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August 14, 2017

501(c)(3) Applications Made EZ

There are many federal and state tax benefits to a nonprofit organization obtaining 501(c)(3) charitable recognition from the IRS, not least of which is the ability to offer donors tax deductibility on their donations. For many years, however, regardless of whether your organization was big or small, the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) recognition through the IRS was a time-consuming and arduous one, as the traditional Form 1023 application — the IRS application for obtaining 501(c)(3) recognition — amounted to some 26 pages of questions and requests for information, not counting additional pages that the applying organization would need for providing required narrative responses.

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July 26, 2017

Bieser Greer & the Original Wright Flyer

There can be no doubt the most significant invention of all time is man-powered flight. It is also common knowledge that the first flight occurred on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on what became known as the Original Wright Flyer that was built by two brothers in Dayton in their bicycle shop. What is not common knowledge is that the origin of flight was hotly disputed in the patent courts beyond the life of Wilbur Wright, who died in 1912 at the age of 45.

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July 11, 2017

Cautionary Tales in Estate Planning - "Living" Documents

Many people think that estate planning consists of having a will or a trust that will dispose of their property after their death. What happens to your assets after your death is certainly an important consideration of estate planning, but it is not the only consideration. Estate planning now encompasses what I will refer to as your “living” documents, more commonly referred to as advanced directives and powers of attorney. These documents are critical in the event that you become disabled and cannot make your own medical or financial decisions. The following examples are cautionary tales to consider if you avoid planning for life’s possibilities.

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June 16, 2017

I was hurt in an auto accident, now what?

Being involved in an automobile accident can be a traumatic event. As you start to put the pieces back together, you will likely find yourself bombarded by attorneys assuring that they can get you top dollar for any claims you may have. Having a general understanding of the process can you help you to navigate the minefield of picking the right lawyer to represent you. Below are some common questions that accident victims typically ask.

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June 09, 2017

Jamie Greer Receives YMCA Camp Kern Award

Jamie Greer recognized for his exemplary service to the Greater Miami Valley by YMCA Camp Kern.

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May 26, 2017

Relocation Issues in Divorce

When parents divorce, the Court must allocate the parental rights and responsibilities for the children between the parents. Part of that order must contain a parenting schedule. In our ever-evolving society, a residential parent often relocates from the residence at which he or she resided when the original decree of divorce was granted. Often this relocation is outside of the State of Ohio.

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May 15, 2017


When an event happens in your business or personal life that causes damage to you, to another person, or to another business, it is always wise to seek and obtain good legal counsel. However, before you meet with your attorney, you should locate and review your insurance policy or policies that may pertain to the insurable event.

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April 07, 2017

"What we have here is a failure to communicate"

This blog’s title is from the 1967 movie, Cool Hand Luke, in which the late Paul Newman was cast as the wisecracking hero, Luke. In the movie, Luke gets drunk and foolishly knocks the head off of a parking meter in a small rural southern town. As a result, he is arrested, found guilty, and is given a harsh and lengthy sentence which results in him becoming an inmate at a local prison farm. While there, he labors on a chain gang and he encounters a particularly unpleasant and chippy warden who utters our title words each time before he goes on to inflict some extraordinarily  unpleasant, extreme, and excessive punishment on Luke who has a very hard time following all of  the Warden’s rules and regulations.

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March 31, 2017

Draftkings and Fanduel: Legal in Ohio

Online daily fantasy sports have exploded in recent years. Draftkings and Fanduel are the two most prominent websites offering daily fantasy sports. While these websites are incredibly popular, they may run afoul of state criminal laws. Individual states have different positions. Some states consider daily fantasy sports legal and regulate them like gambling. These states include Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Virginia. Some states have such restrictions that Draftkings and Fanduel do not operate in Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, and Washington. The remaining states have not clarified the issue entirely or require a license (Nevada). The current state of the law in Ohio does not address whether online daily fantasy sports are, in fact, legal. Approximately 2 million people in Ohio participate in online fantasy sports. With an estimated population of 11.6 million, that is 17% of Ohioans that could be affected or at least must consider the consequences of any potential legislation affecting Draftkings or Fanduel.

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March 24, 2017

Ensuring Your Estate Plan Meets Your Goals

After completing the estate planning process and executing their documents, clients generally experience a sense of relief, knowing that they have taken an important step in making sure that their estate is going to be distributed according to their wishes. Unfortunately, this is only partially true.

