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OVI, DUI and DWI 101: The Basics and What To Do If You Get Pulled Over

If you’ve ever been arrested for an OVI, DWI or DUI you may be wondering what the difference is between them. The short answer is, there isn’t one. OVI, DUI and DWI are each acronyms referring to the same basic principle. The accused offender has been stopped by the authorities for operating a vehicle of some kind while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to the Ohio Bar …Read More

Estate planning: Not just for the rich and famous

They say that in life, two things are certain: death and taxes. What they don’t mention is that the taxes live on, even after death. Estate taxes imposed on the net value of an individual’s property after their death, prior to their property’s distribution to heirs. According to U.S. News and World Report, if you’re single you can have up to $5.45 million in assets before your heirs will have …Read More

Divorce vs Dissolution

For most couples in Ohio seeking a termination of their marriage, they must decide whether they will proceed with a dissolution or a divorce.  While both options ultimately have the same result, the roads taken to reach that outcome can have significant differences with regard to the process, the time to finish the process, and the cost to the individuals involved.  Dissolution When a couple chooses to terminate their marriage …Read More

“Annie’s Law” Means Tougher Penalties for DUI Cases in Ohio

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Annie’s Law takes effect in Ohio.  Named for Annie Rooney, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2013, the law increases penalties for DUI convictions and increases the expenses involved in cases. How the new law affects DUI cases Punishment for DUIs in Ohio, including jail, license suspension, fines, have always been based on how many prior DUIs someone has – the law looked …Read More

Small Business to Benefit Greatly from Trump Tax Reform

With tax time upon us, Darling Duffy has asked James Pazderak, Certified Public Accountant from Covenant Financial Group, to be a guest on the Darling Duffy blog this month to discuss the tax benefits for small businesses that should result from President Trump’s tax reform. President Trump and the Republican Congress appear ready to introduce sweeping tax reform in 2017. Among the many changes for small businesses include a maximum …Read More

The Incredible Vanishing Contractor

You’ve done it! You landed that big deal at work and got a bonus for your efforts. Now that outdoor living space you have been dreaming about will soon be yours. So you do your research and hired a contractor to build the deck of your dreams.   Things start out great. Your contractor, let’s call them “Big Construction,” “Big” for short, shows up on time, stays on budget and …Read More

Are you certain you’re not overpaying your property taxes?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As American’s we all enjoy the opportunity to complain about taxes, but the truth is most of us understand why we need to pay them and, in fact, we want to support our country, communities and schools. So while we may not enjoy paying them, we understand their purpose. For most of …Read More

John Grecol honored as Rising Star by Super Lawyers

Darling Duffy is proud to announce that our own attorney John Grecol has been named a 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star. Super Lawyers is one of the most prominent lawyer directories in the industry and the annual list is generated using a rigorous selection process aimed at identifying the very best legal minds in every state across the country. The “Rising Stars” list is reserved for lawyers under 40 …Read More

Overturning a conviction: The Innocence Project and Brendan Dassey

Imagine being convicted for something you didn’t do. The Innocence Project is a non-profit legal organization that works around the country to prevent and overturn wrongful convictions. Most recently, the Innocence Project has been in the news regarding Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Stephen Avery, whose case gained notoriety from last year’s Netflix documentary ‘Making a Murderer.’ Though the Innocence Project is not representing Dassey, the group has been keeping …Read More

Airbnb: Occupancy issues, tax compliance, and damages, oh my!

When you travel, have you ever wanted to ‘live like the locals do,’ instead of staying in a hotel or an expensive bed-and-breakfast? Airbnb had just that in mind when it opened for business in 2008. The company provides an online platform that allows hosts to rent out their homes, rooms or apartments to travelers. These hosts can really be anyone, and they can rent out anything from a single …Read More