Harlow Law Office

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect with you?

Email is the best way to contact me. You can email me at: Jharlow@HarlowLawOfficeLtd.com You are also welcome to text/call: 513-440-9384 or schedule an appointment online

When should I make a will?

Having a will is the first step in an estate plan. When you own any asset(s) you should have a written plan as to how you want your assets to be distributed. There are different methods of distribution depending on whether or not you are married and/or have children with that spouse.

How often should I review my estate plan?

You should review your estate plan every 3-5 years, unless there has been a major life change such as birth, death, disability, divorce, etc. During the review, make sure that your assets are titled correctly and easily located in case of your incapacity or death.

Does my 18 year old need a plan?

At a minimum, I recommend that my clients' children should have a health care power of attorney and living will in place, at the age of 18. They may still be on your insurance but you may not be able to get a prescription refill for them! Once they begin to own vehicles and investment accounts, they should consider a will and durable power of attorney.

Where do I find the actual laws?

Your local probate court generally has links to both the law and forms. Otherwise, google Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2113 or start with http://codes.ohio.gov/ .

What if I already started the process?

With Probate, you may have started and realized that it is much more difficult than anticipated. That's okay, we are happy to step in and help. With estate planning, we are not here to sell you on multiple trusts. We are here to give you choices about the options available to you.

Probate Court Resources:

Hamilton County: https://www.probatect.org/ Butler County: http://www.butlercountyprobatecourt.org/ Clermont County: https://probatejuvenile.clermontcountyohio.gov/probate-court/forms/ Warren County: https://www.co.warren.oh.us/probate_juvenile/ Montgomery County: https://www.mcohio.org/government/courts/common_pleas_court_-_probate_division/index.php

Auditor Resources:

Hamilton County: https://www.hamiltoncountyauditor.org/ Butler County: https://www.butlercountyauditor.org/ Clermont County: https://www.clermontauditor.org/_DNN/ Warren County: https://www.wcauditor.org/ Montgomery County: https://www.mcohio.org/government/elected_officials/auditor/index.php

Someone I love died. It's complicated. Now what?

The first thing is to grieve. Next, lots of people have complicated relationships, it is ok. We can help you work it out legally. Some initial questions with any attorney will be: Do you know if there is a will? Can you locate the original will? Do you know who is named the Executor? Do you jointly assets with the deceased? Have you agreed to pay any of the deceased's bills? (funeral, hospital etc.) These are some starting points for a discussion with an attorney. We understand that we are trying to help you on some of the hardest times of your life and we are happy to help.