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Who is manning the front door at Cooper and Adel?

By Kevin Trimble

Cooper and Adel want you and your family to have the most pleasant experience possible from the time you enter our doors. When you enter the doors of our Centerburg offices there are 2 people waiting to courteously greet you and ensure that you are comfortable.

Dustin Snyder, the Receptionist will greet you with a smile and offer you refreshments to keep you comfortable in preparation for your consultation with Mr. Cooper or meetings with any other of our staff members. By the time you enter our office, you may already have spoken with Dustin as he would have called you previously to confirm your appointment. Should you wish to strike up a conversation with Dustin, be sure to ask him about his two dogs and a cat that he believes are like children. Besides his time greeting clients at Cooper and Adel, Dustin enjoys traveling to Columbus to visit family and playing computer games.

The second person to ensure that you have a pleasant visit with us is our Administrative Assistant, Mary Beth (Poole) Rees. Mary Beth is the first person to call you after attending one of our seminars or being referred to us by one of our great clients. She assists all of our departments with their administrative needs and along with Dustin will make sure you are comfortable and will gladly offer you some refreshment. Want to get Mary Beth talking, just ask her about her 10 grandchildren. Besides spending time with her grandchildren, Mary Beth is also a licensed fire fighter, photography buff, camper and wife to her husband of 28 years.

Mary Beth and Dustin will gladly go out of their way to ensure that you are comfortable from the moment you step into our Centerburg offices. Should you need anything, please ask them!

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Supporting Special Olympics…

JM Megail Gaumer

SO-LogoWhile the country is immersed in watching athletes compete in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, there are 7,000 more Olympic athletes preparing for the 2015 Los Angeles summer games. The Los Angeles games are held for intellectually disabled individuals as part of the ongoing global movement known as the Special Olympics.

Millions of individuals benefit by participating in the Special Olympics and they are not just the athletes. The Special Olympics organization gives intellectually disabled people the opportunity to focus on strengths and abilities they otherwise may not have known existed. Volunteers gain perspective on the abilities of those with intellectual disabilities.

So how can you help?

Thousands of people each year show their support for the Special Olympics by volunteering or donating to the cause, as we do here at Cooper, Adel & Associates. In addition to our support of the Special Olympics, we offer planning tools to allow parents and grandparents the ability to leave an inheritance for an intellectually disabled child or grandchild without the concern that they could lose any government benefit by doing so. We believe life should be easier for those you leave behind, not harder and not planning properly could cause an unintended hardship for a child or grandchild who receives government benefits. Don't let that happen to your loved ones. Call our office to schedule your complementary consultation to begin planning for an intellectually disabled loved one.

Click this link to donate to the Special Olympics


Honoring the Dangers of Spaceflight

By Attorney Ted Brown

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 4.49.12 PMThe achievements of human space exploration has afforded mankind with innumerable benefits. While many of us take these benefits for granted, these achievements have come at a high price.

This week is marked as the deadliest week in the history of manned space exploration. The span from January 26 to February 1 has seen three major tragedies resulting in the loss of the entire crew in all cases. Below is a brief synopsis of these tragic missions. Today we remember the lives of these brave pioneers who gave their lives in the name of science and discovery:

January 27, 1967 – Apollo 1

January 26, 1986- Space Shuttle Challenger

February 1, 2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia


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A Dream… A Belief…

JM Megail Gaumer

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 9.15.57 AMJanuary 20, 2014 is Martin Luther King day which recognizes the birthdate of a celebrated leader of nonviolent activism during the civil rights movement. Dr. King dreamed of a multiracial nation living in peace. After his assassination in 1968, President Ronald Reagan signed the federal holiday into law.

King was well known for his ability to communicate a message of hope and inclusiveness. Here are just a few:

Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

The King Center remembers Dr. King in this way:

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.”

As you go about your day, take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of Dr. King.  

A Life Well Lived: In Memory of Bob Pruitt

Screen Shot 2014-01-02 at 8.31.16 AMBob Pruitt passed away shortly before New Year's day. Bob was a personal friend and a colleague and we will sorely miss him.

On the business side, Bob and his wife, Mabel, have helped our firm over the past few years by delivering deed work to counties all over the state. This was a retirement job for them but they understood the importance of it and approached it with persistence, enthusiasm and diligence. He and Mabel enjoyed working with the county personnel they met on their trips around the state. Our staff enjoyed Bob's sense of humor and caring personality. Even when Bob was so ill that he could barely walk up the stairs, he continued to work. He had a work ethic that is rare.

