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Medina County Legal Custody Attorney

What does a Medina County legal custody attorney do?  In Ohio, it is usually a request from the court to “allocate parental rights and responsibilities” or when modifying an existing custody order, “reallocate parental rights and responsibilities.”  If a parent is granted custody in a divorce, dissolution, annulment, legal separation or parentage case, that parent is named the residential parent and legal custodian of the child.  If shared parenting is granted, both parents are the residential parents, but one will be the residential parent for school purposes, which means the child will go to school in the district in which that parent resides.  Shared parenting does not necessarily mean equal time or support, but simply means that both parents share equal responsibilities. (more…)

Dalton Criminal Defense Attorney

A Dalton criminal defense attorney defends individuals accused of committing crimes in Dalton, Ohio.  The Dalton criminal defense lawyer in Wayne County, Ohio, provides defenses for a variety of criminal cases, such as felony drug possession, sex offenses, felony theft, menacing, and DUIs.  An experienced Wooster criminal defense attorney in Medina County determines and pursues potential defenses, as well as errors in the police investigation that can lead to a dismissal of the charges.  The value of finding such defenses or errors is immeasurable, saving the client from consequences such as prison, jail, house arrest, fines and suspension of their driver’s license.  Errors in police investigation are usually challenged through a motion to suppress, which, if granted by the court, would prevent the State of Ohio from presenting evidence that was obtained from the police’s wrongful conduct.  Having such evidence removed from use at trial can result in immediate dismissal of the charges or seriously impair the prosecutor’s case at trial. (more…)

Can A Child Choose Which Parent To Live With?

Can a child choose which parent to live with?  The wishes of the child is certainly a factor the court must consider in deciding which parent will have custody or will be the residential parent for school purposes under a shared parenting plan.  However, there are many factors that courts must consider in child custody cases.  These child custody factors are set forth by Ohio law.  This article will specifically focus on the child's power to make such a decision within this legal framework.
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Taxes Affecting A Decedent’s Estate

Are there taxes affecting a decedent’s estate? Ohio repealed its estate tax effective January 1, 2013.  Does that mean there is no estate tax?  Of course not.  I would not be writing an entire article on this topic if that were the case.  This article is being written in 2014, so if you are reading this later, the numbers may have changed. There are no taxes on the first $5,340,000.00 of an estate. After that, the tax rate is 40%.  However, one can deduct the funeral and burial costs, payment of debts, gifts to charities and most transfers to the surviving spouse.  A surviving spouse may wish to file a federal estate tax return, as that may allow the surviving spouse to leave $10,680,000.00 in the estate without having to pay federal estate taxes. (more…)

How Should I Dress For Court?

I am often asked, how should I dress for court?  The unwritten rules are the same, whether the court is located in Ohio courts in Medina, Akron, Wooster, or any other city that has a courthouse.  Lawyers have a clear rule: male lawyers wear a minimum of a jacket and tie and usually a suit and tie; female lawyers wear a suit or other professional attire.  If you see an attorney wearing anything else, you will usually hear the attorney apologize for their appearance and that they only learned of the court hearing at the last minute.

Do You Have To Dress Like An Ohio Lawyer?

  While the court will not usually require you to dress a certain way, it is a good idea to dress in a way that shows respect for the court. For men, this would consist of a nice pair of slacks and a dress shirt.  Some men choose to wear a suit for trial.  For women, this would consist of a nice pair of slacks or dress with a nice blouse or sweater. (more…)

State Medical Insurance May Have To Be Reimbursed Through Child Support

The State of Ohio provides medical insurance for children of low-income families.  Any such state medical insurance may have to be reimbursed through child support.  This program is called cash medical support.  Unless the person paying child support is also low-income, that person will have to pay five percent of their income towards reimbursing the State of Ohio for providing medical insurance for the children.  Because that person gets a credit for this on support payments, this has the overall effect of reducing the amount of support received. (more…)