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What is the Difference Between Will and Estate Planning?

What will happen to your belongings after you pass? Who will care for your children? Planning for the future is crucial. That’s where wills, trusts and estate planning come in. A will and other estate planning documents ensure there’s a plan in place for your care, assets and dependents in the event of incapacitation or...
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“I NEVER KNEW I COULD ADOPT AN ADULT”

A while back, I was contacted by an old client who unfortunately told me he was terminally ill with cancer. Mr. Smith, (as we'll refer to him and obviously this is not his real name), my old client, contacted me to tell me that he wanted to get his Will updated. So we proceeded with...
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The “Do It Yourself” Will

Ahhhh… You think you’re gonna save money by using a do-it-yourself online Will, Trust, Power of Attorney, or just write something up yourself. We love it! Instead of avoiding one lawyer, in many cases it can guarantee work for one, two, or even three lawyers. So, on behalf of the Lawyer Relief Act… we thank...
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ESTATE PLANNING SCREW-UPS!

ESTATE PLANNING SCREW-UPS!

I DON’T HAVE MUCH. So what?! You can still decide who gets your stuff! You may not need a complex Trust, but a basic Will can direct where you want assets to go. Who gets the family Bible? Or your mother’s jewelry? Save your loved ones from fighting over who gets what. And keep your...
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COMMON MISTAKES AFTER SETTING UP A TRUST

After you set up a Trust, look at asset transfers and beneficiary designations.  Failure to do so can preclude maximizing benefits and causing extra costs and inconvenience. Typical Trust Mistakes Include: Asset Transfers:   Creating a trust is just the beginning.  Afterwards, you have to fund your Trust by transferring assets for maximum benefit.  Assets not...
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Choosing A Guardian For Your Kids! Or, Choosing The Least Worst Person You Trust!

If something happened to you, who raises your kids?   If you don’t take care of this, don’t worry . . . the courts will decide.   You don’t like this idea?   Then, do something about it.   Think about who would be the best choice . . . or the least worst choice!   Have a Will correctly...
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Over 49,000 Adoptees in US Left Without Citizenship

To learn more about this concerning issue of adoptees who do not have US citizenship, click here!
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Adoption Tax Credit May Increase With H.B. 206!

House Bill 206 would increase the amount and change the refundability of an existing tax credit for adoption. Under current law, this credit equals the greater of $1,500 or a taxpayer's adoption expenses, up to $10,000. The Bill increases the minimum credit that may be claimed from $1,500 to $5,000. The Bill also converts the...
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OHIO HOUSE BILL 188 BLINDNESS BARRED AS A FACTOR FOR ADOPTION

Ohio House Bill 188 prohibits a court, public children services agency, private child placing agency, or private noncustodial agency from using a person's blindness as a reason to deny or limit that person's adoption/care for a minor, except when necessary to serve the best interests of the minor. The Bill provides that a "detrimental impact...
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How to Make the Most of Dying

The end of life can be chaotic and painful, even if you have money and family support. Though doctors may assume terminally-ill people want to live as long as possible, a 2017 study showed people care more about avoiding strain on their families, having medical preferences honored, and passing peacefully surrounded by loved ones. In...
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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE HOSPITAL DURING MY ADOPTION?

While your baby’s birth mother is in the hospital, a social worker from the Social Services Department will visit to answer questions about the hospital, the adoption process, or parenting. You may visit during visitation hours, or stay in another room by request, but be considerate of the birth mother and hospital staff. Give them...
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Foster Parents – The Advantages of Having Your Own Attorney

A foster parent losing legal custody can be worse than anyone is prepared to accept. It is a foster parent’s advantage to have counsel as a spokesperson and navigator through complex and confusing child custody law. Hoping to adopt a child taken into your home when all of a sudden a long-lost relative comes out...
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Aretha Franklin Dies Without a Will…No Respect!?

The Queen of Soul died without a Will!! What will happen to her musical dynasty? Who gets her Estate?...her four kids, equally. What if one of the kids is a spendthrift? What if one of the kids has special needs? What if she didn't want her kids to get an equal share of her $80...
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Don’t Let Your Soon-To-Be Ex Get Your Stuff!

Don’t Let Your Soon-To-Be Ex Get Your Stuff!

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Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Adoption Tax Credit Explained

Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Adoption Tax Credit Explained

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Go Ahead… Do It Yourself! The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning Documents

Go Ahead… Do It Yourself! The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning Documents

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Don’t Make These Estate Planning Mistakes

Don’t Make These Estate Planning Mistakes

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House Bill 448: The Beginning of the End of Adoptions as We Know Them?

House Bill 448: The Beginning of the End of Adoptions as We Know Them?

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Fighting For Custody of Your Foster Child

Fighting For Custody of Your Foster Child

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When Should Foster Parents Hire an Attorney?

When Should Foster Parents Hire an Attorney?

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