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At Bailey & Gunderson, our attorneys help people going through some of life's most difficult challenges. We bring our experience, skill and creativity to every case, taking on all types of Family Law including Divorce, Bankruptcy, Probate and Estate Planning issues.  Learning that most people ask the same questions - this blog is our way of providing some general legal information.  Feel free to contact our Cincinnati Law Offices to discuss your specific situation. 

A new traffic law in Ohio became effective yesterday that provides a significant distracted driving deterrent and allows law enforcement officers to protect others from dangerous driving.

House Bill 95 establishes Ohio’s approach of combating distracted driving by enhancing existing moving violations. For example, law enforcement officers no longer will need to prove a driver is texting, but only that a moving violation has occurred and the driver was distracted at the time.

The law requires an enhanced financial penalty in addition to existing fines or alternatively the completion of a distracted driver course for drivers who commit a specific traffic violation while distracted. For example, a driver operating a vehicle outside marked lanes who is also engaging in a distracted behavior will face an enhanced fine of up to $100.00 in addition to a fine for the lane violation. Other violations such as red light, stop sign, speeding, and other moving violations similarly would result in potentially higher fines.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety was tasked with creating a distracted driver course for offenders who plead guilty or are convicted of a specific traffic violation while distracted. This course is available in lieu of paying the enhanced court fine of $100.00 or less providing the offender pays the total amount of the fine established by the violation and submits written evidence of completion of the distracted driver course.
The one hour course discusses what distracted driving is, who is a distracted driver, cell phone distractions, the risks and consequences of driving distracted, and combating distracted driving.

The distracted driver course is available today and can be found on the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle’s Driver Training website at www.drivertraining.ohio.gov.

This insight into the law is provided by Michael S. Bailey, Esq. of the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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Attorneys Michael S. Bailey and Eric J. Gunderson attended a seminar at the Cincinnati Bar Association this morning about new laws going into effect early 2019 regarding child and spousal support.

Changes are coming soon in the method used to calculate child support and how spousal support is treated for income tax purposes.

If you should have questions about how these new laws may impact your child and/or spousal support obligations, please call us.

Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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What is a “trust”? A trust is the right to the beneficial enjoyment of property and assets of which legal title is held by another person or entity.

There are many different kinds of trusts that may have many different purposes such as:

1) Avoiding probate and simplifying the transfer of property and assets to heirs and beneficiaries;
2) Providing income to a spouse;
3) Providing a source for expenses for the education of children or grandchildren;
4) Protecting a beneficiary of a trust from his or her creditors; or
5) Benefiting a charity or the public good.

A trust’s distinguishing feature concerns the fiduciary relationship created under the trust in which one person (the trustee) is the holder of the legal title to the property held by the trust. The trustee is bound to keep or use the property for the benefit of another person (the beneficiary).

Have further questions about a “trust”, give us a phone call. We will be happy to answer your questions.

This insight into the law is provided by Michael S. Bailey, Esq. of the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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If your husband or wife is currently supporting you, consider updating your resume and improving your skill set by obtaining additional education or training before seeking a divorce.

Be aware that the court can impute income to you and may expect you to be working if your children are school aged and you are not of retirement age or disabled. Spousal support is not granted in every case and is dependent upon several factors that the court must consider by law. Typically, cases were the spouses have large differences of income and a long-term marriage are some of the primary factors in cases where spousal support is granted.

This insight into the law is provided by Michael S. Bailey, Esq. of the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

 

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Don't pass away without a Last Will & Testament like Aretha Franklin. Have a Last Will & Testament prepared soon if you do not have one. If you have a Last Will & Testament, review it annually to make sure your wishes and intentions are clearly stated. Without a Last Will & Testament, the State decides how your assets are distributed and who is appointed to administer your estate.

This insight into the law is provided by Michael S. Bailey, Esq. of the law firm of Bailey & Gunderson Co., L.P.A., with offices in Norwood, Western Hills and Anderson Township. Phone: (513) 631-0022.

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