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Raenell Leigh Nagel

Dublin Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can my boyfriend make my funeral arrangements?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Russell Allen Moorhead
    3. Shelley Ann Elder
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    I would add that Ohio also allows for a form called a Declaration of Funeral Arrangements, that will support any decisions you outline in your other estate plans regarding funeral arrangements. This can include not only the person you want to be involved in your arrangements, but also details on how you would like to be remembered (memorial service or not, etc...) as well as sources of funds to be used to pay for the arrangements. Most attorneys will include this form as part of an estate...

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  2. How do I file divorce papers without husband's information?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Lee Alan Thompson
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry for this frustrating situation you find yourself in. A spouse might not want to participate in the dissolution of a marriage (uncontested divorce) for a variety of reasons. But, there is a way to move forward, even if the other spouse refuses to respond. In a case where one spouse fails to provide needed information to move forward with a dissolution or even fails to respond at all, the spouse seeking the end of the marriage can file a petition for divorce (contested). Typically,...

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  3. Do I need a lawyer? Is the stepdaughter can take the retirement money from my husband instead of me,i am his wife right now?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Gilbert Gregory Arenstein
    3. Maura Ackerman Mccaughey
    4. Daniel David Archer
    4 lawyer answers

    In Ohio, a surviving spouse cannot be completely disinherited, with or without a will, and has rights to assets even apart from what the deceased spouse's will might designate. You can choose to "take" from the deceased spouse's estate either under or against the spouse's will. If you choose to take under the will, that means you are choosing to take what your spouse has decided to designate for you in the will. If you choose to take against the will, that means you are choosing to...

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  4. I want to set up a trust... how much will this cost and do I need an attorney?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Gilbert Gregory Arenstein
    3. Nicholas Medley
    4. Jennifer H. Sitterley Baum
    5. Gary Roger Waitzman
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    Yes, you can establish a trust and purchase a house under the trust. If you purchase the house first, you can later establish the trust and transfer the property to it. You will need an attorney to assist you, and will want both a trust and a "pourover" will that disposes of assets not included in the trust. Many attorneys will complete this for you as part of a flat fee package, which often includes a complete estate plan (healthcare power of attorney, etc...). My firm charges $1,200 for...

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  5. Can I add to my motion once filed? I filed a motion for change in parental responsibilities and a motion for tax exemptions.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Linda Juergens Lawrence
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
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    I'm sorry you and your daughter are in this situation. Unfortunately, you cannot compel a parent to exercise his or her parenting rights, so a motion for contempt based on this would not be granted. You can do what you already are working to do, which is modify the parenting plan. In extreme cases, particularly where you can show damage to the child's emotional health, a court may suspend or deny parenting time. In addition to the documentation that you have on the number of days he has...

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  6. As a 15 year old, do I have the right to not go to my fathers house?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Peter Stephen Kirner
    3. Betty Jean Burley
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    I agree with the other respondents that trying to work out an arrangement with your parents is ideal. However, I notice that you mention that you feel your father is verbally abusing both you and your mother. First, depending on the facts, it may be a possibility to obtain a protective order to stop your father from contacting you and/or your mother. Second, it may be possible to modify the custody order/visitation plan based on this abuse. A court can change a custody arrangement if...

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  7. My Son hasen't seen daughter (2 y.o.) since wed. Not the first time she has been deliberately withheld against court order.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Lee Alan Thompson
    3. Christine Marie Tibaldi
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    I agree with Mr. Thompson that your son should consult with an attorney right away to file a motion of contempt, as that is the best way to enforce the custody/visitation order. One denied visit may not be concerning, but if your son was unable to see or speak to the child today, I would go ahead and request another check by the police. While you shouldn't jump to the worst conclusions that are presented on TV, if you don't have verification that she is safe and healthy, I would make sure...

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  8. Do I need to file for custody before moving out of state from Knox, County, OH to Virginia?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Lee Alan Thompson
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    In Ohio, unmarried mothers have sole legal custody of their child if all of the following are true: 1) you and the father of the child never married each other, 2) you were not married to anyone else at the time of the child's birth, and 3) there are no court orders giving anyone custody of or visitation with the child. Even the establishment of paternity and payment of child support does not change the mother's sole legal custody. The only thing that can change it is a court order for custody....

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  9. My brother was power of attorney of my mother and she past. he and i do not get along and he will not tell me anything. can he ?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Ivette M Santaella
    3. C L Huddleston III
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    I'm so sorry for your loss. I strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney to ensure that your rights are protected, as this is likely to be a more complicated matter than you can handle on your own. The other respondent is correct that the power of attorney is no longer in effect since your mother is now deceased. The next step is determining if your brother has any type of power in terms of administering your mother's estate (which would give him control over the burial, etc...)....

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  10. If my ex is suing me for custody of our son, can I be appointed an attorney?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Raenell Leigh Nagel
    2. Chase Randall Carter
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    3 lawyer answers

    The court appoints attorneys only in criminal matters, so unfortunately you are not eligible to receive that assistance in a child custody case. You may contact legal aid to seek assistance (I've included the link here to Columbus Legal Aid). If you are ineligible for legal aid, you might try working with an attorney in a limited scope agreement, such as where the attorney drafts the necessary paperwork and instructs you in where and when to file, and you represent yourself. This is often...

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