Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.
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There are myriad legal strategies you might consider implementing as you design your estate plan. Regardless, there are a handful of "must have" estate planning documents you must create before anything else.
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A regular visit with your attorney helps ensure that your estate plan would still work as originally designed and provides an opportunity to make any needed course corrections based on your present situation and your future estate tax planning goals.
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There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. Beyond grief and pain, when you add external stresses to the equation, you can have a disaster on your hands in very short order.Part of the responsibilities or duties of an executor or administrator of an estate can be to reduce the level of stress during the probate process.
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Smooth transitions are becoming less common around the country and probate litigation is on the rise. Probate litigation is a very sensitive area of law because it often involves disputes between family members.
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As Americans live longer and as the divorce rate remains high, more and more people are moving into second or more marriages, which in many cases, is leading to tension between children of former marriages, their parent and their parent's new spouse.
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Often when a biological parent has little involvement with his or her child, a step parent is often willing to adopt a step child as his or her own. If you are a step parent interested in adoption, an attorney can be a valuable guide through the process.
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Nobody marries with the expectation that the marriage will fail. Yet, in Ohio, studies show that approximately one in three marriages ends in divorce within the first 10 years of marriage. Given such odds, it is important to assess the effect of a divorce on your estate planning.
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Asset protection requires careful planning. Threats to your assets can come from a wide variety of potential predators, including future creditors and unnecessary taxes. For such planning to be effective, you will need the help of an experienced estate planning attorney sooner rather than later.
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Business law refers to the laws that apply to business entities, such as, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. As you can imagine, businesses interact in varied ways. There are too many to list, but to name a few, there are contracts, commercial leasing, mergers and acquisitions, etc. How these transactions are carried out is governed by Business Law.
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Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. From agriculture to services, technology and manufacturing, family businesses generate an estimated one-half of the U.S. Gross National Product and pay half of all wages earned in this country.
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