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No Matter the Outcome, We Must Act Like Gentlemen

In 2020, I had the privilege of sitting second chair during two jury trials in the Holmes County Court of Common Pleas. One was a civil jury trial involving a business dispute and the other was a criminal jury trial involving several charges. Sitting “second chair” during a jury trial essentially means:   a lawyer who helps the lead attorney in court. The services of the second chair may include examining some of the witnesses, arguing some of the points of law, handling parts of the voir dire, and presenting the opening statement or closing argument. Hence, the second chair offers every...

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What to Expect During a Family or Criminal Law Consultation

One of the greatest aspects of being an attorney is conducting consultations with potential new clients. As someone who enjoys talking and meeting with people, I truly enjoy helping, educating, and empowering individuals who seek answers to some of the most difficult and challenging questions and experiences that they will go through in their life. It is extremely rewarding to assist and empower the potential new client in understanding their legal options and advising them on how to best move forward. Some of the most difficult questions that one may ask themselves is “I need a divorce, but I don’t know...

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How long will my divorce take to complete?

One of the most common questions that I am asked during a divorce consultation is “How long will my divorce take to complete?”  This is a very difficult question to answer given that everyone’s marriage is unique and may have different circumstances that drive the overall amount of time one may have to invest in said divorce. I have litigated divorces that take a few months to complete, whereas I have litigated very complex divorces that take over 12 months to complete. There are many factors that contribute to the length of time that a divorce may take to work its...

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Why we developed “flat fee” dissolution packages at White Law Office, Co.

flat fee dissolution

Recently, White Law Office, Co. rolled out flat fee dissolution packages for clients seeking to dissolve their marriage in a non-contentious, or non-argumentative, way.  We understand that one of the most stressful factors in retaining an attorney is not knowing the exact cost of what you will pay. While we cannot offer fixed pricing for all our services, we can offer fixed pricing for dissolutions. It is a way of offering peace of mind to those who are in one of the most troubling times of their life. Our office developed flat fee dissolution packages to provide clients with the comfort of...

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Visitation for Grandparents under Ohio Law

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Under Ohio law, Grandparents may pursue visitation rights with their grandchild(ren) in certain situations, such as when: Married parents terminate the marriage or separateA parent passes away;The child’s mother is unmarried; or,A child is deemed abused, neglected, or dependent. A Court will more than likely grant visitation time to a grandparent in a proceeding for divorce, dissolution, or legal separation if the grandparent files a motion in the appropriate court seeking visitation rights. If the Court agrees with the said motion and finds that it is in the best interest of the minor grandchild(ren) then the Court may award reasonable visitation time. If...

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Divorce Questions & Answers

Divorce Questions & Answers

At White Law Office, Co., it is our mission to help educate and empower our clients in understanding their complex legal matters. Often, we see similar questions arise from clients when one is facing the possibility of a divorce or dissolution of marriage. Included herein is a list of common family law questions that our office is routinely asked.  What is the difference between a divorce and a legal separation?             A divorce in Ohio is a contested termination of a marriage by judgment of a court. It may only be granted upon a finding of a fault-based ground which includes: Bigamy (the act of...

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Attention Ohio Farmers! Senate Bill 57 May Make It Possible for You to Begin Cultivating Hemp

Attention Ohio Farmers Senate Bill 57

Senate Bill 57, passed by the Ohio legislature in 2019, and signed into law, decriminalized Hemp and has paved the way for farmers to begin cultivating Hemp in the State of Ohio.  Most provisions of Senate Bill 57 are currently in effect, but not all of Senate Bill 57’s provisions will be effective until the late Spring of 2020. You may be asking yourself, “What is Hemp?” Hemp is a plant from the cannabis family and is commonly compared to marijuana. However, Hemp does not produce the “intoxicating effects” of the cannabis plant, marijuana.[1] Interestingly, the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture states that “Hemp yields a strong...

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