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March 2016 Archives

Medicaid planning focuses on life, not death

While many Ohio residents will make an effort to complete their estate plans well before those provisions are needed, very few will give Medicaid planning similar attention. No one wants to think about having to rely on Medicaid in their later years, but not wanting to face one's fears does nothing to protect against those undesirable outcomes. When it comes to planning for every contingency, Medicaid planning is an area of estate preparation that focuses on life, not death.

Can divorce mistakes affect retirement?

Decisions based on emotion or short-term thinking can easily affect when you retire. Research finds women are disproportionately affected, because they often take time off to stay home with children or work in a lower paid profession. The average income of women in retirement is $10,000 lower than men.

Beware of scams focused on eliminating your debts

When an Ohio resident is overburdened with debt, he or she will often go to great lengths to remedy the situation. Many will attempt one or more debt relief programs before determining that personal bankruptcy is the best possible option. While there are certainly some reputable debt relief programs available, the debt relief industry is rife with scam artists who are eager to prey on your commitment to eliminating your debts.

Is joint ownership a solid estate planning approach?

Many Ohio residents are interested in ways to simplify their estate plans and to pass along assets to loved ones outside of probate. Often, adding a child or other relative as a joint owner of an asset seems like a good way to accomplish that goal. While joint ownership does have some advantages, there are a number of ways that this approach can lead to estate planning trouble.

Rapper to answer for photos of cash during Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Some Ohio readers are familiar with the work of rapper 50 Cent, whose legal name is Curtis James Jackson. He has had a great deal of success in the music industry and has also tried his hand at acting. Jackson has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but photos in which he is seen posing with large stacks of cash have drawn attention to the case. He has now been ordered to return to court to discuss the full range of his current financial standing.

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