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June 2018 Archives

2 ways to contest a will

When you first saw the will of your deceased loved one, you were taken aback by what you saw. It may be that unequal shares were left to beneficiaries, something you’re almost certain they wouldn’t do. Property that they promised you would inherit was instead left to one of your siblings and they took your place as an executor. It may also be the case that the document includes questionable language you don’t believe is in accordance with the law.

The basics of eminent domain

Ohio residents who buy property expect to be able to use that land as they see fit. There can be limits to this use, though, such as when one becomes part of a homeowner's association. However, even in these circumstances an individual retains ownership of his or her property. Sometimes, though, the government can swoop in and take one's property either with the owner's permission or without it. The government's power to exercise this taking for the furtherance of public good is known as eminent domain.

What basic types of trusts could one include in an estate plan?

To many Ohioans, estate planning is a difficult topic to broach. One reason is because many individuals are afraid to confront their own mortality. Another common reason for procrastination is a fundamental misunderstanding of estate planning. We hope to make the topic easier to think about and increase your understanding of estate planning, so you can feel comfortable developing an estate plan that meets your and your family's needs.

Litigation and appeals: the importance of objections

Although many legal disputes in Ohio end with settlement prior to going to trial, some cases will ultimately require litigation. This is often the case when the parties are confrontational toward each other, as well as when the stakes are high for each side. Preparation prior to litigation is key to building a strong case. However, even after discovery is conducted, witnesses are subpoenaed and testimony is prepared, the actual act of litigating requires skill. How one party litigates can have a tremendous impact on the outcome, even if the initial trial is lost.

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