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Gregory S. DuPont, JD, CFP

Survivor's Trust vs. Joint Trust

A joint trust can be structured so that when one spouse passes away, the trust is split into two sub-trusts: a survivor’s trust and a decedent’s trust.

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Laura Blumenstiel, JD

How to Create a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust

With MAPTs, families can ensure their hard-earned savings aren’t drastically diminished if they require long-term care or assistance, such as a nursing home placement. In this article, we will discuss all you need to know about MAPTs so that you and your family can make informed decisions about your finances in light of possible future health needs.

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Laura Blumenstiel, JD

A Guide to Probate Administration in Ohio

The process of settling the estate of a loved one can be time consuming and emotionally draining. Finding your footing within the complex legal system can be a challenge, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. In this blog post, we'll walk you through some key information to help guide you through the probate process with confidence.

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Laura Blumenstiel, JD

How to Start a Medicaid Spend-Down in Ohio

Medicaid spend-down allows individuals to qualify for Medicaid by reducing their countable assets and income to a certain level. It is a daunting task, but with the right guidance and support from a qualified Medicaid attorney, the spend-down process can help accelerate Medicaid eligibility while protecting assets.

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Gregory S. DuPont, JD, CFP

What the Last Surviving Spouse Rule Means for Estate Taxes

40% estate tax could apply to gifts over approximately $6.4 million come 2026. Many families with high net worth will need to reevaluate their estate plans and adjust strategies to preserve their property and investments. One strategy is to take advantage of the deceased spousal unused exclusion amount (DSUEA)

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Laura Blumenstiel

How to Pay for Long-Term Care

Long-term care insurance and Medicaid are two options that individuals can consider to cover their long-term care expenses. This article aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of what long-term care insurance and Medicaid are, and the differences between the two.

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Laura Blumenstiel, JD

Can I Keep the House if My Spouse Goes on Medicaid

A big concern many of our clients have is, “If my spouse needs to go on Medicaid, can I still stay in our house?” For many couples, their house is their biggest asset and the thought of losing it can be devastating. But there is good news - there are ways to protect your home while also ensuring your loved one receives the care they need. In this blog post, we will explore Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment rules and how they can protect families from foreclosure.

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Gregory S. DuPont

Does a Trustee Have Authority to Sell Assets?

When administering a trust, the trustee might encounter situations in which they need to convert trust assets into cash to provide liquidity to the trust. This could mean selling stocks, bonds, real estate, or other high-value assets to generate funds. Though this decision must be based on prudent investor rules or standards and be in the best interest of the beneficiaries, trustees generally don't need beneficiary approval to liquidate or sell trust property.

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Laura Blumenstiel, JD

Blindsided: The Michael Oher Conservatorship Controversy Explained

Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy took Oher into their home and were appointed as conservators of his estate. But Oher has recently alleged that the Tuohys never actually adopted him. Oher alleges that the Tuohys tricked him into agreeing to the conservatorship and unjustly profited from his trust in them.

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