201603.03
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The step-by-step guide to firing someone

Not everyone does it well, but for the sake of your company—and your employees—learning how to terminate someone’s employment is an important skill to learn. No, you just can’t turn to one of your charges and yell, “You’re fired!”  That might sound good on TV, but it’s not the way to do things. When terminating…

201602.21
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The “fine print” and arbitration clauses

People joke about the “fine print” in contracts, but often the fine print is no laughing matter, especially when it comes to arbitration clauses. If arbitration is heralded as being less expensive and faster than court proceedings, should you be concerned about being forced to arbitrate a dispute. Often the answer is yes. When you…

201510.15
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Ohio Bill Favors Hiring Veterans

The State of Ohio is moving toward passing a bill that would make it legal for companies in the private sector to favor veterans and their spouses in their hiring and promotion practices. If the bill goes through, these workers would also have protection during layoffs. It was passed by the House with a unanimous vote and…

201510.15
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Enforcement of prenuptial agreement

Our client, a land developer, was sued for divorce. His wife sought spousal support despite the provisions in their prenuptial agreement. She argued that the agreement was unconscionable and signed under duress. Prior to trial, our firm conducted substantial research, briefed the issues for the court, and took several depositions. During trial, we presented extensive…

201510.15
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Defense of tax evasion / charitable organization

We were retained by a former professional athlete who was under investigation for alleged tax evasion. Our firm participated in extensive negotiations with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General to reach a fair resolution of the dispute. The negotiations produced an agreement that prevented the filing of criminal charges against our client and settled…

201510.15
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Spousal support and custody

A business owner retained our firm to reduce his spousal support obligation due to substantial business losses. The client also sought to have full custody of his teenage son who had previously been under a shared parenting arrangement. During the course of the five-day trial, we presented expert witness testimony from forensic accountants, tax advisors,…

201510.15
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Estate Distribution

We were retained to help administer the estate of an elderly woman who died without a will. She left substantial assets, including several tracts of land, measuring over 180 acres. Three of the parcels were developed and contained houses that have been leased to tenants. The deceased’s nearest living relatives were ten distant relatives who…

201510.15
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Construction Contract

Our firm represented a contractor against home owners who failed to pay a final invoice of nearly $10,000. This rather straight forward action to collect a modest debt ballooned into a much larger case when the owners filed a counterclaim for over $200,000 for breach of contract and fraud. They claimed the builder had improperly…