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Authorities arrest Dayton firefighter on OVI charges

In this most recent incident, the man reportedly refused any field sobriety tests before being released into his wife's custody. He was later arrested at his home for allegedly stealing his sister's car (which he had been a passenger in while she stopped to pick up food from a local restaurant). 

Multiple OVI offenses can leave one facing an extended revocation of his or her license, heavy fines and even potential jail time. Yet in the case were one's behavior might be linked to emotional issues, psychiatric treatment may go further in helping to avoid future incidents. The families of those that might need it may wish to seek the services of an attorney who can fight to secure it. 

Source: MyDaytonDailyNews "Dayton firefighter in OVI arrest: 'Do you know how many lives I've saved?'" Feb. 26, 2018

How can a special-needs trust help my child?

With the arrival of a baby, parents begin a lifelong propensity to worry about their child. If yours is a special needs child, that worry is multiplied by the knowledge that your child will need extra care throughout his or her life, long after you are gone. One step you can take now to help ease your child’s path without you is to establish a special needs trust.

FindLaw explains that a special-needs trust can help ensure your child gets the care he or she needs when you’re not there to provide it yourself. This trust establishes an inheritance for your child that is not considered income but delivers your assets just the same.

School shooting threats result in several local arrests

Many in Columbus may recognize the fact that kids will be kids. Most likely take that to mean that kids (and even teens) may engage in actions whose ramifications they do not fully appreciate. While their naivete may be understood, law enforcement officials are tasked with keeping public safety in mind, and thus may be obliged to treat any perceived threats to that safety very seriously. One area where this potential conflict may specifically apply to teens is in school violence. Those teens that imply that they may be preparing to engage in such violence may quickly discover that their words could result in some very serious consequences

Two teenage girls in Lawrence County are having to learn this lesson the hard way. Both were arrested on charges of inducing panic and making terroristic threats towards their respective high schools. These arrests come on the heels of similar action taken just the previous week for threats arising from other schools. While the use of online media was confirmed as the source of the threat in only one of the cases, local law enforcement officials reminded students that communications sent via computers or cellphones are traceable, and that making threats could result in punitive action. 

50 percent of Americans are in facial recognition databases

Say “goodbye” to anonymity.

It’s always been relatively easy to blend in with a crowd on a busy street. The anonymity it affords can help folks like politicians, celebrities and judges to stay under the radar and out of harm’s way.

Siblings battle over famed glacier pilot's property

People in Columbus often work very hard so that when they do pass on, they are able to leave their families and/or friends with some added security in the form of an inheritance. Unfortunately, along with an inheritance also comes the potential for contention amongst beneficiaries. That is why people are encouraged to involve their beneficiaries in the estate planning process as much as possible. This may help to eliminate any disappointment over what beneficiaries may have coming to them as well as to clarify one's exact wishes. 

A dispute currently playing out between a family in Alaska may serve to illustrate the need for such transparency. The daughter of a famed glacier pilot has recently taken her lawsuit against two of her siblings over control of a family trust to the state's Supreme Court. At issue is the ownership and access to a property that her father built in the 1960s. A settlement agreement reached in 2015 gave her one-third of the economic interest in the property, yet she is claiming to have not been in a healthy state when she signed it, and thus did not understand that it represented a final settlement. Her brother, who serves as administrator of the trust, claims that it imposed no obligation to provide her with any interest at all in the property as per their mother's instruction. 

Revoking a will in Ohio

Estate planning experts in Columbus recommend that people begin preparing their wills at a young age. Once completed, such a document should be filed with the probate court of the county in which the testator resides. Many may think that once that is done, they no longer have to worry about estate planning. Yet depending on the age at which one prepares his or her will, life changes may dictate that changes be made to it. 

Research data shared by Gallup shows that as of 2016, 35 percent of those between the ages of 30-49 have a will. Those in that demographic may expect to live anywhere between 30-50 more years. Much can happen in that time, including: 

  • Marriage/divorce
  • Childbirth/adoption
  • Death of family members, friends and associates
  • Shifts in political views or religious beliefs

What really happens after a false confession?

Whether it is widespread news stories, popular documentaries or simply a changing society, wrongful accusations have received significant attention in recent years. Yet for those behind bars, a criminal charge can come with dire consequences. It can be devastating to find that, all because of one false confession, the future is on the line. With this aspect in mind, it is easy to see why many Ohio residents who are victims to the external pressures of such confessions may decide to take legal action.

According to a report last June from Cleveland News, those who are wrongly convicted of serious crimes such as murder could see a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. A new provision in the state budget bill sought to better the system in which ex-inmates receive compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned. Although certain criticism has warned against the state's expansive wrongful imprisonment law that could cost Ohio millions, supporters of the bill sought justice for those who are behind bars without reason. A former presented barrier -- that ex-inmates will not face charges for any act associated with the wrongful conviction in the future -- could see its demise under the new provision. Cleveland News adds that ex-inmates would see an increase from the current $52,625 payout for each year of wrongful imprisonment.

Will Ohio's child custody laws see future change?

Although typically painful in the beginning, a divorce can ultimately open doors for future opportunities and happiness. However, before many reach that state of contentment, they must jump through the legal hoops of the divorce process. Like many states, Ohio enforces its own child custody laws but attempts to create the best possible outcome for children involved. Despite these good intentions, some Ohio residents find difficulty adjusting to court-ordered plans.

Last August, a piece in The Akron Beacon Journal recognized the challenges many parents face when untangling child custody arrangements. According to chair members from both the Ohio and Kentucky National Parents Organizations, the differences in family law from state to state can make matters more confusing to those going through separation. Unlike some state laws, wherein joint legal custody is the primary goal, Ohio law does not presume that parents will hold similar and equal parenting roles after divorce. Given the state's custody statutes, courts generally assign one parent as the primary custodian, while the other parent falls to the wayside with mere visitation rights. The article in the Beacon Journal stresses the importance of having both parents involved in a child's life, but notes of potential future changes with Ohio's child custody laws.

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