Kahle Law Office

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Our Experienced Trial Attorneys Focus On Results

Why Create An Estate Plan?

Many people think they do not need to create an estate plan until they are over a certain age or have a certain amount of assets. The truth is all adults should have some type of estate planning documents to protect their interests while they are alive as well as when they die.

The most basic estate plan will include legal documents such as a general or statutory power of attorney and living will, medical power of attorney, or a combined medical power of attorney and living will to protect your interests while you are alive as well as a will that includes your instructions on how you wish to distribute your assets when you die. Your estate plan may be a simple one or may also include a trust. There are many types of trusts that can be tailored to your family’s unique circumstances and future financial stability.

If you already have an estate plan, but have recently experienced a significant life change, such as divorce, marriage, birth of a child, home or land purchase or death of a spouse, updating your estate as soon as possible is crucial to safeguard your legacy.

Our attorneys here at the Kahle Law provide experienced legal counsel and practical advice for creating and updating your estate plan to protect your best interests. We can assist you with drafting and reviewing documents, including:

  • General or statutory power of attorney
  • Living will, medical power of attorney or combination of the two
  • Wills
  • Trusts

Our services include assisting you with transfers of real estate and assets into your trust as well as trust administration. 

Experienced Probate And Estate Administration Advocacy

Along with grief following the death of a loved one, families are frequently confused about how to handle their loved one’s final affairs, even if a will or trust exists. Grief and confusion can quickly turn to anger and frustration when there are no estate planning documents or there is a problem with the will or trust.

Serving clients in northern West Virginia and east central Ohio, our highly experienced trial lawyers can provide the clear information, options and legal representation you need, including litigation if necessary, following the death of your loved one.

A Steadfast And Caring Legal Team

Our attorneys care deeply about ensuring your peace of mind through careful estate planning and the settling of your loved one’s final estate administration. Call our office in Wheeling at 304.232.2970 or send us an email to schedule a consultation to learn more about our estate planning and administration services.

Karen Kahle

Karen’s primary practice is civil litigation, including general commercial, product liability, and natural gas industry issues. She also undertakes general contract consulting and drafting, and she consults on LGBTQ+ legal rights. Karen works part-time as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ohio County, WV, handling primarily driving and Controlled Substances act felonies.

She received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, and a Juris Doctorate from the WVU College of Law.

Karen is devoted to service work, serving on many non-profit boards of directors over the years. Most important to her is the work she has done to assist her impaired colleagues in the State of West Virginia. She was the driving force behind the Supreme Court’s enactment of the West Virginia Rules of Judicial and Lawyer Assistance Program and has served on its Board of Directors’ Executive Committee since its inception in 2012. Because of this work, in July 2018, Karen was honored to receive the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors’ 2018 Achievement Award.
Karen has also been involved on a national level through the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Karen has been elected by her peers to Best Lawyers in America annually since 2010, in the categories of commercial litigation, product liability litigation-defendants, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants and personal injury litigation-defendants.

In 2021, Karen was welcomed as a Fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation. The Bar Foundation is the philanthropic organization for the legal profession and annually selects for Fellowship those judges and lawyers whose professional, public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and honorable service to the legal profession with the individuals selected reflecting the diverse nature of the legal profession in West Virginia.

Karen serves on the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, chaired by Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker.

Karen is a pro bono network member for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Karen and her two children reside in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Education

  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • Juris Doctorate
  • West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Tennant v. Marion Health Care Foundation, Inc., 194 W.Va. 97, 459 S.E.2d 374 (1995)
  • Carbasho v. Musulin, 217 W. Va. 359, 618 S.E.2d 368 (2005)
  • Smith v. Chestnut Ridge Storage, LLC, 855 S.E.2d 332 (2021), WV Supreme Court
  • Smith v. Chestnut Ridge Storage, LLC, No. 14-0136 (2014)
  • McMahon v. Advance Stores Co. Inc., 227 W. Va. 21, 705 S.E. 2d 131 (2010)

Practice Areas:

  • Commercial/Business Litigation
  • Oil & Gas Rights
  • Personal Injury

Past Positions

  • Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, 1990 to 2018