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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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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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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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What are some examples of Agritourism and how can it Benefit Me?

As discussed in Part One, Agritourism is a rapidly spreading form of agricultural entrepreneurship, allowing farmers and ranchers to better control their income, while creating opportunities for the public to learn and gain first-hand experience. While you may have a picture of what you expect from agritourism, probably a Christmas tree farm or a pick-your-own orchard, there are hundreds of possible paths for your specific business to take, and many ways for it to benefit you; this article will discuss some of those.   Homesteading, big and small.  Some Examples:   A beekeeper who offers the public to suit up and collect honey A small bakery...

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Agritourism Part One: My neighbors now have a pick-your-own fruit farm, what are they doing?

Drive through the hills of Licking County and you will encounter numerous agritourism businesses. From an Orchard in Utica to a Tree Farm in Alexandria, to a Fruit Farm in Pataskala, your neighbors have discovered the advantage in catering to tourists from Columbus, and transforming their property into pick-your-own orchards, corn mazes, and wedding venues.   What is Agritourism?         Agritourism is a rapidly spreading form of agricultural business ownership. Instead of using your farm or ranch to produce food, clothing, and other resources and materials, you can open your doors to all. While maintaining your working farm, agritourism allows you to also offer weddings, corporate retreats, seasonal fun and games,...

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Department of Health Guidelines for Re-Opening Restaurants and Bars

Department of Health Guidelines for Re-Opening Restaurants and Bars

As dine-in services for Ohio’s restaurants and bars re-open, here are some thoughts about the Ohio Department of Health guidelines for in-restaurant dining. For more information, please see coronavirus.ohio.gov or call your local health department. HEALTHY COOKS AND WAITERS. Increased employee monitoring and training are mandated. Bar and restaurant managers have the responsibility to assure on a daily basis that employees are healthy when they report to work and are monitored throughout their shift if they get sick. MASKED WAITERS. With very few exceptions, restaurant and bar workers must be masked. MASKED DINERS. While masks for diners is recommended, except when eating, diner...

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