Legal-Ease: Breaking up can be hard to do

Many people inherit real estate and other assets with siblings or other people. Co-owners of real estate have access to all of the property, unless the co-owners have an agreement for another arrangement. If one co-owner doesn’t want to co-own the property, a partition lawsuit can be initiated. 

Legal-Ease: Tax savings for people over age 70 1/2

When deciding the amounts of deductions on taxes, taxpayers have two options to consider. First, you can itemize deductions, which is often done by farmers, small business owners and those who give a lot to charities. The other method for deductions is to simply deduct a flat amount each year. That’s referred to as taking […]

Legal-Ease: Technology challenging limits of contract law

New technology is complicating and challenging our legal system, especially when it comes to contract law. 

Typically, people can be wronged in one of two different ways. First, a person may be harmed when that person’s rights are violated. Second, a person may be harmed when someone else violates a contract. Technology’s advances are designed to automate actions and decisions that were historically done manually by human beings. This can complicate contract law now that technology is taking the place of humans. 

Legal-Ease: Train noise and road blockage

The United States Constitution gives the federal government complete authority over interstate commerce, which includes railroads. So while residents and businesses may get frustrated by the noise and inconvenience that trains can sometimes bring, bringing their complaints to local governments won’t affect change. 

In northwest Ohio, state and local governments have no power to regulate railroads since our region has mostly interstate railroads. 

Legal-Ease: Pope Francis and elevator malfunctions

Ohio has several laws in place to ensure that elevators are safe and operable. The laws focus mainly on the construction, registration and inspection of elevators. 

Ohio elevator laws were last significantly updated in 2012. The Ohio Department of Commerce administers and enforces elevator laws. 

Legal-Ease: What to consider when starting retirement

Retirement planning can be both exciting and daunting. When you consider the beginning of your retirement, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. 

First, determine your healthcare needs. Second, be sure to prepare a budget and a cash-flow plan. Finally, be sure to be prepared for the event of long-term care needs popping up. 

Legal-Ease: Can I legally play ‘Queen of Hearts’?

Ohio bars and restaurants frequently run “Queen of Hearts” games and people have the opportunity to win hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lottery games are allowed in Ohio because money is given to schools. Charities and religious organizations can raise money from games such as Bingo. Games of chance are typically not lawful unless there is skill associated with the game of chance. 

So, are Queen of Hearts games illegal? Ohio law allows for games of chance if the manager of the game makes no money in the game, among several other requirements. 

Legal-Ease: Is it worth fighting over?

Some disagreements stem from an action that causes someone to be physically or financially hurt. Other disagreements come from perceptions alone, often from poor communication or just simple misunderstandings.

Sometimes people want to use a lawsuit to exact revenge on principle. Principle can be a very expensive goal, though, when it comes to lawsuits. The cost of attorney fees and filing fees should be considered when deciding whether to involve a lawyer in a disagreement. 

Legal-Ease: Key steps for agriculture-involved LLCs and trusts

Agriculture-involved LLCs and trusts require certain key steps that aren’t necessarily included in other LLCs and trusts. Omitting these keys steps can be fatal to the LLC or trust’s operation. 

While some law firms do take these key steps for agriculture-involved LLCs and trusts, not all do. Don’t assume the steps are being taken unless your lawyer explicitly tells you that they are. 

Legal-Ease: Powers of attorney and personal liability

Two primary rules apply to all powers of attorney, also called POAs. First, an agent under a power of attorney can only do what the POA explicitly allows the agent to do. Second, an agent under a power of attorney must always do what the principal wants as long as the agent is aware of the principal’s wishes.