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What is a Fair Payment for a Pipeline Easement?

By Eric Michener   |  February 19, 2020

Rather than viewing the proposed payment as a final offer, you should consider the initial offer as a starting point in negotiations and bargain for the best deal possible.

The Truth about the Medicaid Spend-Down: You Don’t need to “Lose” all of Your Assets to the Rest Home

By Nicole Hawks   |  February 5, 2020

Looking to protect your assets as you age? It is never too late (or too early!) to start planning. Whether you are being proactive as you enter retirement or are responding to a crisis (such as a fall, stroke, or diagnosis), there is planning that can be done to help PROTECT your hard-earned assets.

Big Changes for Your Retirement Planning - The New "Secure Act"

By James Lanham   |  January 27, 2020

If you have designated a trust as your retirement plan (including IRAs) beneficiary, please contact your Critchfield attorney to have your trust reviewed for compatibility with the new Secure Act provisions.

Medicare Rates—What You Need to Know to Avoid Overpayment

By Nicole Hawks   |  January 8, 2020

Did you know there are income brackets for Medicare? There are, and the brackets are NOT identical to income tax brackets. Attorney Nicole Hawks shares insights into the Medicare bracket system and strategies for avoiding a bump into a higher bracket for both single and married seniors.

TechCred Application Open Through January

January 6, 2020

Workforce development remains one of industry's biggest challenges in Ohio. In order to assist our clients with meeting this challenge, the attorneys at CCJ want to be sure our clients are aware of a program offered by the State of Ohio.

Keywords: ohio techcred

Critchfield Advances Five to Firm Partnership

January 6, 2020

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. announced today that five lawyers have been elected to the firm's membership. The new partners, Daniel P. Calvin, Ann E. Salek, Chad B. Yoder, Kimberly L. Hall, and Eric T. Michener.

Has My Car Lost Value Just Because it was in an Accident? Diminished Value Claims in Ohio

By Eric Michener   |  December 12, 2019

You've been in an auto accident. A few months later when you try to trade in your vehicle for a new model, the dealer tells you he cannot give you full trade in value because your truck has an accident history.  You explain that the truck was fully repaired and works just fine.  Your dealer shrugs and says that the average consumer does not want to take that risk.This phenomenon is known as diminished value.

A Quick Look at Veterans Aid and Attendance, an Often Overlooked Benefit Available to Veterans and Their Surviving Spouse

By Kim Rose   |  December 10, 2019

Children with aging parents often find themselves in the difficult position of placing their mother or father in an assisted living or long term care environment with little knowledge of their parent's financial situation. The children are often surprised to learn their parent did not have to be injured to receive Aid and Attendance through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and the surviving spouse of an honorably discharged veteran (or those having been discharged other than dishonorably) may also be entitled to a similar benefit even if the surviving spouse never served.

Critchfield Adds New Associates to Firm Roster

December 9, 2019

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. is pleased to announce that four attorneys have joined the firm as associates.

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Two Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. lawyers named to Super Lawyers list

December 2, 2019

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. is pleased to announce that two lawyers, Susan E. Baker and J. Douglas Drushal, have been selected to the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list.

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