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November 2017 Archives

Exploring the potential advantages of a power of attorney

You may find that certain circumstances in life can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict. However, even if you cannot foresee future events, you may be able to form a strategy that is in keeping with your wishes, which could prove exceedingly beneficial should the need ever arise.

Will guardianships be necessary to care for a loved one?

When an Ohioan has a family member who is unable to care for him or herself, a guardianship might be the only viable option to ensure they are taken care of properly. In the state, the law says that there can be a guardianship when the person cannot handle medical issues, finances and basic needs and there is no other choice available. Knowing when a guardianship might be the preferred option and how to go about it is crucial to the process.

When should wills be altered to reflect life changes?

Ohio residents are undoubtedly aware of the importance of having a comprehensive estate plan. Part of that is crafting a will. However, not all situations stay the same from the time the will is drafted. When there are changes to a person's life circumstances, it is a wise decision to change the details of the will. Changing wills might sound like it is complicated, but it is not. Updating a will is sometimes just as important as crafting it in the first place. Knowing when this should be done is an important aspect of the estate plan.

Exploring the benefits of a charitable trust

When it comes to estate planning, individuals have a wide variety of options. This can easily become complex and confusing, as one may not know what they need or how these documents will impact their future. Thus, it is important to understand how estate planning documents, such as a trust, work and how they could benefit you.

Benefits of a special needs trust

Depending on the detail of your life, an estate plan can take on a vastly different form when compared to the next person. Just like every person is unique, an estate plan can include many parts to address the current and growing needs of the testator. And for those with family members living with a disability, an estate plan could be designed to meet these current and future needs. A special needs trust could benefit an individual seeking or currently receiving disability benefits through a government program.

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I am attorney Dorothea J. Kingsbury. I provide good advice and real solutions to challenging problems. I can help you choose and personalize estate planning instruments that meet your family's present and future needs. I can develop elder law strategies that ensure proper care for your loved ones. I can guide you through the probate/estate administration process when a family member has passed away. I can help make sure your interests are protected during your real estate transaction. I am here to make things easier.

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