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Legal-Ease: Can Ohio businesses have nicknames?

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People have nicknames for their friends and family members when they do not wish to use formal legal names.

Legal-Ease: What elements make a valid will?

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Many people will try to cut corners to try to save a few dollars. That could mean trying to paint your own house instead of hiring a professional painter, or maybe trying to do your own landscaping instead of hiring a professional landscaper.

Legal-Ease: Lost or misplaced? Circumstances matter

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I have a hard time keeping track of my cell phone, and of course most times my cell phone ringer is off. I tend to spend some time searching for my cell phone before I cave and resort to calling my missing phone in hopes of locating it quicker. I tend to carry multiple phones (a work phone and a personal phone), so I usually can use one phone to call the other phone without having to ask for someone’s assistance in locating my misplaced phone.

Legal-Ease: Avoiding probate but owning your house till death

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Most people have goals for what they wish to achieve in the next 10 years, five years, five months, that day or even in the next hour. Short-term and long-term goals are a good and healthy way to ensure you stay focused, stay motivated and that you improve your overall productivity. We might not meet our goals every time, but we still can ensure that we are working towards them.

Legal-Ease: How much can I gift this year without reporting it?

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Recently I have found myself shopping for birthday gifts for many family members, including my husband and multiple nephews, all of whom have March birthdays. Luckily for me, they are spread out with a birthday seemingly every week, giving me time to look for the perfect gift for each of them.

Legal-Ease: Keeping things confidential in a public world

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In a world where everything seems to be public, it is hard at times to escape from everyone being “in our personal life.”

Legal-Ease: Now what happens?

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The No. 1 question I have been asked over the last week has been “Now what happens?”

Legal-Ease: The legacy of attorney Lee R. Schroeder

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Last week, Lee R. Schroeder wrote about how it was his 10-year anniversary writing for The Lima News. Now the irony is I am writing about Lee’s legacy over his 22 years of practice and over Lee’s 48 years on this earth, which ended unexpectedly on Feb. 18, 2024, due to a short illness.

Legal-Ease: Never too late to do our best

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This week marks the 10-year anniversary of this column. Over the last decade, I have often addressed client questions or traits that the amazing and hardworking people of our region embody.

Legal-Ease: Multitasking estate planning

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I usually love doing housework, because, while doing so, I am not wasting any time, but I am also not racking my brain addressing the most intellectually demanding work of our law firm.