If you have the misfortune of becoming involved in a criminal legal matter which could result in the loss of your freedom, you would be wise to consult with an attorney at the earliest possible moment in order to know and understand your rights. An attorney can assist you in protecting yourself and making sure that you do not make your situation any worse than it already is. If you are contacted by law enforcement to discuss a situation, you should very politely request to speak to an attorney first. If you are arrested and advised on your rights, one of which is to have an attorney present, you should exercise that right and ask to contact an attorney.
If you are pulled over for DUI (OVI) you have the right to consult with an attorney and you should exercise that right. Whenever you have contact with a member of a law enforcement agency, you should treat the law enforcement agent with the respect he or she deserves, meaning that you should be polite. But before you have any substantive conversations you should ask to contact an attorney. No professional law enforcement agent will deny you that opportunity.
We have found in more than 35 years of practicing law, that the earlier an attorney becomes involved on your behalf, usually, the better the result you can expect. We are available to help you through the court system from the beginning of the process to the conclusion.
Criminal, Traffic and DUI
The Probate Court is established to supervise the administration of the estate of a decedent (the person who has died) who was a legal resident of the county at the time of his or her death. Each transaction involved in the administration of an estate (such as paying a decedent’s bills) is subject to the examination and approval of the Probate Court.
A probate estate is a legal proceeding provided for by Ohio law to determine the assets of a deceased person who was an Ohio resident at the time of death, the value of those assets, and how those assets should be distributed. If a will is involved, the Court will generally follow the terms of the will as to who should serve as executor of the estate and who should inherit the assets of the estate. If the decedent had no will or if a will is deemed to be invalid, the Court will follow Ohio statutory laws to determine which relatives are to inherit. A probate estate is necessary to protect and conserve the assets of a decedent for the heirs, creditors, and other persons interested in an estate. The probate estate will provide for the payment of outstanding debts, the payment of taxes, and the distribution of the remaining assets to the persons entitled to receive them either under the decedent’s will or by law.
The probating of an estate requires the appointment by the Probate Court of a suitable person to supervise the administration of the estate. The person appointed is called an executor, if named in a will, or an administrator, if there is no will. The executor or administrator may be an individual, a bank, or a trust company. Typically, the executor will need the aid of an attorney to help with the Probate process.
The law firm of Dolle and Mathews Co. L.P.A. has extensive experience handling claims involving probate, wills and estates along with personal injury, wrongful death, criminal and traffic matters. If requested we will meet with you in your home or at the hospital, if necessary, to explain your legal rights and make suggestions for immediate action on your claim. There is never a charge for an initial consultation. Naturally, you are under no obligation to retain our law firm at the initial conference.
When you suffer a serious personal injury, or when a loved one is seriously injured or killed, your life is filled with unsettling change. It is often difficult to focus on the next step. An understanding of your legal rights can help you deal effectively with the crisis. Accidental injury and death can result from many types of incidents, ranging from pedestrian accidents, unsafe work environments to automobile accidents.
These various types of personal injury and death claims are governed by different legal standards. Attention to detail is critical in determining fault and ensuring that injured persons receive full and fair compensation.
Significant personal injury can occur at any time without warning, leaving victims reeling. At those times, it is generally wise to consult an experienced personal injury law firm as soon as possible. Within the first week, important physical evidence can be lost, and witnesses may forget important details.
Obtain names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses. Photograph the scene where the injury occurred and any visible injuries (cuts, bruises). Talk to no one about the accident or injuries other than your personal physician or lawyer. Consult a lawyer before answering questions from insurance company representatives. Tell your personal physician or surgeon exactly how the injury occurred, and describe all symptoms and complaints. Be sure to report memory problems, confusion or disorientation, however minor these things may seem at the time. Begin keeping a diary of how the injury or death affects your life and your family. In particular, write down all medical related visits and everything that causes physical pain, frustration or worry. Obtain and keep receipts for all expenses relating to the incident. Damages which a victim and the victim's family may be entitled to recover include: hospital and medical expenses, both past and future, lost earnings, both past and future, permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb, emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one loss of love and companionship caused by the death of a loved one funeral expenses damage or destruction of property physical pain and suffering loss of enjoyment of life
Even if the victim is partially at fault, they may still be entitled to recover a portion of their damages. Under Ohio's law of comparative fault, if more than one person causes an accident, the fault is shared by the parties.
Probate, Wills and Estates