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Land use and regulatory compliance

For oil & gas company owners, a plethora of challenges may arise. If you run one of these companies in Ohio, the attorneys at Baker, Dublikar, Beck, Wiley & Mathews fully understand how complicated these hurdles can be. Handling these types of problems when they arise is essential, but it is also incredibly important to look into preventative measures that can be taken. For example, many companies have encountered serious problems related to land use and regulations, so it is a good idea to review any relevant regulatory matters related to land use and ensure regulatory compliance. However, we certainly understand that things can go wrong for various reasons.

When an oil & gas company faces problems related to the alleged failure to abide by regulations, the entire ordeal can be very overwhelming and much may be at stake. Not only can these cases bring stiff financial penalties, but they can tarnish a business' name and may even prompt the owner of the company to shut the business down altogether. As a result, handling these allegations properly is extremely important. In the event that you are facing these difficulties, it is vital to go over the ins and outs of all of the details surrounding the case.

Lawsuits involving wrongful termination

We have covered many different examples of business litigation cases and some involve employees. While discrimination and sexual harassment have been at the center of many business lawsuits, there are all sorts of other reasons why a business owner may be taken to court. For example, an employer may be accused of wrongful termination by a disgruntled worker who was recently let go. Sometimes, these allegations are valid, but there are also cases based on lies or details that have been greatly exaggerated. Our law office knows how difficult it can be to handle a wrongful termination suit, but it is important to realize how much may be at stake.

Depending on the outcome of a lawsuit involving wrongful termination, a company could be affected in various ways. For example, aside from the financial penalties that may follow allegations of wrongful termination, a company's reputation could be shattered. Damage to your business' reputation could cost you key partnerships and have a negative impact on sales, among other setbacks. Moreover, it could lead to additional allegations of wrongful termination and other employee rights violations, even if these accusations are baseless.

Creating a living trust to avoid probate

We have gone into detail on many different stressors and areas of uncertainty regarding estate plans, such as the challenges that can arise within a family when an estate dispute surfaces. There are many different factors to mull over when you are preparing to create an estate plan, such as talking about your decisions with family members and deciding which option will benefit your loved ones the most later on. For some people, living trusts make the most sense and this option could offer a handful of benefits. For example, many people decide to move forward with a living trust in order to avoid probate.

Dealing with legal issues involving an estate can be quite hard for families when someone they love passes on. The probate process, for example, can generate quite a bit of stress and be rather time-consuming and costly. As a public process, probate can also raise privacy concerns. Fortunately, people who wish to avoid these hassles may be able to do so by creating a living trust. As with any other type of estate plan, it is pivotal to have a comprehensive understanding of the ins and outs of how the plan works before you make a decision, especially if you are considering other options.

The oil & gas permitting process

When it comes to oil & gas permitting, there are many issues that must be taken into consideration. If you have any areas of uncertainty with respect to this aspect of your business, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of your options and regulations at the state and federal level which could affect you. From selecting a site to working with clients and business partners, there are many different facets of the permitting process that need to be taken into consideration carefully. The way in which you handle the permitting process could affect your business in the near future and years down the road.

By ensuring that your business moves forward in the most sensible manner, you could reduce the likelihood of litigation arising in the future. This can be a tricky area to maneuver, for various reasons. For example, environmental matters and complex changes to state and federal laws involving the energy industry could have a significant impact on your business. However, by identifying the most practical path forward and preparing for any hurdles that could be waiting, you may be able to minimize challenges that could arise or avoid them altogether.

This is what you can expect in probate

You have probably heard many things that indicate that probate is a long and complicated process. In fact, you may have even taken certain steps in your own estate plan to try to avoid probate as much as possible. However, if you are facing probate after the death of a loved one, you might be wondering what you can expect.

In general, probate involves the court overseeing the authentication of a decedent's last will and testament. This process usually involves a representative tracking down the decedent's assets, paying any final bills and even filing the last tax return. In addition, the probate court will supervise the process of distributing the estate to all rightful heirs and beneficiaries. While the probate process does vary slightly from state to state, the following includes the general steps you might experience in North Canton.

Feeling overwhelmed as the executor of an estate

There are different issues to consider when it comes to estates, from confusion during the planning phase to disputes that arise after someone passes away. However, estate matters can be especially tough for some executors to work through for a number of reasons. Some may feel overwhelmed because they have never taken on these responsibilities before, while others may be emotionally distraught following the loss of someone who was close to them and feel as if they are unable to continue. If you are struggling with your responsibilities as the executor of an estate, you should carefully go over your options and look for ways to simplify your circumstances.

Sometimes, disputes can arise with beneficiaries and family members, making it incredibly tough for an executor to move forward. Disputes over an estate may put one family member against another, from sibling disputes to those which involve extended family. Moreover, executors often have a lot on their plate and it is vital to make sure that you do not breach your fiduciary duties.

Auto accidents and estate planning

In the wake of a motor vehicle wreck, victims may be going through a number of hardships. Serious injuries are often an immediate consequence of a crash, whether they involve brain trauma, a broken bone, deep laceration or some other wound. The loss of life is another serious concern that has resulted in a great deal of suffering for many families. However, there are other ways that car crashes can affect victims’ lives as well as the lives of those they love, even though it may not be at the forefront of a car crash victim’s mind immediately following a collision. For example, some car accident victims need to make revisions to their estate plan.

If you have a will, for example, you may want to take another look at the estate plan due to a car crash you were involved in. You may have experienced significant changes with respect to your financial circumstances and these changes may need to be reflected in your estate plan. Whether you have secured a significant amount of compensation following legal action against a reckless driver or you have lost your ability to work because of an injury and are facing financial hardships, changes may need to be made for various reasons. Sadly, some people have had to go over their estate plan because someone they loved, such as a spouse or child, passed away in a collision.

Closing your business due to litigation

We have covered many of the different legal issues that are related to business litigation, but some cases are so serious that they push a business owner to shut down. This highlights the importance of avoiding litigation, of course, but even the most cautious of business owners may find their company in court. Sometimes, those who run a business simply cannot recover from the financial impact of litigation as well as the damage to a firm's reputation.

If you are heading to court for any legal issue related to your business, it is crucial to know exactly what your options are. After litigation, you may also need to take a second look at various factors related to your company and you may need to make certain changes. Sometimes, business owners lose hope and do not think that they will be able to successfully move forward following a lawsuit. However, there may be many different options on the table for them, before and after a case is closed. 

Litigation involving a foreign company

There are many facets of business litigation that business owners come across, and we have covered many on our blog. It is important to remember that there are additional issues which can further complicate these cases, such as a lawsuit which involves a foreign company. If you are an Ohio business owner and have found yourself in the middle of a lawsuit with a company that is located outside of the U.S., it is important to know which options you have and move ahead in the most sensible direction, especially since these suits can be particularly complicated.

There are a number of reasons why litigation that involves a foreign company can be more complex. For starters, the laws vary from one country to another and some business owners may be unsure of how to handle the situation. Communication can be more difficult, aside from the distance there may be a language barrier that also gets in the way of all parties understanding each other. These lawsuits may also involve business partners who are located overseas or you may be interested in taking legal action against a company that is headquartered in another country. Either way, it is pivotal to go over your options and protect your business' interests.

Do you own the mineral rights to your land?

One question with which many Northeastern Ohio residents are grappling is who owns the mineral rights under their land holdings.

The surge of natural gas exploration has been a boon for many property owners in the tri-state region of eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. But before anyone can profit from the sale of discovered natural resources, a clear title must be produced in order to legally harvest them.

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