Recent News and Updates
In the past several months OSHA has published statistics regarding the most cited violations and statistics about worker fatalities.
Ohio Revised Code 3953.32 requires that, at the time an order is placed for a title insurance policy, the title insurance company or its agent must offer closing or settlement protection to the parties to the transaction. This is accomplished through the issuance of a closing protection letter (a "CPL").
"No purchase necessary", you see it on the television, you hear it on the radio, it's written in every promotional advertisement. There's good reason why!
One of the recent trends in the construction industry is to move toward more Design-Build projects, as opposed to the more traditional Design-Bid-Build model.
I regularly hear the following excuse regarding why parents of minor children have not completed their estate planning: an inability to decide on who will act as the guardian of their minor children in the event of the parents' untimely death. While there are numerous reasons parents should plan for the possibility of death, designating their children’s future caregiver(s) should rank high on that list.
Oil and gas production has existed in Ohio since well before World War II. Wooster has been a regional hub for such activities for many decades, thus it is not surprising that CCJ has been engaged in such legal practice for all of those decades.
A little advice about how to conduct financial transactions through a power of attorney can save a lot of potential trouble in the future.
Strongly consider having your trust reviewed by one of our estate planning attorneys. Older trusts drafted for couples (especially those written before 2013 for Ohio residents) were designed to reduce estate/death taxes but usually created an income tax problem for the children, but that was the lesser of two tax evils (40% estate tax vs typical 15% capital gains for income tax).
As a landowner, the law affords you certain property rights, but do you know the extent of these rights as they relate to oil and gas beneath your land? If your answer is "yes", congratulations, you are one of the few. But, if your answer is "no", well, don't worry, I hope to add at least some clarity to this confusing area of property law.
Even though you or your business manufactures nothing, it, or you, may be subject to liability and very costly litigation defense under Ohio's Product Liability Act.