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DIY trends may not suit estate planning

Leaving your family without a plan when you are unable to care for yourself or after you are gone will result in anxiety and confusion for your loved ones. Putting your wishes down on paper when it comes to end-of-life care and how you want your final affairs handled after your passing can give you peace of mind and allow your family to feel more comfortable knowing that you have provided them with valuable instructions.

When it comes to creating the plan itself, you have many options you could utilize. However, some options may prove more beneficial than others. For instance, online resources that allow for do-it-yourself estate planning may have more negative aspects than positive ones.

Protecting employees during slippery weather

You likely do all you can to protect your employees from harm. This may include providing personal protection devices, mandatory safety training, and the most efficient and safest equipment for your industry. However, there may be dangers you are overlooking.

Some of the most common injuries among workers occur when business owners neglect to exercise precautions during winter. Ohio weather is unpredictable, and the state has already dealt with a blast of wintry precipitation this year. Failing to tend to the hazards of snowy and icy surfaces may result in an employee injury, which places you at risk of liability.

Do you want more information on collaborative divorce?

As your marriage comes to an end, you fear that the divorce process could degrade into a contentious court battle. After discussing the issue with your future former spouse, you both agree you do not want to go your separate ways in this manner.

Instead, you want to use an alternative dispute resolution method. You heard about collaborative divorce, and it sounds like something that you could benefit from, but you want more information before making a decision. This article gives you the basic information you may need to help you make an informed choice.

Who gets your great-grandmother's pearls?

As you begin the estate-planning process, you may be fortunate enough to have some property that will pass to beneficiaries of your choice without going through probate. This could include liquid assets such as your deposit, investment, and retirement accounts. It may even include some real estate and other large assets, depending on how one titles them.

You may breathe a sigh of relief that your largest assets will be secure upon your death. However, there may be valuable, but less obvious assets that you may not have considered. Many people forget about big-ticket items on the walls of their homes or in their jewelry boxes, for example. If you don't make a plan for items like these, it could cause a great deal of consternation and contention among your surviving family members.

5 tips to consider when choosing a business name

Taking realistic steps to start your own business can stir many emotions. You know you have a great deal of work ahead of you, but you look forward to reaching a point where business operations can truly get underway. Before that happens, however, you will need to make several small but significant choices.

One choice you need to make that will have a lasting impact on your business is deciding on your business name. This part of the process can seem exciting, but it can also prove more complex than you may have originally thought. Therefore, it may prove wise for you do carefully consider your name options before choosing one.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T YOUR FAMILY

It was reported this week that famed soul singer Aretha Franklin died without a Will or Trust. This problem not only throws all of her assets and liabilities into the public eye of probate and to the intestacy statutes, but also guarantees tens of thousands in unnecessary costs and tens of millions of easily avoidable estate tax.

Employee lawsuits and the reputation of your business

Business owners face a myriad of hurdles, some of which arise on a daily basis. We have discussed many on this blog, such as allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace and legal issues with other companies. However, the consequences of an employee lawsuit can be particularly damaging for any business, regardless of its size. If one of your current or former employees has decided to pursue legal action against your company, for any reason, it is important to know what is at stake and be aware of how litigation could harm your company. Aside from the financial penalties and potential loss of key business relationships, the damage to your business' reputation could be significant.

Sometimes, lawsuits filed by employees become highly publicized. Local and national media may cover certain cases, which could be incredibly damaging to the reputation of your business and cause potential customers to take their money elsewhere. Moreover, clients and business partners may decide to move on as a result of the allegations. In fact, this damage can occur even if an employee falsely accuses a company of wrongdoing. In the digital age, information can spread rapidly over social media and the rest of the internet, which can add to the damage.

Mark W. Jordan Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2018 AIOLC's 10 Best in Ohio For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of Ohio's Attorney Mark W. Jordan as 2018 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction. 

Divorce and your revocable trust

Revocable trusts offer a number of benefits, such as avoiding probate which can help save money as well as time while maintaining privacy. However, there are times when people may decide to take a second look at their revocable trust. For example, someone who has decided to split up with their marital partner may need to go over their trust as a result of their divorce. For starters, it is very important to remember that everyone's circumstances are unique, so the approach that works best for you may vary in comparison to someone else's. Many people choose to speak with a legal professional to ensure that they make the right decisions and know their options.

You may have a number of considerations related to your revocable trust due to a divorce, whether they involve your former spouse, your kids or your property. Ending your marriage can be challenging for many reasons, whether you are adversely impacted from a financial standpoint or struggle with emotional difficulties due to divorce (depression, anger or anxiety). Some people might feel like pushing off estate-related matters due to a difficult divorce and our law firm certainly understands the pressures that can be involved in divorce cases. Family law issues, especially those involving kids or significant assets, can be very hard to work through.

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