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Undue influences: Challenging changes to a will

Undue influence is defined as influencing a person's freedom of choice with his or her own choices. This could be a result of duress, where a person forces the other to make changes to his or her will or trust, coercion or necessity. The problem with undue influence is that it impacts people's estates. It may put their beneficiaries out thousands of dollars, and it could result in legal challenges.

What are deceptive trade practices?

As a business owner, one of your greatest fears can be a consumer lawsuit. By taking precautions and ensuring you adhere to the letter of the law, you can avoid a number of lawsuits for defective products, unfair trade practices, false advertising and more. Yet the slightest slip in how you represent your business and your products to Ohio consumers can lead to a suit for deceptive trade practices. So just what are deceptive trade practices, and how can you avoid falling foul of them?

How do wills and estates affect adopted children?

If you have adopted a child or are an adoptee, what happens when either adoptive or birth parents die under Ohio law? Do laws differ either with or without a will? Do adoptees have a right to a birth parent's inheritance, or a right to their adopted parents' inheritance?

Does state law overrule city law in oil and gas zoning?

As a land owner in Ohio, you may be well aware of oil and gas companies seeking the rights to drill on or near your land. City zoning ordinances in your particular area may prevent these companies from obtaining the necessary zoning rights, but often city and state laws regarding zoning for drilling are different - and can even conflict each other. Can differences in city and state zoning rights put your property or adjacent property at risk from drilling companies?

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