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Young? Single? Child-free? You still need an estate plan

If you’re young, single and child-free, you probably don’t haven’t had a lot of reasons to think about your estate plans just yet. However, there are aspects of an estate plan that shouldn’t be neglected by anybody. Wills and powers of attorn… Read More
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Include your grandchildren in your estate plan

If you are a grandparent, you likely want to make sure that your grandchildren are taken care of financially after you pass on. You may plan to supplement their college funds but are not sure how to best do it. One way to assist them is to designate… Read More
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What happens if you die and you aren’t married to your partner?

People in committed relationships sometimes don’t feel the absolute need to get married — and that’s fine. Just make sure that you and your partner take the steps necessary to protect each other if either of you should die or become incapacitat… Read More
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How do you deal with the deceased’s personal property?

Some estate plans go into careful detail about how every item in the estate is to be distributed — but most do not. That can leave you, as the executor of the estate, with the job of figuring out who gets which of the deceased’s personal possessi… Read More
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What talks do you need to have with the family about your estate?

A well-developed estate plan is the best way to preserve your assets, protect your future and shield your heirs from unnecessary taxes. Yet, it can be difficult for people to address some of the key conversations they need to have with their families… Read More
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Your rights when a sibling or stepparent influenced the last will

An estate plan or last will is supposed to be a way for someone to leave a lasting legacy that reflects their values in life and the relationships or causes they cherished the most. Unfortunately, quite a few people look at an estate as something the… Read More
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Blended families and inheritance in Ohio

Do you have a blended family? If this is your (or your spouse’s) second marriage, your family unit may include your children from your first marriage, your spouse’s children from a first marriage and the children you have together. More than like… Read More
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Do you worry that an executor isn’t doing their job properly?

After the death of a loved one, it can take some time for reality to sink in. Denial is a common component of grief, especially when a death happens suddenly or unexpectedly. Regardless of the nature of your loss, at some point, your mind will turn t… Read More
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Passing on a gun collection to an heir

For some people, guns are just utilitarian devices that they use for hunting or protection. For others, guns are collector’s items, valuable pieces of family history or part of their cultural identity. If you have a prized gun collection — or eve… Read More
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What are the first things an executor should do?

Being someone’s executor is a huge responsibility — and it can be rather overwhelming. Not only are you coping with your own feelings about your loved one’s death, but you have to immediately start dealing with the estate. Where do you start? H… Read More
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