At Spitler Huffman, LLP we can handle all aspects of real estate law for you, whether your transaction be residential or commercial in nature.
Residential Transactions: There is more to purchasing or selling your house than signing documents and turning over the keys to the new owners. Real estate can hold hidden problems. The home or building may have construction defects or problems such as mold or drainage issues. Previous owners may not have fulfilled their obligations on the property and have left behind unpaid taxes, mechanics liens, and mortgages that they fail to disclose. Our attorneys ensure that residential real estate transactions proceed smoothly. A few of our services include:
- Preparation of documents for clients so they may sell or buy without a realtor
- Tax Valuation Appeals
- Real Estate and Zoning Litigation
- Reviewing and/or drafting purchase agreements
- Assistance in drafting or reviewing a purchase agreement
- Preparation and of documents for clients so they may sell or buy without a realtor
- Preparation of deeds and other closing documents
- Foreclosure defense
- Resolution of unforeseen problems, including construction defects, unpaid taxes, mechanics liens and mortgages that sellers fail to disclose
Our real estate lawyers uphold the highest standards of professionalism, determining that property descriptions are accurate, funds are properly deposited, and earlier liens are discharged. In order to provide complete and full service to our real estate clients, we have developed a close relationship with American Title Agency, Inc.
Commercial Transactions: The lawyers of our firm serve real estate professionals and their companies, banks, savings and loans and other commercial lenders, developers of residential subdivisions, developers of shopping centers, office buildings, and industrial parks. A few common actions our real estate attorneys take on behalf of commercial clients include:
- Preparation and review of documentation for the sale, purchase and or financing of property
- Preparing and reviewing construction contracts
- Representation in disputes over property lines, real estate contracts, leases and mechanics liens
- Representation regarding zoning issues and appeals
- Assistance in acquiring and developing property for manufacturing, industrial, retail, residential or commercial uses
- Expert real estate title advice
Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate
To ensure your assets will be distributed the way you intend upon your passing, it is vital to be proactive in arranging your estate. Otherwise, your estate may be divided in accordance with State law or subject to guardianship. This would likely produce unnecessary estate tax liability and create the possibility of your assets passing other than the way you intend.
Our estate planning lawyers and paralegals work with our clients to plan for the efficient and orderly transfer of property upon death. This includes working closely with clients to select methods for the disposition of assets to meet family goals, effect charitable donations, minimize tax implications, and to limit probate and related expenses.
Our firm not only arranges wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, living wills, health care power of attorney’s, and durable power of attorney’s, but we also take the time to explain and properly execute these documents. Many of our clients also desire additional tax planning, which we also provide.
We also provide Ohio Medicaid Planning, and representation for Medicaid applications and Medicaid estate recovery settlement.
Our probate attorneys appear before the Probate Court on guardianship matters for minors and incompetent persons, for private and step-parent adoptions, and on trust and estate administration matters. We also represent beneficiaries' interests and the interests of personal representatives in adversary proceedings, such as will contests and will construction suits.
Public Utility and Government
Water and Sewer Utility Law: Spitler Huffman, LLP actively assists county commissioners and political subdivision leaders in the formation and administration of 6119 water and sewer districts in the region. These districts can be an effective tool in dealing with an area’s water, sewer, and stormwater issues.
Our firm is knowledgeable regarding public contracts, project financing, land acquisition and development, and dealing with regulatory compliance issues. We currently represent several water and sewer districts in Northwest Ohio which serve tens of thousands of customers in both urban and rural areas. Our approach focuses on results and helping districts provide the best quality product at the lowest possible cost to your customers. Whether your district is already formed and is seeking representation or you want to know how a district can help your constituents, our firm can provide cost-effective counsel tailored to your specific needs.
Governmental Law: Spitler Huffman, LLP also represents a county Port Authority, which has secured hundreds of millions of dollars of investment over the last decade in Wood County alone.
Spitler Huffman, LLP, has developed a varied and substantial litigation practice. Our litigators have a great deal of experience in both civil and criminal hearings and trials at the state and federal court levels, as well as in the court of claims and before administrative agencies.
In the civil area, our attorneys handle:
- Personal injury and wrongful death claims
- Breach of contract actions
- Dog Bites
- Automobile Accidents
- Civil rights and employment
- Building construction, representing homeowners and contractors
- Consumer rights claims
- Civil rights and employment contract litigation
- Property rights disputes, including adverse possession, boundary line disputes and foreclosure
- Professional negligence claims, including medical and legal malpractice
If you have been hurt due to the negligent actions of another person, we can assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Whether you have been involved in a car accident, injured by a medical professional’s lapse of judgment or a defectively manufactured consumer product, we can determine whether the law provides a remedy for you against the other driver, the health care professional, or the maker of the product.
Spitler Huffman, LLP has extensive experience in negotiating and litigating personal injury and negligence claims. Our experience allows us to assist clients in properly evaluating the merits of a claim, advise clients regarding potential settlement options, and ultimately, to prepare and present the case to a judge or jury. The personal injury attorneys of our firm have successfully represented clients in asserting various types of claims, such as:
Motor Vehicle Accidents. Catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, ranging from car collisions to motorcycle crashes to truck accidents, can result in chronic pain and rapidly increasing medical expenses. Too often, insurance companies do not reward the full amount needed to compensate for such injuries. Our attorneys will use the considerable resources at our disposal to determine the extent of your injuries and your potential for recovery, working with accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals and your own treating physicians. If you or a loved one have sustained injuries, our auto accident lawyers can skillfully assess the injuries and obtain the appropriate compensation.
