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Criminal Law Terminology

Akron Criminal Defense Attorney Rebecca M. Black knows that ignorance is not bliss for anyone facing criminal charges for the first time in their lives. Read on to learn more about the terminology for the process and procedures of the criminal justice system as it is carried out across Northeast Ohio. Appeal: A request made […]

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Know your rights during police encounters

Know your rights during police encounters Being stopped by the police can be an intimidating, nerve-wracking experience, but it doesn’t have to be. You have rights under the Ohio and United States Constitutions that protect you from police action or misconduct in many situations, such as traffic stops, warrantless searches, and police questioning without the […]

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Divorce Vocabulary

Because the law is a profession, there are specialized terms for processes, procedures, events, and even people.  Ohio family lawyer Melissa Graham-Hurd seeks to enhance your ability to understand this process happening to you by providing definitions of common terms used in Family Law.  Action: the legal term for a lawsuit Affidavit: a written statement sworn to under oath […]

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Expert Witnesses

What you should know about Expert Witnesses: Family lawyer Melissa Graham-Hurd has the experience to guide you when there is an issue that may need an expert to testify and explain complex issues. When Do I Need An Expert? To Value Assets: An expert is a person with special knowledge about a subject that qualifies […]

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Widespread Fallacies About Family Law

Divorce and family law in Ohio are complicated subject areas and misconceptions about divorce, child support and child custody abound. Ohio family lawyer Melissa Graham-Hurd seeks to help erase some of those inaccuracies by providing clear information, blending straight talk with compassion. Ohio’s laws are different from those of surrounding states – sometimes substantially different, […]

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Required Child Support Documents and Information

Ohio child support lawyer Melissa Graham-Hurd has considerable experience in child support matters.  When going to Court or CSEA (child support agency) regarding a determination of child support or modification of child support, Ms. Graham-Hurd’s knowledge can help you avoid pitfalls.  In any case where you are asking for child support, or asked to pay […]

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Now That You’ve Decided to Divorce

You may want to consider stopping any voluntary contributions from your pay (such as 401(k) plans, deferred compensation, credit union accounts, etc.), additional deposits to private savings, purchase of additional assets (including furnishings, purchase of credit for retirement, etc.) as most assets are valued at time of trial, and your attempts to save money now […]

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Settlement Strategies

As opposed to what you may have seen on television, being an effective lawyer does not mean putting on a “dog and pony show” for the client’s benefit.  TV lawyers threaten, intimidate, use rude language, jump up on tables, and get red in the face about almost everything.  This makes for good entertainment, but real […]

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Tips on Better Parenting During the Divorce Process

Whether you are divorcing, separating, or have never lived with your other parent, here are some tips that might help your children deal with parents apart: DO: Put your children’s welfare ahead of your own conflict with the other parent Attempt Mediation See the other parent as your “business partner” engaged in the most important […]

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Tips on Filling out those Darn Affidavits

When people start matters at domestic court, whether a new divorce or dissolution, or a post-decree matter concerning child support or spousal support, they will be required to fill out certain affidavits concerning their income and expenses, their debts and property, their children, health insurance and other matters. An affidavit is a sworn statement, notarized, […]

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