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What can I do if my landlord won’t return my deposit?

Your landlord is required to return your security deposit to you within 30 days of the termination of the rental agreement. Continue reading

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How should I document decline in a rental property to protect my security deposit?

Pictures, videos, and any other documented evidence will help you if you ever find yourself in court in regards to a security deposit. Continue reading

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Can I change my child’s last name from the father’s surname to my surname?

If the father does not consent to the name change, then a formal hearing on the matter is required. The father will have written notice of the hearing and may object to the change at the hearing. Continue reading

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Do I need the consent of the father of my abandoned child for him/her to be adoped by another man?

If the father has taken certain legal steps to establish paternity, then you would need to show that he has only had minimal contact with the child or failed to support the child for one year. Continue reading

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When my former employee is called during the process of a new job, what are they allowed to say/not say?

by Kelly Mulloy Myers, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist An employer can lawfully give an employee a negative or poor job reference if it is truthful.  If an employer gives untruthful information about your employment or separation, the former employer may … Continue reading

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What is an ‘at-will’ employee?

In Ohio, an employee is employed “at-will” if they do not have a contract of employment that sets forth the terms and conditions of employment or are a union member protected by a collective bargaining agreement. Continue reading

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What is my next step after I have been wrongfully terminated?

If you believe you have been unlawfully terminated, you should speak to an attorney to discuss your concerns. Continue reading

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What constitutes discrimination in the workplace?

An employer is prohibited from making employment decisions because of a person’s gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, religion, age (if the person is forty or older), and disability. Continue reading

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If I sign my assets over to my children now, will they have to claim as income and be taxed?

by R. Dennison Keller, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist If you give assets to your children, it will not be income to them.  It is a gift.  The gift will not be taxable per se unless the gift exceeds $14,000 and … Continue reading

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How often should I update my estate planning documents?

Every 5 years is a good benchmark to update your estate planning documents, unless there is some intervening event or diagnosis that would require a change in planning. Continue reading

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