Hickman & Lowder Presents Elder Law Talks, Do I Need a Will?

Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. is excited to present its new Elder Law Talks series. We will regularly be sharing short videos to help you expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved one.

This week’s episode: Do I Need a Will?

In our first episode of Elder Law Talks, Attorney David Banas addresses the one question he is asked every time he meets a potential client ..

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Janet L. Lowder: Past Speaking Engagements & Activities


  • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Cleveland Council, “Special Needs Trusts and Medicaid Planning”
  • NAMI – Lorain County, “Legal Needs of the Mentally Ill: Benefits, Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts”
  • United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, “Special Needs Planning”
  • Maple Heights Senior Center, “Advance Directives”
  • CEVEC Parent Alumni, “Housing Alternatives”
  • KeyBank Trust Officers, “Special Needs Trusts”
  • CEVEC Transition Fair, “Government Benefits & Special Needs Planning”
  • Stetson Conference


  • Southwest General Hospital
  • NAELA Conference
  • NYEC
  • Southwest General Hospital Parents Group
  • Lake West Hospital
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Home Instead
  • Cleveland society of Financial Professionals
  • Cleveland Bar Association, “Estate Planning”
  • Stetson Conference


  • Stetson Conference
  • Light of Hearts Villa
  • Northeast Ohio Case Management Network
  • Tools for Today and Tomorrow
  • Cleveland Bar Association, Practice and Procedure Clinic
  • CEVEC Transition Fair
  • OSBA Elder Law Institute
  • CBMRDD, “Life Planning”
  • Home Instead
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National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

Janet L. Lowder and Elena Lidrbauch are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a non-profit professional association dedicated to improving the quality, availability and delivery of legal services to seniors and people with special needs. NAELA sponsors continuing legal education programs and provides publications, educational materials, and mentoring to its members, as well as supports other organizations that serve seniors and people with disabilities. NAELA also examines and advocates on public policy issues facing seniors and people with special needs, and keeps members abreast of ever-changing legislation related to elder law on a federal and state level.

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Examples of Estate Planning Documents

Last Will & Testament
A Last Will & Testament determines who will administer your estate upon your death. It also dictates who receives your assets.

Durable General Power of Attorney
A Durable General Power of Attorney (POA) is a wonderful tool that can be used to avoid a possible Guardianship action being filed in the Probate Court if you become incompetent to make your own decisions. When we create a POA for you, you have the opportunity to predetermine who will manage your affairs if at some point you are unable to do so.

Power of Attorney for Health Care
A Power of Attorney for Health Care document authorizes another person to make health care decisions for you if you lose the capacity to make informed health care decisions for yourself.

Living Will Declaration
A Living Will Declaration is a binding legal document you can complete now which declares your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatment, if you should become terminally ill or permanently unconscious.

A trust can provide for others to step in and assist with, or fully assume, the management of your assets should you become incapable of handling your affairs. It is a flexible and practical tool that can be used to carry out your predetermined objectives.

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