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Once you say, "I do."

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

“He was shoveling snow and died,” says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s, referencing a man who’d married for the second time then promptly expired just a few weeks after the wedding.

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Has it been awhile?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

The time to make sure your will, your living will and your financial and healthcare powers of attorney are current is before you need them—not when you need them, says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s.

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Start the New Year like this

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

With the New Year now upon us and our list of resolutions already forgotten, there is one area of our lives that simply cannot fall by the wayside.

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Should you create a power of attorney online?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Imagine this: Your mother is in long-term care, you’ve had her home on the market for a year and then, finally, it sells. Now imagine you go to have the property transferred to the new owner and discover the title company won’t accept the power of attorney document you present because your mother created it online.

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Who controls your money after you die?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

“You can’t buck the system,” says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s. “I know it’s tempting to think you can circumvent the legal system when it comes to estate planning, but the truth is you just can’t.”

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The secret to avoiding probate

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

When a person dies and has a trust in place, there is a misconception by the remaining family members that nothing more needs to be done, but that simply isn’t the case, says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s.

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Protecting your adult child

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

You’ve made it. Your child has graduated from high school and is on his way to college. But while you may still view your son (or daughter) as your “kid,” the law doesn’t see it that way, says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s.

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What not to lock in the box

       

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According to John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s, the most powerful document in your estate-planning arsenal can also be the weakest.

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The chink in your estate-planning armor

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

According to John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s, the most powerful document in your estate-planning arsenal can also be the weakest.

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Think before you ink

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

John says he’s been seeing the troubling trend toward people modifying important legal documents themselves.

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Are you planning to live?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Most people understand the value of planning for when they die, but did you know it’s equally if not more important to plan to live?

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How to make sure your estate is secure in 2016

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

With the New Year now upon us and our list of resolutions already forgotten, there is one area of our lives that simply cannot fall by the wayside.

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How much did you save?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

The Internet has become an extension of our lives. Online we can look for recipes, shop, find design inspiration, stay connected and so much more. The cornucopia of information to be found is virtually limitless, and it’s safe to say that all of us have uttered the phrase, “I saw it on the Internet” more than a few times.

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What’s your succession plan?

       

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There’s an important part of estate planning that most people who own businesses tend to overlook, says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s.

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Critical Family Protection: This is what you don't need

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Always be aware of someone who tries to sell you on an activity that’s not appropriate for you. Opportunists are everywhere, John says, recounting the story of an 85-year-old client suffering from dementia who was told by a local insurance agent to cash in an IRA and purchase an amortized annuity. The problem is, that man wouldn’t see a profit on his annuity for 20 years.

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Who's going to decide?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Anything can happen. One minute you could be in your car on the way to grab lunch, and the next in the back of an ambulance unconscious and on the way to the hospital.

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How should vehicles be titled?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Like most of what we own, our cars are among the valuable possessions that we intend to leave to the people we care about after we pass on. But there are some particulars associated with titling our vehicles that John J. Urban, an attorney who’s concentrated in estate planning since the mid ‘70s, says everyone needs to know about.

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Are Your Ducks in a Row?

       

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When it comes to estate planning there are a lot of misconceptions out there, says John J. Urban, an attorney who’s concentrated in estate planning since the mid ‘70s. Are all of your ducks in a row? Find out by taking this simple true or false quiz.

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Can you find the will?

       

Posted by: John J. Urban

Regardless of how much wealth you’ve accumulated over the years, you probably want to keep your money, your house, and your belongings protected. Many people reach a certain age and consider establishing a trust to do just that. But what exactly is a trust?

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Is it possible to avoid probate?

Posted by: John J. Urban

It is a common misconception you will automatically avoid probate. That's why John J. Urban encourages having your deeds and documents reviewed to determine if probate can be avoided.

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What if the kids live out of state?

Posted by: John J. Urban

Regardless of how much wealth you’ve accumulated over the years, you probably want to keep your money, your house, and your belongings protected. Many people reach a certain age and consider establishing a trust to do just that. But what exactly is a trust?

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Do you really need a trust?

Posted by: John J. Urban

Regardless of how much wealth you’ve accumulated over the years, you probably want to keep your money, your house, and your belongings protected. Many people reach a certain age and consider establishing a trust to do just that. But what exactly is a trust?

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Absentee parents can inherit when your child dies

Posted by: John J. Urban

The harsh reality is that not every parent is a good parent and not all moms and dads play roles in their children’s lives. “The disappointments presented by absentee parents are many when children are alive, but they’re magnified tenfold when those children die at an early age,” says John J. Urban, an attorney who has concentrated in estate management since the mid ‘70s.

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You can’t exclude your spouse from your will

Posted by: John J. Urban

Unlike a first-time union between a husband and a wife, a second married brings with it a few added complications. Strongsville attorney John J. Urban says that it’s critical to make sure your estate is in order.

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Unmarried and unprotected

Posted by: John J. Urban

What if you’re celebrating the idea of being there for your loved one in sickness and in health, and for richer or for poorer, without that little piece of paper? According to Strongsville attorney John J. Urban, your rights are at risk.

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Getting your house in order: Where are you with your life plan?

Posted by: John J. Urban

According to Strongsville-based attorney John J. Urban, spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to our homes. Now is a perfect time to put a fresh eye on your important documents like wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and deeds..

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Estate planning 101

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Now is a perfect time to do an estate planning inventory, says Strongsville-based attorney John J. Urban. He’s compiled a handy checklist to help you do just that.

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Putting a life plan in place in case the unexpected happens

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If you have money, if you have a family, you need to have a plan in case death or illness unexpectedly happen. And they do. Here, Strongsville-based estate management attorney John J. Urban discusses wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.

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Estate planning 101: Does your attorney really know Ohio law?

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Strongsville attorney John J. Urban details the story of one local woman who used the wrong attorney to execute a power of attorney, but he didn’t know Ohio law.

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