Planning for long term care

Planning for long term care As the baby boomer generation gets older, there is going to be an increased need for attorneys that specifically work in the area of estate planning for long term care.  If you or a loved one is getting to the age of 55 or older, it is time to start seriously […]

Getting a second divorce, from the same person

Getting divorced for the second time…from the same person As you might imagine this isn’t a very common problem.  Not many people get married to the same person twice.  Pamela Anderson married and divorced Rick Salomon twice.  Elizabeth Taylor married and divorced Richard Burton twice.  Richard Pryor married two of his wives two times.   For […]

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief

Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief March, 2012 If you are like me, you are in the midst of the tax preparation haze.  I became an attorney with the hopes that my business would be that of the written word and I would never have to complete another math problem for so as long as I live.  […]

False Advertising Claims against Anheuser-Busch

False Advertising Claims against Anheuser-Busch. In 1991, Richard Overton sued Anheuser-Busch for false and misleading advertising under Michigan State law. He also included one claim that appears to allege that he personally suffered injuries as a result of the false advertisements. A number of publications and websites parodied this lawsuit by focusing only on the

Criminals need not bear the responsibility for their crimes alone when the real money is in Hollywood.

Criminals need not bear the responsibility for their crimes alone when the real money is in Hollywood. 1996, the family of Patsy Ann Byers sued Oliver Stone, Warner Brother, and others involved in the making and distribution of the movie Natural Born Killers for an unspecified amount. They claimed that the movie caused Sarah Edmondson […]

If you can’t sue the system, sue yourself.

If you can’t sue the system, sue yourself. 1995, Robert Lee Brock sued himself for $5 million. He claimed that he had violated his own civil rights and religious beliefs by allowing himself to get drunk and commit crimes which landed him in the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Virginia, serving a 23 year sentence […]

Inventory List

Inventory List My mom is a barber.  She hears all of the town gossip of Franklin, Ohio.  There isn’t usually much going on in Franklin, but recently, a client told her the following story:  This couple came home from work one day and their grill was gone off their deck.  They assumed that their grill had been […]

Legal Overhead Costs

A few weeks ago, I met with another attorney that asked me to join her firm.  This firm was an expense sharing firm which meant that I had two options.  I could join as a partner, which would mean that I would have one flat monthly expense rate for everything the firm provided to me, or I […]

Spousal Support in Ohio

Spousal Support in Ohio: One of the least guiding “guidelines” in Ohio is the Ohio Spousal Support Guidelines.  This statute gives Ohioans “factors” that Ohio Courts consider when determining whether spousal support will be granted and if so, how much.  The factors the courts consider are the following: Quoting Ohio Revised Code § 3105.18. – […]

Risks and Benefits of Separating before filing for Divorce

I don’t know if I have said this before (in written form, of course) but if I have, I am going to say it again: Americans are ready to start spending money again.  I know that the stock market says otherwise, but I can tell the economy is recovering because people are finally pursuing divorce again.  […]

National “Make a Will” Month

Recently, I have had many clients contact me about making a will; more so than in any other month.  I knew that it was National “Make a Will” month but I did not think that anyone else knew that.  Even if they did, I didn’t think that “n…

Attorney-Client Relationship

Attorney-clients relationships can be complicated.  It has been said that you aren’t an experienced attorney until you have fired at least one client.  If that is true then I am officially an experienced attorney.  There are generally only two reasons that would prompt me to fire a client.  Either 1) there is a conflict, in […]

Living Trusts as an Estate Planning tool

A living trust is a trust that is funded with assets which can be amended and/or revoked by the settlor (creator).  A living trust can be used to handle financial affairs while alive and dispose of property after death.  As an attorney, many clients have shown an interest in living trusts because of the fact […]

Credit Repair

If you have ever made a large purchase with a boyfriend or girlfriend, you probably know what a nightmare it can turn out to be.  It is an even bigger hassle if the big purchase is a house and the other party doesn’t contribute to the payments after the breakup.  If you would like to […]

Transfer on Death and Probate

I got into probate practice on accident.  It all started when I worked for my previous employer as a law clerk (after I had taken the bar but before I had received my results).  Our firm had received a telephone call from a client/investor.  Our client had an investment property and the person staying in […]