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Recent Changes In Ohio Probate Laws

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.
 

Dangers of Executing Your Own Will

The employees of our firm are big proponents of saving money and being good stewards of your assets. However, many people confuse being cheap with being wise managers of their money. There is definitely a difference between the two actions. That is why we are reminding you to take caution when not seeking a qualified, state-specific lawyer to draft your estate planning documents in an effort to save money.

8 Important Estate Planning Actions That Don't Involve Getting A Will

Have you heard the saying that planning for death is about one notch above getting a colonoscopy on a person's to do list?

Most people who call our office for estate planning advice assume that getting a Will is the most important activity when doing estate planning.  However, based on over 30 years of practice in this specific area of law, we know that the prior assumption is not the always the case.  

How to Avoid An Estate Battle With Heirs

If a Will has been drafted and executed properly by a qualified estate planning attorney, then the chances of heirs having an estate battle over an inheritance is minimized.  However, even when a Will has been prepared and executed properly, sometimes problems will happen anyway after a person's death.  

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