Lori's areas of practice are:
Are you thinking about building your family through adoption? Are you pregnant and considering an adoption plan? For over 30 years I have represented birth parents and adoptive parents in all types of adoption and guardianship proceedings including infant adoptions, stepparent adoptions, legal custodian adoptions, grandparent adoptions, and interstate adoptions. I have worked with agencies, social workers, and families throughout Ohio and other states, and have had experience dealing with Interstate adoptions and ICPC issues.
As an adoptive parent, I know that adopting a child is a rewarding experience and each adoption is unique. No matter if you are a family wanting to adopt or a birth mother considering placement, I have the experience and knowledge to help you create and implement your very own adoption plan.
Having lost my mother to Parkinsons disease and my sister to cancer, I personally know how hard it is to deal with the loss of a loved one, and how emotionally difficult it can be to handle affairs after a death or disability.
No one wants the task of having to learn tax and legal concepts during a difficult time. I will personally help guide you through the process of estate administration and will answer your questions along the way. I will personally sit down and work closely with you to determine what needs to be done, whether it is a full estate administration, or just filing the proper affidavits in the recorder's office.
The services I offer include probate administration, release of administration, preparation and filing of affidavits to transfer real estate, and assistance in transferring assets to beneficiaries and working with financial institutions and brokerage firms.
An estate is comprised of everything an individual owns a home, other real estate, car, checking and savings accounts, life insurance, investments, furniture, and personal possessions. Everyone has an estate and no matter if your estate is large or small, you should have an estate plan in place. Estate planning at any age is essential in order to protect your loved ones in case of your death, illness, or disability, as well as to ensure the that your assets pass to the proper persons upon your death.
No one knows if they will become disabled or if there will come a time when they are unable to handle their own affairs. A proper estate plan covers details concerning how you want your affairs handled upon your disability as well as upon your death. If you do not have an estate plan in place when you become disabled, the Courts will determine who makes health care decisions for you and how your assets are spent, and the details, including your financial situation, are in large part available for public view. After your death, the laws of the State of Ohio will dictate who your assets pass to, and who has priority to be in charge of the distribution.
By having a proper estate plan in place, you will make sure that your wishes regarding your care are carried out if you are incapacitated. With a plan, you will also ensure that the right person is making those decisions for you if you are not able to make your decisions yourself. Additionally, a proper estate plan will make sure that the person that you appoint will distribute your assets to your loved ones in an efficient manner after your death. With a proper plan you can avoid unnecessary conflict and expense during an already stressful time.
The services I offer include the evaluation of estate planning needs, and the preparation of various estate planning documents, such as Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney.
I do not charge for an initial consultation to discuss your estate planning needs. After the initial consultation, I will work with you to design an estate plan that is suited for your individual needs and personal situation. Having an estate plan in place will bring you peace of mind while protecting your wishes and protecting your family.