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OVI Arrest videos are no longer public records in three counties in SW Ohio

May 30, 2014

We are all used to seeing videos of OVI arrests on television.  Bob Huggins, Paavo Jarvi, and other luminaries’ arrest video have regularly appeared on television and www.youtube.com following the arrest. Well, pursuant to a recent decision from the 12th District Court of Appeals, in Clermont, Warren and Butler Counties (the area covered by the … Continue reading OVI Arrest videos are no longer public records in three counties in SW Ohio

By: Christopher P. Finney

Is filming an arrest a constitutionally-protected activity?

May 27, 2014

In my career, I have been asked to evaluate two cases in which our firm’s clients were arrested for merely filming the arrest of another person.  In one instance, our client was leaving a bar in Covington, Kentucky and observed another patron (whom he did not know) being arrested.  He whipped out his camera phone … Continue reading Is filming an arrest a constitutionally-protected activity?

By: Christopher P. Finney

Former Kings Superintendent featured on NBC Channel 4 in Columbus

May 27, 2014

Our firm is handling an important case dealing with the cruel child abuse of multiple-handicapped, non-verbal children at Kings Local School District’s Columbia Elementary School. The abuse occurred under the rein of Superintendent Valerie Browning.  Our readers may recall that we sued at the Ohio Supreme Court to obtain copies of eight deposition transcripts that documented … Continue reading Former Kings Superintendent featured on NBC Channel 4 in Columbus

By: Christopher P. Finney

After the fact: NYT’s Adam Liptak’s investigation into the editing of SCOTUS decisions

May 27, 2014

Sunday, Adam Liptak had this interesting piece in the New York Times shining a light on a little-known practice of our nation’s highest court: corrections “after the fact” of the original released decision. The late changes by the Justices do not change the outcomes of the decision — the winners and losers — but they … Continue reading After the fact: NYT’s Adam Liptak’s investigation into the editing of SCOTUS decisions

By: Christopher P. Finney

Pillars of Strength: Formatting a corporate signature to protect the “corporate veil.”

May 23, 2014

Two other posts (here and here) address techniques useful in protecting personal assets from the creditors of a corporate entity (I.e., limited liability company or corporation).  This post addresses specifically how to sign documents to aid in that effort to avoid “piercing the corporate veil.” The key is to sign documents not in your personal name, but in the … Continue reading Pillars of Strength: Formatting a corporate signature to protect the “corporate veil.”

By: Christopher P. Finney

Pillars of Strength: Three tips for protecting your personal assets when forming and operating a company

May 22, 2014

When clients approach us for business formation, one of their concerns is protecting their personal assets from a business misfortune, either simple financial failure or a catastrophic situation creating an unexpected liability. We tell clients, first, that no undertaking is made without some degree of risk.  In shorthand, we say “if you want to avoid all potential … Continue reading Pillars of Strength: Three tips for protecting your personal assets when forming and operating a company

By: Christopher P. Finney

Pillars of Strength: Effectively using your corporate form for limited liability protection

May 22, 2014

Our clients form and do business in the name of corporations and limited liability companies for a variety of reasons, but one primary motivation is to achieve the benefits of limited liability protection that the entity offers. Optimally, limited liability protection means that the exposure of the investor/owner in a corporate entity is limited to his capital contributions … Continue reading Pillars of Strength: Effectively using your corporate form for limited liability protection

By: Christopher P. Finney

Estate “Tax” Planning

May 19, 2014

Unless a couple has assets in excess of five million dollars, estate taxes are no longer a concern for Ohio residents.  This is because Ohio has done away with its estate tax, and the Federal estate tax exemption is now over five million dollars.  For such couples, the new estate “tax” planning is income tax … Continue reading Estate “Tax” Planning

By: Isaac T. Heintz

Landlords may be liable for safety of tenants’ guests

May 19, 2014

Chapter 5321 of the Ohio Revised Code, known as the Landlord-Tenant Act, governs the rights and duties of landlords and tenants in Ohio.  Among other things, the Act requires Landlords to maintain rental properties in a fit and habitable condition, and to keep all common areas of the premises in a safe and sanitary condition.  … Continue reading Landlords may be liable for safety of tenants’ guests

By: Bradley M. Gibson