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May 15, 2017
Technology Affects a Lawyer's Duty to Protect Confidential Information
May 1, 2017
International Adoption Rules Vary According to State, National and International Law
Apr 15, 2017
Month-to-Month Tenancies in Ohio
Apr 1, 2017
Recent Changes to Ohio's Gun Laws—What You Need to Know
Feb 21, 2017
Veterans Service Commissions Assist Veterans and Their Dependents Across Ohio
Feb 21, 2017
Telephone Marketing Scams: How to Avoid Falling Prey
Feb 21, 2017
Ohio Tackles Opioid Epidemic
Feb 21, 2017
ABLE Act Accounts Help People with Disabilities Save for the Future
Feb 1, 2017
Think Twice Before Making a Do-It-Yourself Lease
Feb 1, 2017
Real Estate Contracts: Be Careful When Using Email and Voicemail
Feb 1, 2017
Disposing of Household Waste: What Does the Law Require?
Dec 22, 2016
Telephone Debt-Collection Scams: Should You Fear Your Phone?
Dec 22, 2016
LGBTQ Rights in Ohio: A Changing Landscape
Dec 20, 2016
What You Should Know about the Least Understood Branch of Government
Dec 20, 2016
What You Should Know about Ohio Firearm Owner Rights and Responsibilities
Dec 20, 2016
What You Should Know About Common Pleas Court Judges
Dec 20, 2016
What Is Juvenile Competency?
Dec 20, 2016
Parents May Be Liable for Child's Actions
Dec 20, 2016
Ohio's Constitution Gives Municipalities "Home Rule" Self-Government Authority
Dec 20, 2016
Housing Authorities Develop and Operate Low-Income Housing in Ohio
Dec 20, 2016
Guns at Home Can Make Parents Liable for Child's Criminal Actions
Dec 20, 2016
Casino Control Commission Oversees Ohio Casinos
Dec 19, 2016
The Whys and Wherefores of Contingent Fees
Dec 19, 2016
Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee
Dec 19, 2016
Lawyers Keep Clients' Confidences
Dec 19, 2016
Federal Law Regulates Advertising
Dec 19, 2016
Creditors Ask Asset Questions in Judgment Debtor Exams
Dec 16, 2016
How to Get the Most from an Attorney-Client Relationship
Dec 16, 2016
Can the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Help You?
Dec 13, 2016
When A Loved One Dies…Who Pays The Bills?
Dec 13, 2016
Ohio Law and Common Law Address Dog Bites
Dec 13, 2016
Know Legal Steps to Take After Someone Dies
Dec 13, 2016
Is A Revocable ("Living") Trust Right for You?
Dec 13, 2016
Harm Caused by Defective Products Can Lead to Liability Claims
Dec 12, 2016
What You Should Know About Determining Capacity in Ohio
Dec 12, 2016
Tax Abatements Exempt Real Estate Taxes for Improvement Projects
Dec 12, 2016
Fair Labor Standards Act Sets Federal Minimum Wage
Dec 7, 2016
Ohio Law Guides Parenting Plans in Divorce and Custody Cases
Dec 6, 2016
Ohio Legacy Trusts Protect Assets
Dec 5, 2016
Trusts Can Provide for Pet Care Following Disability or Death
Dec 5, 2016
Supreme Court of Ohio Adopts Rule to End Shackling of Juveniles
Dec 5, 2016
Spousal Support Determined Case by Case
Dec 5, 2016
Ohio's Dangerous Wild Animal Act Aims to Balance Public Safety and Animal Owner Rights
Dec 5, 2016
Ohio Dog Owners Must Follow State Laws
Dec 5, 2016
Local, State and Federal Governments Consider LGBT Workplace Rights
Dec 5, 2016
At the Crossroads of Grandparent Visitation
Dec 2, 2016
Ohio’s Civil Legal Aid System Offers Hope To Low-Income Individuals
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
Articles appearing in this column are intended to provide broad, general information about the law. This article is not intended to be legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from a licensed attorney.

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