Tag: estate administration

The Importance of Depositing a Will with Probate- An Important Change in the Law

Under Ohio law, if a beneficiary (a person entitled to inherit property) under a Last Will and Testament, with the power to control a will withholds it from probate for one year after the death of the testator (the person whose will it was) intentionally and without reasonable cause, the property devised (to be inherited) by the beneficiary will pass as if the beneficiary had predeceased the testator.

What that means in a nut shell is that if you are holding onto a Last Will and Testament, of your mother or father for instance, and he or she dies and you don’t deposit the Will with probate court within… Read the rest

Cleveland Elder Law Lawyer Elizabeth L. Perla to Provide Free Legal Consultations at Rocky River Senior Center

Cleveland Elder Law Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla of the Perla Law Firm is offering free legal consultations on May 16 from 1 to 4:00 pm.  Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with any remaining slots available for walk-ins.  Ms. Perla is an elder law attorney practicing in estate planning, including Wills and Trusts, Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits planning, advanced directives, guardianships, and estate administration.  She is also well versed in family law matters. The sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk.… Read the rest

Cleveland Elder Law Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla to Provide Free Consultations at Rocky River Senior Center

Cleveland Elder law Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla of the Perla Law Firm is offering free legal consultations on Tuesday, February 14th from 2 to 4:30 pm.  Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with any remaining slots available for walk-ins.  Ms. Perla is an elder law attorney practicing in estate planning, including Wills and Trusts, Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits planning, advanced directives, guardianships, and estate administration.  She is also well versed in family law matters. The sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk.… Read the rest

Cleveland Elder Law Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla to Provide Free Consultations at Rocky River Senior Center

Cleveland Elder law Attorney Elizabeth L. Perla of the Perla Law Firm is offering free legal consultations on Tuesday, December 6th  from 2 to 4:30 pm.  Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes, with any remaining slots available for walk-ins.  Ms. Perla is an elder law attorney practicing in estate planning, including Wills and Trusts, Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits planning, advanced directives, guardianships, and estate administration.  She is also well versed in family law matters. The sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk.… Read the rest

Ohio Divorce: Gifts Between Spouse- An Exception to the Rule in Property Division

In Ohio, the general rule of thumb is that in the event of a divorce, a spouse will be able to retain his separate property. For a more full explanation of separate and marital property and property division, see http://www.perlalaw.com/blog/how-does-a-domestic-relations-court-in-ohio-divide-property-in-a-divorce/ However, there is a particular exception to the rule that some practitioners may overlook.

In Ohio, a spouse can convert separate property to marital property by making a gift of the separate property to their spouse. There are two essential elements to effectuate a gift.… Read the rest