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Saia & Piatt selected as a Best Law Firm for Columbus OVI defense

We are pleased to announce that U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have selected The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., to their list of 2019 “Best Law Firms” in the category of Columbus, Ohio, DUI/DWI defense.

“U.S. News has more than 30 years of experience evaluating complex institutions and their service to consumers,” explains an executive editor at U.S. News. “Law firms perform a vital role in American life, and ranking them is a key extension of our overall mission to help individuals and companies alike make important decisions.”

Does Ohio enforce no-contest clauses?

The last thing that you want is there to be contention amongst the beneficiaries you leave behind in Columbus. Yet when it comes to the dispersal of a loved one estate amongst multiple parties, there will almost inevitably be people who are not happy with your stipulations. They may allow that disappointment to lead them to challenge the validity of your will, further complication matters and all but ensuring discord. One way for you to stop such discord from occurring in the first place is by including a no-contest clause in your will. 

No-contest clauses are language that creates the potential for a penalty to be assigned to anyone who challenges the terms of your will. The penalty imposed can range from one who does make a challenge being forced to relinquish a portion of their interest in the estate to being disinherited altogether. Howe sever such a penalty may be is left to you to decide. 

Problems with field sobriety tests

Have you been arrested and charged with a drunk driving offense in Ohio? If so, you are no doubt interested in learning as much as you can about your options to defend yourself against this charge. One of the things you should know is that the three roadside tests used by law enforcement officers before your arrest, called field sobriety tests, each have a defined rate of inaccuracy. Your health may even be a reason that you could not satisfactorily pass one, two or all three of these tests.

Among the problems associated with these tests is the fact that the officer administering them does not know what is normal for you. According to FieldSobrietyTests.org, this makes it very difficult for them to accurately identify what action on your part might actually indicate that you are impaired by alcohol. A person who is more than 50 pounds over their ideal weight may not be able to balance simply because of the weight, not because they are drunk.

Who has the ability to contest a will?

Perhaps your grandmother recently passed away, and her estate finds that she created and established a will. Unfortunately, your grandmother created the will nearly 25 years ago, and the assets, beneficiaries and designations do not reflect what you thought to be her true wishes.

In Ohio, only specific individuals have the authority to contest a will document if they believe that the last will and testament of a loved one does not prove to be accurate. You knew your grandmother well, and you want her assets to fall into the correct hands after the probate process finishes.

What are some common estate planning mistakes?

If you’re working on an estate plan in Ohio, you likely know how complex the process can actually be. Accordingly, there are a number of commonly made mistakes to avoid, which can impact the validity of your estate plan and even result in a protracted probate hearing. To help you sidestep any potential issues, Forbes offers the following advice.

Misunderstanding the estate plan

How can I prevent my heirs from fighting over my will?

If you’re currently estate planning in Ohio, chances are you’ve thought about conflicts between your heirs. It’s a sad fact that conflict is quite common when it comes to the reading of the will, as some heirs may feel slighted or as though assets weren’t dispersed evenly. In this case, there are steps you can take to mitigate the chance of conflict occurring, as illustrated by AARP’s advice.

Disperse equal shares to heirs

What is an annulment?

Divorce is a common means by which an Ohio couple may choose to dissolve a marriage that is not working. A less common way of dissolving a marriage, which is only available under certain circumstances, is to obtain an annulment.

Perhaps the best way of understanding annulment is by examining how it is different from divorce. When you and your spouse complete the divorce process, it means that your marriage is now over. However, according to the Ohio State Bar Association, if you and your spouse annul your marriage, not only does it mean that the marriage is over but, in the eyes of the law, it never happened in the first place. 

Changing your power of attorney due to divorce

Bringing a marriage to an end can have an impact on someone’s life in many ways. For example, their relationship with their children may change, whether they spend more or less time with their kids. Or, they may relocate to a new city or state, struggle to adjust to the single life or have a number of questions related to post-divorce legal matters such as child support. However, it is important to be aware of some other responsibilities that you may have in the wake of a divorce filing, such as changing your power of attorney.

Even though you may be focused on other divorce issues such as property division, custody and so on, it is vital to handle any estate matters that need to be addressed as well. You may need to change your power of attorney, especially if you gave your spouse these powers. Moreover, if your divorce was less than amicable, it may be especially concerning for your former marital partner to have access to key aspects of your life, such as your bank accounts. You may also want to change your power of attorney if you turned to one of your spouse’s relatives for help in this regard.

What are some different types of internet fraud?

While the internet is great for keeping all over the world connected it can also be used for nefarious purposes. For example, there are many different types of internet fraud that can be used to deprive people financially or assume their identity for malicious purposes. FBI.gov offers information on the different types of internet fraud, as well as what each entail.

Phishing

How can I be treated for alcohol addiction?

Legal issues that arise from alcohol abuse can alter your life drastically. That’s why people in Columbus recently charged with an OVI should consider whether they need help for alcohol abuse. Not only can alcoholism result in legal woes, it can also harm relationships with friends and family and cause severe health issues. WebMD explains your treatment options if you suspect you have an alcohol abuse problem.

Cognitive therapy

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