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As it relates to the foregoing areas of practice, and other matters included within Mr. Corbin's general practice.
Including the formation, administration, and dissolution of small businesses, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies.
As people age, a significantly larger percentage of the general population has need to consider various planning alternatives. In fact, a whole new area of practice is developing, called "elder law".
When a person becomes mentally or physically disabled a guardian or conservator may need to be appointed to look after his or her interests.
A "living trust" is a trust which is funded with assets of the person creating the trust. The person creating the trust, often called the "settlor" or the "grantor," typically retains all the benefits to the property placed into the trust.
As technology continues to develop, we are all faced with circumstances that did not previously exist. By way of example, a person's life can now be prolonged by technological means, long after any dignity continues.
One person may designate another person as having authority to handle legal matters on ones behalf. The instrument which accomplishes this is called a power of attorney.
When a person dies without a will, or dies "intestate" as the law calls it, the property of the deceased is distributed according to a formula fixed by law. In other words, if you do not make a will, you do not have any say about how your property will be distributed.
When an Ohio resident dies owning probate property in the state of Ohio, a legal proceeding to determine the deceased's assets, their value and the method of distribution to heirs, is provided for by law. This proceeding is called "probate", and it occurs whether the person dies with or without a will.
Everyone who owns any real or personal property or who has minor children should have a will regardless of the present amount of the estate.
Once two people are married they are prohibited by law from entering into contractual arrangements with each other, except in the context of divorce, with what is called a separation agreement.
A will is a document that provides for the way in which a person's probate property will be distributed upon death. For the will to be valid, it must meet certain formal requirements as provided by the laws of the state involved.
With regard to real estate, a written contract is required, almost without exception. Generally speaking, an agreement to transact any interest in real estate must be in writing.
As a matter of law our government, under certain circumstances, is permitted to take our private property from us, for certain public purposes.
The closing is the conference at which the real estate transaction is consummated. The closing agent will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the process. The title to real estate must be closely examined through a careful review of all relevant courthouse records. The closing agent must monitor compliance with all contractual terms. A settlement statement will be prepared, summarizing the financial details. Certain documents need to be duly recorded.
When you buy a home, you want to be certain it's safely yours. But even the most diligent search of the public records could fail to disclose a number of title defects.
It is a fact of life that private property rights are now governed by complex laws called zoning and subdivision regulations. The owner of private property is restricted as to the lawful uses to which he may put his property. Lawful uses are generally categorized as residential, commercial, and industrial.
Every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. When we drive, we often see evidence of that statistic, with accidents ranging from whiplash to fender-benders to death. Victims include passengers, drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.
The phrase "Personal Injury" is also known as "Tort," the French word for "wrong." Personal Injury or Tort Law is intended to compensate you if someone's carelessness injures or damages you or your personal belongings.
Slip and fall accidents are the most common type of "premises liability" cases. Slip and fall accidents can occur on commercial, residential or public property. Regardless of where they happen, all property or building owners have a responsibility to make certain an environment is safe.
Should you be so unfortunate as to require the services of a litigator, you want to make certain that you retain the right lawyer.
My approach to trial and litigation is this. Settlement should be thoroughly and carefully explored. One thing is certain throughout the litigation process, and that is that the lawyers will make money. The best thing a lawyer can do for his client is to get him/ her or to keep him/her out of litigation. It is only when all else fails that litigation, as a last resort, should be pursued and then it should be pursued vigorously and with close attention to detail. This will be expensive and it cannot be otherwise.
Legal counsel should endeavor to be firm and deliberate and aggressive in his/her role as your advocate.
A crime is a wrong against the state. When a crime is committed, the government is prosecuting the individual. In other words, the whole weight of the state is against the person. There will never be a greater imbalance of authority. A lawyer will serve to put things back in balance. When a person is charged with a misdemeanor, the officer or the charging authority may be making a quick decision. Errors are made. Witnesses may simply have the wrong impression of what they have witnessed. Both the facts and the law should be challenged. It may be that a plea of guilty or no contest is the best choice, but it is a choice which should be made with the benefit of legal counsel. Be aware also that you should not plead guilty under circumstances where there may be civil consequences. Instead, you should there utilize the plea of no contest.
Be aware that certain criminal records can be expunged. In other words, they are erased, for most purposes, such that the crime is deemed never to have occurred.