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Is your credit card debt unmanageable? Learn your options

You pull the mail out of the box, and there they are: the post-Christmas credit card bills. As much as you'd like to, you can't put them in the shredder or hide them under the stack of papers on the kitchen table that you won't unbury until about the same time the Ohio snow melts this spring.

You've got to open them, unfortunately.

Ohio man acquitted of drug, firearm charges

A jury acquitted a Marion, Ohio, man of drug charges following a three-day trial recently.

The man, 33, was facing a number of drug charges, including a first-degree felony count of cocaine possession. He was indicted after officers discovered nearly 46 grams of cocaine, a firearm and other drugs as they searched a house where the man was living.

Exercising your right to remain silent can be tough

If you are a fan of action movies or true crime shows, you have probably heard officers advise suspects of their right to remain silent. This advisement is part of the broader warning officers read to detained individuals before they question them. Once you assert your right to remain silent, officers should stop asking you questions. 

Whether you are innocent or guilty of a crime, you have the right not to incriminate yourself. That is, you usually do not have to answer questions from law enforcement. Still, with the stress of police questioning, exercising your right to remain silent can be challenging. Here are some tips that may help you assert this fundamental right. 

Will every Ohio institution accept your power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a key part of the overall estate plan for Ohio residents, but will it always work the way you intended it to when you need it to?

The document is designed to allow someone to take an action on your behalf when you aren't able to do so. If you are incapacitated, you will need someone you trust to make decisions for you, pay your bills and manage your everyday affairs. You can have a general power of attorney or limit its scope.

What should you know about child custody hearings in Ohio?

There's nothing more important to parents than their kids – knowing they're safe and raising them to be happy children with a bright future. You want to be with them all the time to teach them, guide them and love them.

If you are no longer a couple with the other parent of your children, you will need to work out a custody arrangement with your ex that reflects where the children will live as well as how they will be raised. And if you can't do that amicably on your own, you will wind up in an Ohio courtroom in front of a judge. That can be a scary proposition with everything that is on the line.

A tragic death brings workplace safety to light in Ohio

Two Ohio men, both former executives at an aluminum company, pleaded not guilty recently to charges relating to an alleged cover-up in the death of a plant worker.

The employee was killed in 2012 by machinery that was deemed unsafe.

Ohio snowbirds: Make that estate plan before flying south

Halloween is almost here, and Thanksgiving isn't far behind. Then once Christmas passes, it's time for countless Ohio residents – the "snowbirds" – to fly south for the winter.

But before you hop in the car and head to Florida, Arizona, South Carolina or another warm-weather state, it would be prudent to make sure your estate plan is in order. You can have a worry-free vacation if you know that all your paperwork is in order should something occur.

Infant dies in hot car: how to prevent this from happening to you

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

Last July, a 22-year old Ohio father forgot his six-month old daughter was in the car when he went to a local sporting event. The temperature outside that day was over 90 degrees. When he realized what had happened two hours later, it was too late.

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