What is a Transfer on Death Affidavit and Why You Should Have It

Transfer on Death Affidavit, often referred to as TOD, is an easy way to avoid probate when transferring a real estate property after death. While trusts and wills are created in order to transfer most assets, including personal property, there is a better way to transfer your home into the beneficiary’s name quickly. Transfer on

Guardianship of Minor Children is a Crucial Part of Estate Planning

A recent conversation I had with a family member prompted this post, emphasizing the importance of having a will with guardianship provisions set up, no matter how small your estate may be, if you have a minor child. Her friend’s daughter passed away unexpectedly few weeks ago. She was a single mom after the father

Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning

Updated Information on COVID-19 Travel to the U.S.

Many COVID-19 restrictions may slowly be coming to an end. However, as to travel restrictions, many worldwide precautions are still in place, limiting how and where to one can travel. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. continues to limit the travel into the country. The red list originally created by the

What is a Fiance/K-1 Visa and How to Apply?

K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S citizens to bring their partner to the U.S. and get married within 90 days. The process allows for partners from foreign countries to enter U.S. without having to marry outside of the U.S. and wait for the CR-1 visa process to be completed, which can take

Succession Order in Ohio

In Ohio the court looks at your estate after you pass away as either testate or intestate. Testate means that you passed away having a valid will. Intestate on the other hand, means that you had no will. In a situation when there is no will, not only is the probate process longer and more

Prioritizing Visa and Green Card Processing

Do you have a pending green card application? Previous administration ceased the processing of most green card applications, creating a backlog of about 500,000 in February 2021, compared to less than 100,000 in January 2020. However, in early March the Biden administration announced that it is directing U.S. embassies and consulates to prioritize the processing

Separate Property in Marriage and Estate Planning

To ensure that after passing away all property is divided the way an individual wants, it is imperative that correct wording in estate planning is used. This applies especially to married individuals who have marital and separate property. In Ohio, during marriage, property is divided into one of two categories: marital or separate. Separate property

Fashion Nova Settlement Checks

The Mail, Internet or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule (the Mail Order Rule) states as follows: “Online retailers need to know that our Mail Order Rule requires them to notify customers in the event of shipping delays and offer the right to cancel with a full refund—not just a gift card or a store credit.” Did

What You Should Know Before Signing a Contract

You enter into contracts many times throughout the day, often not realizing you are doing so. However, each contract leads to obligations and rights that we should be aware of. To get an idea of what you should look out for in each contract transaction see the list below for simple hints and key points.