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This is What a Winning Ohio Lottery Check Looks Like (received anonymously)

I just closed out my most recent anonymous lottery winner case. This is what the check from the lottery commission looks like. It is very satisfying to receive checks like this. My client will be having a very Merry Christmas. Fortunately, my client has been in touch with financial counsellors, which I always recommend, instead of self-handling large sums of new found money. 

Chain-reaction motor vehicle accidents injure multiple people

The roads in Dayton and throughout Ohio can be busy, especially during the holiday season. This might lead to people making ill-advised decisions to try to get around heavy traffic, such as driving on the side of the road or violating other laws. This can result in motor vehicle accidents. When there is an auto accident of any kind, it can result in serious injuries and fatalities. Specifically, chain-reaction collisions, can be dangerous as there are few ways for people to avoid being hit. After a crash, those who were injured in any way -- even if it seems minor -- must remember their rights to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

A series of collisions in Dayton injured multiple people and sent several to the hospital. The spate of motor vehicle accidents stemmed from the driver of a red pickup truck driving onto the shoulder of the roadway and speeding to pass the slowed traffic. A minor collision was the cause of the initial slowdown. A witness said the vehicles were merging when the red truck sped by. It hit other vehicles, some of which flipped over. The driver of the pickup got out of his vehicle, ran away and asked another witness for assistance. Police caught the man who is now facing charges. The investigation is continuing and the extent of the injuries is unknown. However, people were trapped inside some of the vehicles.

What income percentage is paid for support in military divorces?

Military life can be difficult for families, and it is not uncommon for Ohioans to decide to end a marriage and get a military divorce. It is important to understand how support is determined and how much can be deducted from a service member's pay in a divorce.

According to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, there is a limit to what can be deducted for support, whether it is spousal support, child support or both. The limit is from 50 to 65 percent of the service member's disposable earnings. The percentages are based on different criteria. If the paying spouse -- the obligor -- shows proof that he or she is paying more than half the support for dependents other than those who are going to get support in this case and there are no arrearages, it will be 50 percent.

When facing OVI charges, the breathalyzer could be questioned

In Ohio, operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) is a serious charge that can have a dramatic effect on a person's life, if they are convicted. With the potential penalties including jail time, fines, a driver's license suspension and other problems, such as raised insurance rates, it is wise to consider the options to formulate a defense against these allegations. Often, law enforcement tests a driver using a breathalyzer to determine the blood-alcohol content.

Why is collaborative divorce becoming so popular?

If your marriage is no longer working and divorce becomes inevitable, you probably dread having to endure a public courtroom battle.

However, litigation is not your only option. Consider collaborative divorce. The more you know, the more you will understand why it is gaining in popularity.

Statistics for motor vehicle accidents show good and bad signs

When heading out on the road in Ohio, there is always a chance that an accident may occur. Because the roads can be dangerous, researchers conduct studies to assess collisions and determine strategies to make the roads safer. Still, with the seemingly endless litany of causes of motor vehicle accidents, they will continue to happen. People who have been hurt or suffered the loss of a loved one in a car crash must consider the future and think about a legal filing for compensation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its statistics for road fatalities. In 2018, there were 36,550 fatalities on the nation's roadways, which was a 2.4% drop from 2017. Children were also safer on the road, with those age 14 and under seeing a 10% drop in deaths. However, the number of pedestrian deaths increased by 3.4%, with 6,677 fatalities. Bicyclists are also showing an increased vulnerability, with a 6.3% increase in deaths.

Attempt to change U.S. immigration policy blocked in court

For immigrants in Ohio, the current legal landscape in the United States can be worrisome. It is understandable that there is fear as to what can happen to people whose immigration status is tenuous or technically illegal. When confronted with these issues, it is wise to have legal assistance to ensure that the government and law enforcement do not violate peoples' rights.

President Trump's attempt to prevent immigrants who get public assistance from being in the U.S. legally was blocked in federal court. As proposed, those who are trying to get a visa or a green card can be rejected if their income is deemed too low or their education is not classified as sufficient and there is a likelihood that they would need public assistance to make ends meet. That includes assistance for housing, food and medical care.

Man faces OVI charges after accident

In Dayton and across Ohio, law enforcement is vigilant in seeking and arresting drivers who are operating under the influence of alcohol. While it is necessary for safety, that does not always mean those arrested on OVI charges are guilty. Regardless of the circumstances of the case, it is imperative that a person who is confronted with these charges understands their severity and takes the necessary steps to lodge a strong defense.

A 38-year-old man was arrested for OVI and fleeing the scene of an accident after a crash. After hitting railroad tracks, his vehicle went out of control and hit two parked cars and a light pole. The man and his passenger then fled the vehicle, however, they were caught after a brief pursuit. Law enforcement asserts that the driver was speeding and was under the influence.

What is the difference between divorce and dissolution?

Many people contemplating divorce harbor fantasies of standing up in court and telling judge and jury about everything their spouse did wrong. This fantasy may seem appealing, but it almost never happens in real life, and there are good reasons for that.

Ohio law provides two main ways of ending a marriage, divorce and dissolution.

Seeing a doctor is essential, even after a minor car crash

Fall is a beautiful time to be out and about in our area of Ohio, but more opportunities to drive mean more opportunities for traffic accidents, especially low-speed fender-benders and rear-end collisions.

If you should find yourself the victim of a minor vehicle crash, seeking prompt medical attention is essential, even if you appear uninjured.

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