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.
Almost 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.
It might be a logical statement to say that everyone would be better off with some planning for their estate. However, today we want to focus on the reasons that families with kids need to be planning ahead.
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 ensure that there is a clear plan in place.
- First of all, as a parent, we know you want what is best for your children. In your mind you probably already have ideas about whether you would want your kids to be raised by a friend, godparent, or your favorite aunt. In many cases the plan has been loosely developed and it takes little work to make it official with a legal document. Without a Will, the state has no way of knowing who you would trust to raise your kids, or how you want your children to receive your property.
- Second, nobody knows your children better than you do. While it is unlikely that the state would allow any harm to come to your children, it can’t know the particular needs that they might have. If the state might divide your property in an equitable manner, it may not account for your wish to help a child buy their first car, or assist a child with paying for college in your absence. These situations may not apply to your children equally, and only by establishing a will would you be able to ensure that these important items are taken into consideration.
- 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 would allow you to create some distinctions about who manages what aspects of your child’s life, until they become an adult. As with our second point, you may know the strengths of the potential guardians in a way that the probate court may not.
We understand that you want what is best for your children. With some careful planning, today, you can ensure that your plans for your family can be protected even after an untimely death. It is hard to predict all the nuances that you might want to spell out in an estate plan. That is why Dagger Law recommends 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. Call today.
Time is a finite resource. You can’t make more, you can’t trade for more, and whether we work hard or lay on the couch, the cost in time is constant.
We seem to be aware of the value of time at a subconscious level. Ever feel yourself impatiently frowning at the slow-moving car in front of you even when you have nowhere to be? We are aware that those extra seconds in the car matter, and we could be spending them elsewhere.
So why all the talk about time? Because legal work often takes time. Unlike the car in the scenario above, most of us can’t see the cause for delay in our legal case, and that can be frustrating. While we could go through a laundry list of causes for this, it is perhaps just best to state that working through a legal issue requires patience.
So, what should you do if you are feeling impatient?
First, we would recommend that you become familiar with your attorney’s staff. Asking questions like “what step in the process is we on” can be answered by staff members. They can typically see when the paperwork has been filed in court when your attorney is researching or drafting documents and can see important hearing dates and deadlines if they have been set.
We understand that waiting for the final word on a life-changing legal event can be difficult. If you have questions you want answered, please call and schedule an appointment today
Lancaster, Ohio – Bryan Everitt, attorney at Dagger Law, is retiring from a 24-year career in the United States Navy effective May 26. He served as a nuclear-trained submarine warfare officer and as the Operations Officer at the Navy Recruiting District in Columbus.
“We are honored by the sacrifices Bryan has made for our country,” said Jeff Spangler, managing partner of Dagger Law. “We have a history of supporting our military and we are proud of everything Bryan has accomplished.”
While at Dagger Law, Everitt served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserves, where he was a Watch Floor Battle Officer for Anti-Submarine Warfare operations. He served in various locations, including San Diego where he aided the arrival of a Chilean submarine and then assisted the sailors at the base.
Everitt graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy, obtained his master’s degree from Old Dominion University and then received his law degree from Capital University Law School in 2013. In 2017, Everitt was named Young Professional of the Year by the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce.
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.