Gayle Reeves Recent Blog Posts

Thank an Attorney

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, November 23, 2017

Attorneys get a bad rap.  Even though the legal profession is one of the oldest professions in history, lawyers have been the subject of jokes and have been seen by the public as a necessary evil.  However, in a season of thankfulness, be thankful for attorneys.  ...read more

Financial Elder Abuse

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

            Unfortunately, the coming of Spring in Ohio, brings with it the infiltration of scammers and con artists.  These disreputable individuals will come to your door and tell you they were driving by and noticed the cracks in your driveway, which they can fix the next day.  You pay them money or write a check as a down payment.  No one ever shows the next day and your money is gone.  Even worse is when they actually tear up your driveway, promising to come back tomorrow to complete the repair.  Not only do they not show up, but you now have to pay someone else to repair the damage to your driveway.  Many times they work in pairs.  While the one scammer is talking to the you, the other one will sneak into your house and steal whatever they can take.  My advice is to never invite anyone into your home that you do not know.  They prey on seniors by targeting homes that are in ill repair, have artificial turf on their front porch, an older model Buick in the driveway, or lawn ornaments.  If a younger person comes to the door the scammer will just say they have the wrong address and leave. ...read more

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, February 01, 2016

Molten Chocolate Cake w Port Sabayon Sauce ...read more

Watch Out for Scammers

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, February 01, 2016

FINANCIAL ELDER ABUSE ...read more

Cranberry cheer

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

HOT CRANBERRY CHEER ...read more

Guardianship 2015 Changes

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Effective June 1, 2015 the Ohio Supreme Court issued rules that directly affect all guardians, both existing and newly appointed.  The purpose of these rules is to educate the guardians on their responsibilities and to make sure the guardian focuses on the best interests of the ward. ...read more

Digital Assets

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, October 01, 2015

           If you are like a lot of people, you have moved much of your physical items to digital.  We no longer have a physical address book.  Everyone’s contact information is stored on our cell phone or computer.  Many businesses have encouraged you to stop receiving paper statements.  Now you access them online.  We don’t write checks, we pay bills on line.  We maintain online store accounts like ebay and woot.  We have digital media accounts through itunes to get our favorite songs and videos on our ipods.  We access books online and read, or listen, to them on our kindle or ipad.  We keep up with our family and friends using social media.  We even play our games using online profiles.  Photo albums have given way to storing our pictures on our computers or with online companies. ...read more

Old Time Beef Stew

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, October 01, 2015

2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed                ...read more

Special Needs Trusts

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I am seeing more and more people in my office who either have a disability or who have a child with a disability.  Many times the disabled individual is receiving public benefits such as Social Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.  It used to be that the simple answer was to not leave anything to the disabled person.  However, there are many estate planning options available that will provide much better options.  The most common is to create a Trust that meets the statutory requirements to permit a disabled beneficiary to receive the benefits of the inheritance without affecting their public benefits.  ...read more

Granola

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

GRANOLA ...read more

VA Benefits

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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Grilled Shrimp w Strawberry Salsa

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

For Strawberry Salsa ...read more

How Do You Own Your Home?

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

           When was the last time you looked at the deed to your home?  If you are like many people, you may have looked at it when you bought your home.  Than you put it with your other important papers and never looked at it again.  Ohio law provides for several different ways in which a person can take title to real property.  Each way has a different result when you die.  Now is a good time to find your deed and take a good look at it to see how your home is titled.  If it is not properly titled to have the effect that you want, have a new deed prepared that will accomplish your desires. ...read more

Broccoli Salad

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, June 01, 2015

BROCCOLI SALAD ...read more

Watch for Caregiver Stress

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I recently came across a study done by a research team at The Ohio State University.  It focused on the effect the stress of caregiving had on caregivers.  The team conducted a 6-year study of elderly people caring for spouses with Alzheimer’s disease.  The results were astounding to say the least.  Not only was there a significant deterioration in the health of the caregivers, but it also found that the caregivers had a 63% higher death rate than a similar group of non-caregivers. Reported in the June 30, 2003 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...read more

Hazards to Do It Yourself Documents

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, May 01, 2015

The internet provides us with a wealth of useful and amazing information.But, as I always tell my son when he is using the internet to research a topic for his homework, you have to know your sources. Are you getting your information from someone’s blog or are you getting it from someone who is an expert in their field? This advice also applies to using legal forms from the internet. ...read more

Inga's Oatmeal Cookies

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Looking for a new baking recipe? Enjoy these delicious oatmeal cookies, courtesy of Igna! ...read more

Non Tax Reasons for Using Trusts

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Providing for the distribution of one’s property after death is not a task eagerly approached by anyone.  It is, however, a task we all should face.  A Will alone can leave property outright as you direct.  Only a trust, however, can own your property during your lifetime, hold it over time, and distribute it in the future upon the special conditions you instruct.  A trust is a powerful legal arrangement, whereby one person holds legal title to property and manages it for the benefit of another. Often, a trust can be revocable so that you can change it in the future. ...read more

