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Dec 5, 2016
Supreme Court of Ohio Adopts Rule to End Shackling of Juveniles
Dec 2, 2016
Depositions: What Are They and How Do They Work?
Dec 1, 2016
What You Should Know about Organ and Tissue Donation
Dec 1, 2016
What You Should Know about Getting Help for Your ADD Child
Dec 1, 2016
Transition Services Help Children with Disabilities Move to Post-School Activities
Dec 1, 2016
Social Security Disability: Rumor vs. Reality
Dec 1, 2016
Schools Have Authority To Search Lockers
Dec 1, 2016
Ohio Provides Continuing "Mini-COBRA" Coverage for Former Small Business Employees
Dec 1, 2016
Ohio Law Prohibits Bullying in Public Schools
Dec 1, 2016
Medicaid Provides Home and Community-Based Services Waivers
Dec 1, 2016
Extended School Year: Summer Options for Students with Disabilities
Dec 1, 2016
Children and Adult Children with Disabilities - The Truth is Out There
Nov 30, 2016
What You Should Know about the Jones Act and Maritime Injury Claims
Nov 30, 2016
What You Should Know about Boating While Intoxicated in Ohio
Nov 30, 2016
Unhappy with the Terms of Your Divorce Decree? You Have Options
Nov 30, 2016
Terminating Your Marriage: The Discovery Process
Nov 30, 2016
Terminating Your Marriage: Litigation and Settlement
Nov 30, 2016
Terminating Your Marriage: How the Process Starts
Nov 30, 2016
State Law Regulates Most Ohio Cemeteries
Nov 30, 2016
Reducing Risk of Piracy: What You Should Know
Nov 30, 2016
Pro Se Appeals: Are They Worth Trying?
Nov 30, 2016
Know Your Rights When Faced with Layoff
Nov 30, 2016
Consumers Should Ask Questions Before Choosing Cemeteries
Nov 30, 2016
Ask Questions When Pre-Paying for Funerals
Nov 29, 2016
How Much Do You Know About Joint Bank Accounts?
Nov 28, 2016
Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increases with Inflation
Nov 28, 2016
Addressing Pet Issues through Mediation
Nov 28, 2016
“E-Check” Tests Vehicle Emissions in Ohio
Nov 26, 2016
What Rights do Grandparents Have After Divorce?
Nov 26, 2016
Technology and Social Media Raise New Challenges with Confidential Information
Nov 26, 2016
Step-Parent Adoption Is Permanent
Nov 26, 2016
Ohio's Innocence Protection Act Expands Access to DNA Testing after Conviction
Nov 26, 2016
Ohio's Innocence Protection Act Addresses Police Interrogation and Lineup Procedures
Nov 26, 2016
Laws Protect Employees Who Serve as Caregivers
Nov 26, 2016
Electronic Information Changes the Face of Litigation
Nov 26, 2016
Buttons, Badges and Bullying: What Is Allowed at Work?
Nov 25, 2016
Sobriety Checkpoints Are Constitutional
Nov 25, 2016
Law Provides Real Consequences for Acts Involving Counterfeit Controlled Substances
Nov 25, 2016
Drug Trafficking Laws Invoke Serious Consequences
Nov 23, 2016
What You Should Know About Unemployment Compensation
Nov 23, 2016
What Should I Know Before Signing an Oil and Gas Lease?
Nov 23, 2016
Understand Duties and Rights Regarding Sexual Harassment
Nov 23, 2016
Law Protects Employees from Employer Retaliation
Nov 23, 2016
Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Can Receive Help to Communicate in Court
Nov 23, 2016
Federal Tort Claims Act Allows Certain Claims To Be Brought Against the U.S. Government
Nov 23, 2016
Employers: What To Do When There Is a Social Security Number Discrepancy
Nov 23, 2016
Employers Should Know Extent of Responsibility for Employees’ Injuries
Nov 23, 2016
Employers Have “Qualified Privilege” When Conveying Information about Employees
Nov 23, 2016
Employers Are Not Required to Provide Severance Pay
Nov 23, 2016
Employees Should Not Expect Privacy at Work
Nov 23, 2016
Commonly Asked Questions about Employer Retaliation
Nov 23, 2016
Civil Rights Commission Investigates Discrimination Cases
Nov 22, 2016
What You Should Know about Transferring Your Telephone Number
Nov 22, 2016
What Am I Paying for Through My Telephone Bill?
