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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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What is the most important piece of estate planning?

The most important piece of your estate planning at death is certainly a will or trust. Continue reading

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Can filing bankruptcy help me avoid losing my home?

It is usually the last resort, but filing a Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy can allow you to possibly keep your home. Continue reading

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Can mediation help me avoid foreclosure on my home?

One of the best ways to get the lender to come to the table and start talking with you again is to request court mediation. Continue reading

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I’ve heard about HAMP. Can it help me keep my home?

The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) is a federal program that offers loan modifications that can lower your interest rate, lower your payments, and help you keep your home and avoid foreclosure. Continue reading

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