It Should Not Be Kept a Secret

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Last month I wrote about the need to put an estate plan in place.  As a follow-up to that, I want to discuss the information you should make available to the people you are going to depend on to carry out your plan.  This is the best time of year to review your financial and estate plan.  All of the income tax information is coming and it is easy to determine what you have, its current value, and how it is titled.  With all of this information being so handy it is the perfect time to put together a summary of your financial information.  Why is this summary so important?  It is important so that the person who takes over if you become incompetent, or when you die, knows what you have and can find it.  Ever wonder where the unclaimed funds come from?  Much of it is from bank accounts that no one knew existed. ...read more

Irish Beef Stew with Guinness

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, February 19, 2015

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If Not Now When

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

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White Chili

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

WHITE CHILI ...read more

Empanadas

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

EMPANADAS ...read more

Taking a Moment to Care

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

           As we are in the midst of the holiday season and looking forward to a new year we sometimes forget to be patient and lend a hand, especially when we are in a hurry.  Because of my Elder Law practice, I work with many senior citizens and their families each year.  I recognize that these individuals face many challenges each and every day.  My goal is to help relieve the stress and allow families to return to their loving relationships instead of the battleground that develops between parent and child.  What I have discovered is that the simplest act of kindness can make a difference in a person’s life. ...read more

Elder Law in Iceland

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, December 01, 2014

ELDER LAW IN ICELAND ...read more

Cranberry Chutney & Cream Cheese Appetizer

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, December 01, 2014

Cranberry Chutney & Cream Cheese Appetizer ...read more

Pork Tenderloin Medallions w Cranberry Maple Glaze

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Cranberry Maple Glaze (can be made & frozen) ...read more

Do not be a Victim

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, November 04, 2014

              I recently attended a seminar on Financial Elder Abuse hosted by Serving Our Seniors in Erie County.  The presenters identified 5 main types of financial abuse and exploitation.  Contractor/Gypsy Fraud, Family Fraud, Scammers, Caregiver Fraud, and Nursing Home Fraud. ...read more

How to Have the Talk

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

How To Have the Talk ...read more

Baked Chicken

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, September 29, 2014

Baked Chicken ...read more

Ridiculously Amazing Asian Ramen Salad

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Always a crowd pleaser! Super easy and a nice addition to any meal. ...read more

Planning for Aging

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

We are all getting older.  It is an undeniable fact of life no matter how much we would like to think otherwise.  Everyone plans for a vacation, education for our children, and retirement.  But what about planning for aging?  Planning for aging simply means that we want to be certain that our wishes will be carried out in the event of deteriorating health, disability and death.  It also means that these wishes are communicated to our loved ones, so that they can make the “right” decision for us.  We can begin with some simple documents which I have previously discussed, such as the Healthcare Power of Attorney, Financial Power of Attorney and Will.  It is one thing to have these documents in place.  It is another thing to communicate our desires to the persons whom we have appointed to act on our behalf. ...read more

Recipe-Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, August 01, 2014

Honey Whole Wheat Bread ...read more

What to do with All those Passwords??

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, July 11, 2014

       If you are like a lot of people, you have moved much of your physical items to digital.  We no longer have a physical address book.  Everyone’s contact information is stored on our cell phone or computer.  Many businesses have encouraged you to stop receiving paper statements.  Now you access them online.  We don’t write checks, we pay bills on line.  We maintain online store accounts like ebay and woot.  We have digital media accounts through itunes to get our favorite songs and videos on our ipods.  We access books online and read, or listen, to them on our kindle or ipad.  We keep up with our family and friends using social media.  We even play our games using online profiles.  Photo albums have given way to storing our pictures on our computers or with online companies. ...read more

The Perfect Beef Burger

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, July 11, 2014
The Perfect Beef Burger ...read more

Where is the elder law attorney?

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, June 02, 2014

The sign on the glass door reads “Elder Law Attorney.” You peer through that door but the office is empty-where is the elder law attorney? ...read more

Recipe: ONE PAN PASTA

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Looking for a light, breezy meal to kick-off the warm summer season? Look no further than this one pan pasta recipe! With a hint of garlic and a dash of basil, this will be a sure winner at picnics and parties all summer long. ...read more

Planning for Long Term Care

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

While no one I know has ever said I want to spend the rest of my life in a nursing home, few people actually take the time to plan for long-term care. This planning is important because a person age 65 or older has at least a 50% chance of dealing with a disability within their family. ...read more

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with this Yummy Tomatillo Salsa

Gayle A. Reeves - Saturday, April 26, 2014

This delicious salsa is not only an easy-to-make recipe but the perfect zesty treat for any summer picnic or even the upcoming Cinco De Mayo celebrations. ...read more

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, March 31, 2014

Alzheimer’s Disease is an insidious disease in that it usually comes on slowly so that a person may not realize what is going on until it has progressed to a severe level. I have many clients who come into my office and say that their loved one is somewhat forgetful.  ...read more

