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Common issues that need to be addressed in a divorce case

No two married relationships in Ohio are the same. Thus, when a couple decides to end their marriage, the divorce process and its result can vary from case-to-case. Each case will involve its own unique set of facts, as well as the reason why the marriage is coming to an end. However, there are many issues that are commonly addressed in most divorce cases that occur in Ohio.

For example, property division can be the most important part of any given divorce case. During a marriage a couple will accumulate assets and debts. In a divorce, these assets and debts will need to be divided among the couple as they move forward with their newly single lives. This part of the case can get contentious, unless the couple focuses on getting a fair result.

Preparation is crucial in a motor vehicle accident case

Although car crashes are a common sight on the roads and highways in Ohio, most people walk away from these collisions without injuries. But, unfortunately, there are some who are not so lucky. Those in Ohio who has been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident will likely face months or even years of medical treatment and recovery. As our readers would likely expect, such a situation means that the financial burden that injured victims face can be substantial.

As a result, many injured victims may benefit from considering their personal injury legal options. In doing so, preparation is crucial. While any injured victim of a motor vehicle accident will rightly focus on their health and recovery in the immediate aftermath of the accident, those who consider how potential legal efforts might play out down the road may benefit. Evidence can be gathered from the scene of the accident, such as photographs of the vehicles involved, the surrounding area and potentially even eyewitness testimony.

Do you qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

Many people in Ohio know that Social Security disability benefits are available to some people who suffer serious injuries or illnesses. However, they may not know how a person qualifies to receive those benefits. Knowing the basics about SSD benefits is crucial for any worker in Ohio.

So, how does a person qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits? Well, for starters, like any government-run program, there is a set of minimum requirements that must be met by an applicant for benefits. First, applicants must have the appropriate number of "work credits." These credits are accumulated, in general, by working a steady job over several years. Social Security disability benefits are funded by taxes that come out of workers' paychecks. To tap into these funds, the applicant must have contributed to the Social Security system while working.

Revocable vs. irrevocable trusts: What are the differences?

As you create your Ohio estate plan, you likely find yourself discovering more about trusts than you possibly ever wanted to know. But while the variety of trusts available for you to choose from may seem overwhelming at first, you should keep in mind that all trusts are one of two types: revocable and irrevocable. Which type you choose depends on what you want to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it.

The most obvious difference between a revocable trust and an irrevocable one is just what their names imply. After you execute a revocable trust, you can change any of its terms, provisions, etc. any time in the future that you desire. You can even revoke it. Conversely, once you execute an irrevocable trust, you lose a lot of control over the assets you place in it and what you can do with them. In other words, you are writing your irrevocable trusts in stone. Once you execute them, you cannot later change them or their provisions in any way.

Avoid making these mistakes during a divorce in Ohio

Each year thousands of Ohio residents decide to end their marriage. For some, doing so can be a relatively simple matter. But, for many others, a divorce case can be a complicated legal process with a wide variety of issues to address, including spousal support, property division, the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities and child support. Ohio residents should be sure that they are avoiding common mistakes, as noted in a recent article, that some people make when they are going through the divorce process.

For starters, don't make the mistake of failing to unearth all of the relevant documents that may be needed in the divorce case. Splitting a once joined married life into two separate single lives can involve quite a bit of documentation, including such documents as financial records, mortgages, receipts and even documents from state and federal governments, such as Social Security statements.

What should Ohioans know about the different types of trusts?

Many of our readers in Ohio can probably guess that no two estate plans are the same. Everyone has unique family and financial dynamics that must be accounted for in an estate plan. For some people, a simple will and some power of attorney documents are sufficient. However, for others, alternative estate planning tools may need to be considered. Trusts could be a possibility for many Ohio residents.

So, what are the basics about different types of trusts that our readers should know? Well, for starters, the clear majority of trusts, no matter their finer points, will fall into one of two categories: revocable or irrevocable. A trust is established while a person is alive, but that the terms of the trust can survive that person's death. If the trust is established as a revocable trust, the person establishing the trust has the right to end the trust at any time, in most cases. However, if the trust is established as an irrevocable trust, the person establishing the trust does not have that option. The trust stays as it was, based on the terms upon which it was established.

The basics of workers' compensation in Ohio

When workers in Ohio are injured on the job, they will likely run into complications immediately. For starters, they will probably need to seek medical attention quickly. In addition, they may have to deal with a recovery process to regain their health. While they are healing, they may miss time at work, thereby causing financial problems due to being unable to earn an income. Fortunately, workers in Ohio who are facing this type of scenario will likely be able to pursue workers' compensation benefits.

The first step in seeking workers' compensation benefits is to submit an appropriate claim. While this first step may seem straightforward, it is important that the claim form is filled out properly. Any mistakes could delay the process of getting approved for benefits. While the claim is being processed, the type and amount of workers' compensation benefits that the claimant is eligible for will be determined. Throughout the time in which the claim is being processed the worker will be able to monitor the status of the claim.

Pursuing legal options after a car accident in Ohio

We are in the middle of a time of the year when millions of Americans will be hitting the roads to visit family members and friends for the holidays. Many Ohio residents will be doing the same, with some driving across the country while others keep their travels rather local. Either way, increased traffic on the roadways will almost inevitably lead to an increase in the number of traffic accidents that occur.

Many car accidents are simple collisions with only limited scuffs, but there are some that lead to serious property damage and injuries for drivers and passengers involved in the collisions. In these serious incidents, it is more likely than not that one party over another was responsible for causing the collision. When this is the case, the injured victims will likely need to take immediate steps to protect their legal rights.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

When you make your living working in a hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office or similar health care setting, you face certain career-related dangers that can lead you to fall ill or injure yourself. While the hazards you face working in health care are considerable and might include everything from violent patients to needlestick injuries, one of the most substantial causes of injury among health care workers is moving patients.

The nature of your job suggests that you typically work with patients who may be immobile or even unconscious. At times, you will likely need to move these patients from one setting to another to receive treatment, prevent bedsores or what have you, but doing so places a serious strain on your body, regardless of the techniques you use. According to Healthcare Business & Technology, injuries developed due to lifting patients is the single-biggest threat faced by today’s nurses, with more than 35,000 lifting-related back and musculoskeletal reported annually among nurses alone.

Changes in tax laws could lead to rush for divorce agreements

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and, for many people, that means getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays. However, there are some people who, even at this time of year, are in the midst of a divorce. As a recent article noted, those individuals may feel even more stress than they would have, due to the fact that, come January 1, there will be changes to the tax laws that will impact divorce decrees that are signed after the end of this year.

As the article detailed, once 2019 rolls around any divorce decrees that include alimony payments will be different from divorce decrees that are executed and ordered before the end of this year. Why? Well, quite plainly, an ex-spouse who, next year going forward, is ordered to pay alimony payments will not be able to deduct those payments from his or her tax obligations. And, the ex-spouse who receives payments will not need to count alimony payments among taxable income. These are huge changes to tax laws that have been in existence for decades.

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