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Deceased Spouse's Debts

Settling a Deceased Spouse’s Debts

  We deal with traditional planning as well as crisis planning. And many of our clients are in an estate administration. So we’re settling up the affairs after a loved one passes away. And unfortunately, there can be some debt involved. If it’s a secure debt, like a mortgage or a note, that can be …Read More

medicare or medicaid

How are Medicare and Medicaid Different?

  How are Medicare and Medicaid Different? A lot of folks confuse Medicaid with Medicare. I commonly refer to Medicare as healthcare insurance, covering hospitals, doctors, prescriptions, and general healthcare coverage. Medicaid is long-term care coverage for most. It can be some indigency needs for income-based or resource-based. But the main purpose for us is …Read More

avoid guardianship

How to Avoid Guardianship

Christopher Lavin from the Lavin Law Group. We’re an elder law firm here in Lebanon, Ohio. A lot of our clients are struggling with long-term type illnesses. Many of them, unfortunately, have memory issues such as early onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Unfortunately, there’s a certain set of folks or group of folks that haven’t …Read More



A lot of folks will come to us and say, “What’s the best option with the house?” “How do I avoid probate?” “What happens if I get sick?” And I hear this more often than you would expect: “Why don’t I just give my house to my kids? I don’t ever plan on selling it. …Read More


Elder Law Attorney Chris Lavin provides some guidance for how to have difficult conversations with your parents during a medical emergency. Hello, my name is Christopher Lavin. I’m an elder law attorney with the Lavin Law Group. Elder law is a very specific nature. We deal with the state planning everything from wills, trust, taxes, …Read More

inheritance and medicaid


A lot of folks, even later in life, will receive an inheritance from a lost uncle, a grandparent, another family member. We see that more than you would think, and unfortunately, some of those folks are in need of long-term care or are in a nursing home. If you receive an inheritance, and you’re in …Read More

elder care planning

What 3 Documents Do You Need for Elder Care Planning

Many clients will come to us with the power of attorneys and they think the power of attorney is one document. It’s the most important document because it deals with healthcare, but it’s not the only necessary document. What we must have now is three separate documents, a durable power of attorney for healthcare, which …Read More

6 Reasons to Update Beneficiary Designations

Content updated 2/22/24 If you've gone through a divorce or remarriage, it's important to be aware of how your beneficiary designations may be affected. Regulations vary by state; some automatically remove former spouses as beneficiaries while others do not. Consulting with an estate-planning attorney can clarify the laws applicable in your state. When you switch ...Read More