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Elliott Stapleton’s Legal Guides

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  • Special Needs Trust in Ohio

    This is a visual legal summary covering why a Special Needs Trust may be necessary for families in Ohio. This educational video explains how a Special Needs Trust works and, specifically, how the Trust protects means based government support such as Medicaid and Social Security...

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  • Ohio Will v. Trust

    In Ohio, when should parents consider a Will v. a Trust? This video covers the value of a Trust v. Will specifically for minor children and avoiding Probate.

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  • Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

    Two Minute Legal Reviewsm February, 2012 Do I Need a Power of Attorney? By: Elliott Stapleton, Esq. Why is this important? In the United States, a 20-year-old worker has a three in ten chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement a...

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  • What posters are required by the Department of Labor?

    We have all seen posters with disclaimers on the wall of an office before. The purpose of these posters is to provide notice to employees about certain rights provided by state or federal law. The issue of interest for small business owners is: what posters are required by sta...

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  • Repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax Law; Effective in 2013

    Ohio Estate Tax On July 2, 2011, Governor John Kasich repealed the Ohio Estate Tax. The repeal is part of his 2012-2013 budget and will take effect on January 1, 2013. Click here for a link to a visual representation of how this repeal of the Ohio Estate Tax will go into effec...

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  • When can an ex-spouse receive your life insurance or death benefits in Ohio?

    In Ohio, there are two potential ways an ex-spouse can receive death benefits if designations are not updated: Beneficiary Designation in an ERISA planThe United States Supreme Court has held that a deceased participants benefits under an ERISA pension plan were properly distri...

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  • Does an Independent Contractor Own the Work That You paid Him or Her to Create?

    By: Elliott Stapleton, Esq. Why is this important? It is common practice to use independent contractors, freelance designers, or consultants for the creation of logos, marketing literature, websites, photographs, videos, and software. Even though you may have paid for this wor...

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  • A checklist for Executors & Trustees; The seven most important things to do after death.

    Executor/Trustee Checklist The following is a vital checklist to be used in the event you act as executor or trustee. This is general information to apprise you of certain issues related to administration. Any actions as executor or trustee should only be taken after discussi...

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  • What is Estate Planning? (Ohio)

    What is an Estate Plan?The word Estate is commonly associated with the extremely wealthy. In reality, the word simply means all of your assets no matter what the size. An Estate Plan outlines how your property will be distributed upon your death and who will make important decis...

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  • Who Should Use a Living Trust?

    People with gross assets in excess of $100,000.00; including their home value. Attorneys fees for the administration of a probate estate are established by Statute in Ohio and range from 3% - 5% of total probate assets. Using a Revocable Living Trust funded with assets during ...

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