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
There are four major downsides to not having a valid will upon death.
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 content… Read the rest
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
I was just reading a national long-term care website advocating the use of annuities for Medicaid planning purposes. The website stated that in the case of a married couple, where the institutionalized spouse (that is the one in a long-term care facility) has been approved for Medicaid, instead of spending down his spousal share, he can simply give the money to his wife and have her purchase an annuity for her benefit.
This assertion is false in Ohio and provides a powerful example of how important it is to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in Ohio Medicaid law before proceeding with any planning… Read the rest
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.
- Acknowledgment of Paternity Affidavit- Typically this is signed at the hospital at the time of the child’s birth, but can