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Author: Jordan Stoltzfus

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Location, Location, Location – It Really Does Matter

Last week, as I was nearing my exit on the drive home, my car stopped working. I managed to cruise along to a safe location with a wide, grassy verge – a better location for the tow truck - called my insurance company, and popped open a bottle of water. My insurance needed to know where I was. No problem, I was at the corner of Worthington and Beech, directly south-west of the 161 off-ramp. Everybody in the area knows where that is; my insurance company isn’t from the area, so they needed some more information.   Turns out, I was still...

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What Liability Do Your Board Members Have?

Nonprofit corporations must have a Board of Directors that steers the organization and ensures that it remains in compliance with state and federal regulations. Board Members, or would-be Board Members, often ask whether they can be held responsible for the actions of the nonprofit. It’s important that each Board member realizes their duties and realizes there is the possibility for liability. There are several different layers of liability that a Board member should be aware of, which can be summarized as (1) corporate liability, (2) federal liability, and (3) general liability.   First, Board members are the governing body of a nonprofit...

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How Should an HOA Board Run a Board Meeting?

As volunteers for your community Association, or not-for-profit organization, the Board members devote countless hours of their free to handling Association issues and ensure the Association runs properly.  Not only are board members charged with choosing vendors and ensuring that the common elements are maintained, but they are required to keep proper corporate records, which include meeting minutes for any board meeting or association meeting.   Some common questions we receive from Board Members:   Q: If we are just volunteer board members, do we still have to keep formal meeting minutes for the board meetings?  If so, what should the minutes include?   A: Yes. ...

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Stepparent Adoptions in Ohio

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“What is the process for a stepparent adoption?” “Can I adopt my spouse’s child?” “Can I adopt my domestic partner’s child?” These are common questions that we get at Eques, Inc, and I wanted to provide a brief overview of the topic.   First, in Ohio, to qualify for a “stepparent adoption”, the Petitioner (the one seeking the adoption) must be married to a parent of the minor to be adopted for at least one year prior to filing the adoption certificate. Often, partners who have been in a committed relationship for a long period of time, but who are not married, will wonder if...

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What’s In A Deed?

Did you know there are different types of deeds?  And the type of deed you grant to someone affects your obligations to him in the future?  And the type of deed you receive as a grantee dictates what you actually receive in the deed?  Depending on the type of deed you hold for your property, the prior owner may or may not have made you promises regarding the title to your property – including whether he actually even owned it when he deeded it to you.  If you have an issue with your property’s title in the future, the promises made in your deed may help you or hurt you down the road.    So, what...

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The Art of the Prose


When it comes to the law, there is not a single area where the ability to craft language, play with prose, or narrate stories, is not essential. Reading the following two passages, which convey the same legal information, which one is more compelling to you?    “Defendant, an elderly gentleman, was confused by the legal   requirements, but now has counsel. Defendant requests that   this honorable Court, pursuant to Civ.R. 15(A), grant leave   to file an amended answer.”    “Defendant, a grandfather, was rocked by a storm of   allegations, shocked by the claims made and acted in good   faith.  While he attempted to answer Plaintiff’s complaint   properly, with no guidance, he was cast adrift in the sea of   litigation, without a lighthouse leading to safe harbor. Defendant   has now found...

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