Bankruptcy, Taxation,
Elder Law, & More

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we put people at ease.

Bankruptcy

In today’s economy, bankruptcy is an equitable legal protection for those facing excessive debt. Unforeseen circumstances such as foreclosure, health problems, and divorce can lead to mounting debt. Credit card debt, in particular, can swiftly spiral out of control. For many people, Chapter 7 bankruptcy can offer a quick path to a fresh start in only four to six months.

If you are facing foreclosure or are up to your neck in debt, Chapter 7 bankruptcy (also called consumer or “snapshot” bankruptcy) may be a solution for wiping your slate clean and potentially saving your home. I can walk you through all aspects of the process so you will know what to expect.

Bankruptcy offers numerous benefits such as:
∙ Eliminating debts: Your eligible debts will discharge, which means permanently wiped away. You will never have to pay them back.
∙ Confidentiality: Though technically a public proceeding, for practical purposes, bankruptcy is relatively private. It will not affect your employment.
∙ Rebuilding your credit: You will be eligible for credit immediately after bankruptcy. In all likelihood, your credit will be better after bankruptcy than it was before.
∙ Potentially save your home from foreclosure: Bankruptcy gives you more options — and more leverage — for keeping your home.
∙ Renewing your ability to buy a home: You can generally still buy a house after going through bankruptcy.

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Elder Law

I advise clients on how to protect their estate from expensive nursing home care. I strive for affordability and efficiency in estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills and Medicaid planning. My firm has the largest estate administration and probate practice in Ottawa County.

Estate planning is a valuable tool for minimizing probate costs, transferring property quickly and efficiently, utilizing tax advantages and maximizing the benefits your heirs will receive. Nursing home care can be exorbitantly expensive. Diligent and early planning is necessary to avoid having your estate swallowed up to pay for nursing home expenses. Likewise, it is critical to plan for Medicaid coverage sooner rather than later, since the law provides a five-year look-back period for determining eligibility.

Even if you failed to prepare early and nursing home care is imminent, you may still be able to protect your estate. You don’t have to lose everything. However, it is critical to consult with an attorney for legal counsel specific to your situation.

If you have been named the executor of a loved one’s estate, you are held to a high legal standard and must provide detailed accounting, appraisals, and inventories. If you fail to comply with the law, you could face personal liability, even if you are also an heir.

In Ohio, it is critical to consult with a probate lawyer as soon as possible following the death of a loved one. If you fail to file your loved ones will properly, you run the risk of being disinherited.

I also pursue will contests as well as arrange trust administration.

Taxation

I offer comprehensive counsel for individuals, families, and businesses with tax-related concerns. Whether you need basic tax advice or representation in a high-stakes dispute with the IRS, I can help.

Many people turn to commercial tax services or accountants for their tax needs. However, there is a significant drawback to doing so: the information you tell them will not be privileged and confidential. By contrast, when you consult with a tax attorney, everything you say will be protected by the highest privilege in law. This means your attorney cannot be compelled to reveal what you disclosed even in a courtroom. That is not the case for other tax professionals. Take advantage of these powerful legal protections by consulting with a tax lawyer. 

I provide personalized legal assistance for all aspects of tax law, including:
∙ Returns for individuals, businesses, and fiduciaries
∙ Electronic filings
∙ Federal and state tax returns
∙ Ongoing tax counsel for companies, including partnerships, corporations, and LLCs
∙ Filing returns for those who have not filed taxes for years
∙ Disputes with the IRS
∙ Tax court
∙ Tax appeals

I can prepare individual and business tax returns in all 50 states. For most tax returns, I offer a swift, one-day turnaround. Even if you have failed to file taxes for years, don’t panic; I can help. The good news is that, in many cases, you may still end up with a tax refund.

Personal Injury

I provide experienced representation in personal injury cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip-and-falls, and wrongful death claims.

I have handled complex claims resulting in multimillion-dollar settlements. Whether you have been injured in a car accident or due to medical malpractice, a personal injury leads to serious questions about your health and financial future. I also handle wrongful death claims. Quick Action Is Vital Following A Personal Injury

With every personal injury or wrongful death claim, time is of the essence. In Ohio, there is a two-year statute of limitations. If you wait too long, you may not be able to make a claim. Taking swift action is also vital for the preservation of evidence. As soon as you contact me, I will help you take action.

I handle the following personal injury claims for my clients:
∙ Auto Accidents
∙ Wrongful Death Claims
∙ Slip and Fall

I have treated many complex personal injury claims, including multi-million dollar settlements and underinsured motorist claims. I understand that the most severe problems in these accidents are a lack of insurance. Most insurance companies will not settle with an individual. So, even if you have what you think is just a minor complaint, you may want a lawyer protecting your rights and reaching a resolution with your insurance company.

Automobile Accidents: The most common types of personal injury claims involve automobile accidents. From underinsured motorist claims to wrongful death claims, I have protected the medical and financial rights of families affected by all types of car accidents.

Motorcycle Accidents: The inattention of other drivers often causes these accidents. The injuries in these accidents can be devastating since motorcycle riders’ bodies are so exposed.

Semi- Truck Accidents: These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries as well due to the disparity in the size of the vehicles. Factors regulated by the government, such as driver fatigue and truck condition, often lead to semi-truck and tractor-trailer accidents.

Foreclosure Defense

If you are on the brink of losing your home, I can provide knowledgeable representation. I will be a strong advocate for your rights and interests in foreclosure proceedings.

Real Estate

My firm offers representation in real estate transactions and disputes, including land use and zoning issues, real estate sales, farm sales, landlord-tenant law and preparation of titles.

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