How to Avoid Probate

When a loved one passes away, there are a lot of questions you might ask yourself. What happens now? How will their family hold up? Did they know how much I loved them? It is always an emotional and stressful time, both personally and inside a family. One of the questions you might not ask yourself right away is “What will happen to all of their stuff?” Unfortunately, the answer for many Ohio residents is decided in Read More

7 Times to Update Your Estate Plan

Having an Estate Plan in place is a wonderful thing. It allows you to have a say in what happens to your estate and assets after you die. It is also the best way to protect your children by electing who will raise them if you were to pass away. However, creating your Estate Plan is not always the end of the line. We all know things change in life, and your Estate Plan should change along with it. It is important to Read More

Wills vs. Trusts: What Do I Need?

Most people know what they would like to happen to their belongings after they die. Maybe they will pass them on to their spouse or family members. Maybe they will be donated to a specific charity. Maybe they will be split evenly among several children. Most people do not realize, however, that the only way to ensure their wishes are realized is through estate planning. Estate planning is the process through which Read More

Why Does Everyone (Yes, Even You) Need a Will?

We all think we know what a Will does. It says who gets your money after you die. Rich people spend much of their lives thinking about them. It is responsible for a lot of shenanigans in popular movies and television shows like Knives Out and Succession.  For most people, it can seem like a luxury, something you don’t actually need. Why should a regular working person without countless riches set up a will? You may Read More

What Do You Need to Do After Divorce?

When your marriage ends, a lot of things change. In addition to negotiating property division and a child custody arrangement with your spouse, you need to prepare for your new future by updating your estate plan and practicing financial habits that will set you up for success. In this blog, we’ll share some tips and recommendations that will get you off to a great start. Update Your Will In Ohio, divorce will Read More

Do You Qualify for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Explaining the Means Test

In a previous blog post, we discussed the two options available for consumers (not business entities) to file for bankruptcy: Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. To briefly recap, Chapter 7 is a much quicker process in which you might have to give up some of your possessions in exchange for most of your debts being wiped clean after a few short months. On the other hand, Chapter 13 bankruptcy involves a 3-5 year repayment plan Read More

How Does Alimony Work in an Ohio Divorce?

It’s a common scenario: after spending years raising children in a marriage, the wife and mother is thinking about filing the petition for divorce but is worried about receiving enough alimony to survive. Conversely, the husband and father is worried about being taken to the cleaners, so to speak. Any way you slice it, alimony, officially referred to as spousal support in Ohio, is a common source of contention during Read More

Bankruptcy Considerations: Can You Keep Your House?

There is no question that someone even considering filing for bankruptcy is in a fairly stressful place. One of the fears these individuals grapple with is the question of whether or not they will have to give up their house in the bankruptcy. This might be the most common question attorneys who practice bankruptcy law field on a regular basis. The answer is mostly good news; in most cases, debtors who file for Read More

6 Myths You May Have Heard About Divorce

While it is not entirely true that a full half of all marriages entered into in the U.S. end in divorce, it is still pretty common; you probably know at least a handful of people who have gone through it themselves. Through these secondhand accounts, movies, television, and other influences, you have probably heard plenty of horror stories about the ordeal. We are here to bust six of these myths in this blog Read More

3 Things Not To Do Before Filing Bankruptcy

While bankruptcy seems like a drastic step to many people, it is, in reality, a powerful tool that can help wipe your financial slate clean and be a stepping stone to a better future. Depending on your exact circumstances, you can file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy as an individual. With both types, however, there are rather strict rules that you must follow – even before you officially file. This blog will Read More