I have been a solo attorney concentrating on Medicaid, Probate, Wills, Trusts, and Advance Directives such as Powers of Attorney and Living Wills since I passed the Ohio Bar in 2011. I prefer to practice as a solo attorney because it provides me the flexibility to concentrate on my clients' needs rather than on the billable hour. I like to be my own boss! Please note, however, that I do not do litigation.
I am a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. I am a member of the Elder and Special Needs Law Section and of the Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Section of the Ohio State Bar Association.
I work with clients primarily in Hamilton County, Warren County, and Butler County, but many of my clients reside out of the Cincinnati area or even out of state if they have loved ones who live or lived in Ohio. I am happy to meet with clients in my offices in Blue Ash, West Chester, and Hyde Park, and will visit those clients at home or in nursing homes who have difficulty travelling to meet with me in my office. And remote meetings are always an option!
Law is my second career; I went to law school after working for many years in computer systems development. My experience has made me a better listener and better able to relate to clients and to give advice in the areas in which I practice.
I live in Montgomery, Ohio and served on the Parks and Recreation Commission here for 6 years. I also volunteered for several years for the Hamilton County Park District at Sharon Woods. In addition, I provided full and reduced fee legal work for ProSeniors' clients for many years.
I will take the time to learn about you and your legal issues.
I will make sure that you understand all legal documents that I prepare for you.
I will respect your time, and return calls and emails promptly.
I will provide competent, compassionate, and fairly priced legal services.
I will not charge for an initial consultation.
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Elder Law, Probate, Medicaid, Wills, Trusts, POAs, Powers of Attorney, Transfer on Death Deeds
Loveland, Mason, Lebanon, Montgomery, Kenwood, Liberty township, Hamilton, Symmes, Sycamore, Evendale, Maineville, Blue Ash, West Chester, Milford, Sharonville, Amberley, Deer Park, Madeira, Wyoming, Woodlawn, Glendale, Springdale, Greenhills, Landen, Kings Mill, Morrow, Monroe, Rossmoyne, Forest Park
Areas of Practice
Probate - When a loved one passes away, you are grieving and are often a little confused as to how to proceed. Perhaps you aren't sure what assets your loved one had, or how each one was titled. You don't know how to administer the estate, or even if you need to open an estate in Probate Court. Being the Executor or Administrator of an estate means lots of paperwork, keeping good records, paying bills, and making final distributions according to the decedent's wishes. You may have to deal with banks and insurance companies. Maybe there is also a trust involved, and the record keeping that it entails. As an experienced attorney in Probate, I can help guide you through your duties and make sure the requirements of the Court are met.
Elder Law - I focus on Medicaid Planning and Applications, along with preparing Wills, Trusts, Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Transfer on Death Affidavits, and Deeds for elderly clients. With the cost of health care today, you may be needing help even if you saved and never thought you would need government benefits. Medicaid applications can be very complex and the rules change constantly. There are a lot of misconceptions about what Medicaid entails; nursing homes can file applications but cannot give advice on planning measures that an attorney can. Often I can help safeguard the assets for the spouse who is not applying for Medicaid.
Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives (Financial Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, Living Wills) - Everyone needs these documents, but often people just keep putting off getting them prepared. There are always reasons to delay, but there are better reasons to go ahead and take care of this. If you don't prepare a will, the state will decide who will care for your children and who will get your assets. If you don't have a Financial Power of Attorney, and you become unable to handle your financial dealings, the court may need to appoint a guardian. If you don't have a Health Care Power of Attorney and a Living Will, you may be kept alive by machines for years with no hope of recovery. You are never too young or too old to have these documents prepared. I can also help you avoid probate, if that is what you wish.