Long Distance Notarization Now Permitted in Ohio

Under new legislation passed by the General Assembly, Ohio notaries may now notarize documents without being physically present with the signer.  Ohio Revised Code 147.542 and 147.543, which became effective on September 29, 2017, effectively permits electronic notarization and remote notarization (such as via Skype or Facetime) under certain circumstances. Before acting as an electronic...
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Health Information Privacy After Death

If you’ve ever visited a physician’s office, you are aware of the federal HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations, which protect the privacy of personally identifiable health information. The HIPPA Privacy Rule extends to protect a deceased individual’s information for 50 years after death. But how can a family member can obtain the...
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Tax Reform Could Distinguish Between Pass-Through Businesses

In April, the Trump Administration announced a broad outline for tax reform which included proposals to cut the top individual tax rate to 35% and reduce the top business tax rate to 15%.   This reduced business rate would also apply to “pass-through businesses” – the majority of U.S. businesses who report income on their...
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Creativity in Employment Contracts

Seattle Seahawks football player Eddie Lacy recently received a $55,000 employment bonus – not for his performance on the field, but for weighing a required weight at the beginning of training camp. ESPN.com reported on this and other clauses in the employment contracts of professional athletes, including: why Michael Jordan’s “love for the game” clause specifically...
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Opening Day Read: Baseball Mascots and the Law

Just in time for Opening Day 2017, Attorney Christian H. Brill and Prof. Howard W. Brill have published a comprehensive examination of legal disputes involving mascots and America’s national pastime. “Baseball Mascots and the Law” discusses a variety of legal questions involving mascots, such as: Can a Dayton Dragons fan sue if she was distracted by a mascot’s performance when she was injured by a...
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