Category Archives: Wills/Trusts/Other Probate

Can I change my child’s last name from the father’s surname to my surname?

If the father does not consent to the name change, then a formal hearing on the matter is required. The father will have written notice of the hearing and may object to the change at the hearing. Continue reading

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Do I need the consent of the father of my abandoned child for him/her to be adoped by another man?

If the father has taken certain legal steps to establish paternity, then you would need to show that he has only had minimal contact with the child or failed to support the child for one year. Continue reading

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If I sign my assets over to my children now, will they have to claim as income and be taxed?

by R. Dennison Keller, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist If you give assets to your children, it will not be income to them.  It is a gift.  The gift will not be taxable per se unless the gift exceeds $14,000 and … Continue reading

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How often should I update my estate planning documents?

Every 5 years is a good benchmark to update your estate planning documents, unless there is some intervening event or diagnosis that would require a change in planning. Continue reading

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What is the most important piece of estate planning?

The most important piece of your estate planning at death is certainly a will or trust. Continue reading

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What kind of property goes into a trust?

Most people’s largest and most valuable assets go into a trust. Continue reading

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Is there more than one kind of trust?

There are possibly 100 or more types of trusts and variations of them. Continue reading

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I already have a will. Why should I consider a trust?

A trust solves a common problem that stems from the goal to avoid Probate Court. Continue reading

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What happens if I do not have a will or trust?

Most people will need a trust if for no other reason than to avoid the Probate Court process in the county where they live and pass away in Ohio. Continue reading

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What is a trust?

Ohio law allows for each person to set up a document to safe-keep their assets. This is called a “trust.” Continue reading

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