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Personal & Family

Our personal and family law practice includes protecting the legal and financial interests of individuals and their families. Darling / Duffy is your trusted advisor guiding you to make the best decisions when it comes to wills, trusts, probate and estate planning, divorce, elder law and Medicaid planning, real estate, and personal injury.

Wills & Trusts

Your desire for how things are to be handled within your family and the preservation of your legacy and life savings are unique to you. We understand that and work closely with each client to create a will and/or trust that meets your individual and family needs. Our services also include drafting a power of attorney, living wills, durable power of attorney for health care, and much more.

Probate Estate Planning

If you have recently experienced the loss of a loved one, you may be responsible for managing their estate. Probate is the process of administering the estate of the deceased with court supervision. We handle the probate process from start to finish, including preparing court filings, appearing in court, distributing proceeds, paying debts of the estate, and executing the wishes of loved ones.

Darling / Duffy can help you plan for the future by protecting your life savings in trusts, avoiding tax and personal liabilities, and securing the value for future generations.


At Darling / Duffy, we are compassionate in our representation and experienced in dealing with the needs of our clients during stress-filled times like separation from your spouse and the court process leading to divorce.

Divorce cases can range from dissolution where the parties agree on a settlement of the issues, to fully contested divorce litigation, including disputes regarding parenting time with children, child support, spousal maintenance, spousal misconduct, temporary orders, and division of property – including real property, business interests, retirement plans, military pensions and benefits, and personal property.

Every couple’s situation is different. In our first meeting, we answer all your questions about the divorce process, going to court, temporary orders, property division, alimony, child custody, and more. We will put together a strategy tailored for you and your family.

Elder Law Planning

People are living longer, but we all need help making our hard-earned life savings last as long as we do. If you, or a loved one, is facing the prospect of long-term assisted or nursing care with only moderate income and assets to pay for it, Medicaid may be needed to fund part or all of the cost of care.

However, Medicaid will only pay for that nursing care after your life’s savings are gone. Most nursing home residents enter a facility on a private basis and only later turn to the Medicaid program for coverage. In this way, many spend their savings, retirement, and sell their property to finance their stay. Through appropriate planning, we work with clients to get them qualified for Medicaid sooner and keep their assets for themselves and their families.

Real Estate

When working for clients, the team at Darling / Duffy utilizes three decades of real estate practice experience. Whether it is a residential or commercial issue, we represent sellers and purchasers, builders and developers, landlords and tenants. In addition to negotiating leases, contracts, and foreclosures, we work with city officials and appear before Planning and Zoning Boards on our clients’ behalf.

Personal Injury

Darling / Duffy handles lawsuits for victims harmed by the negligence of other people or groups. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you could receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, future expenses, and other damages.

Victims of personal injury need an experienced attorney with personal attention and dedication to each case. Our attorneys represent victims of all types of personal injury throughout the state of Ohio, including those injured by dangerous products, an auto or truck accident, medical malpractice, and wrongful death claims. We use our decades of experience to recover money for our clients and their loves ones who have been injured by others. From neck and back injuries to wrongful death claims resulting from car/truck accidents through medical malpractice and product liability.