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May 2017 Archives

Prince estate hits probate court, singer's siblings named heirs

It seems celebrities are no more likely than others to have a will or estate plan in place. That was apparently the case for the internationally renowned artist known as Prince, who died just over a year ago.

Ohio Supreme Court: Warrantless search of student backpack was OK

If a high school student leaves his backpack on the bus, would it be fair for him or her to expect it to be left unopened? Would it put anyone in danger? What if there was a rumor the student was a gang member?

Have you considered mediation to resolve your probate dispute?

There are a variety of situations in which a spouse, family member or other beneficiary might become in a probate dispute. While good estate planning can prevent many family conflicts, it’s not uncommon for an excluded beneficiary to dispute a will or estate plan. Your dying loved one might have been under undue influence from a friend or caregiver when they made decisions about who would receive their estate. They might not have been mentally competent when they revised their will. They might have had multiple wills -- or no will at all.

The benefits of probate in Ohio

Probate is an important part of everyone's life and really should not be avoided, much like many people tend to hear. Probate happens following someone's death whether or not he or she had a will. If you have a will in place that includes an estate plan, your surviving family members will be able to spend less time and money during the probate process.

Jon Saia instructs OVI standardized field sobriety test course

Jon Saia, along with Robert La Pier and Ken Bossin, recently led a DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Test course in Cleveland, Ohio. Saia instructed students on the proper way to perform roadside field sobriety testing, an essential skill for attorneys practicing OVI/DWI defense. The course is the same one taken by law enforcement officers. Saia has been certified to train students in DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing since 2005 and has helped many attorneys across Ohio sharpen their skills through these courses. With his training, he has also given expert testimony in OVI cases regarding field sobriety testing and procedures.

You can get an OVI even if you were legally prescribed medication

The state of Ohio takes a dim view of those who operate motor vehicles while drunk or under the influence of any drug. Operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) charges can have serious, long-lasting repercussions for drivers in Ohio. You could face fines, jail time and the loss of your license. Some people are mistakenly under the impression that drugs that a doctor prescribed are not subject to OVI enforcement. That misconception can result in you facing serious criminal charges. In the state of Ohio, you can face OVI charges and a conviction for an OVI even for legal prescription drugs.

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