Premises Liability (aka slip and fall cases). When unsafe property causes serious injury, the owner of the property is liable. Dangerous conditions could include standing water, loose handrails, broken cement and bad lighting in a retail establishment, the common area of an apartment or at the entrance to another’s home. Such oversights can cause an individual to trip, fall and sustain injuries ranging from broken bones to permanent disabilities caused by pinched nerves, spinal cord damage or head trauma. Working with medical professionals, our personal injury lawyers know how to prove in court that a property condition was the cause of a severe medical problem.
Our experience extends far beyond these three categories of harm. If you have been hurt at the hands of another, please do not hesitate to contact our firm as many injuries have a time deadline by which you must file a lawsuit.
Whether you are applying for immediate Medicaid coverage, want to protect your home and assets in the event you or a family member is in need of nursing home care or want to protect your assets from the Estate Recovery Program, proper planning is necessary to avoid the pitfalls of the Medicaid system. Our attorneys specialize in asset protection and preservation from all creditors.
We provide representation in both the application process for Medicaid coverage and planning through trusts and transfers to minimize client financial exposure to the Ohio Medicaid program. Our system can allow you to:
- Keep control of your assets until death
- Retain all income from your assets
- Permit use of your assets during life
- Ensure qualification to Medicaid in the shortest period of time
- Maximize income and estate tax treatment
It is vital that anyone accused of criminal charges enlist the counsel of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Experience is exactly what the criminal defense lawyers of Spitler Huffman, LLP bring to the table. Our attorneys represent defendants in felony and misdemeanor matters before juvenile, municipal, and common pleas courts. A sample of the areas we represent clients in are:
- Traffic related offenses including DUI/OVI and driving under suspension
If you or a loved one has been accused of drunk driving, it is important to retain an attorney quickly. An experienced OVI/DUI lawyer, can use many legal strategies to help reduce fines or jail time. Additionally, if the police used invalid methods of search and seizure during an arrest, an attorney can even get a case thrown out of court. The lawyers of Spitler Huffman, LLP have the experience and knowledge to competently assist anyone accused of drunk driving in Northwest Ohio.
If you have been stopped and charged with a drunk driving violation, the next step should be to contact our firm. Trust in an established firm with a strong reputation in OVI/DUI defense. Our attorneys and staff can work with you to achieve the best result possible. Don’t let a possible OVI/DUI conviction derail the rest of your life by waiting or not contacting an attorney.
- Stock, securities, or other business-related deceit issues
- Theft and robbery
- Drug offenses
- Underage possession/consumption
- Juvenile Offenses
Our criminal defense attorneys work hard to ensure that our clients' rights are protected. We pride ourselves in our close contact with clients, so that we are able to aggressively defend their interests from arrest through trial, and beyond.
Our experience in the court system and in litigation will benefit you as a client.
Our attorneys provide diverse legal services to a broad spectrum of business clients, from sole proprietors to large corporations. Some of these services include:
- Providing advice as to the selection of the appropriate business entity
- Preparation of documentation for the formation and organization of partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies and joint ventures
- Corporate, partnership or limited liability dissolutions
- Review of preparation of buy sell agreements, employment contracts and other business agreements
- Representation regarding commercial loans and transactions
- Compliance Issues
At Spitler Huffman, LLP, our attorneys understand that divorce is about more than just the break-up of a marriage. Regardless of tense emotions, a competent divorce attorney must proceed with a level head and not lose sight of the client's best interest.
Our divorce attorneys have the experience and compassion to resolve sensitive issues as quickly and painlessly as possible. If litigation is necessary, our attorneys can bring about a favorable resolution for our clients.
Divorce litigation can be especially detrimental to children, and our divorce lawyers always keep in mind the welfare of any children caught in the middle of a divorce.
We also represent parents and children in custody, visitation and support issues under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.
- Child custody
- Child support
- Prenuptial and antenuptial agreements
- Spousal support
In addition, due to the major changes in life circumstances that often accompany a divorce, Spitler Huffman, LLP, also provides services to clients on related personal matters, such as estate and tax planning.
Spitler Huffman, LLP’s attorneys have the experience and knowledge required to provide outstanding bankruptcy legal services. Over the years we have successfully handled thousands of bankruptcies. Our attorneys first provide personalized, one-on-one counsel to help you review all of your property and debts. Then we explain potential fiscal alternatives and solutions to help our clients deal with a monetary problem.
Our bankruptcy attorneys are committed to helping our clients gain a fresh start in life. We can work with you to help you keep as much of your property as possible, while at the same time putting an immediate stop to:
- Home foreclosures
- Car repossessions
- Credit card debt
- Creditor harassment
We can give you the immediate debt protection you need now, plus help you find the best path to a financially stable future. Our attorneys know it's a difficult decision to file bankruptcy, but they also know that the right bankruptcy decisions and choice in legal counsel can make a major difference as you begin to build for a better tomorrow. Put our knowledge and experience on your side.
Family Law and Guardianship
It is important to secure a family law attorney who is not only experienced and knowledgeable, but also compassionate and understanding. A good family law attorney aggressively defends his or her client's interests while simultaneously protecting children and making the entire process as painless as possible.
Family law deals with many issues surrounding family life. Our attorneys represent clients in all aspects of family law, including:
- Child custody
- Child support