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
It is an often misunderstood nuance in Ohio family law.
In 1999, the Ohio Supreme Court held in Braatz v. Braatz, that whereas one is required to show a change of circumstances in order to modify a custody determination, a chance of circumstances need not be shown to modify visitation.
Let’s break this down. Involvement in a child’s life can be divided into two parts, decision making and time. Custody is a term that refers to who is legally entitled to make decisions regarding the care of a child. When parents are married, both parents are considered custodians of minor children of the marriage… Read the rest
Under Ohio law, you generally have the right to leave your property to anyone of your choosing. The key to disinheriting your spouse, adult child, parents, siblings, etc. is proper planning.
If you wish to disinherit a spouse, a fully funded trust is necessary. Simply executing a Last Will and Testament will not be sufficient due to an Ohio law that gives a spouse the ability to elect against your will.
In order to disinherit other family members, a well drafted Last Will and Testament is required. Any family member who would be entitled to inherit from your estate in the event that you died without… Read the rest
The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that a juvenile court can grant a non-relative temporary visitation rights that are in the best interest of the child. Temporary visitation rights are visitation rights while a custody case is pending.
Rowell v. Smith involved a same sex couple that dissolved their relationship after raising a child together for six years. After the relationship ended, the non-genetic parent filed in juvenile court for shared parenting and temporary visitation. The juvenile court issued an order granting the non-genetic parent temporary
visitation while the… Read the rest
Attorney Randall M. Perla was featured in Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Edition, a publication which was distributed in the Plain Dealer and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Perla was noted under the practice areas of Family Law, Trusts and Estates, and Elder Law.
A former Family Law Magistrate with the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Mr. Perla has been AV rated by his peers, indicating the highest level of professional excellence, for 16 consecutive years. Mr. Perla has also been selected for Ohio Super Lawyers and has been listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register forPreeminent… Read the rest