Despite being teased for sometimes using big or unfamiliar words, attorneys tend to universally use the common word “tricky” when describing easements. An easement is a right for one property owner to use someone else’s property without taking away ownership from the that other owner. For example, I may own a woods that is located […]
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Legal-Ease column: “Leap year, deadlines and ‘reasonably close’ dates”
Every year that is divisible by four is a leap year. However, among leap years, every year that is divisible by 100 is not a leap year. Thus, this year is a leap year. And, due to this year being a leap year, February has 29 days instead of 28 days. Such academic details of […]
Legal-Ease column: “Condos, PUDs and homeowner associations differ by what’s owned versus shared”
Traditionally, people own houses with adjoining yards, driveway, garages and other outbuildings. The person owns that property without neighbors or anyone else dictating the use, look and layout of the property, except for local governments who enforce zoning and public safety laws. However, some people feel that the value of everyone’s homes can be increased […]
Legal-Ease column: “Judges: thankless umpires”
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts headlined last week’s news as he presided over President Trump’s impeachment trial. Justice Roberts explained his role as being that of an umpire in a baseball game, calling balls and strikes. Nevertheless, some people disagreed with whether Justice Roberts should only be calling balls and strikes and other […]
Legal-Ease column: “Powers of attorney and their effectiveness”
If someone is unable or unwilling to make decisions, the only way that someone else can make their decisions is if that other person has been empowered to do so by a local probate court or through a written power of attorney signed by the person giving the authority (the principal). Court appointment of people […]
Legal-Ease column: “Consequences from agricultural pesticide drift increasing”
Agriculture, like the rest of our world, is growing and changing at a pace seldom seen in history. Crops and animals are genetically modified to correlate to each field and each pen of a production facility. In producing crops, a pesticide applied to one field can sometimes drift onto another, nearby field. The risk of […]
Legal-Ease column: “Double jeopardy and the Fourth Amendment in NW Ohio”
Northwest and West Central Ohio has dealt with an incredibly unfortunate situation that may also significantly impact the rest of the United States. My summary of the facts is brief and simplified. A man named Travis Soto was involved in the 2006 death of his son. Mr. Soto told authorities that his son died from […]
Legal-Ease: Asset protection from nursing home expenses
Medicaid eligibility planning is a very specific aspect of law. Basic estate planning, such as wills, trusts and the like, rarely include planning for Medicaid.
Legal-Ease: Misleading or just puffery?
Puffery is the term used to describe the vague statements and opinions found in advertisements. These statements include ambiguous claims regarding certain products being better than others and often include expressions of opinions as opposed to facts. The issue of puffery arises pretty often, especially at this time of year as retailers are vying for our holiday gift dollars.
Legal-Ease: How to prepare for a legal career
School is about to start again in just a few short weeks, and many students will be deciding what they’d like their future to look like soon. Some students may consider joining the legal field, but that doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a lawyer. Some positions outside of being an attorney are legal assistants, clerks and paralegals.