Robison, Curphey & O'Connell Feed Oct 2021firmwise Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes RCO Law as a Corporate Sponsor Oct 2021News<p>One of the jewels of Findlay, Ohio, is the Marathon Performing Arts Center (MCPA). On Thursday, October 14, MCPA featured Andre Dubus III, the award-winning author of the #1 bestseller <em>House of Sand and Fog</em>.&nbsp; It was a great night for book lovers who listened as Dubus provided insight on his background and where he mines inspiration for his writing. Dubus also shared one of his recent essays on love. Guests had an opportunity to speak with the author and get their books signed.&nbsp; RCO Law recently became a corporate sponsor for MCPA and this literary event is one of the first to be underwritten by the firm.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="401" /><br /> Author Andre Dubus III signs a book for Attorney Doug Huffman at the MCPA&rsquo;s Literary Event on Thursday, October 14.</p> Law Families Visit Gust Pumpkin Farm Oct 2021News<p>A visit to Gust Brothers' Pumpkin Farm in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, is a fall tradition for RCO Law families.&nbsp; On Saturday, October 9, the firm and their famiies enjoyed the morning picking pumpkins, produce and flowers.&nbsp; The children also enjoyed petting and feeding the livestock.<br /> Not to be forgotten, fresh cider and fresh, warm donuts!</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="424" /><br /> Attorney Sarah Corney enjoys donuts and cider with her family (L to R) Elias, Addison, Husband Chris, Calvin, and Andrea.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="582" /><br /> Attorney Amy Luck with her children Kennedy and Cooper visit the animals in the Gust barn.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="367" /><br /> Administrative Assistant Lynne Haney (center), her husband, Brian (left) and Attorney Pete Lavalette enjoy the beautiful fall weather on the farm</p> I Need a Will? Oct 2021Insight<p class="MsoNormal">By Marissa Fitzpatrick, Published in the<em> Buzz Book, </em>Fall 2021<br /> <br /> You might be thinking, &ldquo;Everything that my spouse and I own is joint, so I don&rsquo;t need a Will.&rdquo;&nbsp; Or, &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t have many assets so there&rsquo;s no need for a will.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">While not every Will is <i>used</i>, behind every Will is a person who planned for life&rsquo;s uncertainties. Professionally speaking, it&rsquo;s<i> always </i>better to have a backup plan.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like homeowner&rsquo;s insurance that covers fire or serious incident, you may never need it, but if you do, you are grateful to have it. &nbsp;A Will leaves nothing to chance.&nbsp; When you have a Will, your family isn&rsquo;t left guessing or fighting about your final wishes.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Your Will and Minor Children<br /> <br /> &ldquo;</b>Who will take care of my kids?&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>A Will outlines a plan for minor or special needs children, naming a guardian for them upon your death. It allows you to control <i>how, when and who</i> to manage what your children inherit. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Your Will and Long-Term Care</b><br /> <br /> &ldquo;Can I give everything away?&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Giving assets away is rarely the best option.&nbsp; Putting assets in someone else&rsquo;s name may make it accessible to creditors, ex-spouses, bankruptcy courts, and more.&nbsp; You may be &ldquo;penalized&rdquo; if you need government assistance to help pay for long-term care.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Your Will and Probate<br /> <br /> </b>&ldquo;Does my family have to go through the probate process?&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">It depends.&nbsp; There are several strategies, such as listing beneficiaries or using a trust, to ensure that your assets transfer directly without the involvement of the probate court.&nbsp; These are all estate planning tools that complement a Will and are not necessarily replacements for a Will.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Owning a bank account jointly with someone (other than your spouse) does not replace good estate planning, and often leads to family feuds and court disputes.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To avoid the probate process, good estate planning with a qualified attorney is the most effective tool.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>Your Will, Probate, and Costs<br /> <br /> &ldquo;</b>What about costs?&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Attorney fees may be more reasonable than you think and depend upon the complexity of your estate plan. Discuss an attorney&rsquo;s fee structure and understand charges for getting a Will written including where copies of the Will reside, and how to proceed following a death.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Do not fear probate. There are ways to navigate the process expeditiously and with ease.&nbsp; If you are involved with probate, contact an attorney with experience in these matters. Estate planning and probate attorneys will help you get through the process correctly.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> Marissa Fitzpatrick Receives Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award Oct 2021News<p>Congratulations to RCO Law Attorney Marissa Fitzpatrick who received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under today at the Ohio State Bar Association's District 4 Annual Meeting held at The Toledo Club.</p> <p>The past year has been difficult due to COVID, but Marissa remained active working with clients on estate planning or health care plans. Active in the community, Marissa is on the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation Board. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Maumee Chamber of Commerce, and the Toledo P.E.T. Bull Project.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="327" /><br /> RCO Law attorneys show support for their colleague at the OSBA District Annual Meeting. <br /> L to R:&nbsp; Sarah Corney, Marissa Fitzpatrick, Kayla Henderson and Bill Beach.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="582" /><br /> David Lefton, president, Ohio State Bar Association; Marissa Fitzpatrick, and Velda Hofacker, president, Ohio State Board Foundation</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="582" /><br /> Marissa Fitzpatrick shows her award to Attorney Bill Beach who nominated her for the award.