Starkey & Waid (S&W) is a three attorney law firm offering legal representation in the areas of:
  • Probate administration and estate tax preparation
  • Probate litigation
  • Estate planning, including (but not limited to) wills and trusts
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney for health care and financial matters
  • Guardianships
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Real estate
  • General business creation and dissolution
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Our firm has over 70 years of combined experience helping clients, with each partner having over 30 years of experience in their respective fields.

Probate Administration and Estate Tax Preparation - Through the efficient use of our attorneys and staff, S&W assists spouses, heirs or other beneficiaries in the economical administration of the estates of deceased family members in Ohio.

Probate Litigation - S&W is one of the most experienced law firms in central Ohio in the area of will contests, both in the defense and the contest of Last Wills and Testaments. We also assist clients in contested guardianship matters. Our members are also available to serve as expert witnesses in probate litigation and fee disputes.

Estate Planning - S&W has a long history of working with families to plan and execute estate plans, including wills and trusts. Considerations include tax consequences, family succession, protection of minor children's inheritance, and all other estate planning issues.

Living Wills - A living will is a document that allows a person to state in advance his/her wishes regarding the use or removal of life-sustaining or death delaying procedures in the event of illness or injury. S&W is ready to assist you in the preparation of this document, or the review of an existing document.

Powers of Attorney - A general power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes another person to act on one's behalf. A power of attorney can grant complete authority, or can be limited to certain acts and/or certain periods of time. A healthcare power of attorney is a document that authorizes a family member or friend to make medical and other healthcare decisions for an individual when he or she is unable to do so. S&W is ready to assist you in the preparation of either of these documents, or the review of an existing document.

Guardianships - S&W assists in handling the affairs of incompetent or disabled family members, or minor children, through the establishment and maintenance of guardianships.

Personal Injury Litigation - Our attorneys and staff have more than 30 years experience in protecting the rights of people injured or killed in accidents of all types and representing litigants in contract disputes, construction cases and other civil matters.

Real Estate - S&W is ready to assist in the preparation or review of residential or commercial real estate contracts or leases, as well as representation at closing. The members of S&W also own and operate a title insurance agency known as Chicago Title West (CTW), providing real estate title and closing services for clients in the sale, purchase and refinance of their homes and investment properties. CTW has been active in helping For Sale by Owner real estate transactions to successfully close, and S&W frequently assists in the tax-free exchanges of investment property through the use of 1031 Tax-Free Exchange Contracts.

General Business Creation and Dissolution - S&W is also experienced in the creation of Subchapter S corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships together with the winding down or dissolution of them.


Members of S&W are available to speak as a public service to community groups about estate planning or real estate issues.