We see a lot of families in our office who cannot assist their loved one who has Alzheimer's Disease or dementia with financial and health care matters because no one has the legal authority to act on behalf of the loved one. Often by the time the caregiver calls us, it is too late for us to help the loved one. This is because the mental capacity and cognition level of the loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia have deteriorated too much for him or her to be able to sign any legal documents.
Ohio House Bill 432 recently went into effect and made some changes to Ohio's laws that are worth noting. Below are just a few highlights of this bill:
1. Ohio law previously allowed a surviving spouse to receive two automobiles valued at $40,000 or less without taking the vehicles through probate. Under the new law, a surviving spouse may now claim an unlimited number of vehicles having a total combined value of no more than $65,000.
For the second time in seven years, our firm was chosen as a finalist for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Eclipse Integrity Award.
This award is one of the most difficult for a business to receive because of the rigorous process that a business has to go through after being nominated for the award. We estimate that about 40 hours of work went into submitting all of the evidence and substantiation to the BBB to prove that we operate with integrity and abide by strict ethical standards.
Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team or sponsor one of our team members for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Together we can help those affected by dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and move closer to a world without these two devastating illnesses.
Everywhere you turn these days, it seems you hear another advertisement for a company that can help you set up a simple will online, from the comfort of your own home. As an estate planning attorney, it’s pretty common for friends or acquaintances to say to me, “We need to get a will. Can we do it ourselves or do we need to use an attorney?”
As most people know, the number one sign of dementia for most people is significant memory loss, with the type of memory loss often being limited to short-term memory. Usually the people who notice the serious memory loss are family members who interact with the individual on a day-to-day basis.
- If your spouse died last year or you got divorced, you should update your estate planning documents in order to remove your former spouse's name as a beneficiary, agent, executor, and trustee.
Our practice sees many families over the months of November and December who struggle with coping during the holidays. Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton published an article about how to help manage stress and the emotional strain that can manifest itself during the holiday season, not only for the elderly, but also for the caregivers and family members of the elderly.
Read the entire article here: https://dayton.havenbehavioral.com/family-challenges-holidays/
We a pleased to announce that our law firm has been named a 2016 Law Firm 500 Honoree. Earlier this year we were nominated for our growth, operational excellence and commitment to client service. It is an honor to be included as one of the top one-hundred fastest growing law firms in America!
A recent survey of more than 2,000 people found that 64% of the people surveyed indicated that they don't have wills, according to an article published online by AARP. Many people are superstitious about planning for death. People fear that once they get the ball rolling on estate planning, something bad will happen. Time after time, however, our clients tell us that they experience such a sense of relief after completing their estate planning. The peace of mind far outweighs the fear involved in beginning the estate planning process.