How is Child Support Calculated in Ohio?

child supportMaking 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

Bankruptcy FAQs

bankruptcyWhat 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

Components of a Simple Estate Plan

Estate PlanningMeeting 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: 

  • Will
  • Durable financial power of attorney
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Living will (if desired)

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Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA Attorney John C. Gerboth Selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star

j_gerbothDublin, Ohio based law firm Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA announced that John C. Gerboth has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star® for 2014. John was selected as a Rising Star® in the family law practice area.

John Gerboth joined Arenstein & Andersen, Co., LPA as of counsel in June of 2013. He practices in the areas of personal bankruptcy, employment law, domestic relations, and compliance matters. John has handled numerous domestic matters including divorce, dissolution, and custody as well as serving as a court-appointed guardian ad litem. Continue reading

trusts

Benefits of Using a Trust as Part of Your Estate Planning

The idea that you must have complicated estate planning needs before you could benefit from a trust as a part of your estate planning is false. There are some common situations where a family could benefit from having trusts in their estate plans. Meeting with experienced and affordable estate planning attorneys is a must to determine if a trust would benefit you and your family. Continue reading

HIPPA

What to Do in the Case of Unintentional Disclosure of Medical Records

Our Medical Office Accidentally Provided a Patient List to Other Patients and the Public. What Should We Do?

When there is an unintentional disclosure of protected health information by a medical or dental practice, very specific and important steps must be followed under HIPAA and HITECH. Having experienced attorneys that have handled privacy breaches by medical and dental practices is imperative to complying with the law. Continue reading

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Civil Litigation

It is imperative to have an experienced trial attorney represent you in litigation matters. Among other things, a trial attorney can provide you with all of your options at each phase of litigation and assist you with decisions on whether alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) is right for you and your case.

Because of the cost of going to trial, the ADR field has increased in popularity. Mediation is the most common form of ADR, and one that courts have the power to order parties to undergo. In a typical mediation, parties go to separate rooms and a mediator will go back and forth, get each party’s perspective and then try to find some common ground. The mediator must keep everything said by either party in strict confidence, and mediation is not binding on any party. Continue reading

Ohio Legacy Trust

Does an Ohio Domestic Asset Protection Trust Fit Into My Estate Planning?

Ohio Domestic Asset Protection Trusts can shield your assets from creditors, but only if your trust is drafted, implemented, and funded within a properly structured estate plan. An experienced estate planning attorney is a must when implementing this type of sophisticated trust to ensure that it functions appropriately within your overall estate plan.

The Ohio Asset Management Modernization Act (“AMMA”) was enacted into law and became effective in early 2013. Specifically, the AMMA enacted Ohio Revised Code §5816.01, et seq., also known as the “Ohio Legacy Trust Act”, which creates a unique opportunity for individuals to shelter assets from most creditors. Simply stated, the new law allows for the creation of an irrevocable trust that, if funded properly, can act as a barrier to future liabilities. Continue reading

Civil Litigation

How to Decide if Your Civil Case is Worth the Expense of a Trial

It is important to have an experienced trial attorney represent you in litigation matters. Among other things, a trial attorney can provide you with an accurate cost/benefit analysis of your lawsuit as it proceeds and assist you with decisions on whether you should settle your lawsuit, agree to some form of alternative dispute resolution, or, ultimately, take your case all the way through trial. Continue reading

divorce, dissolution, annulment

I want to end my marriage. What are my options?

The end of a marriage is typically a difficult time. During this tough time it is imperative that you have a compassionate, experienced domestic relations lawyer on your side to advise you on all your options and look out for your best interests.

So you’ve made the decision to end your marriage. Now what? In addition to the obvious emotional stress associated with such a decision, there are the questions of what legal steps need to be taken. In Ohio, there are four ways to legally end a marriage: 1) contested divorce; 2) uncontested divorce; 2) dissolution; and 4) annulment. The following briefly discusses each of these options. Continue reading