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Few people will end up paying taxes on inheritance now

When the government first announced the tax reform for 2018 onward, many people in Ohio wondered how it would affect their finances. After all, what they make is only one aspect of income. What Uncle Sam took for itself affected the actual take-home pay. One surprising change many people soon noticed was an increase in how much of an inherited estate passed below Uncle Sam’s radar for tax purposes.

What makes a trademark strong?

If you believe that another party is infringing on your business trademark, you have the right to litigate the other party to seek damages. However, some trademarks may not be easy to protect due to their weak distinctiveness. For your trademark to be protected legally in Ohio, it needs to be crafted in a way that makes it easy to identify and hard to accidently duplicate or for another party to create a similar mark.

Navigating the installation of an oil or gas well in Ohio

Landowners in Ohio are often happy to benefit from the mineral riches that exist below the soil on their property. Oil and gas production is one of the most common industries in Ohio. In fact, Ohio is one of the top five states in the country for small-scale oil wells and production. Only Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania have more wells across their states than Ohio does.

How to make the most of a business merger

Business mergers in Ohio may not be as high-profile as those involving Fortune 500 companies in New York and California. Even so, without a clear strategy and careful planning, companies may set themselves up for a disadvantage when completing mergers. This is especially the case for smaller businesses when merging with larger and more powerful companies.

Should I auction my mineral rights?

According to Forbes, private landowners own most of the undeveloped minerals in the country. To get access to these minerals in Ohio, these companies must frequently bargain with landowners. This makes them highly efficient and effective at getting what they want, while landowners do not have this experience. This tips the scales in the companies’ favor.

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