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Divorce and your revocable trust

Revocable trusts offer a number of benefits, such as avoiding probate which can help save money as well as time while maintaining privacy. However, there are times when people may decide to take a second look at their revocable trust. For example, someone who has decided to split up with their marital partner may need to go over their trust as a result of their divorce. For starters, it is very important to remember that everyone's circumstances are unique, so the approach that works best for you may vary in comparison to someone else's. Many people choose to speak with a legal professional to ensure that they make the right decisions and know their options.

You may have a number of considerations related to your revocable trust due to a divorce, whether they involve your former spouse, your kids or your property. Ending your marriage can be challenging for many reasons, whether you are adversely impacted from a financial standpoint or struggle with emotional difficulties due to divorce (depression, anger or anxiety). Some people might feel like pushing off estate-related matters due to a difficult divorce and our law firm certainly understands the pressures that can be involved in divorce cases. Family law issues, especially those involving kids or significant assets, can be very hard to work through.

Litigation over a job-related traffic crash

Motor vehicle wrecks happen in many different types of situations, whether someone is on a road trip or picking their child up from school. Some accidents, however, take place while a person is working. While truck drivers, taxi drivers and other people whose job responsibilities are centered around driving may face an especially high chance of being involved in a job-related accident, other types of workers may become involved in a traffic crash as well. Moreover, these accidents may lead to litigation.

Even someone who rarely drives while on the job may be hit by a reckless driver or involved in a collision due to vehicle-related problems, working excessive hours and suffering from fatigue or some other factor. In certain instances, a car accident victim may blame their employer for the accident and decide to take legal action. This can be incredibly overwhelming for all parties involved and the outcome of litigation may have a significant impact on a business' future. Litigation involving employees should always be taken seriously and this is especially true for employees who have been hurt at work or passed away in a job-related accident.

Finding a new trustee

We have covered many aspects of estate planning and the probate process on this blog, from naming a trustee to the benefits of a trust (such as avoiding court) and probate disputes. However, there are many other issues that may arise with respect to trusts. For example, you may need to find a new trustee. There are a number of reasons why people decide to change the trustee, but it is important to understand the unique details related to the trust in question and move forward accordingly. For example, the approach varies depending on whether the trust is revocable or irrevocable, for example.

With revocable trusts, grantors may decide to revoke their trust and set up a new trust with another person appointed as trustee. On the other hand, irrevocable trusts can be more complicated, but you may be able to remove the trustee of an irrevocable trust. For example, if all beneficiaries and the grantor are in agreement, the modification of an irrevocable trust may move forward. However, it is essential to bear in mind that there are many unique details which apply to each situation, such as state laws, the ability of grantors and beneficiaries to cooperate and come to an agreement, and other factors.

High-asset divorce and your estate plan

Bringing a marriage to an end can be very tough, regardless of a couple's financial circumstances, whether or not they have children, or any other factor. However, it can be particularly challenging for certain people, such as those with a high net worth. If you are in the early stages of a high-asset divorce or have already split up with your spouse, you may need to take a number of factors into consideration, especially those which are financial in nature. Aside from parenting issues, property division, spousal support, and child support, you may also need to focus on how your divorce has affected your estate and go over your estate plan.

There are a number of considerations that may affect you, such as a prenuptial agreement or the type of estate plan that you have. While anyone may feel overwhelmed or stressed out about going over their estate plan following a divorce, this can be particularly true for those with a significant amount of assets. Because of the stress associated with divorce, you may find it helpful to carefully review these matters and give yourself a better idea of what may lie ahead. By reviewing both divorce laws and your different options with respect to your estate, you may have more confidence and less anxiety as you move forward.

Our law office knows that each person's situation is unique, so it is important for you to take an individualized approach to your divorce as well as your estate plan. Please feel free to contact any of our attorneys assisting with Family Law or Estate Planning matters to discuss these issues fully.

Addressing false sexual harassment allegations

Company owners come across a myriad of business and legal issues, whether they run a small business, medium size family-owned business, or are in charge of a multinational corporation. On this blog, we have discussed some of the reasons why business litigation arises, such as contract disputes and allegations of unfair competition. With that said, business owners may also find themselves in court over alleged incidents involving employees or independent contractors, from wage and hour violations to sexual harassment claims. It is especially important for business owners in Cincinnati to handle these cases with great care.

Sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace and can harm a victim's life in many ways. Unfortunately, some people also choose to falsely accuse another of sexual harassment. Moreover, those who claim to have been subjected to sexual harassment may even decide to take legal action against an entire company that they blame for neglecting to address sexual harassment that they may claim was evident. In some instances, these false accusations can lead to long-term damage to the company or to supervisors' careers that is irreparable.

Because of the serious nature of sexual harassment cases, they must be handled very carefully from the first allegation or complaint of harassing action. Business owners should go over every legal option and carefully work through the case. Moreover, it is a legal must for business owners to take steps to be pro-active, like issuing a compliant handbook, supervisory and employee training, and open-door policies, to prevent these issues from arising before they turn into litigation. Browse our Employment Advising and Litigation page if you are interested in reading more information about these important Employment and Workplace issues or consulting with one of our attorneys.

Creating a special needs trust

Our law firm has reviewed some of the different types of trusts on our blog, such as spendthrift trusts. However, there are other types of trusts that may be preferable, given a person's unique circumstances. For example, some people move forward with a special needs trust. If you have a loved one with special needs and are concerned about their future or want to help support them with your assets, a special needs trust may offer a number of advantages for you and your loved one. In Cincinnati, and across all of Ohio, people who set up a trust should carefully examine all of their  options.

With a special needs trust, your loved one may be eligible to receive certain benefits from the government as a result of their special needs, even though they are also able to receive property from your special needs trust as a beneficiary. These trusts, which are irrevocable, can be used for those who are struggling with a mental or physical disability, as a means to protect assets, and for children who are minors. Our law office understands that those with special needs may face certain challenges throughout life, including those which are financial in nature and it is important for their loved ones to find ways to support them.

When siblings become involved in a probate dispute

There are a number of problems that can arise with respect to the probate process, but disputes are not uncommon. Sometimes, these disputes can be particularly challenging, such as those which involve siblings. Unfortunately, a probate dispute which involves family members can create bitter feelings and resentment that may last for years to come and have an impact on the family as a whole. As a result, you should handle a probate dispute with care if you and your sibling are involved in a disagreement, whether you are an executor accused of breaching your fiduciary duties or a beneficiary.

Disagreements can arise for various reasons. For example, you might believe that the executor of the estate failed to distribute assets to beneficiaries in accordance with your loved one's wishes. Alternatively, you could be accused of failing to follow your fiduciary duties as an executor, and the person accusing you of this offense may be your sibling. Sometimes, siblings simply disagree with the way in which an estate's assets are divided, which can lead to friction as well. It can be incredibly hard to work through a dispute with a sibling over such a sensitive topic, but it is crucial to stay focused and commit to pursuing a favorable outcome.

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