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Recognized Advance Directive Forms Simplify Health Care Planning Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association When I went into the hospital for surgery recently, I was asked if I had any “advance directives.” What, exactly, are advance directives? Advance directives are documents, signed by you and properly witnessed or notarized, that set forth your health […]

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Traveling Abroad with Minors: From Passport Issues to Medical Issues Contributed by  the Ohio State Bar Association I am going overseas with my newborn. Does she need a passport? Yes. All U.S. citizens traveling anywhere outside the United States require passports. This requirement includes newborns and infants. What documents will I need for my child? […]

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Law You Can Use 6/7/11

What You Should Know About Attorney Fees Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Association I’m thinking about hiring an attorney to do some legal work for me, but I’m worried about the expense. Can I find out ahead of time how much it will cost? Yes. You should ask your attorney about fees before asking […]

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What You Should Know about Organ and Tissue Donation Contributed by the Ohio State Bar Asssociation Approximately 28,000 organ transplants were performed in the United States in 2010; just over 6,600 of those were from living donors. Another one million Americans receive donor tissue each year through reconstructive, restorative and cosmetic surgeries. Nevertheless, in January […]

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Don’t blame the criminal…

Is that really illegal? By Isabel Suarez I was recently charged with an infraction that I was unaware was illegal. My lawyer tells me that “ignorance of the law” is not a defense. How was I to know what is illegal? Any advice? Sincerely, Confused Dear Confused, The good news is that you are in […]

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Innocent until…

How to screw up your criminal case By Isabel Suarez and Tim Carlin I was recently charged with, and found guilty of, a charge of which I am innocent. I am very upset with my attorney and feel he did not do a good job. I never felt he believed me. Can you give me […]

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Abroad fraud

How having a foreign driving record can cost you By Isabel Suarez I recently came from abroad to take care of my ailing mother and purchased an old car and insurance. I was assured that this made me compliant with Ohio law. Unfortunately, due to inclement weather, I rear-ended another vehicle. Following the accident, I […]

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Going through the big ‘D’

No divorce lawyer? Might be your fault By Isabel Suarez (courtesy of Robert L. Mues) When I asked our family attorney to represent me in my divorce, he flatly told me he would rather drink arsenic. I assured him this was a simple divorce, and his answer was still no. After calling several attorneys, their […]

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Targeting cyber bullying

The legalities of online defamation By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin I have lost count of the number of weeks that I have stayed up with my 14-year-old daughter who has been crying herself to sleep because of lies posted on Facebook by her ex-boyfriend. She assures me that they were never sexually active. I […]

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Legal aid?

Options for free legal help (when you’re not a criminal) By Isabel Suarez Concurring: Tim Carlin My husband left me (and our two children) four months ago. I have been a homemaker for the last 12 years of our marriage. He has not provided us with any support, nor has he paid the mortgage or […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]