Ohio Homestead Exemption Amendment Affects Judgment Lien Holders

By: Alan P. DiGirolamo Effective April 1, 2013, Ohio’s homestead exemption was amended to allow a homeowner to exempt up to $132,900 of equity in his or her home.  See, Ohio Revised Code Section 2329.66(A)(1)(b).  This is important to contractors,
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By:  John Swansinger, Esq. “Condition precedent” is now perhaps the most important term in your Ohio construction subcontract following the Ohio Supreme Court’s recent decision in Transtar Electric, Inc. v A.E.M. Electric Services Corporation Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-3095.  Ignore this
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The Use of Transfer on Death Designation Affidavits as a Probate Avoidance Measure

By:  Brenda S. Schwartz              Individuals owning real property in Ohio can use statutorily sanctioned transfer on death designation affidavits (TOD affidavits) as an economical way to pass their interests in real property upon their deaths to a named beneficiary
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Real Property Tax: Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Recency Presumption for Sale Occurring 29 Months Prior to the Tax Lien Date

By: Richard Fry Former R.C. 5713.03 required a county auditor to consider a recent arm’s-length sale in determining a property’s true value for real property tax purposes. “The best evidence of the true value in money of real property is
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Oral Representations in an “As-Is” Sale

Attorney Frederick M. Lombardi provides the following update on a recent decision involving an “as-is” sale of real estate: In an “as is” sale by a receiver, where the receiver orally represented to the purchaser plaintiff that the foreclosed car wash
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Fear the Form! — Developments in Construction Contracts

Buckingham attorney John Swansinger presents the following article on construction contracts: One of the greatest days for any contractor, at any level, is when the words “WE WON THE BID…..WE WON THE BID!” are cast over the weary war room. 
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Disposition of Real Property and How Tax Can Be Avoided

The following article from Buckingham attorney Steven A. Dimengo discusses tax-avoidance strategies for the sale of real property. Contemplating the sale of real property held for investment or use in a trade or business but want to avoid paying any
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Attorney John Slagter Wins Planning Commission Approval for Car Dealership Project

Attorney John P. Slagter recently won approval from the City of Stow planning commission for an estimated $5 million in improvements to Marhofer Chevrolet. Read all the details here.

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Ohio Supreme Court Holds That Landlord Owes a Duty to a Tenant’s Guest to Provide Adequate Lighting

Attorney Frederick M. Lombardi provides the following update on an Ohio Supreme Court case concerning landlord liability: On February 12, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court in the case of Mann v. Northgate Investors, LLC, held that a landlord owes a
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Ohio Supreme Court Issues Decision on Jurisdictional Defect in Tax Valuation Complaint

Attorney Frederick M. Lombardi provides the following update on a recent decision by the Ohio Supreme Court: The Ohio Supreme Court, in Shinkle v. Ashtabula Cty. Bd. of Revision, 2013-Ohio-397 (February 13, 2013), determined that the decisions by the Board of Revision
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