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Lisa Vitale Arnold

Lisa Vitale Arnold has been a resident of Stark County for most of her life.  Having been educated through the North Canton public school system, Lisa attended college at Ohio University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, business pre-law, and international business and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Right after college, Lisa went to law school and graduated from The University of Akron School of Law.  After working for a few years, Lisa obtained a Master of Business Administration from Malone University.  

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As an attorney for twenty-one years, Lisa has a variety of experience in public and private practice.  She clerked at the Akron Municipal Court during law school.  After law school, Lisa started her attorney career at Stark County Legal Aid Society, now known as Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.  She has worked at Stark County Department of Job and Family Services, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, and Stark County Probate Court.  Lisa launched Vitale Legal in 2015. 

Lisa is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Stark County Bar Association, North Canton Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Initiative Networking, and AmSpirit Business Connections.

Lisa is involved in the community.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Stark County Hunger Task Force for eighteen years and currently holds the position of Chair of Governance.  She is a past president and vice president of this organization, which helps to feed 30,000 Stark county residents each month.  In October 2015, Lisa was recognized for her volunteer work with the Stark County Hunger Task Force as one of thirty AultCare 30 Community Advocates, who have dedicated themselves to serve, care, and advocate for others.

Lisa is married to Derek and has one step-son, Caden.  She also has a Maltese-Yorkie mix dog, Tucker.

ESTATE PLANNING

Everyone needs an estate plan!  Estate planning typically consists of four basic documents:  Last Will and Testament, General Power of Attorney (sometimes called a Financial Power of Attorney), Living Will, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.  Additionally, a Trust may be appropriate.  

The General Power of Attorney, Living Will, and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care are all documents which are applicable while you are alive.  These documents permit you to appoint agents to act on your behalf if you are unable, and let your loved ones and medical staff know your wishes if you are permanently unconscious or terminal.  

The Last Will and Testament lets you control what happens to your estate when you pass away.  Your estate is everything you own, including real estate, vehicles, bank accounts, financial investments, retirement accounts, furniture, clothes, and even your pets.  You determine who gets what and when.  You can name a guardian for your minor children and provide for their care.  You can give gifts to charities that align with your values.  

A good estate plan is more than what happens to your possessions when you are gone.  Properly drafted documents can include instructions for your care if you become disabled or incompetent, provide for those with special needs, provide for those who are not good with money or have creditor issues, provide for transfer of your business, and minimize taxes if this is an issue.  It is possible to plan in such a way that little to no assets end up having to go through probate court to be distributed to your beneficiaries.

ELDER LAW

Elder law is a newer area of law.  It is the practice of law that focuses on the special and additional needs of the elderly, including estate planning, long term health care needs, guardianship, and Medicaid planning and eligibility.  With Medicaid planning, the earlier this process starts, the more options are available to protect assets.  Currently, the Department of Medicaid has a five-year look back period when reviewing transfer of assets.

PROBATE

Going through probate is typically considered to be the process of distributing your assets after you pass away.  The probate court handles several different matters including estate administration, adoption, marriage license, guardianship, conservatorship, trust administration, certain types of land sale, minor settlement (a child receives a money judgment or settlement), and civil commitments.  If one passes with assets that must go through the probate court, then an estate case is opened in the court and the process proceeds from there.  Estates can take over a year to finalize.

BUSINESS PLANNING

If you are looking to start your own business, there are several options available, including sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), corporation, and non-profit corporation.  It is important to pick the best entity for your business and have the proper paperwork drafted and reviewed.  This includes an operating agreement or articles of incorporation, contracts, and leases.

CONTRACTS

A contract is a binding legal document in which there is an agreement for one party to do something in exchange for something else from the other party.   A good contract clearly states the parties involved, what is to be done, compensation, expectations of parties, how to terminate the agreement, dispute resolution, and consequences of non-performance.  Non-disclosure, non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions may also be included or drafted as a stand-alone document.  It is good planning to have an attorney review a contract before you sign it, especially if there are terms you do not understand.

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