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How to Manage the Affairs of a Deceased Relative in Ohio

August 23, 2017 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Probate, Estate Administration, Estate Executor, Ohio Probate, Ohio Probate Lawyer

Handling the death of a loved is often an emotionally draining experience. As the executor of your loved one's estate, wrapping up their affairs is an added challenge. Upon death, the property of the deceased becomes known as the “probate estate.” Use this checklist to determine the proper approach.


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What Is Release from Administration in Ohio Probate?

August 16, 2017 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Estate Administration, Ohio Probate, Ohio Probate Lawyer, Ohio Estate Planning

Grieving the death of a loved one isn't easy. Add the prospect of going to a probate court, and even the calmest person is likely to feel stressed. However, you may get some unexpected legal relief through "Release of Administration."


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Probate Court in Ohio: Can You Do It on Your Own?

August 9, 2017 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Probate, Wills, Estate Executor

Going to probate court alone is a big decision that will have an impact on your life throughout the probate process. And, as the state of Ohio has not yet adopted the Uniform Probate Code (UPC), a set of laws designed to simplify the probate process, your court case could become more complicated than you expect.


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What Will Happen to My Business When I Pass Away? Smart Succession Planning

August 2, 2017 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Estate Administration, Succession Planning, Business Owners

Running a successful business for most of your life has likely been a great feeling of accomplishment, but have you thought about the future lately? What would happen if you suddenly passed away? Would your business be able to carry on without you, or would it just fold without anyone in your family being able to maintain the business?


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7 Things You Need to Know Before You Setup a Simple Will

June 28, 2017 by Greg Port, J.D., M.B.A. posted in Probate, Trusts, Wills, Family Law

Writing a will isn't always the most-pleasant item on your to-do list. Many of us avoid estate planning when possible. In fact, a survey by AARP noted that 2 out of 5 Americans over 45 do not have a will. Still, making a simple will doesn't have to be complicated. You could have a document ready in minutes by using an online simple will form, but do you really need one? Does a will really protect your loved ones?


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