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 the world can be difficult to appreciate for those of us just trying to put food on the table.  However, the number of days in a month is an ideal example of the precision the legal system tries to provide to ensure consistency and clear expectations for our interactions in society.

Read more about this in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: “Legal-Ease column: “Leap year, deadlines and ‘reasonably close’ dates”,”

Source:, “Legal-Ease column: “Leap year, deadlines and ‘reasonably close’ dates”,” by Lee R. Schroeder, February 15, 2020.

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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