February 1, 2018
Medicare and Medicaid

Medicaid 101: Part 1 – What Are Medicare and Medicaid?

This post is the first of a series of blogs that will address eligibility criteria and concepts relating to the Ohio Medicaid program.  The blog posts will build on each other to help give you a broad overview of the program and its requirements and benefits. Let’s start at the top:  What is Medicare?  How […]
December 27, 2017
Estate Plan

New Year’s Resolution: Create or Update Your Estate Plan

A new year means new beginnings – spending more time with your family, paying closer attention to your health, learning a new skill or hobby.  As you take a close look at things you can improve in 2018, don’t forget your estate plan. If you do not have an estate plan in place, now is […]
December 11, 2017

Seasonal Changes and Alzheimer’s Disease

With the change in weather and the holiday season upon us, schedules get busier and stress levels increase.  We all seem to need more time in the day, but individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are often the most affected. If you notice marked changes in a loved one’s behavior this […]
November 21, 2017
Paying too much property tax?

The Ohio Homestead Tax Exemption

Are you 65 or older?  Are you under 65 and disabled?  If so, you may be eligible to receive the homestead exemption to reduce your property taxes. The homestead exemption applies to owner-occupied residences for individuals 65 or older, or under 65 and disabled whose adjusted gross income is less than $31,800. If you qualify […]
October 23, 2017

Don’t (Un)Intentionally Disinherit Yourself: The Effect of Withholding a Will

When someone dies with assets in his or her estate, the estate must be probated in the county in which the person resided at the time of death. When the estate is probated, the individual named as Executor in the Will submits the will to the probate court and asks for the will to be […]
October 13, 2017

Scams target the elderly

Halloween isn’t the only time for tricks. Scams are everywhere.  It seems like every day, there’s a warning about a new scam.  Scams have become a part of “normal” life – credit card scams, phone scams, email scams. With scams being so widespread and reaching so many people, it is important to protect not only […]
October 6, 2017

What’s in a Name?

Your name is who you are – it’s your identity. There was an article in the Columbus Dispatch recently regarding name changes and the various reasons why people legally change their name – marriage, divorce, to escape creditors of a person with a name similar to yours. In the article, Bruce Lansky, author of several books […]
September 28, 2017
Maggie L. Sutton

Maggie Sutton Becomes Certified in Elder Law

We are happy to announce that Maggie L. Sutton, Senior Associate Attorney, has been certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation.  Maggie is one of only six Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) in Central Ohio. To become certified in elder law, an attorney must be an attorney in good standing for at […]
September 22, 2017
Arbitration Agreement

Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Admissions

The Seventh Amendment affords Americans the constitutional right to a trial by jury.  Citizens can waive that right by contract or otherwise.  A common waiver of the right to a jury trial is by agreeing to an arbitration clause. If a contract contains an arbitration clause, typically it restricts the individual’s right to sue the […]
September 15, 2017

Where There is No Will, There is Still a Way

When most people think about estate planning documents, the first thing that comes to mind is a Will.  For most people, making sure their property gets passed on to their spouses, children, and other relatives and friends is important. In the terms of a Will, you can name the Executor who will handle your estate […]
July 31, 2017

Short-Term Care Insurance: A Solution to Gaps in Coverage

Long-term care insurance can be a great asset. It can help cover the costs of expensive medical care not generally covered by private health insurance or Medicare. However, long-term care coverage can be difficult to obtain, especially if you are elderly or have a pre-existing condition. Moreover, individuals who buy and use long-term care benefits […]
July 31, 2017
family that received help from a Estate Planning Attorney

Ohio Caregiving Act: Making Sure Family Caregivers Have the Resources They Need

A new Ohio law will make it easier for family caregivers to help a loved one stay at home. The Ohio Caregiving Act requires hospitals to communicate certain information to lay caregivers prior to discharge. According to AARP, as many as 1.4 million Ohioans provide unpaid care to loved ones, with over 1.3 billion hours […]