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a blog with original content written by White Law Office's team.

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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Common Family Law Questions Answered

At White Law Office, Co., it is our mission to help educate our clients and help answer some of the most difficult questions they may have. Included herein is a list of common family law questions that we often help answer for our clients.   What is the difference between a divorce and a legal separation?             A divorce in Ohio is a contested termination of a marriage by judgement of a court. It may only be granted upon a finding of a fault-based ground which includes: Bigamy; Extreme cruelty; Adultery; Willful absence of the adverse party of one year; Fraudulent contract; Habitual drunkenness Gross neglect of duty; and, Imprisonment of...

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Agritourism Part Four: What are my next steps?

By now, you’ve learned what Agritourism is, and the basic concepts to qualify (Part 1), we’ve discussed several examples and how agritourism can benefit your business (Part 2), and I’ve explored eight unique ways that agritourism protects you from certain legal concerns (Part 3). You’ve done your research, you’ve made your plans, you are ready to get started on your new idea – now what?   Step One – Forming Your Idea             Maybe you’ve been thinking on converting your farm to an agritourism business for a decade. Maybe you just noticed your neighbors are expanding their operations and want to get involved...

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Eight Unique Legal Ways Agritourism Protects You!

Over the last two articles, I have discussed what agritourism is, what some of the rules surrounding it are, and how it can benefit you. In this article, I will be exploring the legal and tax protections that agritourism offers. Keeping and Expanding your Tax Benefits Ben Franklin once said that death and taxes are the only two unavoidable features of life, and he was not wrong. While agritourism will not prevent your farm from having to pay taxes, it allows your business to qualify for a CAUV reduction, homesteading protections, or other tax credits, and keep those that you already have...

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Elder Financial Abuse: Where did Grandma’s Money Go?

When I was growing up, I remember an instance where Elder Financial Abuse happened to my Grandmother.  My Grandmother was one of the sweetest souls that God created, and I never remember her saying a bad word about anyone.  She constantly smiled and talked to everyone and had a way of making people feel safe in her presence.  It probably helped that she was a small person, all of 5 feet tall with heels and a perm adding to that total. Unfortunately, this same magnetism also made her a target for people to take advantage of her.  They could immediately...

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How To Avoid Probate in 3 (or 4) Simple Steps

Probate is the legal process of administering a person’s estate after their death, ensuring assets are distributed to the next heir, and satisfying any liabilities. In my experience, everyone would like to avoid probate, where possible. It can be costly and time-consuming; an added difficulty for a family experiencing a loss.             Here is a quick summary of 3 steps that you can take to avoid Probate: If you’re married and own property, make sure it is owned with your spouse as joint survivors, with rights of survivorship. I don’t recommend this universally if you want the property to transfer to your...

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