Elder Abuse – What Must You or Should You Do?

Elder Abuse – What Must You or Should You Do?

With the population of senior citizens increasing at a rapid rate, so is the prevalence of elder abuse. It is important to understand what constitutes elder abuse, looking for signs of elder abuse, who must report elder abuse and what you can do to help. Elder abuse is knowingly or negligently causing harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult. Elder abuse includes neglect (where basic needs aren;t being met), exploitation (usually financial), physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse. READ MORE…

Divorce: What is a Settlement Conference?

Divorce: What is a Settlement Conference?

Are you in the midst of a divorce? Getting a divorce can be a rough experience and emotionally difficult. Court dockets are crowded and litigating a case through a trial can take a very long time and end up being very expensive! Many divorce Courts schedule mandatory settlement conferences routinely as part of the normal process. This is done to facilitate settlements and to reduce cases on the contested trial docket. Please note that in addition to mandatory Court ordered settlement conferences that scheduling voluntary settlement conferences outside of Court are typical and can be very beneficial. The goal in both is the same. Reach settlement to avoid trial. READ MORE…

Blast From The Past: Dealing with the Holidays if You Are in Divorce Transition…

Blast From The Past: Dealing with the Holidays if You Are in Divorce Transition…

Every major life event, whether joyful or sad, brings on a period of transition as we adjust to the “new normal.” Even though these periods of transition occur throughout our lives, each requires us to discover a new and unique path as we struggle to move through uncharted waters. The death of a loved one, a divorce, a family estrangement, an illness, or sudden unemployment are some of the changes that shake us to our core. We are challenged in ways we could not imagine. READ MORE…

Disabled Individuals May Save and Invest Without Losing Need-Based Benefits

Disabled Individuals May Save and Invest Without Losing Need-Based Benefits

Back in 2016, then Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced a new program called STABLE, which created a new type of investment account that had certain tax advantages, and was available to disabled Ohioans and their families. Ohio was the first state to create such a program, and it has since been expanded to residents of all states…READ MORE.

What to Do if Your Spouse is Missing and You Want a Divorce in Ohio?

What to Do if Your Spouse is Missing and You Want a Divorce in Ohio?

Typically when a divorce is filed the adverse spouse is served with the summons, divorce complaint and other required documents. This can be accomplished a number of ways as set forth in the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure. Obtaining “service of process” is essential for the Court to obtain jurisdiction over the matter and to proceed with your case and issue orders over support, property division, custody etc. All states require that the opposing spouse receive a copy of the divorce papers typically delivered by a private process server (especially if there are any restraining orders)…READ MORE.

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