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Does a 401k go through probate?

February 21, 2018 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Probate, Succession Planning, Ohio Probate Lawyer

When a loved one passes away, there is a lot to consider. Not only do you have to deal with the grief of their passing, but if you are named as executor, then you have the added stress of dealing with their estate. When someone passes, most of their assets will go through the probate process. In the probate process, the will is validated by the courts, or if there is no will, the courts will decide how the assets of the estate will be divided up.

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Can Any Attorney Handle a Probate Case?

February 14, 2018 by Port Legal Staff posted in Probate, Trusts, Ohio Probate Lawyer, Ohio Estate Planning Lawyer

When a loved one passes away, most people will seek out an estate and probate attorney to help them easily go through the probate process. However, not everyone thinks to seek out a probate lawyer. A lot of people have friends or even family that practice law, and then they wonder can those lawyers represent them in the probate process? Does your probate lawyer need to be someone who specifically practices in the area of estate law?

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How to Plan an Estate for the “Blended” Modern Family

February 7, 2018 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Estate Planning, Ohio Estate Planning Lawyer

These days, the nuclear family is no longer the primary family unit. Instead, the blended family is the new modern family. The term "blended" is used to describe parents that have already been married and may have children from that marriage before divorcing, but have gotten remarried and created a family there as well. This means that you might not just have a spouse and children as part of your family, but also stepchildren, ex-spouses, even step-grandchildren.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Estate Planning Attorney

January 24, 2018 by Port Legal Staff posted in Estate Planning, Ohio Estate Planning Lawyer

A good estate planning attorney is something that you should shop around for. In Ohio alone there are hundreds, of lawyers well-versed in estate law.

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What is a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

January 9, 2018 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Wills, Family Law, Health Care

Ohio recognizes two separate documents which deal with emergency medical care. One is the Living Will and the second is the Health Care Power of Attorney. A Living Will is very different from the document commonly known as a last will and testament. A last will and testament is used to leave property to others after death. A living will is a document expressing an individual's desires related to medical treatment in the event that they are unable to communicate with medical providers.

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