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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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National Adoption Month: Adoption from Foster Care

This month is National Adoption Month, a month set aside to raise awareness for the need for adoptive families for those in foster care. In honor of adoption month, this blog post will discuss part of the process of adoptions from foster care agencies. Not every child who is in foster care is, or will be, eligible for adoption. In order for a parent’s rights to be terminated, they have to either permanently surrender their rights to an Agency or have their rights terminated by Court order. Neither of these is a simple, quick process. A foster care agency’s first goal...

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Everything You Need to Know About Ohio Adoptions

Ohio Adoption

Adopting a Child in Ohio: Types of Adoptions With infertility affecting an estimated 12-13 out of every 100 couples, adoption is a common alternative to expanding your family, and many of us know personally an adopted individual or adoptive family. A single person may also adopt a child, and of course, many families that have children still seek to adopt a child who needs a family. Whether you are wanting to begin or expand your family, or just curious, it may be helpful to review the types of adoptions that are available. This is an intentionally brief overview that does not cover...

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Should my Church (or other Religious Institution) Apply for Federal Loans offered during this Pandemic?

should my church apply for federal loans

By now, you are likely familiar with the SBA’s loans for hard-hit businesses during this national pandemic. All organizations have been impacted in some way by the coronavirus, including non-profit organizations. It is of some relief to hear that non-profit organization can also apply for governmental relief that is available under the CARES Act, such as the Paycheck Protection Program (although it is currently out of funds and no longer taking new applications) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance. Through a set of FAQ’s, the Small Business Administration made clear not only that faith-based organizations are eligible to receive...

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So You’re Starting a NonProfit. Here are some FAQs.

How To Start a Non Profit Organization

Do you have a mission or vision to positively impact others’ lives? Do you see a need that you believe needs to be met by an organization rather than just on an individual basis? Then you may be thinking of starting a not-for-profit organization (“nonprofit”) to help you make these visions a reality. At the White Law Office, Co., we are committed to helping nonprofits succeed. This blog answers some frequently asked questions related to starting a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in Ohio. Stayed tuned to the White Papers for further resources for your nonprofit organization. Is every “nonprofit” tax-exempt? No. It is...

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How To Start a Non-Profit Organization in Ohio

Starting a Non-Profit Organization in Ohio

Starting and operating a non-profit organization can be a little overwhelming. Unfortunately, it can be easy to miss a legal requirement which could jeopardize your organization or your tax-exempt status, if you are also seeking to be tax-exempt. In order to make this process as seamless as possible for you, we’ve put together a shorthand checklist to assist you get your new Ohio non-profit organization off to a great start. Step 1: Name your Organization. This may seem like an obvious step; however, there are certain requirements for naming a non-profit corporation in Ohio. The legal name of your nonprofit corporation must...

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Protecting Your Rights Amidst the Mohican Greenway Corridor

Landowners in the Mohican Valley, Loudonville, Brinkhaven, and Greer areas may be affected by a potential new trail system that is currently being evaluated. This trail is slated to follow Wally Road and would affect parts of Ashland, Knox, and Holmes counties. A new trail is concerning for local landowners. Many of us are asking what rights we have when faced with a public trail system going through our property. If we have a property with a river running through, such as the Mohican River, what are our rights concerning the waterways and access to our land? The idea of...

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