Recognizing Fake Emails

Has anyone ever told you that they got a weird email from you; one that you never sent? Often it tells them to click a link or directs them to send money.

Cyber crime awareness

This is an internet scam called email spoofing. While the emails appear to be from you, or from somebody you know, this is usually just a cleverly disguised forgery and not an indicator that your email has been hacked. It is similar to someone standing around the corner from you and mimicking your best friend’s voice while asking you to toss $20 around the corner to them. Most of us would want to peek around the corner and verify that our friend was standing there.

That can be a bit more difficult with an email.

So, what can you do?

The first thing to remember is that things that seem fishy usually are. Look at the way a person talks. Is the use of language odd? When is the last time your dad asked you to “Please kindly” anything? Or has your boss ever “Anticipated your early response?” If you aren’t sure, we recommend calling the person to verify the email contents.

Don’t respond to the email directly as this can potentially create other problems.

In some instances, you can see what the originating email address actually is. In the “From:” line you would see what appears to be your friend’s email address, followed by a second email in “<…>” markings such as From: Mom@hugs.com <notmom@badguy.com>. In this case, you can block “not mom” without actually blocking mom.

 

We hope these tips help protect you from potential scams.

When Life Gives You Lemons, We Can Help

We have all heard the old saying that when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. While we all love an upbeat outlook on life, the truth of the matter is that some piles of lemons are just bigger than others, and sometimes you don’t want lemonade.

When life gives you legal lemonsAlmost any time you need an attorney, your life is in full lemon mode. At Dagger Law, we understand that, and we pride ourselves on being able to clear as many lemons as possible from your life.

Sometimes those lemons look like a spouse that wants a divorce, sometimes they are in the form of an injury from a car accident, or perhaps it is the passing of a loved one.

Whatever your lemons look like, our experienced attorneys are here to assist.

Protecting Your Children’s Future

Happy family that has a Will in placeWho needs a Will? It is logical that everyone would be better off with planning for their estate, and today we want to focus specifically on families with kids. While nobody wants to sit down and think about what happens to their kids if they suddenly, and unexpectedly, die, there are many important reasons to do so.

  • First of all, as a parent we know you want what is best for your children. In your mind you probably have ideas about whether you would want your kids to be raised by a friend, godparent, or your favorite aunt. Without a Will, the state has no way of knowing who you would trust to raise your kids.
  • Second, it is unlikely that the state would pick the worst person in your family to take on the task, but creating a Will ensures that your wishes are considered!
  • Finally, you may admire the way your aunt loves and dotes on your children, but perhaps your accountant brother would be a better person to manage the assets that your child may now inherit upon your death.

A Will allows you to create some distinctions about who manages what aspects of your child’s life until they become an adult.

It is hard to predict all the nuances that you might want to spell out in a Will, and we at Dagger Law recommend that you sit down with an attorney to ensure that your wishes and intentions are clearly defined, and allowed, under the law. We are here to help you protect your assets, and your children’s future, today.

Courts, Child Welfare Partners Coordinate Efforts regarding Foster Care

By Csaba Sukosd | March 25, 2019

Every year, thousands of children in Ohio are impacted by the judicial system through no fault of their own. It’s a reality that compels courts and child welfare agencies to coordinate their efforts to ensure the safety and stability of such juveniles who end up in foster care.

On Thursday, representatives from across the state came to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center to focus on abuse, neglect, and dependency dockets. The goal of the caseflow management course – hosted by the Ohio Supreme Court in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and its Office of Families and Children – was to streamline practices with the goal of helping children find stable and permanent outcomes regarding where they live and who takes care of them as a guardian.

Read the full article in Court News Ohio

Vacationing with children post-divorce

by | Mar 7, 2019 | Timely Topics |

In addition to divvying up the finances, many couples spend the majority of the divorce process discussing the custody of their children. In most cases, parents create a shared parenting plan that lays out the details of their arrangement. Unfortunately, vacation time – and any time away from school – is often overlooked. It’s much easier to agree on the day-to-day whereabouts of the kids.

With spring break and summer vacation on the horizon, here are a few things to discuss with your ex.

  1. Plan far in advance. Regardless of how flexible your daily custody arrangement is, vacation time should be determined far enough in advance to allow ample time for planning. Summer vacation days, spring break and other vacations should be divided evenly between both parents. An every-other-year approach to certain holidays works well, too.
  1. Share the details. When taking your children on a vacation, it’s important to communicate the details of your trip to your ex. He or she has a right to know where you’re going and for how long, as well as information about how to reach you. If you’re leaving the country, you will also need a signed and notarized travel consent form from your ex.

Read the full article here