How can I make sure my trust is properly funded?

Trusts are a great tool to have in your estate planning arsenal. They give you greater control over how your assets are distributed, lower tax burdens, and even help you avoid probate. However, creating a trust is not enough to ensure your assets are protected....

Dealing with a 401(k) during property division

Those preparing for divorce proceedings in Ohio likely understand the need to equitably divide up their marital assets. Thus, most might have few problems with that prospect. Yet one asset that many may not anticipate being subject to property division is a 401(k)....

Understanding intestate succession

Most people in Ohio understand the need to delineate the dispersal of their estates. Yet even with this understanding, few have actually engaged in the process. Indeed, according to information shared by Forbes Magazine, almost half of all American adults over the age...

Ohio employment-at-will laws and wrongful dismissal

Employees working in Ohio are subject to certain laws regarding their work status and incidents of alleged wrongful dismissal. According to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission Staff, employers can terminate employment at any time if there is no written contract...

Is bird nesting right for your post-divorce family?

Even though your marriage is heading toward divorce, your kids remain your top priority. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have decided to co-parent the children, you have many options for making the arrangement work. One of them, bird nesting, has gained...

How should you talk to the police?

You don’t want to find yourself in a conversation with a police officer who suspects that you have committed a crime, but it happens. That doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Maybe the officer thought you were driving under the influence when you’re actually sober, for...

A disagreement doesn’t have to lead to a court date

Maybe your neighbor has started to erect a fence on what is clearly your side of the property line. Perhaps your spouse has filed for divorce. You might even have a conflict with someone with whom you executed a business conflict. When one person doesn't uphold an...

Could co-parenting make sense for your family after your divorce?

As painful as you and your spouse’s divorce may be, you will likely want to find ways to minimize its impact on your children. You two may have trouble getting along with each other. Yet, you may both be devoted parents who are on the same page – or similar pages –...

3 tips for when you’re looking for a surrogate

If you are interested in having a child of your own but cannot have the child yourself, then one option is to pursue a surrogacy. A surrogate is a woman who is interested in carrying your child for you. They will often do so for a specific price, medical care and...

Why estate planning is so important for LGBT+ people in Ohio

No one, other than possibly legal professionals and accountants, actually gets excited about estate planning. Many people put it off because it is an unpleasant task to consider their own death and the impact that it will have on the people they love. Unfortunately,...