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Estate Planning Archives

The Passage of Time Can Minimize the Effectiveness of Your Estate Plan

Estate planning is the process for how you transfer your personal and investment assets, business interests, and wealth in general to heirs and others. This process can be very important for anyone who wants to be certain that their loved ones are adequately provided for and taken care of, and that the process is streamlined and cost effective. When done properly, estate planning aims to allow you to pass on your assets as you see fit, minimize the tax issues associated with transfer of wealth, avoid probate court proceedings to transfer title to certain assets, and provide protections for your heirs.

Estate Planning for the 18 Year Old

When my son, Sam, celebrated his 18th birthday, I gave him (surprise!) his very own set of estate planning documents. They were not as popular as, say, a Land Rover, but they were definitely at the top of "my" list. Why? Because he was now an adult and I was now persona non grata.

Thinking Differently About Charitable Giving - Using Closely Held Stock to Make a Charitable Gift

Individuals always are looking for the most advantageous ways to support the charitable causes they believe in. While giving cash is common, there can be significant tax advantages by making gifts of property instead.

New Rules Governing Adult Guardianships

In 2014, the Columbus Dispatch published a five-part investigative report highlighting guardianship abuse in Ohio. During the course of the series, the Dispatch identified lawyer Paul S. Kormanik as a Court appointed guardian of over 400 incompetent adults. Mr. Kormanik did not meet with his wards on a regular basis, if at all, and was quoted as saying that nursing homes acted as his eyes and ears.

Is Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date?

In Being Mortal, an incredibly rich and revealing book about what people care about as they age, Dr. Atul Gawande described how impressed he was by the importance people placed on maintaining control of their lives.

Identifying Inheritance Fraud

Inheritance fraud involves using deceit or misrepresentation to obtain undeserved assets or property from a decedent. While it may sound like something that could never happen to you or anyone you know, inheritance fraud occurs more frequently that you might imagine.

Use Caution When Choosing a Fiduciary

A well-publicized case out of Summit County highlights the importance of choosing your fiduciary wisely. Former radio personality Howie Chizek died in June 2012, leaving an estate with an estimated value of $1.6 million. The executor for his estate was an attorney named Charles M. Morgan. In addition to filing important probate documents late, the executor failed to file Ohio estate taxes, allowing interest and penalties to accrue for months after the estate tax return should have been filed.

What happens to our digital property when we die?

As is often the case, sometimes it takes a while for the law to catch up with society's technological advances. Since the Internet is invisible, most people forget that their intangible digital assets are just as real as their tangible personal property. Currently, there are an estimated thirty million Facebook accounts that belong to people who are deceased. According to McAfee, in 2011 American consumers valued their digital assets, including online gaming, photos, music, client lists, bank accounts and bill-paying accounts at an average of $55,000 per person. And yet, few people plan for what will happen to those digital accounts when they die. Only a handful of states have addressed the ability of fiduciaries to handle and/or close down a decedent's or incapacitated person's accounts.

Advanced Directives: Something to Think About

With a legacy of more than 160 years of service to clients in Dayton, throughout Ohio, and beyond, we understand the importance of time. You should know the right time to create or sell a business, the right time to grow your assets and the right time to decide where those assets should go when you are no longer able to take care of them yourself.