Recent News and Updates

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I Chose My Company Name, But What Do All These Dang Words Mean?

By Douglas Drushal   |  March 10, 2017

This brief article provides an accurate summary of the terminology used for Corporations and LLCs in today's legal world which should help the reader have a better understanding of who's who in the entity of choice.

Why Does Everyone Tell Me to Avoid Probate?

By Ann Salek   |  March 7, 2017

Probate is a court procedure that enables your estate assets to transfer to your heirs. When you pass, the "title" to certain assets cannot transfer to your heirs unless your Will is probated.

Is an Attorney Reviewing Your Real Estate Closing?

By Clint Leibolt   |  February 21, 2017

When you are investing your hard-earned money in a new home or a new commercial property, who is looking out for you? I encourage you to use Heartland Title Agency for all of your real estate title needs. You’ll receive great service and the peace of mind from knowing that an experienced real estate attorney has handled your real estate transaction.

Court Finds that Sunoco Can Use Eminent Domain to Obtain Easements for Propane and Butane Pipeline

By Monica Russell   |  February 14, 2017

An Ohio appeals court found that propane and butane are considered "petroleum" and the construction and maintenance of a pipeline across private property to transport propane and butane is necessary and for a public use.

CCJ Welcomes New Attorney, Bethann Chordas

February 1, 2017

Attorney Bethann Chordas has joined the law firm Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. ("CCJ"). Chordas will focus her practice in the areas of employment law, workers' compensation and general business law.

What is Elder Law?

By Ann Salek   |  January 27, 2017

Elder law attorneys need to advise clients regarding long-term care planning.

Keywords: elder law, probate, trust

March Conceal and Carry Changes

By Bethann Chordas   |  January 25, 2017

Effective March 21, 2017, individuals with valid concealed handgun licenses may possess firearms inside of their personal vehicle in company parking lots. Employers may still restrict employees and customers from possessing or carrying a licensed concealed firearm on company property and within the company building by posting a sign in a conspicuous location.

I-9 Form Updates and Minimum Wage Changes

By Bethann Chordas   |  January 11, 2017

There are two important changes that may impact your business in 2017: updates to the I-9 Form and minimum wage changes.

Estate Planning for Parental Nightmares: What if Junior is a Substance Abuser?

By James Lanham   |  December 29, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration tells us that in 2014, 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use.

Estate Planning and Elder Law: When Do I Need a Trust

By Ann Salek   |  December 12, 2016

In my estate planning and Elder Law practice, I am often asked, "Do I need a trust?" Many people hear about their friends or family that have a trust and they think maybe they need one too.

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