Estate Planning, Probate Administration and Business Counseling are our main practice areas at Valente Law, LLC. Proudly serving clients in Cuyahoga County, Summit County and surrounding areas.

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Not Having a Trust is Bad. Not Having a Will is Even Worse.

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Cleveland, Ohio, Akron, Ohio, Hudson Ohio will lawyerEvery adult should have a will!  Most adults should have a Trust, too!

Wills and Trusts are important estate planning tools that every adult should consider.  As a Will and Trust lawyer I see firsthand the pitfalls of not planning ahead for your health and wealth.  Not having a Will or a Trust is one of the biggest estate planning mistakes you can make. (more…)

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Probate Estate Administration Guide for Executors from Cleveland, Akron, OH area Probate Lawyer

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Executors Guide from Cleveland, Akron, Ohio Probate Estate LawyerProbate estate administration is one of our main focus areas at Valente Law, LLC.  As a probate estate lawyer in the greater Cleveland, Ohio, Akron, Ohio areas, we regularly practice in Cuyahoga County Probate Court, Summit County Probate Court, Medina County Probate Court, Lorain County Probate Court, and all surrounding areas.  We have the experience and knowledge to make the probate estate process easier on our clients.

Probate Estate Executor’s Duties and Probate Process

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Estate Planning Frequently Asked Questions – Answered by a Cleveland, Akron Area Estate Planning Attorney

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Estate planning is a very broad term used to describe the process through which an individual designs, executes and implements a series of documents that provide for the management and distribution of assets.  Estate planning also includes planning for your healthcare. I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from my Cleveland, Akron area estate planning clients. However, if you have any other questions about estate planning, please take a look at our main Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Lawyer Page.

Q: What is the purpose of estate planning?

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Start-Up Businesses in Ohio – Cleveland Business Attorney Explains How to Start an Ohio Business

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So, you want to start a business in Ohio, but don’t know where to begin?! Well, starting a business in Ohio is pretty simple.  The hard part is running the business and making it profitable.  Luckily, I’m a Cleveland, Akron area business attorney and I can help you with the whole process. (more…)

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Ohio Asset Protection Trusts Explained by Cleveland, OH Estate Planning Attorney

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Ohio Legacy Trusts and Asset Protection Trusts by Cleveland AttorneyOhio has been on the cutting edge of asset protection trust legislation since enacting its Ohio asset protection trust code in 2013.

Chapter 5816 of the Ohio Revised Code sets forth the rules and regulations for Ohio Legacy Trusts.  Ohio Legacy Trusts are sometimes referred to OLTs.  Ohio Legacy Trusts are a form of Asset Protection Trusts. Specifically, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPT). (more…)

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Buy/Sell Questionnaire from Cleveland Business Attorney – What to Consider for Your Buy/Sell Agreement

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Buy/Sell Agreement Cleveland Corporate CounselAs a Cleveland business attorney and corporate counsel in the Cleveland, Ohio area, with my main office in Hudson, Ohio, one of the common questions I get from new Cleveland business law clients who need to prepare a Buy/Sell Agreement is, “what should I consider before we design my succession plan and Buy/Sell Agreement.”  There are many parts to a Buy/Sell Agreement and all related succession planning documents, and it can get very complex.  As Cleveland business attorney and corporate counsel, I always appreciate it when my clients are prepared.  To help make the process as efficient as possible, please review and complete the following corporate buy/sell questionnaire prior to our first meeting. (more…)

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Trustee Checklist – Trustee’s Duties & Powers

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Trustee's Duties checklist outline for Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio trust attorney

One of the most common questions we get from new clients who have been named as a Trustee of a Trust, is “what exactly do I need to do to stay in compliance with the terms of the Trust?  Is there a checklist?”  Well, now there is!

For the benefit of our Trustee clients, to answer the question of “what do Trustees need to do?” we have compiled the following checklist and outline for the Trustee to follow: (more…)

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Estate Planning and Financial Planning Event

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Estate Planning Financial Planning Cleveland AkronOn February 23, 2017 Eric Valente of Valente Law co-hosted an estate planning and financial planning event with financial adviser David Trende of Wealth Design Partners, LLC.  Here is a slideshow and a link to the handout materials that were available for the guests.  If you want more information on wills, trusts and estate planning, take a look at our Great Information on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. Valente Law hosts events like this quite often, so if you would like to attend a future estate planning and financial planning event, please call or email us today so that we can invite you to our next event!

 

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Do MORE than Just THINK ABOUT your Estate Plan

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Don't delay estate planning

Just THINKING about your estate plan is not enough!  We know first hand how easy it is to put off your estate plan, and we are an estate planning law firm that is here to make things easy on you.  First, take a look at our Information on Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.  Then, contact us to get started on your estate plan (more…)

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An Overview on Trusts

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Trusts are governed by the Ohio Revised Code Title 58, which you can read here: ORC Title 58 – Ohio Trust Code.

Here are the basics on trusts: (more…)

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