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What is an Inheritance or Probate Advance?

Have you ever stood outside a shop, waiting for it to open, while staring through the window at the very thing you need? It’s right there, yet you have no access to it. If you have had this frustrating experience, you can probably imagine what it i… Read More

Five Reasons a Trust is Better Than a TOD Account

Many people appreciate the convenience of “transfer on death,” or TOD, assets. TOD assets are typically investment accounts, but in Ohio, you can also designate vehicles and real estate to be transferred on death. Sometimes the terms “transfer… 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

How Does the Probate Process Work?

Probate is the legal process by which a court formally recognizes that a will is valid and supervises the executor, who carries out the deceased person’s last wishes as explained in the will. If a person dies without a will or estate plan, probate… Read More

Powerful Statistics about Probate

Over 14 percent of Americans are aged 65 and up. AARP found that 41 percent of baby boomers do not have a will. Almost 35 percent of respondents claimed procrastination as the reason. Are you unsure about how to handle your Ohio estate planning? Read More

4 All Too Common Myths about the Probate Process (Debunked)

Unfortunately, common misconceptions about the Ohio probate process abound, creating frustration and confusion and occasionally leading to procrastination. Probate does not need to be an overwhelming or stressful experience. Read More

How to Probate a Will

When a family member passes away, the relatives left behind often find themselves with a long “to-do” list of tasks. In addition to planning a memorial and taking care of other personal needs, these loved ones must also honor the deceased person… Read More

How Much Does Probate Cost?

Probate expenses can chip into assets you’ve spent a lifetime accumulating, robbing beneficiaries of much needed support and creating needless stress for everyone touched by the process. What kinds of fees and costs can you expect, and what can you… Read More

How and When to Contest a Will

Despite the best efforts of wills and trusts lawyers, there are times when a will is challenged. There can be many reasons why this happens, and it’s up to the courts to determine what is most appropriate in these situations. Read More

Information to Give the Trustee of Your Estate

What Information You Need to Give the Trustee of Your Estate One key job of a trust lawyer is to help their clients choose who will be responsible for the trust that has been set up. The trustee has several very important jobs, and things will go smo… Read More