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Unexpected Prognosis

Managing
a Difficult Time

When a doctor gives an unexpected prognosis, it’s not uncommon to miss everything that comes after. Your mind is racing, you can’t believe what’s happening, and you don’t know where to start. We can help. Our caring team is ready to listen, offer support, and provide advice. So you can find clarity and comfort today, and peace of mind for you or your loved ones in the future.

Schedule a free meeting with one of our experts to learn more.

Helping to Put
Your Mind at Ease

When a negative prognosis comes, it’s common for emotions to be all over the place. Maybe you don’t want to believe it, don’t quite know what to do, or don’t want to face it. Whether it involves your spouse or parent, we can help you get through the situation.

Starting Points When Things Seem Unsure

Making an estate plan after an unexpected prognosis isn’t just about leaving something for your family. It’s also about making sure long-term care, probate, and taxes don’t wipe out everything you spent a lifetime building.

An effective plan may include:

Power of Attorney

Be sure a person you trust has the ability to make important decisions for you if you can’t.

Updated Will

If it’s been a long time since you made your will or you used a template to do so, this is the time to make some updates.

Asset Protection Trust

This is one way to protect your assets, ensure they’re managed properly, and be certain they go to the right place.

IRA Tax Planning

If you have an IRA, you’ll want to consider how you can keep it from being lost to long-term care costs.

Nursing Home Protection

Manage long-term care events and protect assets from high prices.

Medicaid Benefits

Get help with qualifications, assistance, and understanding waivers.

Veterans Benefits

Our VA- accredited attorneys can help veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve.

Thoughts from People We’ve Helped

 

It’s tough to make plans for what happens after you die, but it’s the greatest gift you can give to your family. Here are a few words from the families of people we’ve helped.

” There was none of the arrogance you get with a lot of law firms. It was just a great experience.”

-Hal Ackley, West Liberty OH

” With AlerStallings you’re getting top-notch attorneys that are there for your family’s best interest, not theirs.”

-Don Brown, Piqua OH

” We would challenge anyone to find a more comprehensive firm in the practice of Elder Law. ”

-Emerson and Joanne Lake, Middlesburg Heights OH

” There was none of the arrogance you get with a lot of law firms. It was just a great experience.”

-Hal Ackley, West Liberty OH

” With AlerStallings you’re getting top-notch attorneys that are there for your family’s best interest, not theirs.”

-Don Brown, Piqua OH

” We would challenge anyone to find a more comprehensive firm in the practice of Elder Law. ”

-Emerson and Joanne Lake, Middlesburg Heights OH

We Put You

and Your Family First

 

AlerStallings focuses exclusively on estate planning and elder care. We’ve helped thousands of people manage complex and emotional situations.

And we couldn’t do it without heart.

 

Every person here is committed to helping you make the best decisions for you and your family. You have enough to worry about.

 

Let us make sure you leave behind

the legacy you want.

You Probably Have Questions

Having questions is not only common, it’s expected.

With that in mind, we put together a list of some of the questions we get asked most often. 

Hopefully, you have a Healthcare Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney in place. If so, these documents specify who you appointed to make your health and financial decisions, if you can’t. If you didn’t plan ahead, it will be up to the court to appoint someone to make these decisions. This process can be burdensome, costly and the person appointed may not be your first (or even second) choice.

Ohio intestacy laws dictate where your assets go. Not you, not your spouse and not your heirs. Don’t leave it up to Ohio, make sure you have a plan.

Yes. The benefits an estate plan provide aren’t tied to a magic number. Sure, there are some tax savings for certain clients while others want protection. But the main purpose is to make sure you (or your kids) are taken care of during your lifetime. That means you’ve got a game plan. Or decision makers in place if you can’t. And ultimately, where you want your stuff to go.

A probate court appoints a guardian to direct the legal or financial affairs or the personal care of a person who is unable to manage his or her own affairs. Family members often petition the court to act in situations where someone appears to be “incompetent.” If the court finds that the person is incompetent and a guardianship is necessary, the court will appoint a guardian.

This is a great time to start planning