You could always expect a story when he arrived – he was a character. He was generous and caring and always had time for friends and family. The time ahead will be difficult for Mabel and our hearts go out to her and their family.

Remembering President John F. Kennedy

By Attorney Ted Brown

November 22, 2013

U.S. President John F. Kennedy  Portrait50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States and the youngest President ever to be elected at age of 43. However, he was the second youngest President to serve, following Theodore Roosevelt who took the Oath at age 42 after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901.

Kennedy served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy, commanding a torpedo boat in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his return home, he began his political career in 1947 after being elected by the State of Massachusetts to the House of Representatives. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1953 and served there until defeating Richard Nixon for the Presidency in 1960. Kennedy's campaign against Nixon was the first to feature a live television debate between the candidates which served to showcase Kennedy's charm and charisma.

Although brought to an abrupt and tragic end in 1963, his Presidency was marked by his tremendous leadership through many significant events including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the fight against the global expansion of Communism, a nationwide crackdown on organized crime, support for the Civil Rights movement as well as the birth of the space program and Kennedy's personal challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while driving through Dallas in a motorcade at 12:30 pm on November 22, 1963. Oswald fired three shots from the 5th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building located near Deely Plaza. One shot wounded Texas Governor John Connelly. The public assassination, together with the controversial and conspiracy-laden investigation that followed, has left a lasting and dark imprint on the American people. Many historians have described the event at the loss of our collective national innocence which led to much of the political turmoil of the 1960's and beyond.  

SUMMER DESSERT: Angel Food Pineapple Cake


When summer rolls around we like to look for a cool dessert that doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare, something cool and light. I had one passed along to me this summer that we enjoyed and thought I could pass it on to you

Angel Food Pineapple Cake

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 3.06.44 PM1 box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 Lg. Can Crushed Pineapple

Mix well and place in 9 X 13 greased pan
Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Prepare icing with the following ingredients:

1 Small Tub of Cool Whip
1 Small Vanilla Instant Pudding
½ Cup Milk

Mix together and frost the cake.

Fun Fact Blog

By Attorney Mitch Adel

Have you ever heard of the game “Words with Friends”? If not, it is the Scrabble-like app occupying everyone's smartphone these days, both young and old. In fact, this past week our host was spotted playing the game underneath the table, during Thanksgiving dinner! The next night while we were waiting for the new James Bond movie “007 Skyfall” to begin, the entire row in front of us was playing. Then oddly today on the plane, I was reading a magazine explaining the origin of the game of Scrabble. It seems today's word game has Alfred Mosher Butts to thank! In 1938 Mr. Butts invented the board game in Poughkeepsie, NY, but it wasn't until the early 1950s that it became popular when the president of Macy's, James Straus, discovered the game on vacation and ordered some for his store. Within a year, it was the newest fad to the point that Scrabble had to start rationing the game to stores around the country.

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Labor Day


By Janet Fickel

Labor day is an American federal holiday, observed on the first Monday in September, to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. Of course most of us look forward to the three-day holiday with celebrations such as picnics, parades and outdoor activities to enjoy the last days of summer.

America is a country of proud working people. It is an honor to put in a full day of work for a paycheck. People work very hard for their money and we should all celebrate the fact that we have that opportunity.

As Labor Day approaches, it is important that we reflect on the best ways to preserve and protect the money that we labor for. The employees at Cooper, Adel and Associates wish you our very best on your Labor Day vacation. As always, we are available to guide you through the steps that are needed to protect your assets. Call 1-800-798-5297 for a free consultation at one of our four offices.


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Changes in Happy Top


By Angela Miracle

My dad was born in September of 1943, in a one-bedroom house that he shared with his parents and three brothers. Although that sounds a little too close for comfort, it was the same in many of the other homes in the section of Hamilton called “Happy Top.” This area sat above the city and overlooked the Great Miami River. Young, hard working families made up this section of town and when I was born in 1974, it was much the same except that the rocks being thrown into the river in 1943 were now being thrown by Happy Top's next generation.

Now that I'm grown, the dynamics of that area have changed a bit. The original families have moved out, the corner store that my grandparents owned has closed, and there are signs posted advising you not to throw rocks into the river! Although not always welcomed, change is inevitable. The same is true of your estate plan. The individuals you carefully chose 30 years ago to make decisions for you may not be the best choices now. Lives and circumstances change constantly, and your estate plan should reflect those changes. Our attorneys will be happy to review your current estate plan, or create one for you.

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