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Andrew Lycans Elected to Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors

By Andrew Lycans   |  April 18, 2017

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. (CCJ) is pleased to announce that Andrew Lycans has been elected to serve on the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Board of Governors.

Did You Know You Can Control How Old Your Kids are When They Receive Your Assets?

By Sarah Baker   |  March 31, 2017

Parents wishing to delay delivery of assets to their children beyond age twenty-five can do so by setting up a trust. A common misconception is that trusts are only for the ultra-wealthy. A trust can provide numerous benefits beyond simply delaying the age at which children receive assets.

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

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.

What is Elder Law?

By Ann Salek   |  January 27, 2017

Elder law attorneys need to advise clients regarding long-term care planning. This includes financial issues pertaining to how to pay for long-term care and whether lifetime savings can be protected from having to be depleted to pay for long-term care.  Planning discussions include long-term care insurance, privately self-insuring to pay for long-term care, obtaining Medicaid benefits, or obtaining Veterans Aid and Attendance benefits to pay for long-term care.

Keywords: elder law, probate, trust

March Conceal and Carry Changes

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

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.

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