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Jun 24, 2016
How Do Consumer Class Action Lawsuits Work?
Jun 23, 2016
Franchising Your Business
Jun 13, 2016
What You Should Know about Changing Custody Agreements in Ohio
Jun 6, 2016
Valentine Act Protects Trade and Competition in Ohio
Jun 6, 2016
Non-Citizens Charged with Criminal Offenses Face Complex Laws
Jun 4, 2016
Direct Appeals Can Remedy Trial Errors
Jun 3, 2016
Uniform Mediation Act Affects Dispute Resolution
Jun 3, 2016
Mediation Can Resolve Disputes
Jun 3, 2016
Can Foreclosure Mediation Help Me?
Jun 2, 2016
Management Rights Clauses Spell Out Employer Autonomy in Collective Bargaining Agreements
May 31, 2016
Why Won't the Notary Notarize My Title Transfer?
May 31, 2016
Why Should You Know Your Ohio Clerk of Courts?
May 31, 2016
What You Should Know about P.O.D. Accounts
May 31, 2016
Preserving Legal Testimony: Court Reporters or Electronic Recording?
May 31, 2016
Mayor’s Courts Hear Many Misdemeanor Criminal Cases in Ohio
May 31, 2016
Business Owners Shoulder Responsibility for Employed Drivers
May 31, 2016
Bailiffs: What To Do When They Tell You What To Do
May 30, 2016
Public Utility Rates: Who's in Charge?
May 30, 2016
Ohio Courts Play Important Role for Immigrant Children
May 27, 2016
Divorce Courts Divide Assets and Liabilities Equitably
May 26, 2016
Understanding Mandatory Binding Arbitration in Consumer Contracts
May 26, 2016
Student Loans: Advice for Parents and Children
May 26, 2016
Rural Electric Cooperative Consumers Have Rights
May 26, 2016
Consumers Should Understand Debt Buying
May 26, 2016
Are Prepaid Debit Cards a Good Choice for Me?
May 25, 2016
State Recovers Medicaid Costs from Estates
May 25, 2016
Know Risks Before Using Joint and Survivor Bank Accounts
May 24, 2016
Red Flags Rule Addresses Identity Theft
May 24, 2016
FTC Enforces “Consumer Protection” Laws
May 23, 2016
What You Should Know about Rights in Parent Versus Grandparent Custody Battles
May 23, 2016
What You Should Know about Annexation
May 23, 2016
Understand How Joint Economic Development Districts Work
May 23, 2016
Environmental Insurance Policies Are Worth a Look
May 23, 2016
Brownfields Development on the Rise - But There's Good Reason for Caution
May 22, 2016
Learn to Avoid Post-Holiday Credit Crunch
May 22, 2016
How Has Health Insurance Changed under the Affordable Care Act?
May 22, 2016
Health Insurance Marketplace Helps Ohioans Shop for Coverage
May 20, 2016
What You Should Know about Funding Ohio Courts
May 20, 2016
Member-Owned Credit Unions Offer Banking Alternatives
May 20, 2016
Accessing Your Child's Records after Divorce: What You Should Know
May 18, 2016
What You Should Know about Filing Amended Tax Returns
May 18, 2016
Property Owners' Development of Natural Resources May Create Tax Obligations
May 18, 2016
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Investigates Medicaid Fraud in Ohio
May 18, 2016
Marriage Can Affect Federal Tax Status
May 18, 2016
Be Aware of Tax Scam Involving Fraudulent Refunds
May 17, 2016
Medicaid Recipients Should Know Rules before Making Real Estate Decisions
May 17, 2016
IRS Reminds Parents and Students about Education Tax Credits
May 17, 2016
IRS Helps Taxpayers Understand Affordable Care Act's Impact on Taxes
May 17, 2016
Choose the Simplest Tax Form for Your Situation
May 16, 2016
Why Should I Care about Independent Contractor Misclassification?
May 15, 2016
What Is a Grand Jury?
May 15, 2016
How Does a Grand Jury Operate?
May 14, 2016
Know about Eviction Procedures In Ohio
May 13, 2016
Understanding Landowners’ Water Rights
May 13, 2016
The Law of Riding a Bicycle in Ohio
May 13, 2016
Ohio Regulates Concentrated Animal Feeding Facilities
May 13, 2016
Law Provides for Child Support Establishment and Enforcement in Other States
May 13, 2016
Environmental Regulations Aim to Prevent Pollution from Oil Tank Spills
May 12, 2016
What You Should Know about Defamation
May 12, 2016
Legal Doctrine May Apply if Employer Breaks Promises
May 12, 2016
At-Will Employment Is the Rule in Ohio
May 11, 2016
What You Should Know About Gas Stations and Fire Safety
May 11, 2016
Understanding the Crime of Arson
May 11, 2016
Ohio Law Sets Standards for Drivers of Fire Trucks and Ambulances
May 11, 2016
Ohio Law Governs Fireworks
May 11, 2016
Keep DNR Orders Where Emergency Squads Can Find Them
May 11, 2016
Drivers Must Stop for Fire Trucks and Ambulances
May 11, 2016
Citizens Can Take Action Against Water and Air Polluters
May 11, 2016
Agricultural Districts Protect Farms and Farmers
May 10, 2016
Tax Scam Targets Ohio Social Security Recipients
May 9, 2016
Police Use of Deadly Force: What You Should Know
May 9, 2016
Ohio's Adoption Law Now Allows Advertising
May 9, 2016
Consumers Should Watch Out for Predatory Contractors
May 9, 2016
Be Careful When Using Home Equity Loans
May 9, 2016
Adoptions Raise “Right to Know” Questions
May 6, 2016
Phone Scam Targets Taxpayers
May 5, 2016
What College Students Should Know about Apartment Leasing
May 2, 2016
Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Marijuana
Apr 28, 2016
What You Should Know about Evidence Rules and Hearsay
Apr 26, 2016
Federal Law Restricts Activities of Debt Collectors
Apr 25, 2016
Are No-Injury Class Action Lawsuits Permitted in Ohio?
Apr 22, 2016
What You Should Know about Obstruction of Justice
Apr 22, 2016
What To Expect in Traffic Court
Apr 22, 2016
Subrogation May Determine Who Pays Debts
Apr 22, 2016
My Driver’s License Has Been Suspended. Now What?
Apr 22, 2016
Construction Claims: Should I Sue?
Apr 22, 2016
Buyers Must Beware When Purchasing Property
Apr 22, 2016
Appellate Judges Review Trial Court Decisions
Apr 18, 2016
When Can a City Be Sued for Personal Injury?
Apr 15, 2016
Wetlands Permits: What Homeowners Should Know
Apr 15, 2016
Privacy and Shield Laws Govern Press
Apr 15, 2016
Most Minors Need Parental Consent for Medical Treatment
Apr 15, 2016
Law Gives Citizens Right to Attend Most Public Meetings
Apr 15, 2016
Home-Buyers Should Investigate Water and Septic Systems
Apr 15, 2016
Home-Buyers Should Determine Environmental Risks of Radon and Oil Tanks
Apr 15, 2016
Home-Buyers Should Determine Asbestos and Lead Paint Risks
Apr 15, 2016
Health Care Providers Must Respect Patients' Rights
Apr 15, 2016
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Increase Medical Care Options
Apr 14, 2016
Privacy Laws Govern Tape Recordings
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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