Estate Planning

Some folks believe that estate planning is only for “rich” people, but virtually everyone can benefit from having an estate plan of their own. One reason is that without your own plan, the state of Ohio will control how your assets are distributed after you pass away. The state will simply follow established guidelines for…

Elder Law

Americans are living longer than ever before. Unfortunately, many of us will eventually require long-term care, which can be very expensive. This explains why elder law is an increasingly important area of the law. It incorporates a wide range of practice areas, including long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, estate planning, veterans benefits planning and more.…

Medicaid Planning

Medicaid is now the single largest provider of financial assistance for nursing home residents in the United States. This is not surprising, considering the cost of nursing home care and the number of families who must place a loved one in a nursing home. Medicaid planning focuses on protecting assets against the high cost of…

Special Needs

As the parent of a child with special needs, you are well aware of the many financial, social and medical issues involved. These often involve finding the assistance you need now and trying to find ways to make sure that your special needs child will be well cared for when can no longer provide that…

Veterans Benefits

Millions of veterans and their families are eligible for benefits but do not receive them. Why? There are many reasons, including confusion about the benefits available, eligibility requirements and a complicated approval process. Sadly, one of the most valuable benefits available is also the least utilized—the Aid and Attendance Pension Program. What is Aid and…

Probate/Trust Administration

Probate is a court-managed proceeding wherein a person’s assets are retitled and distributed after death. Assets are distributed as mandated in the decedent’s will or, if there is not a will, according to what is known in legal circles as the law of intestacy. Basically, the law of intestacy means that assets are distributed according…

Probate Litigation

Many families believe that probate is nothing more than a formality, a process that takes place “automatically” to equitably resolve all issues associated with asset distribution according to Ohio statutes. Unfortunately, disputes over the distribution of assets through probate occur more frequently than you might think. Probate disputes arise for a variety of reasons. Sometimes,…

Life Care Planning

What is Life Care Planning? Life Care Planning is a holistic, elder-centered approach to the practice of law that helps families cope with and respond to the many challenges associated with chronic illness or disability. Our goal in this area is to promote and maintain the health, safety, independence and quality of life of our…