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Who We Are

Executive Legal Services was established in 1985, and is a legal support service business that provides independent paralegal services to local attorneys specializing in the area of probate law and estate planning.

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We offer extensive experience assisting attorneys in all aspects of probate administration and estate planning. Through our contacts in other related fields, we work with associates in the areas of Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Medicaid Planning, Real Estate Services, Veterans Benefits and In-Home Health Care Services.

Future Planning is a complicated process and individuals may need assistance to secure the preparation of a Last Will & Testament, Living Will, Healthcare POA, Durable POA, Revocable Living Trust, Life Insurance Trust, Irrevocable Trust, Irrevocable Funeral Trust, Medicaid Planning, Guardianship, or Analysis of Financial Portfolio.

Executive Legal Services also provides services for Recording of Real Estate Transfers, the Preparation of an Ohio Estate Tax Return(when necessary), and Acquisition of Resident Tax Release Forms(when necessary).


What is Digital Documentation and Why Do I Need it?

Digital Documentation is a service in which your signature is digitally video recorded to provide evidence of sound mind and free will. This can be extremely beneficial if there is the possibility that questions will arise in the event of a will contest or extenuating circumstances where your wishes are questioned because of mental or physical illness. Documents that are eligible for this service include Living Wills, POAs, and Last Will and Testaments.

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What is a Mobile Notary and Why Do I need one?

Our Mobile Notary provides a notary who travels to homes, businesses, hospitals or other places to provide notary services.  Many times a Notary is needed for documents such as a Will, POA, or Trust, and sometimes the person who is signing is unable to travel.  This is where a Mobile Notary comes into play.

Why do I need Document Retrieval Services or Courier Services?

Sometimes the occasion arises where you may need a copy of your deed, birth certificate, or other important legal documents. We offer a service where we can retrieve such documents, and deliver them to you. We also offer personal and business courier services for the pickup, delivery, or filing of documents for all counties in Ohio.


Looking for extra funds to help pay for caregiving services in your home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home? Are you a veteran, spouse of a veteran or widow of a veteran that served during a time of war? If so, you may qualify for an under-utilized and much misunderstood benefit is sometimes referred to as Veteran’s Aid and Attendance, Improved Pension or Enhanced Pension. A similar, but slightly different benefit is known as a Housebound Pension. The funds provided by these benefit program for veterans are often the difference between being able to afford to keep a frail elder at home and having to transfer them to a skilled nursing facility.

The maximum veteran’s benefit is approximately $1600-1900 per month for a veteran with 1 dependent and approximately $1000 per month for the widow(er). Assets (not including house and other exempt assets) must be less than $50,000 for single or widow; and $80,000 for married veterans.


Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active War time is eligible for this benefit. A surviving spouse of a War Veteran may be eligible if married at the time of death. The individual must qualify both medically and financially. Assets cannot exceed eighty thousand dollars however, many things, including their home, vehicle, pre-paid funeral expenses and many other items may not be included in this number. For further information regarding financial qualifications, consider seeking the referral from Executive Legal Services.


4/21/1898 – 7/15/1903

5/9/1916 – 11/11/1918

12/07/1941 – 12/31/1946

6/27/1950 – 1/31/1955

8/5/1964 – 5/7/1975

8/20/1990 – present


The time frame is determined by the accuracy of the initial application. The average process takes between 4-6 months. However, the VA does pay retroactively from the date of application. The resident is paid directly from the VA. This program financially assists the resident with paying their monthly rent, care, and/or services.

Life Care Planning is a process whereby the legal, healthcare and social aspects of a person’s life are assessed and a plan is developed to meet those needs in an economical fashion that protects and preserves the income and assets of the person to the greatest extent possible. The elements of a Life Care Plan include the assessment of the immediate, mid-term and long-term care needs of the person, followed by the developments of a plan to provide the type of assistance the person will need during the various time frames and then determine how to most efficiently pay for that assistance.

With a Life Care Plan, you never have to wonder if you’re doing everything you can for your loved one. Executive Legal Services is a member of Life Care Coaches and through our involvement with their team we work with associates in the areas of Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Medicaid Planning, Real Estate Services, Veterans Benefits and In-Home Health Care Services.

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A Medicaid Plan combines in the elements of protecting and preserving the income and assets of the elder or disabled individual with the assessment and coordination of the care needs for the individual. A Medicaid Care Plan answers all the tough questions about your loved one’s long-term care, now and in the future and provides valuable protection for individuals and their families. With a Medicaid Plan, the client gets the right care sooner, maximum independence for as long as possible, and the ability to age with dignity.  Families get help finding the right care and services; guidance for legal, health care and long-term care decisions as the elder’s condition progresses. Planning sets forth how your loved one’s long-term care, financial, physical and psychological needs will be met and addresses how to maximize your loved one’s quality of life, until the end of life, and preserve wealth for your family’s future.



EXEMPT ASSETS are assets that Medicaid will not take into consideration for qualification for Medicaid benefits.

The primary exempt assets are:

  • Home
  • Personal belongings and household goods
  • Automobile for spouse
  • Irrevocable prepaid funeral contracts and burial plots
  • Life Insurance if face value is $1,500 or less

COUNTABLE ASSETS are all other assets that are usually non-exempt and are countable.

Some of the countable assets are:

  • Cash, savings, checking accounts, certificates of deposit
  • Savings Bonds
  • IRA and other retirement accounts
  • Real estate other than residence
  • Boats or recreational vehicles
  • Stocks and mutual funds

Key Medicaid Information for Ohio for 2017

Protections for the Community Spouse

Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA): Minimum: $25,284
Maximum: $126,420
Increased CSRA: Permitted through appeal. Ohio follows the income-first rule.
Annuities: Annuities purchased prior to the first continuous period of institutionalization are given some protected status.*
Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: Minimum: $2,003
Maximum: $3,023
For explanation, click here.


Average monthly cost of nursing home care according to state: $6,570
For explanation, click here.
Has a Long-Term Care Partnership program been implemented? Yes
For explanation, click here.


Is the state an “income cap” state? No
For explanation, click here.

Estate Recovery

Has the state expanded the definition of “estate” beyond the probate estate? Ohio has significantly expanded the definition of “estate” to include almost everything a person owns at death. It is important to check with a qualified elder law attorney for advice regarding post Medicaid eligibility planning.
Has the state included a hardship provision in its estate recovery plan? Yes
For explanation, click here.

Home Equity Limit

The state Medicaid program will not cover long-term care services for those with home equity above this limit, with certain exceptions.

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