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Medina County estate planning attorneyNobody likes to think about what happens after one’s own death, but it is one of the smartest things you can do while you are still here. It is may not be pleasant to think about your death, but planning what will happen to your affairs after you die can make your family member’s lives a million times easier. 

It does not matter your age; everyone can benefit from creating an estate plan. One of the considerations you should make when creating your estate plan is how you can avoid a process called probate. And trust us -- you will want to avoid it.

What is Probate?

In basic terms, probate is the process that your estate goes through to distribute your property after you die. The executor of your estate is usually the one who begins the probate process. To begin the process, a probate court will begin validating your will. The court will then authorize your estate’s executor to distribute your assets in the manner that your will dictates. If you have no will, your estate will be distributed according to standard intestate laws.

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Wooster paternity family law attorneyIn the state of Ohio, a child born to an unmarried mother does not have a legal father. This can be problematic for many men because not having legal paternity established means that the mother has all the decision-making power as to custody and other important issues in the child’s life. 

Until the father has paternity legally established, he does not have any of these rights concerning the child. After paternity is established, a father then must petition the court for custody, also called the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities. For the mother, the issue of paternity may come about if she seeks child support.

Two Methods of Establishing Paternity

In Ohio, there are two main ways you can establish the paternity of a child: through voluntary acknowledgment or through genetic testing, which can be done voluntarily or through a court order.

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Medina County foreclosure attorney.jpgFor many people, part of the American dream is to own a home. That dream can turn into a nightmare if you are facing foreclosure like an estimated 362,275 families were reported to be in the first half of 2018. One of the most important things to realize is that if you are suspecting you will be hit with a foreclosure notice, you should take immediate action before that happens. The sooner you ask for help, the better off you will be. Though you may be thinking you will be evicted if you receive a foreclosure notice, you do have options.

Ohio Foreclosure Procedure

In the state of Ohio, your lender must go through the judicial system in order to foreclose on your home. This can be a good thing for homeowners. This means you have a right to contest any foreclosure complaint that is filed against you. Once you have missed three payments on your mortgage, your lender can file a foreclosure complaint against you, beginning the foreclosure process. Once that happens, you will be notified and sent a summons to appear in court. You must answer the summons within 28 days, after which you may be allowed extended time to work out a repayment modification with your lender.

Talk to Your Lender

The first thing you should do when you are having trouble making mortgage payments is to talk to your lender. It is important to examine your situation and look at your finances. Are you in financial distress temporarily or permanently?

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Medina County estate planning attorneyEstate Planning is something that should be on everyone’s mind - regardless of age. If you are part of the estimated 30% of Americans who own a gun, you should include a gun trust as a part of your estate plan. A gun trust is a specifically-created trust that can hold firearms that are controlled by the National Firearms Act (NFA), which can include shotguns, rifles, machine guns, silencers, and other explosive devices. Having a gun trust can help you keep certain firearms in the family and can provide many benefits to gun owners. Here are four benefits of having your gun trust as a part of your estate plan:

You Can Share Possession of Firearms

Because you can name multiple trustees, a gun trust allows more than one person to possess and use the firearms included in the trust. Only the sole owner can use weapons excluded from the document.

Your Guns Avoid Probate

When a person dies, their assets go through probate - unless their assets are in trusts. Probate is the process of verifying a person’s will and ensuring their assets go to the correct beneficiaries. When you put your assets into a trust, they bypass the probate process; meaning there is almost complete certainty that your firearms will be possessed by whom you specified.

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Medina county gun trust attorneyCreating an estate plan is a good idea for anyone, regardless of age. Many people in the U.S. own firearms--an estimated 30 percent of Americans own at least one gun. For these Americans, planning what happens to those guns after their death is an important consideration. Transferring the possession of firearms can be complicated, but using a gun trust can help streamline the process. For gun owners, gun trusts are a valuable part of a solid estate plan. 

Background of National Firearms Act

The National Firearms Act (NFA) is the set of laws that regulate the making and transfer of firearms. Firearms that fall under the control of the NFA include:

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