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June 2018 Archives

Am I only allowed to name one power of attorney?

Choosing a person to be your power of attorney (POA) allows you to have a surrogate act on your behalf should you suffer incapacitation and can no longer make financial or other life decisions for yourself. Some people may wonder, however, if they can or should appoint more than one person to act as a power of attorney. For various reasons, Ohio residents may wish to appoint two or more agents to act on their behalf.

Working through divorce issues involving children

Ending a marriage can be a very difficult decision, but some people come to the conclusion that it is necessary to move on from a toxic marriage. In doing so, life may change in all sorts of ways and there are many different issues that may arise, such as financial considerations related to alimony and property division. However, parents may have even more stressors to work through, from establishing child support to child custody arrangements. If you have children, it is critical to move forward with your divorce carefully and go over these matters thoroughly.

Divorce and changes to your estate plan

There are all sorts of stressors that people have to face when they decide to split up with their marital partner. For some, such as those who have children, divorce can be especially complicated (child support, custody disputes, and so on). It is important to keep in mind that divorce can have an impact on a person’s life in all sorts of other ways also. For example, those who have an estate plan may need to take a second look at their trust or will when they divorce.

Are breath tests results reliable?

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drinking while driving, you may be asked to take a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers in Ohio and in other parts of the United States often use breath tests to determine whether someone is driving with an alcohol level that is above the legal limit. The problem lies in the fact that roadside breath tests may not always give an accurate representation of one’s blood alcohol content level. This misreading may cause a person to be wrongfully charged with drinking and driving, even when their BAC level is below the legal limit.

Akron man charged with crashing city's website

Were one to conduct a random poll of people in Columbus, a majority might claim to be at least somewhat anti-authoritarian. It may just be human nature to not want to be told what to do (and to be suspicious of the motives and actions of those who issue such edicts and rules). Certain actions meant to express those concerns might even be appropriate. Yet people may also want to be mindful about being too cavalier in thumbing their nose at authority. The wrong sort of expression (even when done to support a cause one believes in) could leave the one expressing it facing criminal penalties

Splitting custody time during summer break

Immediately following your divorce in Columbus, it can be difficult for you, your ex-spouse and especially your kids to become acclimated to your new custody situation. Yet eventually things settle in and life goes on. Then summer comes and you want to take the kids away for an extended vacation. Your ex-spouse wants to do the same, and now each of your plans are threatening to disrupt your already fragile custody schedule. Many in this same position come to us here at The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt Inc. wondering if the courts are the ones who determine which divorced parent gets to do what during the summer. The answer depends on where you live. 

How to Save for Retirement After Your 40's

While retirement savings are best started early, many people end up getting a late start. This doesn’t have to spell disaster, however; if you live in Cleveland and are approaching your 40's without a retirement plan in mind, there is hope. TheBalance.com offers some good tips on how to get a jump start on your retirement later in life.

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