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Legal-Ease: Legal resolutions for the new year

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Traditionally, people have made resolutions at the beginning of the new year. Often, those resolutions deal with physical health or financial habits. However, the new year is also a great time to make resolutions related to our legal health.

Legal-Ease: Smart contracts and the law

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A smart device like a phone or TV can accept simple instructions and take all intermediary steps to provide desired outcomes with the user not having to dictate each step, because each step is already programmed into the device.

Legal-Ease: Understanding trusts

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In simplest terms, a trust is a set of rules that govern the ownership and use of assets. Generally, as long as a rule is lawful (i.e. not sexist or racist), that rule can be included in a trust.

Legal-Ease: Limiting certain foreign ownership of farmland

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The sometimes slightly preferential treatment that our government at all levels occasionally provides to farmers and other agricultural businesses is usually justified as promoting “national food security.” The idea is that America needs self-sufficiency when it comes to America’s ability to feed itself.

Legal-Ease: Real estate agent commissions under microscopes

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In Ohio, real estate agents must be licensed with the Ohio Department of Commerce. There are two types of licenses for real estate agents in Ohio: real estate salesperson or real estate broker. Each real estate salesperson is required to be affiliated with at least one real estate broker.

Legal-Ease: Uniquely American legal rights

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The last several weeks have placed a spotlight on other countries’ (including countries that we consider sophisticated) lack of various freedoms. Those missing freedoms contrast with our uniquely American legal rights that make our self-governing country extra special among our peers.

Legal-Ease: Legalization of recreational marijuana not as ironclad as people think

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Last month, Ohio voters passed two state-wide referendums. The first referendum, Issue 1, amended Ohio’s Constitution regarding abortion and other, various healthcare related topics.

Legal-Ease: Being confidential online, legal and practical tools

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Even basic internet competency empowers people to find at least some personal information that you may desire to keep confidential.

Legal-Ease: New rules for forwarding mail prompts need for updated powers of attorney

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Last month, the U.S. Postal Service introduced new requirements to forward mail. Under the new requirements, someone can forward his or her mail at a post office or online.

Legal-Ease: Value of insurance hard to overstate, even with legal entities

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People face unforeseen, unfortunate events all the time. Sometimes the unfortunate events are mistakes or accidents. Other times, Mother Nature or society creates situations where negative things happen for which people are financially responsible.