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I’ll represent myself in my divorce – what could go wrong?

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I’ll represent myself in my divorce – what could go wrong?

A divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage and is filled with emotional, procedural, and legal pitfalls. Some people want to save money and not to use a lawyer, instead of representing themselves in the proceedings. While this may be successful in very limited situations, people who choose to go with no lawyer find the result to be more expensive in terms of expense or settlement loss than if they had legal representation. When You Need an Attorney Except in the most basic, uncontested divorce cases, you need legal representation....

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How Long Does Probate Really Take?

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How Long Does Probate Really Take?

The probate process is used to verify a Last Will and Testament and to assure that the estate assets are distributed according to the terms of the Will. Once completed, the estate is closed and probate is complete, but how long does that take? Unfortunately, the answer is: it depends. The Probate Process Probate is necessary because it gives a person the legal authority to deal with the assets of the deceased. This person is called the Executor or the Administrator of the estate. The Executor assures that all assets are distributed according...

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Home Buying: Land Contract Versus Lease-to-Purchase

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Home Buying: Land Contract Versus Lease-to-Purchase

With today’s volatile housing market and increased financing requirements, homeowners and interested buyers often seek alternatives to the traditional mortgage-financed transfer of property. The two primary options are lease to own and land contracts. Each has benefits and drawbacks for the purchasers and sellers but can result in a successful home-buying experience. Lease to Own Also known as “rent to own,” this option involves a landlord who leases the home to a renter who has the option to purchase the home by a specified date. When the...

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What You Need to Know About the New Guardianship Process in Ohio

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What You Need to Know About the New Guardianship Process in Ohio

Guardianship is primarily intended to protect adults who are, or have become, mentally incapable of addressing their own affairs. The Probate Court oversees the guardianship process. Guardianships were already cumbersome, and they became even more so when procedures were updated that became effective in June, 2015. These changes were made to address the limitations of the old system and assure an improved quality of life for wards in Ohio.

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LegalZoom vs. Lawyer: The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

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LegalZoom vs. Lawyer: The Dangers of DIY Estate Planning

Estate planning is an important and generous gift to leave your loved ones. Effective estate planning assures your wishes are followed, your family cared for, and taxes are minimized. With wills, power of attorney, and trust forms available through websites such as LegalZoom, many people select this inexpensive option as an alternative to hiring an experienced attorney, and in doing so, place their estate at risk.

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Separate Property and Divorce

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Many clients facing divorce assume that any asset that they have will potentially be lost to their soon to be former spouse. However, like with many things in law, it is not that simple.

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The Myth of the Last Will and Testament

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The Last Will and Testament is one of the most important legal documents any adult can execute in his or her life. It directs the distribution of your property, and, most importantly, assigns a guardian for any minor children.

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Estate planning 101 – The documents every adult needs

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In order to provide you with maximum protection, every adult needs four (4) basic estate planning documents. The first document is the financial power of attorney. This document is legally binding and assigns another to make financial transactions on your behalf while you are living, but not competent. Your power of attorney may simply ensure your bills are paid, transfer money between your accounts or he or she can sell your house and withdraw money from your retirement savings to fund your care. Without this document, the Probate court decides who handles your finances.

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Power of Attorney, Trustee, Executor – how to choose???

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Likely the most important decision you will make in preparing your estate plan is choosing your “agents.” These are the people that you designate to handle your affairs – whether they be health related or financial and whether these decisions need to be made before and/or after your death.

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Selling your property without a realtor – be careful!!

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The vast majority of real estate sales are accomplished through the use of a realtor.  I personally think this is still the best way to sell your property as they have a wide array of marketing techniques available to put your property in front of willing buyers.  However, it is not uncommon to sell  property “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO), in other words without the use of a realtor.  Typically, buyers in a FSBO transaction are friends, family or someone who is familiar with the property, perhaps a contractor who has worked at the...

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