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How disabled people in Ohio can sign wills

Ohio residents who suffer from physical disabilities have the same rights to prepare an estate plan just like anyone else. Provided that a person is of sound mind and is not being taken advantage of, a disabled person can create a last will and testament that is as legally enforceable as any other will. This is because Ohio law offers other means to certify a will other than affixing a personal signature to it.

What are some good reasons to challenge a will?

If one of your relatives dies in Ohio leaving you nothing or less than you expected to receive in his or her will, is this a sufficient reason to challenge that will? Per FindLaw, the answer is no. Instead, you must have other far more important grounds to successfully challenge a will.

Discussing your estate plan with loved ones

Estate planning can be challenging for a multitude of reasons, but your it is especially important to focus on how your estate plan will affect those you love. Many people decide to list their children and other relatives as beneficiaries, but they may be unsure of how to divide their assets between those they love. Or, they may have no idea who to place in charge of the estate plan. In some cases, someone may not even know which type of estate plan is best, since there are so many options. Sometimes, discussing these issues with loved ones can be very helpful.

Living wills versus health care proxies

When it comes to planning ahead with respect to one’s estate, there are all sorts of options to look over and take into consideration. Not only do many people plan ahead regarding their assets, but it is also smart for people to think about health care matters that could affect them in the future. For example, many people want to grant a loved one the power to make crucial health care decisions in the event that they become incapacitated. Some may do so by creating a living will, while others may set up a health care proxy.

Should I write my own will?

When estate planning in Ohio, you may be tempted to write your own will to save money. After all, there are numerous resources out there that make it seem like a breeze, especially if you consider your needs to be very simple. While you can create your own will, The Balance offers a few reasons why you may not want to.

Guardianship: an important estate planning decision

Estate planning in Ohio is important for many reasons, and much of that is to protect assets and manage finances. If you are a parent of a minor, estate planning is extremely important in terms of naming a guardian for your child in the event both parents die. Planning for the worst will decrease the stress and worry if something does happen, and you can ensure your child is well taken care of by someone you trust.

Choosing the right executor for your estate

If you are dealing with long-term financial planning in Ohio, an important consideration is who to choose to be the executor of your estate. There are many factors that go into choosing one, and it is a good idea to understand exactly what an executor does so you do not name one who is not up to the task.

Resolving an inheritance dispute

When someone passes away with an estate plan, they likely want their assets to be split up among those they love and their close friends. Unfortunately, disagreements between family members and others who are included in an estate plan can lead to various challenges and may make it even harder for people to recover from losing someone they love dearly. Disputes may arise for a number of reasons and in this blog post, we will look into inheritance disputes and how important it is to resolve them properly. Sadly, some families in Ohio have been torn apart due to these disputes.

Creating a living trust to avoid probate

We have gone into detail on many different stressors and areas of uncertainty regarding estate plans, such as the challenges that can arise within a family when an estate dispute surfaces. There are many different factors to mull over when you are preparing to create an estate plan, such as talking about your decisions with family members and deciding which option will benefit your loved ones the most later on. For some people, living trusts make the most sense and this option could offer a handful of benefits. For example, many people decide to move forward with a living trust in order to avoid probate.

Feeling overwhelmed as the executor of an estate

There are different issues to consider when it comes to estates, from confusion during the planning phase to disputes that arise after someone passes away. However, estate matters can be especially tough for some executors to work through for a number of reasons. Some may feel overwhelmed because they have never taken on these responsibilities before, while others may be emotionally distraught following the loss of someone who was close to them and feel as if they are unable to continue. If you are struggling with your responsibilities as the executor of an estate, you should carefully go over your options and look for ways to simplify your circumstances.

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