Nov 22, 2016
Residential Financing in a Nut Shell: Seller Financing
Nov 22, 2016
Pay Bills on Time to Keep Electric and Gas Service
Nov 22, 2016
Natural Gas Choice Allows Consumers to Compare Prices
Nov 22, 2016
Employers Face Liability for Hiring Unauthorized Workers
Nov 22, 2016
Employers Can Hire Foreign Workers for Seasonal Jobs
Nov 22, 2016
Aggregation Gives Consumers More Energy Choices
Nov 21, 2016
What You Should Know about Guns in Schools
Nov 21, 2016
Tackling Cyberlaw and Student Discipline in Schools
Nov 21, 2016
Ohio's Point System for Traffic Violations
Nov 21, 2016
Ohio Charitable Trust Act Authorizes Ohio Attorney General to Oversee Charities
Nov 21, 2016
Ohio Businesses Can Appeal Ohio EPA Decisions
Nov 21, 2016
Know Ramifications of Cell Phone Use
Nov 21, 2016
Know Penalties for Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence
Nov 21, 2016
Electronic Medical Records: Ready or Not, Here They Come!
Nov 18, 2016
Understanding Domestic Violence from a Legal Perspective
Nov 18, 2016
Law Bans Employers from Using Genetic Information to Make Employment Decisions
Nov 17, 2016
What Consumers Should Know Before Selecting a Credit Counseling Agency
Nov 17, 2016
Paralegals Aid Attorneys and Clients
Nov 17, 2016
Know How to Answer a Complaint
Nov 16, 2016
What You Should Know about Medicaid
Nov 16, 2016
What Is an Annuity?
Nov 16, 2016
Planned Unit Developments Provide Flexibility for New Construction
Nov 16, 2016
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Applies to Overseas Business Activities
Nov 15, 2016
What You Never Knew about Credit Scores
Nov 15, 2016
Tenants Should Look Out for Intent-To-Vacate Clauses
Nov 15, 2016
Tenants Can Terminate Lease Agreements in Certain Circumstances
Nov 15, 2016
Ohio's Veterans' Treatment Courts Provide Support
Nov 15, 2016
Ohio Law Gives Tenants Security Deposit Rights
Nov 15, 2016
Know Pros and Cons Before Securing a Payday Loan
Nov 14, 2016
Owner May Give "Right of First Refusal" to Buy Property
Nov 14, 2016
College Students Often Caught Off Guard by Code of Conduct
Nov 13, 2016
The Nuts and Bolts of Death Penalty Appeals
Nov 13, 2016
Get Debt Relief without Resorting to Bankruptcy
Nov 12, 2016
Federal Tax Refunds Can Be Intercepted to Pay Back Child Support
Nov 12, 2016
Child Support Orders Can Be Modified
Nov 12, 2016
Child Support Orders Are Terminated for Many Reasons
Nov 12, 2016
Child Support Enforcement Agencies Assist Parents
Nov 12, 2016
Affordable Care Act Spells Out Parents' Responsibilities for Dependents
Nov 10, 2016
Know About Factors Affecting Your Credit Scores
Nov 9, 2016
What You Should Know about Living Wills
Nov 9, 2016
What Ohioans Should Know Before Going to Work in Canada
Nov 9, 2016
What Birth Parents Should Know about Adoption Process
Nov 9, 2016
U.S. and Ohio Law Make Adoption More Affordable
Nov 9, 2016
Traveling Abroad with Minors: From Passport Issues to Medical Issues
Nov 9, 2016
Recognized Advance Directive Forms Simplify Health Care Planning
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