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Planning for Taxes

While taxes may be a certainty, you can minimize yours with a little planning before you sit down to file your taxes on April 15th.

Q.: What should I know about tax planning?

A.: Keep in mind the following tips:

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Patients Should Know Their Rights

Hospitals and health care providers who participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs are bound by strict requirements. One of these requirements is to abide by a set of patients' rights approved August 2, 1999 by the federal agency that oversees the Medicare program called the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It is important for patients to understand their rights in order to exercise them when using any health care service.

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Online Law

Q.: What is the Internet?

A.: The Internet is a global network of computers that supports communication and research with approximately 20 million users worldwide. It is non-commercial and has no central governing authority. The Internet supports online communications such as electronic mail (e-mail) and chat sessions (where two or more computer users to "talk" to each other by typing messages that can be viewed immediately by other parties to the electronic "conversation").

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Ohio's Lemon Law Protects Consumers

Q.: What does the lemon law do?

A.: Under certain circumstances, it requires manufacturers to replace or buy back an owned or leased vehicle with a defect that substantially impairs its use, value or safety, and that cannot be or has not been properly repaired or repaired in a timely manner.

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Ohio’s Credit Laws

Signing a credit purchase slip or other sales contract can have major legal consequences, creating rights and liabilities for you as well as others. Treat your signature with the importance it deserves. Do not use it carelessly. If you are ever in doubt about signing a document, see an attorney before you sign it.

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Ohio Law Gives Rules for Farm Machinery on Roadways

Q.:  Must tractors and other farm equipment have lights and reflectors if they are traveling on the road?

A.: Yes; all farm equipment traveling on Ohio roads must be equipped with lights and reflectors from sundown to sunup. The lights and reflectors must be visible and in working condition. In addition, they must be positioned to the extreme left and right of any farm equipment so other vehicles traveling on the road can see them.

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Ohio’s Courts

Q.: What courts have jurisdiction in Ohio?

A.: All states, including Ohio, have a two-court system: state courts and United States (also known as federal) courts. This pamphlet contains a general outline of the two systems.

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Ohio Allows for License To Carry Concealed Weapons

Effective April 8, 2004, it became possible to apply for a license to carry a concealed weapon in the State of Ohio.

Q.: What, exactly, does the law allow?

A.: The law allows an individual to carry a handgun in a holster on his or her person in plain sight.  It also permits the person to keep a weapon locked in a glove compartment or locked in a transport box in plain sight.  The law also requires that, if a person is carrying a concealed weapon inside a motor vehicle, and if that person is stopped by a law enforcement officer, the person must immediately tell the officer that he or she has a license to carry a concealed weapon, and that a weapon is in the vehicle.

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My Child Is 18; Now What?

It seems like just yesterday your daughter was a toddler and you were beaming with pride as she took her first wobbly steps.  You have been there for her on her first day of school and when she learned to ride a bicycle.  Soon she was driving, as evidenced by a few extra gray hairs on your head.  Now, she is reaching adulthood, her 18th birthday.

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Members of the Military Have Civilian Job Protections

As thousands of military reservists are called to active duty, they will leave their civilian jobs for months or even years.  A 1994 law called the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) applies to virtually all employers and gives reservists and other service members a wide range of job protections.

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