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What did Prince and Aretha Franklin have in common?

Well, they were certainly both mega-stars and monster musical legends. But there is more. They were both mega millionaires but neither one of them did any estate planning, nothing. Neither Prince nor Aretha had a will or a trust. They both passed away leaving their massive estates to be decided by feuding relatives who will be tied up in courts for years to come. This is just astonishing. Even more so because my understanding is that they both keep tight reins on their business arrangements and finances. How did they let this happen? I suspect we will never know.

Who gets custody of the pets during a divorce?

Dayton area residents going through a divorce understand how stressful and traumatic this time of their lives can be. Working through the details of a divorce can take a lot of time and can be difficult. Although assets and child custody are the main sticking points of a divorce, pets can also play a part.

Most families own a dog or cat. Animals are an important part of a family and, during a divorce, they can be a source of contention. So, who gets custody of the pets after a divorce? Historically, pets were treated as property, but more and more courts are viewing pets as animals that have feelings about where they should go after a divorce. More couples are using mediation to work out custody agreements with their exes and the pets. Custody for pets can look a lot like child custody, with time split between the couple, along with expenses split as well. Or, if one spouse feels they should keep the animal full time, they should be prepared to show that they were the pet's main caregiver by bringing it to the veterinarian, feeding it, and walking the animal.

Woman in Logan County killed by drunk driver

When a loved one in the Dayton area drives to work, to the store, to an event, or some other destination, their families expect they will return. Most of the time this is the case, but, unfortunately, serious motor vehicle accidents do occur. These accidents affect thousands of Ohio residents every year with unexpected medical bills and funeral expenses.

A Logan County woman was recently killed in a car accident believed to have been caused by a drunk driver. The accident occurred on U.S. 68 just south of Bellefontaine when a driver crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle. The woman who was hit was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver who hit her was flown to Miami Valley hospital with serious injuries. The driver who crossed the center line is believed to have been drunk, and blood alcohol tests are pending.

Is a positive breath test an automatic OVI conviction?

Any time there is a holiday, there are also parties, and where there are parties, there usually is drinking. Despite your best intentions, you may find yourself on the side of the road with a cop asking you to take a breath test to determine intoxication.

If the results are positive, showing you were operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, does that mean you will have an OVI on your record? The good news is the answer is no.

The basics of a collaborative divorce

When Dayton area residents get married, they expect their marriage to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen, and a divorce becomes inevitable. A divorce is an emotional and confusing time and it can also be expensive. Collaborative divorce may be a good option for couples who wish to avoid going to court and are, at some level, willing to work together towards an outcome that will satisfy both parties.

A collaborative divorce uses mediation and negotiation strategies to settle a divorce instead of spending time and money on litigation. There are many benefits to using collaborative divorce. These include saving money and time and working through issues in an informal setting. Other benefits include talking through issues through an open and honest conversation and negotiating results that work for everyone.

What happens to electronic records during a divorce?

When a couple agrees to get married, divorce is the last thing on their minds. Unfortunately, not all marriages last forever. A divorce can be an emotional situation for everyone involved. In these times, electronic communications are often scrutinized during the divorce process.

Almost everyone has some sort of online presence. Facebook, twitter, email, etc. are all electronic records that can show up in divorce proceedings. To minimize the effect of what can happen to online postings, there are certain things a person should do if a divorce appears to be in the near future. First, a person should restrict their online activity. This can include deactivating a Facebook account, posting less about their personal lives, and not sharing anything about a new relationship or spending money frivolously.

Military divorce can be tricky

Members of the military in Ohio who are considering a divorce should understand there are certain issues that are unique families who belong to the military. Military divorces often involve additional complex issues that can affect the future financial well-being of both spouses.

Military divorces have two issues in particular that can be complicated: how military pensions will be divided and how child custody will be arranged. Military couples can sometimes have young children, and many times one spouse may not work because of the frequent moves. In such cases, the service member will often be required to provide spousal support after a divorce. In addition, the service member will not receive primary custody or have regular visitation set up because of the frequent deployments. In these cases, spouses may want to seek more child support than is customary.

Thirteen workers arrested in immigration raid

There are many immigrants in Ohio that work in every industry. Immigrants often come to the U.S. in order to seek a better life for their family and to flee persecution in their home country. The U.S. government isn't always kind to immigrants and their situation and immigration raids are on the increase.

An immigration raid on a Northeast Ohio meat packing company resulted in the arrest of thirteen workers. The workers were indicted on charges that they used false identification cards in order to obtain employment. Most of the immigrants were from Guatemala with two being from Mexico. More than 80 workers were held for immigration proceedings during the raid and there may be additional charges.

What injuries can occur in a car accident?

Almost every Dayton area driver will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at least once in their driving career. Most of these accidents are minor fender benders, but, occasionally, serious motor vehicle accidents can occur. These wrecks can involve injuries, some of which are major.

There are many different types of injuries a person can suffer in a car accident. A head injury is one of the most serious injuries a person can suffer. Head injuries can lead to traumatic brain injuries that can affect a person for the rest of their lives. Often, long-term care and extensive medical treatment is required.

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