</p> Law Sponsors Doctors & Lawyers Seminar Focusing on COVID Oct 2021NewsThe Toledo Bar Association's 21st Annual Medical Legal Seminar, &quot;In it for the Long Haul: Medical and Legal Consequences of COVID 19&quot;&nbsp; will be held on Tuesday, October 5, from 5 to 9 p.m.&nbsp; The seminar will be a live, interactive webinar.<br /> <br /> Attorney Jean Sieler is serving as a moderator.&nbsp; Attorney Corey Tomlinson will open the seminar with &quot;Legal and Statutory Defenses to COVID 19&nbsp; Malpractice Claims&quot;.&nbsp; Corey's presentation will focus on federal and state immunity defenses to COVID 19 based upon negligence claims; factual and constitutional hurdles to immunity; and standards of care during a pandemic.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> RCO Law is a Gold Sponsor of this seminar.<br /> To learn more about this timely seminar and to register <a href=";evAction=showDetail&amp;eid=108461&amp;evSubAction=listAll">click here.</a> Sieler to Serve on Board of National Association of Women in Construction Toledo Chapter Oct 2021News<p>Attorney Jean S. Sieler has been elected to serve as vice president on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women in Construction, Toledo Chapter.&nbsp; NAWIC members and the new board attended a Mud Hens game on Thursday, September 30, at Fifth Third Field.</p> <p>Jean has been a member of NAWIC for approximatley 20 years. She served as board president from 2015 through 2017. The mission of NAWIC is to champion women to impact the direction of the construction industry. Since its founding in1953, NAWIC has provided education, community and advocacy for women.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="327" /><br /> <b>L to R: Jean Sieler; vice president; Carla Klatt; Laura Jenkins, secretary; Dana Patchen, treasurer (front center); Cathy Krueger; and Victoria Sims, president (far right).</b></p> Arnold to Present at CIFT Boot Camp for Food Entrepreneurs Sep 2021News<img src="" hspace="10" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="204" /> <p>Attorney David Arnold will be presenting &quot;Legalities of Starting a Food Business - Patents and Trademarks, NDAs&quot; at the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) Boot Camp on Tuesday, October 12. The CIFT Boot Camp is for food business entrepreneurs and small business owners. It will be held on three dates: Tuesday, October 12; Tuesday, October 19; and Tuesday,October 26, from 1 to 6 p.m.</p> <p>David has extensive experience in the areas of business and commercial law. He is familiar with business organizations, including established and start-up companies, providing business and legal advice in a wide variety of settings.</p> <p>The Boot Camp is an educational opportunity for early-stage food entrepreneurs to learn about developing and growing their businesses.&nbsp; Presentation topics will include Researching Food Trends; Components of a Successful Business Plan; Understanding Costs/Pricing for Profitability; Product Packaging; and Sales Channels.</p> <p>The Boot Camp will be held in person at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, or registrants can participate virtually.</p> <p>To learn more about the CIFT Boot Camp and to register <a href="">click here.</a>&nbsp;For additional information, contact CIFT at 419-535-6000, or <a href=""></a></p> Corney Elected to Society of FSP National Board of Directors Sep 2021News<p><img src="" hspace="10" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="194" />Attorney Sarah J. Corney was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Society of Financial Service Professionals at the annual meeting on September 1, 2021.</p> <p>Sarah Corney is a partner who focuses her practice on estate and business planning, and real estate. She assists individuals and business owners by implementing plans for their finances, heathcare, and legacies. She is past president of the Society of FSP&rsquo;s Toledo Chapter.</p> <p>Active in the community, Sarah volunteers as a women&rsquo;s mentor with the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce; is a volunteer court-appointed guardian with the Hancock County Probate Court; serves on the Board of Directors of Hope House for the Homeless; and is a member of the Compliance and Audit Committee for Blanchard Valley Health Systems.</p> <p><a href=";A=7099&amp;format=xml&amp;p=6664">Click here</a> to peruse Sarah's profile and background.</p> <p>The Society of FSP includes credentialed financial professionals, investment advisors, attorneys, CPAs, insurance professionals, and experts across a variety of sectors. Local FSP chapters provide opportunities for learning and relationship building, while the national organization offers resources on a larger scale. FSP strives to empower the highest level of client service possible. For additional information on FSP <a href="">click here</a></p> is Suicide Prevention Month Sep 2021NewsSeptember is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness on this very difficult topic.&nbsp; Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts may be the result of untreated mental health conditions.&nbsp; Suicidal thoughts should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.<br /> <br /> On September 21, RCO Law sponsored a Suicide Prevention in Construction Workshop, along with the Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio; Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Ohio; National Electrical Contractors Association; and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 8.<br /> <br /> The statistics in the construction industry are shocking. Five times more construction workers will die by suicide than on a job site. According to OSHA, 1,061 workers died in 2019 due to work-related injuries. According to the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP), there are approximately 5,5000 suicides among construction workers per year.<br /> <br /> For additional information, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 800-273-8255. NAMI resources can be f<a href="">ound here</a>, or go to <a href=""></a>, or call 419-327-2219, or check out <a href="">CIASP resources.</a><br /> Presents on Generational Effects on Juries for South Carolina Healthcare Professionals Sep 2021NewsAttorney Jean Sieler will be featured on a webinar tomorrow, September 24 at 9 am, for the South Carolina Chapter of the American Healthcare Risk Management + Healthcare Quality (SCASHRM+AHQ).<br /> <br /> Jean opens the morning webinar with &quot;Generational Effects on Juries &amp; Litigation Outcomes.&quot; The target audience is healthcare professionals including risk managers, attorneys, quality directors, physician and nurse leaders, pharmacists, and human resource professionals. Jean will discuss how younger generation jurors may affect the jury process and litigation outcomes. <br /> <br /> To register contact Kim Wooten <a href=""></a>