What is facilitation? How can it help resolve a dispute?

In the United States, there are several recognized alternative dispute resolution methods. One of those methods is called facilitation. Facilitation, also known as group facilitation, is a process in which a neutral party works with the members of a group to help them...

If you want to disinherit someone, read this first

You can disinherit someone if you so choose. This means cutting someone out of your estate plan when they logically expected to receive something as your heir. Most of the time, this means leaving out one of your children.  However, it’s important to note that a...

Does Ohio law protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination?

People can face discrimination for a wide variety of factors over which they have no control. Age discrimination and racism are among the most well-known forms of discrimination, but they are far from the only common forms of discrimination that exist. Discrimination...

The key to using mediation during a divorce

Mediation is a dispute resolution tactic often used by parents as they get divorced. Rather than going to court, they work together with a trained mediator to find solutions to the divorce. They get to make the decisions, rather than having a judge make them....

Planning on a divorce? Collect these documents before you file

You know that you want to get a divorce, but you haven’t spoken to your spouse yet. You know they’ll be upset, and they could take actions that would make it hard for you to get into your accounts. Before you talk to them, it’s time to look at what you need when you...

Consider an advance medical directive as part of an estate plan

You may be surprised to know that an Ohio estate plan is about more than just passing down your assets. There are other issues to consider about your care while you are still alive. One issue that you need to consider as part of your estate plan is an advance care...

Reasons people give for adoption

Adopting a child is a major decision; it’s not something you can really go back on once you commit to it. You’re permanently adding a child to your family. It can be a beautiful thing, but it’s also a big thing, and you don’t want to take it lightly. As such, you may...

Can you fight an eviction?

Just the word “eviction” conjures up nightmares for the average tenant. Whether they have a long-term lease or are operating month-to-month, most tenants fear what will happen if they get into any kind of a dispute with their landlord. But eviction isn’t a given, even...

Nearly 50% of aging Americans lack an estate plan

You often hear people say that most Americans have not yet done any estate planning. This statistic includes all adults, so that’s everyone 18 and up. That fact can make people discount the statistics, feeling like it’s natural for young people not to have an estate...

How do you know it’s time for a divorce?

One thing that people often struggle with, when thinking about divorce, is knowing whether or not it’s really time to take that step. They know that they can’t take it back. Once they mention it to their spouse, the relationship changes. They don’t want to bring it up...