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Why Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?

No matter what charge you face, entering the criminal justice system is an intimidating process. From the time of your arrest, pressure is put on you to surrender your legal rights. Having advised area residents for more than 25 years, we know that many defendants seek to put their legal problem behind them, agreeing to […]

Juvenile Records – Who can see them? Should I Expunge them or Seal them?

Juvenile records are not criminal records, and juveniles do not receive criminal convictions. Rather, juveniles who break the law are referred to as “adjudicated delinquents.” In fact, when a person with only a juvenile record is asked whether he/she has been convicted of a crime, the legally correct answer is No. Who can access Juvenile […]

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Ensuring that child support is calculated accurately and fairly should be a concern of both parents. Several factors may increase or reduce a child support obligation, thus it is essential that you have an experienced family law attorney advise you on how child support is calculated and what factors may impact the support obligation. In […]

How does the Court decide who gets Custody?

Unless the parties reach an agreement regarding custody/ parenting time/ shared parenting, the court will look to O.R.C. 3109.04 to determine what will be in the best interest of the minor child(ren). When determining exactly what is in the best interest of the minor child(ren), the court is to consider all relevant factors. However, specific […]

What Is Probate Court or Estate Administration?

Probate Court refers to the process of distributing a person’s assets after they have passed. Whenever an individual passes away, the probate court will be the court that oversees their “estate” to ensure that the assets are distributed properly. The Probate Court will look at estate planning documents such as a Last Will & Testament […]

Bankruptcy Myths

Most people have a negative association with the word bankruptcy.  However, often what you heard is misleading and misinformed statements from people who are not well versed in bankruptcy law. Many very successful people and businesses have filed bankruptcy and have gone on to become very prosperous.  That is why we urge you schedule a […]

Why it is important to have a Will?

A will is a legal instrument that lets you direct who you want to get your assets and who you want to be in charge of distributing those assets after you pass.  You’ve worked hard throughout your life to accumulate what you have, a house, cars, bank accounts, shouldn’t you have a say on how […]

Post Foreclosure Liability – Will Lenders Go After Borrowers For Deficiency?

In today’s economic climate, many homeowners have been faced with the difficulties of having their home foreclosed upon.  At Ernst & Associates, as a debt relief firm, we have come in contact with more and more borrowers who have the unfortunate burden of being placed in this situation. In general, after your home is foreclosed […]

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