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April 2019 Archives

Avoiding estate taxes

The main purpose of estate planning is to ensure that one is able to leave as much of their personal wealth to their designated beneficiaries in Columbus. This is the reason why so many estate planning experts recommend that people structure their estates to avoid processes that and obligations that can eat away at an estate's assets. One element that can money away from an estate is estate taxes. Yet most likely assume that paying taxes on an estate is an inevitability. That may not be true in many cases. 

Is there property not included in probate?

The idea of having to go through probate in Ohio for a loved one's estate can be intimidating. This process often goes quickly, but sometimes, it can drag on. It really depends on the circumstances. However, what you may not understand is that there are some types of assets that do not ever have to go through probate. Knowing what these are could help you when making your own estate plan.

Forensic science may not provide reliable results

When a crime is committed, evidence is collected and processed in order to give officials facts regarding the case. Different types of forensic tests are conducted, and the information received from those tests may influence a judge and/or jury as to whether the defendant is guilty or innocent. The problem lies in the fact that not all forensic tests deliver accurate and reliable results. Some tests, that are used to provide evidence for criminal cases in court, have yet to be established as scientifically valid. Shoeprint analysis and bite mark comparisons are just a few tests that have not been scientifically validated.

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