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76 Smith Place, Suite B
Columbus, Oh 43201
614-299-4790
bernard@wilburnlaw.net

A private practice in Columbus' Short North District

 

Providing seasoned, effective legal counsel and representation in a variety of legal matters including wills, trusts, estates, guardianship, powers of attorney, elder law, divorce, dissolution, real estate and small business.  I am one of a dwindling breed: the general practitioner.  I am here to listen to what keeps you up at night, to confer, and to help you find solutions – so you can get back to the important business of living your life (and sleeping).  I occupy a small office in an old house in the Short North.  If you have questions about your legal rights and obligations, please contact me.  My standard rate is $250.00 per hour.      

 

We can meet at the office or by phone.  

 
 
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About Me

I’ve been practicing law since 1984 --  virtually all of that time in a 2 man firm with my father in Circleville, Ohio, about  30 miles south of Columbus.   I have been a resident of the Short North even longer.  Being a lawyer in a small town has required me to be a generalist with the ability to negotiate a host of issues in a variety of different legal spheres for a broad range of clients.  Following my father’s retirement, I recently moved my office to the Short North.  I offer practical advice, reasoned perspective and experienced representation to resolve thorny, troublesome issues.

Even though a generalist, I have spent a substantial portion of my legal career in the field of probate matters; drafting , interpreting and litigating Wills, Trusts, and  Powers of Attorney, and administering estates, and guardianships.  In 2010 I received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Guardianship Association, and I currently provide pro-bono legal services for the Pickaway County Volunteer Guardian Program which assists elderly wards who are without immediate family to serve as their guardians.

 

CREDENTIALS

·         BA, English, The Ohio State University (1978)

·         MA , English, The Ohio State University (1981)

·         JD, Case Western Reserve University Law School  (1984)

·         Member- Ohio State Bar Association since 1984

 

MY FAMILY

                I am married with two grown sons who graduated from Columbus City Schools.  I am a landlord with properties in the University District, and we live in an old home in the Short North which I’ll probably never quite finish rehabbing.  I like most things with wheels such as bicycles, motorcycles and little British roadsters, as well as singing and playing music, and theater and film.