For lack of a better word, dower is an “automatic” right in and to certain property provided to a spouse in the property of the other spouse, especially in death. Property includes real property and money, choses in action [a right to sue], evidences of debt [a right to repayment, like under a promissory note], and other personal property. In Ohio, dower is statutory and is found under Ohio Revised Code Section 2103.01 through 2103.09. Continue reading
Where Can I Get Money for My Divorce?
Divorces can be extremely expensive. Your lawyer will more than likely require a retainer before starting work on your matter. Some people have lots of assets, but no liquidity. Some have little to no income or a spouse that has control of the finances. No matter what the scenario, it is important to meet with experienced domestic counsel to carefully review your circumstances and to advise you on the best course of action. Continue reading
Meeting with estate planning attorneys that have experience assisting clients with children, both minors and adults, with special needs and disabilities is essential to making the determination of whether a wholly discretionary trust is right for you and your family and how to best implement it as part of your overall estate plan. Continue reading
So you have filed bankruptcy. You should not think of it as a horrible end, but rather an opportunity to start over. The first question people usually have is: “Now that I’ve gotten rid of my debts, what can I do to re-build my credit?”
Although it sounds counter-intuitive, the best thing to do is to get a new credit card. Credit card companies will extend you a line of credit, although it will be at a higher interest rate.
In obtaining a new credit card, make sure you do two things:
1) Get a card with a small credit limit.
2) Be sure to pay it off in full every month. Continue reading
The Ohio Court of Claims recently granted summary judgment to Columbus Green Building Forum (“CGBF”), a Columbus, Ohio based, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting energy-efficient and environment-friendly building practices in Central Ohio. The decision overturned a 2008 audit finding by the Ohio Department of Development (now the Ohio Development Services Agency) (“Development”) and awarded CGBF damages and interest against the State of Ohio totaling nearly $57,000. The State of Ohio opted not appeal the court’s decision. The full text of the final decision of the Ohio Court of Claims can be found by clicking on this link. Continue reading
Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA located in Dublin, Ohio and Joseph A. Downing Co., L.P.A. located in Tipp City, Ohio formed an “of counsel” relationship on May 5, 2014 to better serve clients of both firms. The relationship also reconnects Greg Arenstein and Nick Andersen to Tipp City, Ohio, where they both practiced at the beginning of their careers.
The affiliation substantially increases the service area of Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA and greatly increases the scope of legal services available to the clients of Joseph A. Downing Co., L.P.A. Both firms provide similar services in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, and business. In addition, Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA provides comprehensive legal representation in taxation, family law, litigation, and bankruptcy. Continue reading
This can be a difficult and scary situation to be in. Fortunately, Ohio law does provide protections for a disinherited surviving spouse. Meeting with an experienced probate attorney is a must in this situation to timely and effectively protect your rights.
As a surviving spouse in Ohio, you have many rights provided by law. Specifically, Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2106 provides the details of rights of a surviving spouse. A brief overview of these rights is provided below. There are very specific timelines and procedures to follow, so do not delay in meeting with your attorney to make sure everything is handled properly. Continue reading
Making sure child support is calculated correctly and fairly should concern both parents. It is imperative that you have an experienced domestic relations lawyer to advise you on how child support is calculated and the outside factors that may increase or reduce a child support obligation.
In the State of Ohio, child support is calculated based on guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The child support amount is calculated utilizing a form that is called the “Child Support Computation Worksheet”, which was designed by the Ohio legislature to ensure the consistency of child support orders and to make the calculation process more efficient. Continue reading
What are the Basics of a Bankruptcy?
So you are thinking about filing bankruptcy. It is never an easy decision, but life often throws us a curve ball, and we have to do something we never thought we would. This is okay, though. There are reasons the law provides bankruptcy protection, and at Arenstein and Andersen Co., LPA, we can help you through the process to make it as easy and as painless as possible. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about bankruptcy. Continue reading
Meeting with experienced and affordable estate planning attorneys is a must to determine if a simple estate plan is best for you and your family.
There are four basic pieces to a simple estate plan:
- Durable financial power of attorney
- Health care power of attorney
- Living will (if desired)