What are your rights under a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is, according to FindLaw, a contract between two people who live together. The contract functions similarly to a prenuptial agreement in that it outlines the rights and obligations each party owes to each other both during their time...

Who would a court name as your executor?

Ohio residents will usually name an executor in their last will and testament as a way to control how their assets are distributed following their death. However, some people may delay estate planning or not care very much about it. If you fail to name an executor or...

What can you do when your landlord fails to make repairs?

According to Ohio Poverty Law Center, LLC, landlords in Ohio have several responsibilities to their tenants. Among those responsibilities are the duties to keep the electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation systems in good working order, to keep the hallways and...

How can I dispute an eviction notice?

Renting remains popular in Ohio, but there are times when you feel the landlord wrongfully did something. One case in point is when the landlord evicts you. That eviction notice can surprise you unless you know it is coming. There are steps you can take to dispute an...

Should I have a medical power of attorney?

Upon retirement, there are many steps to take before you need end-of-life care. At some point, you may be unable to make medical decisions by yourself. A medical power of attorney form in Ohio can give those rights to a close family member. A loved one who files the...

How is child custody handled in Ohio courts?

The court's main interest in any custody hearing is to focus on the best interests of the children involved. According to Statistical Atlas, Columbus divorce rates dramatically increase between the ages of 40 and 50 for married couples. While the divorce rate in the...

Better legal protection now available for Columbus renters

As a renter in the busy Columbus area, you likely already know that housing can be limited and competition can be tight. At Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP, we understand that landlords can be less than dependable and sometimes outright aggressive. According to U.S....

Can I put my rent in escrow?

You may have heard people in Ohio talk about how you can withhold paying your rent if your landlord is doing something wrong. This is kind of true, but it is not as simple as not paying your rent. There is a legal process required. The Franklin County Municipal Court...

The importance of estate planning for travelers

Estate plans are crucial for so many reasons, from providing peace of mind to ensuring that assets are handled properly after someone passes away. Even at a younger age, estate planning can be very beneficial, and there are many reasons why people may want to create...

Estate planning during a midlife crisis

Throughout life, there are many challenges that people run into, whether they face problems in their career, difficulties with family members or struggle with the loss of someone they love. Many people experience a midlife crisis, which can unravel one’s life in a...