Spring Salad with Blue Cheese & Raspberry Balsamic Glaze

Gayle A. Reeves - Saturday, March 22, 2014

Topped off with the perfect Raspberry Balsamic Glaze and blue cheese, this fresh green salad is the perfect dish to welcome in the new spring season. ...read more

When to Claim Social Security Benefits

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, February 24, 2014

When to claim Social Security Benefits has been in the news a lot lately.  It used to be easy.  You turn 62, retire, and begin receiving Social Security.  But with so many people working longer, whether by choice or necessity, the question of WHEN to take the benefits has become more important. ...read more

Shrimp with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Gayle A. Reeves - Saturday, February 22, 2014

This new delicious and healthy recipe is an easy choice for dinner tonight! Filled with simple ingredients and tasty seasonings, this "Shrimp with Zucchini and Tomatoes" recipe will be a winner in your house and quickly become a go-to meal!  ...read more

Don't Keep it a Secret!

Gayle A. Reeves - Saturday, February 01, 2014

This is the best time of year to review your financial and estate plan. All of the income tax information is coming and it is easy to determine what you have, its current value, and how it is titled.  With all of this information being so handy it is the perfect time to put together a summary of your financial information.  Why is this summary so important?  It is important so that the person who takes over if you become incompetent, or when you die, knows what you have and can find it.  Ever wonder where the unclaimed funds come from?  Much of it is from bank accounts that no one knew existed.  ...read more

Charitable Giving

Gayle A. Reeves - Monday, October 18, 2010

Charitable giving is an estate planning tool that can be used to reduce income and estate taxes, and provide a benefit to the community. When deciding to make a charitable gift, a person is not limited to a gift of money. Many charitable organizations are accepting donations of motor vehicles, real property, annuities, stocks, and life insurance. A charitable gift may be extremely beneficial to the donor who wants to avoid the income tax consequences of liquidating an asset that has greatly appreciated in value. ...read more

Caregiver Stress

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, August 06, 2010

I recently came across a study done by a research team at The Ohio State University. It focused on the effect the stress of caregiving had on caregivers. The team conducted a 6-year study of elderly people caring for spouses with Alzheimer’s disease. The results were astounding to say the least. Not only was there a significant deterioration in the health of the caregivers, but it also found that the caregivers had a 63% higher death rate than a similar group of non-caregivers. Reported in the June 30, 2003 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...read more

Guardian to an Estate

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A guardian is a person who is appointed by the Probate Court to manage the financial and/or personal affairs of an individual (called the ward). Prior to approving a guardian, the Court must make a finding that the ward is mentally incompetent and in need of a guardian. It must also find that the applicant is a suitable person to serve as guardian. The guardian is answerable to the Probate Court for providing proper care to the ward and proper management of the ward’s affairs. Every two years a guardian must file a report with the Probate Court verifying the ward’s condition and/or accounting for the ward’s property. ...read more

Is Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date?

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, January 21, 2010

Many people get their estate planning done, put it in a file or safe deposit box and forget about it. As with anything else in your life, your estate plan should be reviewed at least every couple of years or when a major change in your life occurs. Here is a simple test to see if your estate plan is up to date. ...read more

Alzheimer's

Gayle A. Reeves - Friday, October 30, 2009

Alzheimer's is a terrible, progressive disease that affects one's ability to make decisions regarding personal care and financial matters. This loss of mental abilities affects how a person conducts their daily life. ...read more

Trusts for Pets

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Are you or do you know someone who is very close to their pets and worried about what will happen when they can no longer care for their pets or they die? This is a very common concern, regardless of a person's age. Luckily for the residents of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Trust Code specifically allows for the establishment of trusts for the care of animals. This Code sets out guidelines to use in creating such trusts, and for the Court to use in determining the validity of such trusts. ...read more

Long-term Care Insurance

Gayle A. Reeves - Thursday, April 30, 2009

Children are watching their parents' money dwindle down due to the high cost of long-term care. Many seniors are concerned about how they are going to pay the fees for an assisted living or nursing facility when they can no longer remain in their home. ...read more

General Durable Power of Attorney

Gayle A. Reeves - Sunday, April 19, 2009

Who will take care of my affairs if I can't? How will my bills get paid if I'm in the hospital? If you are asking yourself these questions there is a simple procedure available to put your mind at ease. ...read more

Living Wills

Gayle A. Reeves - Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Living Will is an expression of your desires with regard to life sustaining treatment. The Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare permits you to appoint someone to make these decisions if you are unable to make them for yourself. ...read more

Assisted Living Facilties Visits and Costs

Gayle A. Reeves - Wednesday, April 15, 2009

When a family visits an Assisted Living Community for the first time, it is not uncommon for them to experience a major jolt when they hear the monthly cost. From a marketing perception, it is awesome to bring a "relief" to their dilemma and to hear and see the sign of relief when I point them in the direction of receiving Aid and Attendance. ...read more

Assisted Living Facilties

Gayle A. Reeves - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

There may come a time when a person realizes that they cannot stay in their home any longer. It may be because of deteriorating health, an inability to maintain the home, or to provide meals for themselves. Sometimes loneliness will drive a person to look for someplace to live where they can have the company of others. ...read more