How to Protect Your Estate Using Elder Planning

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Senior citizens and other older Americans have unique legal needs. As noted by the Ohio Department of Aging, elder law is a specialized practice area that is focused on the issues facing older adults. Planning is critically important. With the right legal structure in place, you can protect yourself, your family, and your assets. Here,… Read more »

Why a Lawyer is Needed When Buying and Selling Businesses

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According to data provided by Small Business Trends, more than 10,000 businesses are sold nationwide each year. The purchase or sale of a business is one of the most complicated transactions. Proceeding without experienced legal representation could be a big (and costly) mistake. Here are three reasons why you should always work with an attorney… Read more »

Why Annuities and Other Retirement Accounts are Protected from Lawsuits

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Asset protection is an important part of estate planning. A well-constructed estate plan can help you protect your assets from creditor claims and other lawsuits. Notably, annuities and other retirement accounts are among the most effective creditor protection tools available. In this article, our Cortland estate planning attorney explains the key things to know about… Read more »

Common-Law Marriage and Probate in Ohio

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Common-law marriage is a legal framework whereby a couple could be considered “married” based on the length of their relationship and the representations that they make to friends and family—even without a formal marriage license. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) notes that only eight states still actively recognize common-law marriages. Ohio is no… Read more »

Protect Your Assets With Proper Estate Planning

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Wealth management and asset protection are important aspects of estate planning. With a well-crafted estate plan, you can put yourself and your family in the best position to preserve your hard-earned life savings. Estate planning must be personalized—the asset protection strategy that works for someone else may not be well-suited for your specific situation. In… Read more »

How to Use Estate Planning to Protect Your Home

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For most people, the primary residence is the single largest asset that they own. According to a recent report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), homeownership is a key component of household wealth in the United States. A primary residence makes nearly half of the total wealth owned by the median homeowner in… Read more »

Why You Need a Succession Planning Lawyer to Pass Your Business to Heirs

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Small and mid-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy. According to data provided by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), there are more than 965,000 small companies in Ohio. When you create a successful business, you have built something to support yourself, your family, and your community. Passing on business interests to your… Read more »