Legal issues are something most seniors hesitate to confront, but squaring away their legal matters can bring them peace of mind. First on the list should be the completion of a legal will, so that your loved one's wishes about property and assets can be assured. Drafting a will is the only way to control the division of assets after death. In Ohio, if you die without a will, you are said to have died intestate and therefore your property is subject to state probate laws. This may not necessarily match how your loved one wants property distributed. Other advantages to drafting a will include being able to name your executor, leave money to charities, or disinherit someone.
Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization offering legal advice to elderly Ohioans. Their guidance empowers seniors to advocate for their rights and maintain their independence. If you have a legal question, you may call Pro Seniors Legal Hotline for free assistance. Pro Seniors attorneys are also available for in-person counseling in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, or Warren County. Pro Seniors are a great educational resource offering information about everything from Medicare to pensions, but they also can refer seniors to excellent private attorneys who will help you for a reduced fee. They also specialize in complaints about nursing homes and have a long-term care ombudsmen to investigate any concerns.
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