Tag: ohio law

Should Embryos be a Commodity?

Assisted Reproductive Technology refers to all treatments where the egg or embryo is handled outside the body.

The most common treatment is IVF (in vitro fertilization). With In vitro fertilization, the egg is fertilized with the sperm in a laboratory and the resulting embryo is implanted in the uterus. IVF can be done using the intended mother’s egg or a donor’s egg and the intended father’s sperm or a donor’s sperm. It can also be done with a donated embryo. With surrogacy, a woman carries the intended mother’s embryo.

Most fertility clinics that store the genetic material of patients… Read the rest

Lessons for Trustees and Beneficiaries Part II- Safeguarding Trust Property

A Trustee must take reasonable steps to take control of and protect trust property.  Hence, if it is tangible property, property that you can touch and hold like antiques, an art or coin collection, cars, etc., the Trustee must take physical possession of that property and ensure that it is protected.  This can mean using a safety deposit box or a secure storage unit when appropriate. 

A Trustee must also keep trust property separate from his own property.  Trust property should never be intermingled with a Trustee’s own property.  A Trustee should keep good records concerning all trust… 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