Archive | July, 2012

There Are Specific Rules for Owners of Dangerous Dogs in Ohio

July 31, 2012

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In Ohio, a “dangerous dog” is a dog that, without provocation, injures a person or kills another dog.  Owners of dangerous dogs must adhere to a specific set of rules in order to legally keep the dog.  These rules are laid out in Ohio Revised Code 955.22 and are summarized below. First, while the dog […]

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Wrongful Death Claims Stem from a Variety of Tragedies

July 30, 2012

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After a night of partying, an 18-year-old Akron, Ohio woman has an argument with friends and is abandoned in a snow pile.  She dies of exposure. A 19-year-old Athens, Ohio man is stabbed to death in a fight at a graduation party. A 24-year-old graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio is “tasered” by police […]

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Inexperience and Distractions Are Leading Causes of Car Accidents Involving Teens

July 30, 2012

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It’s no surprise to most adults that car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers.  Although National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics show only about six percent of licensed drivers are 15 to 20 years old, those drivers make up nearly 13 percent of traffic accident fatalities.  In Ohio, from 2005 to 2010, […]

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New Deployed Parents Act to Help Military Service Members with Child Custody and Visitation Issues

July 30, 2012

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Members of the military who have concerns about child custody and child visitation rights (often overlooked when service members are deployed during a divorce or family dispute)  recently moved closer to simplification and standardization of these rights. The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (more commonly known as the Uniform Law Commission) met […]

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Car Accident vs. Truck Accident

July 27, 2012

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Car accidents occur more frequently than accidents involving semi-trucks.  Commercial drivers must be very good drivers, as they are operating the largest vehicles on the road.  Driving a truck is nothing like driving a car—the driver has many more things to operate inside the vehicle and must take action to avoid accidents much sooner than […]

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Tips for Adopting a Rescue or Shelter Dog in Ohio

July 27, 2012

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Animal shelters in the United States provide care for approximately 6 to 8 million dogs annually.  Of that number, roughly half are euthanized due to limited space and limited budgets.  Therefore, adopting a rescue or shelter dog can not only bring joy to the new dog owner, but it can also give the adopted dog […]

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Learn What an Affidavit Does in Ohio

July 27, 2012

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Affidavit is a Medieval Latin word meaning “He has declared an oath.”  The person that executes the words in an affidavit is an “Affiant.”  The legal device is simply a sworn statement that is written and signed, similar to a statement under oath that is verbally submitted in person to a court.  The notarized statement […]

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Contempt of Court Ordered Shared Parenting Plan

July 26, 2012

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Most families that endure divorce or dissolution with children end up having a shared parenting plan in place which is enforceable by the court.  Shared parenting is a model of allocation of parental rights and responsibilities which contemplates both parents having fairly equal rights.  In fact, the Ohio Revised Code (Ohio law) states that before any […]

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Child Custody Determinations and the In Camera Interview

July 26, 2012

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Ohio courts rely on what is “In the best interest of the child” to make all child custody determinations.  Custody of a child or children are among the most difficult of all decisions that a trial judge or magistrate must make.  He or she must attempt to gain an understanding of familial relationships between parents […]

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Wearing a Seat Belt When Involved in a Car Accident Does More Than Save Lives

July 25, 2012

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Wearing a seat belt while driving or riding as a passenger in the front seat of a motor vehicle has been required in Ohio since 2004.  The Ohio Revised Code states in relevant part: 4513.263 Occupant restraining devices. (B) No person shall do any of the following: (1) Operate an automobile on any street or […]

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