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Protecting Senior Investors From Exploitation: FINRA Rule 3241

Senior investors are often especially vulnerable to exploitation by those who are obligated to protect their financial interests: financial advisors and brokers who provide financial advice and manage their investments. In a recent study, one in twen… Read More

What is an Ohio Legacy Trust, and When Do You Need One?

There are many types of trusts with different features designed to achieve different estate planning goals. Depending on the type, trusts can keep assets out of probate, prevent beneficiaries from wasting their inheritance, protect assets of benefici… Read More

How to Plan for Nursing Home Costs

There’s a bumper sticker that says, “Be nice to your kids—they’ll be picking out your nursing home.” But while the saying might be good for a laugh, your monthly nursing home bill sure won’t be. AARP has estimated that 35% of people who a… Read More

What's the Best Way to Make a Gift to a Minor?

If you’ve been thinking about making a gift to a minor child or grandchild, you should first consider the pros and cons of gifts to minors. If you have weighed the advantages and disadvantages, and still want to make a gift, the next logical qu… Read More

Making Gifts to Minors: Pros and Cons

One of the great joys of having worked and saved for most of your adult life is the ability to share your bounty with the people you love, including children and grandchildren. If some of those loved ones are minors, you may be wondering about the wi… Read More

Will Your Personal Representative Be Able to Access Your Apple Account?

If you have an estate plan, when you die, the personal representative of your estate (and/or your trustee, if you have a trust) will be able to access most of your assets: your bank accounts, your investments, your real estate. But you may not have t… Read More

Where Does Your Trust Live (and Why Does It Matter)?

If you have a trust, you probably don’t think of it as having a residence. After all, it’s not a person, or even an entity; technically, a trust is a relationship between the person who created it (the grantor), the person who administers it (the… Read More

Five Essential Ohio Estate Planning Documents

You have no doubt heard and read a lot about the importance of having an estate plan. It is true that every adult (even young adults) needs an estate plan. But what exactly makes up an estate plan? Are there documents you must have, and those you can… Read More

Can a Guardian Make an Estate Plan for a Ward?

A guardian of a legally incapacitated adult can do a lot of things for him or her: pay and collect debts, file lawsuits on the ward’s behalf, make investments, manage real estate, and more. But can a guardian make an estate plan for a ward? It… Read More

Assisted Suicide Bills Pending in Many States

The Maine Legislature voted this week to legalize assisted suicide. The measure passed by a one-vote margin, and, at this writing, sits on the governor’s desk awaiting signature. The bill would allow doctors to prescribe terminally-ill patients wit… Read More

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