Aid For Children With Disabilities Of Military Families Passed By Congress

The information in this article is news that was reported last year, but we believe that it bears repeating due to the impact that the legislation has on the hundreds of thousands of people in the military who have children with disabilities.  With this legislation passed through the National Defense Authorization Act, a special needs trust can now be put in place to protect a disabled child's benefits from being discontinued due to an inheritance that the child receives from a parent. 

Ten Reasons Families Fight About Senior Care

We see a lot of dissension in our office among family members who have differing opinions about the type of long term care that mom or dad should receive and how the parent's money should be spent to pay for the care.

Not to "beat a dead horse," but many of the issues that family members fight about could have been resolved if mom and dad had made the decisions in advance by doing their estate planning and developing a long-term care plan years in advance.

Governor Kasich Vetoes Trust-Related Legislation

Estate planning and elder law attorneys in Ohio have been on pins and needles the past year to hear the decision about the fate of legislation pertaining to titling a home in the name of a Revocable Living Trust (RLT).  The legislation was proposed by the Ohio State Bar Association to fix the problem of counting a house titled in the name of a RLT as a resource that would be included for determining if a person would qualify for Medicaid.  This problem was created several years ago by an Ohio appellate court decision.

Obama's Proposed Tax Changes Regarding Inherited Property

Many Estate Planning Attorneys, Financial Planners, and Accountants took note of the tax changes that President Obama recently proposed regarding capital gains taxes.  If these changes took place, people inheriting real estate could suffer great tax consequences for the property they inherit.  

Don't Make These 6 Estate Planning Mistakes!

We are in the business of helping people prepare and plan for the inevitable, so every year we write an article advising our clients about what not to do when it comes to death and disability planning.  The mistakes we have seen people make throughout the past 30 years we have been in practice have caused a lot heartache, stress, and money for our clients to correct.

Roberson Law Wins Award for Business Supporter of the Year

May 8, 2015, Roberson Law received the Business Supporter of the Year award by Good Shepherd Ministries.  Good Shepherd Ministries Founding Director Dale Nieberding stated that Roberson Law was chosen to receive the award due to the integrity and Christian values that the firm exhibits in its business practices.

All States Are Not Created Equal When It Comes To Death And Disability Planning

A common misconception is that a Will, Trust, or Power of Attorney that is prepared in one state will have the same effectiveness and powers in a different state.  This is simply not true.  It is for that reason why we advise clients who are moving to or from another state to have their estate planning documents reviewed by an attorney who specializes in estate planning in the state where legal residence will occur.

Elder Law Update: Legal Issues Affecting People With Alzheimer's Disease

According to the Alzheimer's Association statistics, in 2014, an estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease. One in nine people age 65 and older (11 percent) has Alzheimer's disease, and of those with Alzheimer's disease, the vast majority (82 percent) are age 75 or older.  These startling statistics mean that there are millions of Americans who are in danger of not having the mental capacity to sign legal documents.  


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