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When can a juvenile be charged as an adult?

Every so often there is a news story in Ohio about a juvenile being charged as an adult in a court case. You may wonder when this can happen and how the decision comes about to charge a minor as an adult. The law is clear on the guidelines.

The Ohio Revised Code explains when charges against a juvenile are serious, the juvenile could be transferred to adult court. Serious crimes include murder, attempter murder and aggravated murder. In some cases, the law may require a mandatory transfer of a case to adult court for certain charges or circumstances.

Is joint-custody advantageous for children?

Whether you have recently filed for divorce or you are considering entering into the process, there are a myriad of factors that must be negotiated. Divorce can be overwhelming and emotional, especially when there are children involved. It may be difficult for you and your spouse to determine what type of parenting arrangement will work best for the children. Traditionally, children are put in the sole-custody of one parent, while the non-custodial parent has visitation periodically throughout the month. Studies show, however, that children may fair better in a joint-custody situation, where they spend a significant amount of time with both parents.

The study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, reported the effects of joint parenting on children of all ages. Researchers looked at children in joint-custody arrangements and compared them to those living in the sole-custody of one parent and children who live in intact homes. The results showed that children who have access to both parents show better emotional, behavioral and physical development. Children who spend time with both parents often did better in school, had stronger relationships, had fewer emotional and behavioral problems and exhibited a higher self-esteem.

What’s the difference between a DUI and an OVI?

You hear a lot of phrases used to describe drunk driving violations. While driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) are quite common in many states, Ohio uses the phrase operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). The Ohio State Bar Association explains the reasoning behind this, as well as other facets of OVI law and arrests.

In 1982, lawmakers decided to categorize drunk driving violations as operating a motor vehicle impaired (OMVI). In recent years the wording was changed once again to include more conveyances than just motorized ones. For instance, a person riding a bicycle while intoxicated could be cited under the new law.

How can I choose the right executor?

An executor is a person responsible for handling the affairs of your estate after you’re gone. Making the right selection is crucial, as you want to ensure this person is capable of handling the many chores and tasks of handling an estate, including wills and trusts issues. AARP offers the following tips to help you make the right decision.

Choose someone younger than you

What should I do if someone files a protection order against me?

It can feel frustrating and sometimes insulting to find out a family member has filed a protection order against you. Often those who are the subject of a protection order also feel defensive and have the urge to immediately share their side of the story. However, it is important to take appropriate actions in response to the protection order to help ensure your side of the story is shared in the right time and place.

Read over the order

How can I avoid estate planning scams?

Having an estate plan in place is a must for residents of Ohio. However, you must also be wary of potential scams, which target people through a variety of nefarious means. To ensure you have what it take to recognize common scams, Forbes offers the following advice.

Trust mills

How can I deal with depression after divorce?

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Ohio, you may be feeling depressed about your situation. Even if it’s only a temporary feeling, it’s important that you take the right steps to manage your emotions to ensure you’re able to get back to the things you enjoy most. Healthline explains what you can do about post-divorce depression.

Take care of your health

New year’s resolutions for the newly single or separated

Whether you are recently separated or divorced in Ohio, life is changing. The start of a new year is an ideal opportunity to clean up loose ends and move forward. The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc can help you navigate the complex areas of divorce, custody and spousal support so that you can focus on the life ahead of you.

According to Divorce Magazine, separations and divorce proceedings that drag on can take its toll. Using the momentum of the new year can help you make the steps necessary to wrap up the loose ends of your old life and inspire the new. If you are uncertain about what you or your ex wants, now is the time to clear things up.

Benefits of deciding to name charities in a will

When people are in the process of planning their estate in Ohio, one of the aspects they may consider is writing a will. This document is a place where they can relay, in detail, how they wish that their assets be distributed following their death. While most people think of their loved ones to name as heirs and beneficiaries, other options can be considered as well. 

One alternative that people may analyze in deciding where to distribute their assets, is charities. They can select organizations that represent characteristics and values that they have prioritized throughout their life. They can choose organizations that have sentimental or emotional value to them. People who choose to name charities in their will can see the benefits of that decision in several different ways. 

How should you choose who to be an executor on your will?

Once you begin the process of planning your estate in Ohio, you will need to make several decisions regarding the essential components of your future. Some of these decisions may include establishing guardianship for any dependents you may have, allocating assets and selecting heirs, and choosing someone who will be in charge of executing your will and guaranteeing that your estate is laid out as you have designated. 

Deciding who you want to have the critical responsibility of executing your estate is a critical decision as you want to make sure that your final wishes are honored. According to AOL, if you are unable to choose who you want to be an executor for your estate before you die, the courts have the jurisdiction to make this selection for you. If this happens, it is not a guarantee that one of your family members will be chosen to assume this responsibility, and even if they are, it may be someone you are not comfortable having those responsibilities.

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