Sem­i­nar to an­swer ques­tions about es­tate plan­ning

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jor­dana Joy [email protected]­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_Jor­danaJoy on Twit­ter

For those who may be con­cerned with their own es­tate plan­ning or for the well be­ing of el­derly fam­ily mem­bers, an es­tate plan­ning and pro­bate sem­i­nar pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to an­swer ques­tions and ad­dress con­cerns. Amherst Law Di­rec­tor Tony Pec­ora and his law firm O’Toole McLaugh­lin Doo­ley & Per­cora, Co. LPA, are host­ing the sem­i­nar for the third time from 9-11 a.m. Feb. 16 at Main Street Amherst, 255 Park Ave. in Amherst. Pec­ora said the pur­pose of the sem­i­nar is to pro­vide the pub­lic with a free event that an­swers fre­quently-asked ques­tions at the law firm. “The ben­e­fits to hav­ing (work­ing with the law firm) is I get to work with great peo­ple who have a lot of good in­sight and knowl­edge and who can pro­vide ben­e­fi­cial an­swers to com­monly asked ques­tions,” he said. From es­tate plan­ning, pro­bate, es­tate and gift taxes, wills, trusts, Med­i­caid and Medi­care and pre­par­ing those en­ter­ing into nurs­ing homes or other in­de­pen­dent liv­ing care, Pec­ora said the sem­i­nar will touch on top­ics to bet­ter equip res­i­dents in plan­ning their es­tate. At­tor­neys Rus­sel T. McLaugh­lin and Ber­nadette Mathe­son will dis­cuss ba­sic es­tate plan­ning meth­ods and how to choose peo­ple to be in­volved in the process as a part of the sem­i­nar. Lo­rain County Pro­bate Court Judge James T. Walther is the sem­i­nar’s guest speaker and will dis­cuss the du­ties and role of a pro­bate court. “He’s a great as­set to the community and loves par­tic­i­pat­ing in th­ese type of events,” Pec­ora said. The sem­i­nar is most help­ful to those older than 50 years of age and peo­ple rais­ing fam­i­lies who are help­ing their par­ents tran­si­tion into as­sisted liv­ing or are gen­er­ally con­cerned for their par­ents’ well be­ing, he said. “There is such a wide and di­verse area of law and wide ranges of es­tate plan­ning,” Pec­ora said. “(The sem­i­nar’s) re­ally made for any age, for any­one who has ques­tions on es­tate plan­ning.”

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