Estate Planning: Are Handwritten Wills Valid in Ohio?

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A will is a core part of virtually every effective estate planning. It is a legal document expressing a person’s last and final wishes, which ensures their desires are carried out. To be legally valid, a will must conform to certain basic characteristics. This raises a question: Is a handwritten will valid in Ohio?  The… Read more »

Is Your Small Business Facing a Lawsuit? Here are Four Steps You Need to Take

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Small businesses are the backbone of Ohio’s economy. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are nearly 950,000 small businesses in our state. Last year, Ohio’s small businesses created nearly 70,000 new jobs. Owning and operating a company brings more than its fair share of challenges. As a small business owner, one of the… Read more »

Why Marriage is a Good Idea

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Two, three, four times a year I receive the following phone call: “Hi. My name is _________. My boyfriend/girlfriend just died. We lived together for 20 years and now their child/brother/sister/parent has served me with eviction papers! Don’t I have a right to live in this house I shared with my boyfriend/girlfriend for the last… Read more »

Ohio Estate Planning: What is a Special Needs Trust?

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Many individuals with special needs receive benefits and services through state and federal programs, including Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). As these are both needs-based government programs, a person who has too much cash, property, or other financial assets could lose their eligibility. Preserving eligibility for a loved one with special needs is a… Read more »