Legal-Ease: Walk this way

Ohio has several laws to govern pedestrian traffic, and many communities have their own additional laws and ordinances as well. Pedestrians must obey all pedestrian traffic-control signals. Sometimes people can become confused over how to handle pedestrians at intersections with stopped vehicular traffic. 

Legal-Ease: Giving our lives one good deed at a time

Some people may avoid helping others with the concern that they may make the situation worse. For this reason, the law often includes “good Samaritan” protections to people who are trying to help others. Ohio law is general and comprehensive when it comes to help during emergencies and disasters. 

Legal-Ease: Hire the right professional from the start

When someone is hired to do a job that they’re not qualified to perform, the result can be disappointing. There can be recovery, though, in many instances in which shoddy goods or services were provided. 

Hiring the right professional from the start will ultimately save both time and money rather than getting stuck with cleaning up the mess from a poorly done job. 

Legal-Ease: Spring cleaning and trash fires

As spring cleaning is upon us, many in our region will want to burn combustible trash outside. In the state of Ohio, no burning is allowed between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the months of March, April, May, October and November unless the fire is in a plowed field. These months of the year are particularly dangerous for outdoor fires. 

Ohio has a number of laws in place for burning outside, and municipalities and counties often regulate fires as well. 

Legal-Ease: Caring for adult children with special needs

When children with intellectual and developmental disabilities become adults, unique challenges can present themselves.

If the adult with a disability is mentally competent as a matter of law, he or she may be able to sign powers of attorney that name family and friends as agents. If the adult is not legally competent mentally to sign powers of attorney, parents or other members of the family should undertake a formal guardianship proceeding.

Legal-Ease: Warranties and out-of-business retailers

When a business closes, its commitments are typically canceled along with the business itself. So, for example, a retailer that closes down may have the ability to walk away from its property lease. This applies to contracts with other vendors as well. 

Among contracts that a business may walk away from upon closure are warranties. Warranty liability for closed businesses usually will break out into two categories. 

Legal-Ease: Close enough, legally speaking

In some instances, “close enough” is legally sufficient, especially since perfection is not possible in every aspect of business or life. 

A good example of this is with real estate documents that are several decades old. Names that sound the same but are spelled differently can sometimes considered to be the same. 

Legal-Ease: Magic and miracles of Christmas

For Christians, celebrating Christmas can be a time to recognize the magic of the season. For example, people who have items on layaway for the Christmas season may discover that a stranger has anonymously paid their bill. They might feel like they experienced a miracle.

But to the person who paid the bill, it was just something they do every day. Magic or a miracle to one person might be a simple act to another person.

Similarly, we can make magic or miracles happen in our own lives by making the good decision to plan ahead.

Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my spouse’s bills?

Being married means more than just living together. In some situations, being married can make a person liable for their spouse’s financial obligations. 

As Ohio is not a community property state, married people can have very separate lives both financially and legally. So in Ohio, most often one person’s financial obligations are not the obligations of the spouse…unless the spouse has “co-signed” or “guaranteed” a financial obligation. 

Legal-Ease: Cyber theft, legal rights and what to do

Many people shop online, especially during the holiday season. Most people who have shopped online have either experienced themselves or have heard of a family member or a friend falling victim to identity theft. 

Legal rights concerning online activity are typically no different than legal rights in general. But when it comes to online theft of either our identities or money, it’s very difficult to determine who was involved in the theft.