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Fighting for Veterans & Families

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When a 93-year-old widow needs help, we listen. Millie, the widow of a World War II veteran, had been on her own since 1999, when her late husband passed away. In 2006, when Millie could no longer take care of herself, she moved into an assisted living facility near her hometown of Fostoria, Ohio. For …

No Kids, No Estate Plan?

No Kids, No Plan?

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Often times, estate planning is about leaving your assets to your children. But what if you don’t have children?  Tacitly assuming that an Estate Plan is unnecessary for you is a bad idea.  Many other benefits are achieved through planning.

Estate Planning can be even more crucial to a couple without children. Your spouse may be …

Farm estate planning

Farm Succession Planning: How to Keep the Family Farm in the Family

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Farmers know that something needs to be done to set up a succession plan for the family farm. But where should you begin?  Start by identifying potential threats.  What are the possible threats preventing the farm from staying in the family for generations to come?

 

Liability

In today’s litigious society, farmers must be aware of potential lawsuits …

Mr. Cub did what? More drama in the battle over the estate of Ernie Banks

Mr. Cub did what? More drama in the battle over the estate of Ernie Banks

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What happens when a Hall of Fame baseball player dies and leaves everything to… his young caretaker? Finger pointing, accusations and questions abound, but perhaps this case can be resolved before the entire estate is gone. Or perhaps not. A settlement conference was held in late September between Banks’ estranged wife, Elizabeth, and his caretaker …

Ensuring the Family Farm Stays in the Family

Ensuring the Family Farm Stays in the Family

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“What can I do to make sure the family farm stays in the family?” I have the pleasure of working with many family farmers, and this is the most frequent question I receive. To plan properly, we need to be aware of the types of threats to your family farm. We need to consider the …

Estate Planning Checklist – Making Sure You Have the Right Tools in Your Estate Planning Toolbox

Estate Planning Checklist – Making Sure You Have the Right Tools in Your Estate Planning Toolbox

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Whether you’re starting your first job, trying to decide who to name as guardians for your kids or trying to plan for retirement, it is important to make sure that your Estate Planning toolbox is properly stocked with the right tools for the job.  As life happens that plan needs to be reevaluated and occasionally …

Estate Planning – A Great Last-Minute Special Event Gift

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Forgot about Valentine’s Day?  It’s not too late.  Make an appointment with an AlerStallings attorney to discuss an estate plan.  Seriously.  Sure, it’s not dinner and roses, but a good estate plan is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give your sweetheart.  Your gift won’t avoid future heartache, but it will help avoid …

The best living Will advice you’re not taking

The best living Will advice you’re not taking

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Many people think a living will is the same as a will, but in truth they’re not the same at all. Find out what makes these two types of wills different.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Asset Protection

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By: Bryan Montana

Asset Protection is an important area of Estate Planning that, in a nut-shell, deals with preserving your hard-earned assets from potential costs such as Probate, Taxes and Long-Term Care costs.  Here are five tips about Asset Protection that every person should know.

1. Probate – Where Am I?

Why don’t more people complain about probate?  …