Can I Complete My Ohio Estate Planning Documents Remotely During COVID-19?

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Ohio Wills Cannot Be Completed Through Remote Technology, But What About Other Ohio Estate Planning Documents?

ohio estate planning documents covid-19More individuals are focusing on estate planning during the pandemic, but people are also more concerned about venturing out during these unusual times.  A question that is coming up often is whether one can complete their Ohio estate planning documents remotely through Zoom or some other software.  The answer is yes and no.  Some ohio estate planning documents  only need to be notarized to be valid and remote notarization is now available here in Ohio.

A general durable power of attorney in Ohio only needs a notarization to be valid.  Ohio health care documents (livings will and durable power of attorney) need either two disinterested witness signatures or a notarization to be valid.  A document related to the transfer of real estate such as a deed or transfer on death affidavit needs to be notarized.  However there is a fair amount of a technological learning curve if one wants to try to get documents notarized remotely. There is also a separate charge involved for the service.

Last Will and Testament Must Still Be Completed In Person

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Using Zoom for Legal Consultations is Very Easy at Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues

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Setup A Zoom Meeting For Legal Consultations at Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues

ANNOUNCEMENT: Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues Offering Consultations Via Zoom. Setup A Zoom Meeting Today With One Of Our Attorneys

zoom meeting estate planning divorceThe pandemic has no doubt changed all our lives in many ways. With the quarantine orders and social distancing each of us have had to reconcile and adapt our lives. Avoiding unnecessary personal contact with others is important for many of us.

Nonetheless, our lives continue on despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The quarantine situation (and life over the last 5 months) has only made it more evident to people in “shaky” marriages the harsh realities of their relationship, and in many cases their need to terminate the marriage and obtain a divorce.



I have been handling divorce cases for over 40 years. I have seen lots of different divorce situations. I can tell you that life today is incredibly difficult and complicated. So many folks are out of work and struggling to maintain a family and their health. Even something that use to be straight forward, like sending kids to school, is now complicated with … Read More... “Using Zoom for Legal Consultations is Very Easy at Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues”


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Shared Parenting Plan and Covid-19 in Ohio

Keep Your Children Safe – Parents With Shared Parenting Plan May Consider New School District Options

shared parenting plan school districtsCOVID-19 has created havoc for all of us, but parents with school age kids have a whole layer of additional concerns. Of course everyone wants to keep their children healthy and safe. There are a ton of other logistics that they need to consider – work schedules, daycare considerations, and online/homeschooling, to mention just a few.

There are some similar themes in the plans presented by most Dayton area school districts. Most offer both online and some variation of in-person schooling. All schools are developing intense cleaning and disinfecting protocols. However, other than that, each district policies and procedures for reopening can vary greatly. Some schools offer a combination of in school for 2 days, and on line for 3. Others are offering half day sessions, while others are considering on line only for at least the first several weeks.

Study School District Your Child Will Be Attending For Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Policy and Online Learning

Most schools are offering the option of online only, but those procedures vary as well. Some districts have a … Read More... “SCHOOL RESTARTING CONCERNS? DO YOU LIKE YOUR EX’S SCHOOL DISTRICT’S PLAN FOR YOUR KIDS BETTER THAN YOUR DISTRICT’S?”

Would My Ohio Living Will Block My Being Placed on a Ventilator if I Contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

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What Does a DNR Order in Ohio mean?

A DNR Order (Do not resuscitate Order) Cannot Be Executed Unless Signed By A Physician

dnr order permanently unconscious coronavirusI received a telephone call a week or so ago from a client who was concerned that, based upon some things that he had recently heard, he may have executed some estate planning documents that would prevent him from being put on a ventilator if he contracted the coronavirus. I am sure that he is not the only one who has had that concern, so I believe that this is a good time to explain this issue in greater detail.

First, here in Ohio a DNR Order (Do not resuscitate order) form states that health care providers will not perform CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), will not administer resuscitation medications with the intent of restarting the heart or breathing, will not insert an airway adjunct, will not de-fibrillate, cardiovert or initiate pacing and will not initiate continuous cardiac monitoring.

A DNR Order  may be DNR Comfort Care (effective immediately) or DNR Comfort Care-Arrest (effective upon cardiac or respiratory arrest). A DNR Order must be signed and issued by a physician. This is where much confusion comes … Read More... “Would My Ohio Living Will Block My Being Placed on a Ventilator if I Contracted Coronavirus (COVID-19)?”

Wondering About Domestic Violence in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shelter-in-Place Era?

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Dayton’s Artimis Center Ready to Provide Help for Domestic Abuse Survivors Affected by the Coronavirus Stay-At-Home Order

coronavirus domestic violence artemis centerRecently I have read several articles online regarding the effect the various coronavirus shelter-in-place orders are having on domestic violence cases. Some places have seen a spike in those filings/incidents and others have not.

Logically, one might think that the quarantine orders along with the stress and financial hardship of COVID-19 would naturally result in a much higher number of domestic violence  incidents. To get a better handle on this situation locally, I reached out to Jane Keiffer, MSW, LISW, and the executive director of the Artemis Center in Dayton.

Interestingly, Ms. Keiffer shared with me that there has not been a spike in calls at Dayton’s Artemis Center since the stay at hone order went into effect on March 15, 2020. She said, “We believe that this is due to the abuser being at home, monitoring the victim, close quarters so calls are not private, phones are being taken away or broken. We do not believe it is because violence is not occurring.” Neither the Dayton Police or Montgomery County Sheriff Departments have seen an increase in domestic violence calls either.… Read More... “Wondering About Domestic Violence in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Shelter-in-Place Era?”

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