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The White Papers

a blog with original content written by White Law Office's team.

There’s Something About Community

I went to law school in Virginia Beach. While there, I was often asked whether I liked living in Ohio (because apparently, a few people don't). But I did, which is why, no matter where I've traveled, I've always come back home. There's just something here, in the rural countryside of Ohio, that I have not found anywhere else. It's hard to explain if you haven't experienced it. Part of it may be that rural Ohio - Holmes County specifically - has retained some of the old-fashioned charms of simpler days. But it's not just that the county has the largest population of Amish in the country, or that I grew up here. What I truly love about my home is that I am part of a community larger than my friend group, larger than my street address, even larger than my county. The dictionary offers two definitions of community "1. A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. 2. A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals." Many places in the world have (1), few truly have (2). One of the common interests that creates the community around here is farming. Growing up, it seemed all my friends either lived on a farm or wanted to live on one. My family was more of the in-between, owning a "hobby farm" but wanting the "real deal." As my younger siblings choose careers, I see...

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I was charged with a DUI. Now what?

The penalties may increase as the number of offenses over the last ten (10) years increases and the penalties also increase depending upon the level of the test. Please note that there are additional penalties not discussed above, such as restricted plates, license interlock system, and even immobilization or forfeiture of the vehicle involved. The Judge in your case will have discretion in a handful of penalties in your case. However, some penalties are mandatory and cannot be avoided. Keep in mind that if you are under the age of 21 and are convicted of OVI or DUI, the penalties may be far greater than those included above....

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Making a Difference in the Community

  We're coming into the home stretch of 2018 and all businesses are thinking about how 2018 will finish out and what 2019 will look like, and possibly setting time aside to review a proposed budget and figuring out goals. White Law Office is no different. We're focused on that as well, but we are also going to focus on what the business can do for the community and how each of us has the capability to make the lives of others better. I've personally felt challenged after attending a recent conference in New Orleans. I never expected to attend a conference designed for attorneys and to be challenged as a person and feel like I need to do something to make the world a better place. Bryan Stevenson, New York Times Best Selling Author of Just Mercy, delivered a speech that was an emotional rollercoaster for many in the audience. One moment he had you almost in tears and the next you were laughing. One of the cases he talked about was that of a ten-year-old boy that was being tried as an adult. The little boy had accidentally shot his mother's boyfriend. The boyfriend had beaten the mother and the boy thought she was dead. There was a handgun that the boyfriend kept by his bed and the little boy remembered this. The boyfriend was asleep and the little boy got the gun and held the gun at the man. The man woke suddenly and startled the boy who then...

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Extreme Ownership

  Do you own a business? Are you a leader? Owning a business does not automatically make you a good leader. And you do not have to own a business to be a leader. But let's face it, in business, if something does not work, it is the business owner that must resolve the issue. By utilizing the philosophies behind extreme ownership, good leaders can become great and business owners that are not good at leading can have the foundation to start. Being a business owner entails far more than just signing your name on the dotted line when you file your documents with the state or signing your operating agreement. It means more than being able to tell people that you own a business. It is not something that is suited for everyone. Extreme ownership, on the other hand, is something that everyone can use to become a better business owner, a better leader, or a better employee. As a business owner, you have a vision. The vision is how you see your future, your dreams, your goals for retirement, or whatever you consider "having arrived". However, you can only implement that dream with a team. So, now you've got your team in place but things aren't working out as you expected. People are making mistakes and communication is not good between departments. This happens because we're all human, we make mistakes, and we do not always think logically. Things are just not working out as you planned. Who is to blame?...

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