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Legal-Ease: A jilted fiance’s legal rights

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TV shows and movies create stories around brides or grooms disappearing right before wedding ceremonies. But the change of heart to marry can obviously happen any time after a couple agree to marry. If only one person decides that the marriage is not going to happen, the other person can experience immense heartbreak.

Legal-Ease: Landlords, tenants and lead

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Over time, our society has come to recognize that lead can be incredibly harmful, especially to children who are exposed to high levels of lead over significant periods of time.

Legal-Ease: Legal system’s complexity designed to eliminate unfair biases

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I spent last weekend with my sister’s family in Columbus. We left for church on Sunday before the sun had risen. However, in the car, my preschool-age nephew saw a ray of light and proclaimed, “See, the sun is trying really hard to come up!”

Legal-Ease: Gifts: taxes, Medicaid/nursing home and paybacks

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Gifts include money, labor and items of value. The difference between a discounted sale price of an item and the fair market value of that item is also considered a gift. In other words, if I sell my truck to my niece for $1,000 less than the truck’s fair market value, I have given my niece a $1,000 gift.

Legal-Ease: Skipped jury duty hurts each of us eventually

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I have not read all of the reports or watched all of the public service announcements recently made concerning the increase in the number of jury duty no-shows.

Legal-Ease: If I sell some ground, what kind of taxes am I looking at?

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The price of real estate, like almost all other parts of the economy, is increasing. Even professional real estate auctioneers and agents cannot know the exact sale price that a piece of property may bring.

Legal-Ease: Secrets of estate planning with the family business/farm

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Clients often ask attorneys in the context of estate planning, “What do other people do?” Providing examples can sometimes stifle creativity, but estate planning attorneys must both empower clients to make their own decisions and help clients plan something that clients do not work with every day.

Legal-Ease: New Ohio auctioneer licensing law

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Traditionally, becoming an auctioneer in Ohio was a lengthy process that included education requirements, a verbal examination and a time period of acting as an apprentice auctioneer under an already licensed auctioneer. That traditional process prepared auctioneers for the typical, out loud and in-person auctions that have traditionally been what we think of when we think of auctions.

Legal-Ease: Am I responsible for my parent’s nursing home bill?

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Most people strenuously avoid moving into long-term care facilities like nursing homes. Unfortunately, a parent’s move to a nursing home could eventually cause misery for that parent’s adult children.

Legal-Ease: Determining contract signers’ intentions beyond the literal words

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When disputes arise between people or businesses (parties) who have entered into contracts, the law’s primary goal is to determine the parties’ intentions in that contract and hold the parties to those intentions.