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Attorney, Elizabeth L. Perla chosen to speak by National Business Institute

Fairview Park attorney Elizabeth L. Perla has been chosen by the National Business Institute to speak at their “Trusts 101” Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio on June 19, 2012 on the topic of Ethical Considerations.  She will cover the issues of ‘Who is Your Client?’, ‘Confidentiality in Third Party Communications,’ ‘Assessing the Client’s Capacity,’ and ‘Avoiding Fraudulent Transfers.’  The seminar will be recorded in its entirety and can be obtained by contacting NBI directly.… Read the rest

The 4 Major Pitfalls of Not Having a Last Will and Testament

There are four major downsides to not having a valid will upon death.

1. Inheritance

Without a valid will setting forth who will inherit your estate, ie. your house, money, prized coin collection, etc. the property will be distributed according to Ohio law and not your wishes.  Remember, if you want to be the one to decide who inherits your estate, you must have a valid will.  So what makes a valid will in Ohio? In a nutshell, it must be in writing, signed at the end by you, and signed by two competent witnesses who saw you sign your will.  Although it may be simple enough to execute a valid will, the … Read the rest

What Every Caregiver Should Know About Medicaid

Caring for an elderly loved one is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  Beyond the physical care that must be performed, you also have to practically become an expert in medical care and equipment, pharmaceuticals, and the like.  How to pay for medical care is also an issue that should be on your radar.  The purpose of this Medicaid Planning Guide is to provide you with an easy to understand guide to Medicaid and how it relates to you the Caregiver and the person you are caring for, who I refer to as the Caregivee. 

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a health insurance program funded with state and federal… Read the rest

What Unmarried Parents Should Know About Child Custody

Who has custody of a child born to unmarried parents?

Under Ohio law, when an unmarried woman gives birth to a child, she is the sole residential parent and legal custodian of the child unless and until a Court issues an order designated another person as the residential parent and legal custodian. 

How can a father become the legal custodian of a child or obtain visitation rights?

First, the father must establish paternity.  Paternity can be established in a number of ways.

  1. Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit- Typically this is signed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth, but
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