Dealing with the death of a loved one is difficult enough. Handling the financial matters that come with it can be overwhelming and disorienting. The following is a list of initial steps to take when a loved one passes away. If the steps seem too much for you to handle in this challenging time, consider asking for the help of friends, family and a probate attorney.
Funeral and Burial
The funeral and burial or cremation arrangements must be made. It would be wise to review the deceased’s records to see whether any prepaid funeral arrangements were made. You may wish to prepare an obituary as well.… Read the rest
In Estate of Dorothy M. Cvanciger, an Eleventh District court case decided in October 2015, the Court found that a surviving spouse was entitled to his statutory allowance for temporary support of $40,000 following his wife’s death, despite the executrix’s assertion that the surviving spouse waived his allowance by not filing a motion within five months of the executrix’s appointment. The Court found that unlike other rights of a surviving spouse under Ohio law, a surviving spouse does not waive the right to an allowance for temporary support by not exercising the right within… Read the rest
A DNR Order or a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order can be issued for a person who doesn’t want to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other forms of medical intervention in the event that his heart stops or he stops breathing.
There are two standard DNR orders, DNR Comfort Care and DNR Comfort Care-Arrest.
Under a DNR Comfort Care, a person receives care to ease pain and suffering but no resuscitation to save or prolong life. The standard DNR Protocal calls for medical personnel to: suction airways, administer oxygen, position for comfort, splint or immobilize, control bleeding,… Read the rest
Cleveland probate attorney Elizabeth L. Perla has been chosen by the National Business Institute to speak at their “The Probate Process from Start to Finish” Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio on December 17, 2013 on the topic of ‘Putting the Case to Rest: Closing the Estate.’ Her talk will cover the issues of ‘final accounting,’ ‘distribution of estate to beneficiaries,’ ‘discharge of fiduciary,’ and ‘tax returns- what needs to be filed and when.’ Attorney Perla is looking forward to sharing her probate expertise… Read the rest
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The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching… Read the rest