Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman’s Answers

Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman

Cleveland Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Ohio divorce when both parties are living abroad. Is it possible for an uncontested divorce to be handled by an attorney alone?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. Thomas Austin Thompson
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    Someone needs to be present in the courtroom to give testimony even for an uncontested divorce. I've seen hearings done by Skype and it would be up to the local judge whether to allow that. As a side note, I would be very concerned about Peru having jurisdiction to decide custody issues with your daughter if you ever have need to litigate. If it's been less than 6 months and/or an exception under the UCCJEA can be identified where Ohio would still be able to decide custody, personally I'd...

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  2. I'm purchasing a car for $10,000 from my father's estate.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. James P. Frederick
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4. Robert Donald Estes
    4 lawyer answers

    I can't think of how to answer this without knowing the terms of the will and how other things are being distributed. If things are in general divided among the siblings they could either be getting 1/3 each, or other equivalent assets that will reduce their share. The best person to ask is the attorney for the executor / administrator.

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  3. I can not afford a divorce. He's cheated on me and had multiple affairs. I want to divorce him but have no money. Please help.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Andrew A Esposito
    2. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    3. Donald Wilson Roberts
    4. David B Pittman
    4 lawyer answers

    If you can borrow the money for an attorney he is going to have to disclose his assets through the discovery process. The least expensive way to divorce is an agreed dissolution but it doesn't sound like he will be adult enough to do it. At the very least go to the child support agency and file for support; you don't have to be divorced for that. Good luck.

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  4. What type of a lawyer, do I need if I want to set up trust funds for my children and I.? to set up money, I received from

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Eric Richard McLoughlin
    2. Justin Jay Watling
    3. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    4. Jesse Alexander Atkins
    4 lawyer answers

    An estate planning attorney should be able to help. You may or may not need a trust but it is one technique used to avoid Ohio's requirement that a spouse cannot be disinherited via a will. Sometimes people also want to do this because they lead separate lives but do not want to be divorced for whatever reason and want their property to go to their biological family. An in -person consult would be a better way of figuring out whether a trust is the best answer.

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  5. How do I get power of attorney for my niece?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. Joseph Michael Pankowski Jr
    3. Casey Nichole Ferri
    4. Charles Adam Shultz
    4 lawyer answers

    Are you sure you want a power of attorney or do you want the legal right to make decisions about her care? If your parents are in agreement with you replacing them you can petition the court who granted the initial custody or guardianship to replace them, and they can consent as part of that proceeding. You may still need to serve her biological parents if they can be located.

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  6. Our father recently passed away. We have been told that we have to sign off of his estate.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. William Joseph Reynolds
    2. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4. Christopher Lee Beck
    4 lawyer answers

    You should talk to a Florida attorney. A Florida attorney will be able to tell you what the wife's obligations are with regard to the will. In Ohio someone in possession of a will can be forced to produce it. But being buried here isn't enough to give Ohio jurisdiction, he has to have been a resident at the time he died - unless possibly if he still owned real estate here.

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  7. My Husband & I plan to get a divorce & we have worked out the division of property ourselves. Do we have to go to court?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Thomas Austin Thompson
    2. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    3. Mitchell D'Amico
    4. Kevin H. Pate
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes you have to go to court if you want to be legally divorced. Also, your separation agreement has to contain a number of items and notarization won't change that. If there are children there will be additional requirements as to parenting time and support designations. Your local court rules may contain still more requirements. Hire an attorney. If you really do have everything worked out, it will not cost that much.

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  8. If I am married and I own my home is there a way to transfer it upon my death to my mother instead of my spouse?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. Charles Lawrence Huddleston III
    3. Justin Jay Watling
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can either leave it to her in a will or use a transfer on death affidavit filed with the county recorder. The advantage of the affidavit is it doesn't require probate. Your spouse will also need to sign.

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  9. If I have guardenship of someone & move out of state is the gaurdianship still good in the state I move to

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. Charles Lawrence Huddleston III
    2 lawyer answers

    Ohio law (2109.21(C)(3) permits out of state guardians of the person, but I would check with a local attorney as to what your county's practice is, as at least one county (Franklin) posts on their website that a guardian must be a resident of Ohio. If you are guardian of the ward's estate as well (finances) whether you can continue to be guardian of the estate will depend on whether you were nominated in a will, power of attorney, or other writing. I would also consider whether it will be...

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  10. What can be done if no NOTICE OF RELOCATION was filed before moving?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    2. Jeffrey Steven Hale
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    Failure to file a notice of intent to relocate is not a crime and is generally not grounds to change custody, unless we're talking an out of state or other long distance move.

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