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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.

Citizenship requirements change sparks widespread confusion

When the Trump administration recently announced changes to its policy regarding the citizenship of children born overseas to U.S. citizen parents, many people feared the worst. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department and the Department of Homeland Security issued new statements to try to clarify the change, but many people were confused.

Many analysts continue to be confused about the policy, the way it was announced, and whether it was necessary.

Protections for ex-spouses of service members

Divorce is never easy for anything, but there are some issues in divorce that are especially difficult for members of the military. Some of these issues are purely logistical. Service members who are on active duty can be sent to remote areas at a moment's notice, making it hard to take care of paperwork, communicate with lawyers or appear in court when needed. Some of these issues run a little deeper.

Divorce, property division, child custody and other family law issues are usually controlled by state law. For members of the military, the law of the state that is the person's legal domicile will control most issues in the case. However, there is also the federal Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act, which provides some income for divorced spouses of service members. If the marriage was at least 10 years long, the ex-spouse may be entitled to some retirement benefits as well.

Altick & Corwin's Peter Certo Jr. honored by Super Lawyers

Altick & Corwin Co., L.P.A., is proud to announce that Peter Certo Jr. has been selected as a 2020 Ohio Super Lawyer, and will be honored in an upcoming issue of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. This distinction is enjoyed by only the top 5% of attorneys practicing in Ohio.

Mr. Certo is a shareholder with Altick & Corwin Co., L.P.A., and heads the firm's Probate and Estate Planning group. He is a member of the Dayton Bar Association Probate Law Committee and is recognized among his peers for his skill and knowledge about estate and probate law. Dayton Business Journal named him in its "Best of the Bar" rankings in 2004, and he has been listed by Super Lawyers nine times since 2006.

New regulations affect employers hiring immigrant workers

Many companies in the Dayton area employ people from outside the United States. Workers from other countries who are employed in the U.S. are usually highly trained and specialized in areas that companies have a need for. These employees usually receive an H-1B visa so that they can live and work in the U.S. for up to three years. However, there are some changes that are now being made to these visa applications that companies in Dayton may want to be aware of.

Dayton companies understand the importance of hiring foreign workers for various positions in their company. These workers provide a valuable resource for many technical positions and health care positions, among others where they offer special expertise. U.S. companies will now have a new hurdle when it comes to obtaining these workers with an H-1B visa. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is requiring companies to prove that workers who receive an H-1B visa will be employed for the entire three years of the visa. Companies will now be required to prove that there will be future work for the visa requests they are making. The USCIS is issuing requests for evidence to these companies to show work assignments.

Limo safety concerns arise following motor vehicle accidents

Limousines are vehicles that people in the Dayton area generally use for special occasions. Whether it's for a wedding, prom or other special event, renting a limo is usually an exciting activity. Most of the time a ride in the limo is a safe experience, but recent tragic motor vehicle accidents that have involved limousines have put the spotlight on how safe they really are.

Stretch limousines are popular in the Dayton area. But there have been several recent accidents involving them that have claimed many lives all over the country. Dozens have been killed across the country, prompting a senator to ask the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to make safety reforms for limousines a top priority. Senator Chuck Schumer believes there needs to be nationwide safety reforms and that limos have fallen between the cracks, because each state has different regulations regarding limos. The NTSB says they have made safety recommendations this year including advising riders to wear seatbelts. But, a limousine inspector in New York says that many times these vehicle manufacturers cut corners to make the vehicles look good at the expense of safety. He has seen many instances where supposed safety features don't do anything at all.

Altick & Corwin's 2019 Ohio Super Lawyer, Dalma C. Grandjean

img-1.pngAltick & Corwin, Co., L.P.A. is proud to announce that Dalma C. Grandjean has been selected as a 2019 Ohio Super Lawyer, as published in Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. Each year, only the top 5 percent of attorneys practicing in the State of Ohio are recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers. The selection of this prestigious recognition incorporates a patented multiphase process that includes nominations of top attorneys by their peers, an independent research validation across twelve key categories of peer recognition and professional achievement and evaluations of candidates by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys by practice area. The outcome is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of distinguished attorneys. 

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