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Linda Hoffmann

SPOUSAL SUPPORT (ALIMONY) CHANGES

The new federal tax plan adopted in December 2017 eliminates the tax deduction for spousal support payments (commonly called alimony). This change may make negotiating a settlement more difficult and expensive and place a real burden on low-moderate income couples.   In Ohio, spousal support is an award of a payment in a divorce or dissolution that is separate from child support. The payment is made to a former spouse who earns less money. &…
Joel Cavanaugh

PMHM Attorney to Serve as Officer for the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation in 2018

The law firm of Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co., LPA is proud to announce that Joel D. Cavanaugh has been elected to serve as the Treasurer of the Wadsworth Public Library Foundation Board.  The acceptance of this leadership role with the WPLF Board of Direcotrs is a testament to the long-standing tradition of community service at Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann, & Morse. This will be Cavanaugh’s second year on the Foundation Boa…
Joel Cavanaugh

Local Attorney Appointed to Wadsworth Public Library Foundation Board

The Wadsworth Public Library Foundation Board announces the appointment of local attorney Joel D. Cavanaugh to serve on the board. This appointment is a testament to the long-standing tradition of community service at Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann, & Morse law firm as Cavanaugh will serve on this board, in addition to his various other volunteer efforts around the community. Cavanaugh looks forward to serving the Foundation, as he is passionat…
Linda Hoffmann

Property Records Solicitation Alert

  Homeowners in Medina and surrounding counties are receiving mail solicitations offering to provide landowners with “a property profile” and an additional copy of the property owner’s deed for a fee, usually $75 to $100. What many homeowners do not realize is this information is available for free on the County Auditor or Fiscal Agent’s website in the county in which they live. By researching online at no cost, the property owner by usi…
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2017 Estate and Gift Tax Update

The IRS has updated the limits for the unified estate and gift tax exemption amounts.  These updates increase the limits for federal estate and generation-skipping tax and several other provisions affecting the transfer of wealth.  The gift tax limit remains unchanged for 2017. Tax Exemption Amount. The federal estate tax exemption amount for 2017 is $5.49 million per person. This means that every person dying in 2017 can transfer up to $5.49…
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Joel Cavanaugh

Joel D. Cavanaugh Joins Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co.

Joel D. Cavanaugh has joined Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co., LPA. Cavanaugh will serve as an associate attorney advising clients in the areas of estate planning, Medicaid planning, trust and estate administration, and probate matters. Cavanaugh is a lifelong Wadsworth resident and is excited to return to practice in his hometown. He is a graduate of the University of Akron where he received his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Engl…
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Local Jurist and Wadsworth City Council President Thomas Palecek Retires from the Practice of Law

On September 30, 2015, Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Co., L.P.A. recognized one of its founding partners, Thomas Palecek, for his remarkable and distinguished career as a jurist, elected official, community activist, and family man. A reception was held at the law firm that welcomed clients, past clients, local business leaders, elected officials, members of the bar, family, local clergy, and many local judges and magistrates. It was a nigh…
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Linda Hoffmann

Linda Hoffman Honored with Excellence in Public Service Leadership Award

Linda Hoffmann was recognized by Leadership Medina County at its December 2014 awards ceremony for the Excellence in Public Service Leadership Award. For over three decades, her positive influence on Medina County has been far reaching. Her service to 4H, the Medina County Bar Association, Medina City Council, The People’s Law School and her local church supported the dreams of future leaders, educated citizens about their rights, and provided…
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Mary Jo Morse Nominated for ATHENA International Award

Mary Jo Morse was nominated for ATHENA International award from local leaders for 2014. ATHENA International was founded in 1982 with the mission to support, develop, and honor women leaders. Reflecting a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” the nomination honored women improving the quality of life for others in the community with a “Women of Our Community” award. Mary Jo Morse has been a lo…
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