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December 2017 Archives

How college can factor into a divorce (or marriage) decision

If you are considering divorce and have a child due to enroll in college in the next couple of years, it may be best to move forward with the divorce plans sooner rather than later. On the other hand, if you are thinking about marrying (or remarrying), then it could make financial sense to wait.

The serious consequences of driving drunk

At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., we know how serious a drunk driving conviction can be. In Ohio, if you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, this is the same as being charged with driving under the influence or driving while impaired. OVI, DUI and DWI convictions all carry stiff penalties, even if this is your first conviction.

Understanding stepparent adoption

The State of Ohio allows the stepparent of any child to adopt him or her. Stepparent adoption is relatively simple and inexpensive. Per the Ohio State Bar Association, a stepparent adoption can be accomplished by a nonbiological “parent” who is married to one of the child’s biological parents or by a nonbiological “parent” who is in a same-sex marriage with one of the child’s biological parents.

Annie’s Law: Ohio’s new drunk driving crackdown

Anna Louise Rooney was a 36-year-old resident of Chillicothe, Ohio, when she was killed by a drunk driver on July 4, 2013. The driver’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit, and he had had multiple previous convictions for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. As recounted by AnnieRooney.com, Annie, as she was known to family, friends and colleagues, had graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School and was a practicing attorney in Chillicothe at the time of her death. Nearly four years later, on April 1, 2017, Ohio instituted a new anti-drunk driving law known as Annie’s Law.

What financial considerations should be made post-crash?

Ohio motorcyclists who get into accidents have a lot of financial issues to take into consideration. Whether you've been in a small crash or one resulting in severe injury, this is where the expertise of Lopez, Severt & Pratt CO LPA can come into play. We work toward helping motorcyclists like you recover financially after an accident, which can help you in all other aspects of your healing journey.

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