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Estate Plan

You have an estate plan, now what?

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You have spent hours working with your estate planning attorney to personalize your estate plan and make sure that your future is on the right path. You’ve crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s and all of your estate planning documents are officially in place… now what?

For a lot of folks, privacy is most important, …

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 …

Don’t Leave a Mess: How to Avoid Disputes When You Aren’t There to Settle Them

Don’t Leave a Mess: How to Avoid Disputes When You Aren’t There to Settle Them

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Whether you die a prince or a pauper, disputes can arise among those left behind.  Conflicts between your children from a prior marriage and your current spouse; arguments among your kids; disputes between your executor and your beneficiaries – all of these can happen and often do.

In the event you die with no estate plan, …

Last Will and Testament and a Court Gavel

What is probate?

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Probate is the process of overseeing the administration of a decedent’s estate. Learn more about this process and when it’s necessary in this article.

Living Trust

What is a Revocable Living Trust?

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Attorney Greg Aler provides a comprehensive explanation of what a Revocable Living Trust is and what it does.

Last will and testament

Do I Need More than a Simple Will?

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Most Ohioans don’t have a simple will, let alone a comprehensive estate plan.  What does having a simple will do? A will controls the distribution of your assets at your passing, allowing you to leave your assets to whomever you choose.  In addition, a will names an executor who manages the assets until they are distributed to your beneficiaries. …

How to Select the Right Guardian For Your Child?

How to Select the Right Guardian For Your Child?

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Attorney Tim Stallings tackles the issue that every new parent must consider: who will take care of your child if something unfortunate and unexpected were to happen to you?

If You Love Someone, Plan Your Estate | Columbus Ohio Estate Planning

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By Brittany Pace

No one wants their loved ones to worry about how to take care of their assets when they pass away. The task of administering an estate is stressful and time-consuming, especially for someone who has no prior experience with Ohio probate lawyers and the probate system. Even more stressful is determining what to …

Savings Calculator

5 Helpful Steps to Administrating a Loved One’s Estate

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By: Nick Uzl

Someone close to you has just passed away, and you’re not sure what to do or where to start. The time immediately following a loved one’s death is filled with so many emotions, and quick decisions that it can be very overwhelming. Helping to administer a loved one’s estate can be quite stressful, …

Back to the Future

Forward, into the Past: How the “Family Attorney” slyly gets a share of Mom and Dad’s Estate

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By: Matthew Rinear

One of my favorite movies is Back to the Future.  While undeniably fun, clever, and deceptively sophisticated, the film also presents thought-provoking questions surrounding the story’s time-traveling theme:  What would it be like to travel back in time?  What would you do?  How would your first-hand view of the past change the way …

Funeral Planning as a Final Gift

Funeral Planning as a Final Gift

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We are pleased to introduce a handful of guest blogs from our professional partners at the Schoedinger Funeral & Cremation Services Blog. Several of the professionals at Schoedinger contribute regularly to their blog and we are excited to be able to share some of their insight with our readers.

Of particular interest, is a post from Julie …

Death Dinners: A New Way to Plan A Funeral

Death Dinners: A New Way to Plan A Funeral

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Death is an unpleasant topic. Of all the literature, music, poetry and art dedicated to the subject over the years, it still intimidates us and strikes us as an unseemly discussion topic, even with our closest family and friends. Perhaps it is fear of the unknown, perhaps an avoidance of uncomfortable conversations, or a fear …

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?  …

Attorneys Offer Free Consultations to Seniors at Dublin Senior Citizens Day

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AlerStallings took part in the Senior Citizens Day event yesterday at the Dublin Recreational Center.  Marketing Coordinator Nelly Sell and attorney Geoff Kunkler were in attendance at the event to talk with seniors and answer questions about Estate Planning and Elder Law.

The event, which was hosted by the Dublin Community Senior Citizens group, featured …

Taking Care of Mom – Making a Tough Conversation Easier

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Earlier this week we celebrated Mother’s Day, one of our nation’s most precious holidays.  Your mom has been there for you during the happiest and the saddest times. She was your first love, your first friend, and even your first big fight. She was the cool hand on your forehead when you were …

2013 Estate Planning Checklist: Fact & Fiction When Planning For Your Future

2013 Estate Planning Checklist: Fact & Fiction When Planning For Your Future

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Estate Planning isn’t just about tax savings or drafting trusts.  It’s about getting to know a family, understanding their goals, organizing their assets, helping them through the tough times, being an available resource and looking over their shoulder throughout their lifetime.  I don’t know about you, but a checklist helps me stay organized so here is your 2013 …

Jimmy Hendrix

All Along the… Estate Plan – Estate Planning for Jimi Hendrix

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If somebody was surprised when Jimi Hendrix died at the age of 27 on September 18, 1970, it wasn’t Jimi Hendrix. In an interview he gave a little more than a year before he died, Jimi was already talking about his funeral, “I tell you when I die, I’m not going to have a funeral . . . I’m going to have a jam session. And, knowing me, I’ll probably get busted at my own funeral.”