefits for nursing home care. With proper Medicaid planning, you can avoid legal pitfalls while preserving assets for your loved ones.

Trusts can be created for probate and tax avoidance. Trusts can be established to ensure your children are taken care of in the case of the untimely death of parents. Some trusts are designed to provide for care of a disabled person. 

A  living will along with a health care power of attorney ("HCPOA") ensures your wishes regarding medical treatment are carried out if you cannot make the decisions yourself.

A will can ensure an individual's assets pass to beneficiaries of choice. A will can also designate guardians for minor children and appoint a personal representative to handle the estate. A will may also reduce certain probate related fees.

Downloadable PDF articles from the Ohio State Bar Association

Living Wills/HCPOA



Power of Attorney


Medicaid Planning