Can Oakland County confiscate a citizen’s personal property for $8.41 in unpaid taxes? This question will likely be answered by the Michigan Supreme Court later this year.
The case at hand involves Uri Rafaeli, who failed to pay the interest owed on property taxes for a rental property in Southfield several years ago. Oakland County eventually foreclosed on his property for the $8.41 plus $277 in additional interest and fees. Similarly, Oakland County seized Andre Ohanessian’s property in Orchard Village for a $6,000 tax debt.
The county proceeded to auction Rafaeli’s property for $24,500 and Ohanessian’s property for $82,000 — and then kept the surplus proceeds. Lower state courts have agreed the officials acted properly under Michigan’s General Property Tax Act, which requires officials to take property for any amount of unpaid taxes and keep all the proceeds if they sell it.
Read the full article here.
By Joe Barnett, Detroit News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2019
Lancaster, Ohio – Kathryn Cornelius-Blume has joined Dagger Law where she’ll focus on criminal defense, juvenile law, and general civil litigation.
Prior to starting in private practice, Cornelius-Blume was a staff attorney at Southeastern Ohio Legal Services where she practiced all areas of civil litigation. She found her passion for litigation while in law school and gained valuable first-hand experience as a certified legal intern at the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She was also a law clerk at Gerhardstein and Branch Co. LPA and a judicial extern for Justice Sharon Kennedy at the Ohio Supreme Court.
“Kathryn’s unique experiences and legal expertise is a tremendous asset to our team” said Jeff J. Spangler, co-managing partner at Dagger Law. “She is a passionate advocate for our community and clients.”
Cornelius-Blume received her a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from the University of Pittsburgh. She received her law degree from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the senior article editor of Human Rights Quarterly.
Continue reading “Local law firm hires new attorney”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2019
Lancaster, Ohio – Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP’s dedication to giving was recognized by United Way of Fairfield County with the 2018 Per-Capita Award and a tie for the 2018 Fair Share Award.
Dagger Law received the Per-Capita Award for the highest giving amount per individual in companies with 10 to 49 employees. The recognition is for companies with 10 or more employees that raise the largest average gift per employee. Dagger Law received the award with $309.75 per capita.
Continue reading “Dagger Law Receives Two Awards in United Way Campaign”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2019
Lancaster, Ohio – Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr., Randy L. Happeney and D. Joe Griffith, partners in the law firm of Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP were selected as members of the 2019 class of Super Lawyers by Ohio’s Super Lawyers Magazine in the family law and general litigation practice areas.
In addition, Alyssa L. Parrott was recognized as a 2019 Rising Star in the area of family practice. Partner Jeff J. Spangler was named a 2019 Rising Star in the practice area of banking for the fifth consecutive year.
Super Lawyer is an elite recognition in the legal community. Super Lawyers are determined through peer nominations, evaluations and third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
Continue reading “Five Lawyers Named 2019 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars”
by Jeff J. Spangler
Numerous state and federal laws require Ohio employers to post specific employment related signs throughout the workplace. The required posters are designed to ensure that employees are aware of guidelines and laws that could affect them in the workplace. Certain posters are required of all Ohio employers; other posters are unique to certain industries.
The Ohio Fair Employment Practices Law poster is required to be posted by all employers in the workplace. This mandatory poster generally states that Ohio law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, military service, nationality, and other protected classes, and that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission is available to investigate any employee complaints.
Continue reading “Ohio Employer Required Posters”