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March 10, 2017

Bieser, Greer & Landis Welcomes Justine Z. Larsen

Bieser, Greer & Landis is proud to announce Justine Larsen has joined the firm as a litigation associate. Justine graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2016. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and received awards for her academic achievement in legal writing in Appellate Advocacy. She comes to the firm with a diverse background, including previous judicial internships with Judge Walter H. Rice and Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and Greene County Probate Court Judge Thomas M. O’Diam, as well as experience providing legal services in tax and business law.

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March 03, 2017

Why form an LLC?

A limited liability company, or an LLC, is a fairly recent recognized business form that combines the limited liability benefits of a corporation with the tax and organizational flexibility of a partnership or sole-proprietorship.  This combination of benefits has made the LLC a great vehicle for businesses both big and small.

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February 24, 2017

Proper Planning Prevents Future Costs

As a litigator, I often encounter clients once they have reached the “point of no return” in a dispute of some kind, with either a lawsuit having been filed or with filing imminent. Once litigation begins, costs add up quickly as the strategy of how to handle the lawsuit is developed and discovery starts. As the litigation is playing out and costs are building, it is typical for me to be asked, “How could we have prevented this mess?” The answer is usually a simple one: with proper planning. While planning may not prevent all lawsuits, it sets clear expectations and shows the intent of the individuals involved, removing ambiguity and thereby eliminating the types of disputes that often lead to litigation.

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February 17, 2017

Attorney Jennifer L. Brogan Certified as Family Relations Law Specialist

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) announced that it has certified attorney Jennifer L. Brogan as a Family Relations Law Specialist. Brogan joins four other lawyers in the State of Ohio to be certified this year in Family Relations Law by the Ohio State Bar Association, a voluntary association founded in 1880 representing approximately 23,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students.

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February 10, 2017

Trial Lawyers and the Art of Being a Jockey and a Bookie at the Same Time

A good Trial Lawyer knows that not only does he or she have a duty to be the best advocate for his or her client, one must also professionally evaluate that client’s chance of winning or losing a case.

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February 03, 2017

Divorce Mediation

Increasingly, people are turning to mediation as an alternative dispute resolution method as opposed to the traditional adversarial legal process.  Parties and lawyers have begun to seek out divorce mediators, either at the beginning or during the divorce process, in an effort to resolve their conflict.

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January 27, 2017

Solving the Mystery of Legal Fees

Abraham Lincoln said: “A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade.”  But how much does that stock in trade cost? To many people, legal fees can be a mystery. Doing some research in advance of your visit to a lawyer and asking specific questions about fees should lessen the confusion.

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January 20, 2017

Bieser, Greer & Landis Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars Lists

Bieser, Greer & Landis, LLP announced today that 7 of its 18 attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers© list and 1 of its attorneys was selected for inclusion on the 2017 Ohio Rising Stars list.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in Ohio are selected by Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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January 13, 2017

Is a Prenuptial Agreement Enough to Protect Your Assets From a Future Ex?

Many people have come to believe that simply having a prenuptial agreement protects them from losing their premarital assets in the event of a divorce or dissolution. However, this is not the case.  While the importance of a well-written prenuptial agreement cannot be overstated, there are other steps a person needs to take to ensure that their prenuptial agreement effectively protects his or her premarital assets.

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January 06, 2017

Boilerplate Contract Provisions Can Burn the Inattentive

Often when considering a contract, people will focus on the “big ticket” items within the document, for example items relating to pricing or performance.  However, it is often the case that when disputes arise, provisions found in what is often referred to as the “boilerplate” provisions of the contract have a large, and sometimes even determinative, effect. For that reason, business people need to have these provisions in mind at the front end, during the drafting and execution of written contracts, and at the backend when a breakdown in the relationship between the contracting parties makes litigation more likely.

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December 30, 2016

Creativity in the Courtroom: It's Not Like Laying Bricks

How do you sell a boring case to an audience which has no interest and no reason to be interested in its tedious subject matter?

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December 23, 2016

Is It Really Medical Malpractice?

Your friend may have a serious injury, but is it really medical malpractice? Howard P. Krisher discusses what the law requires to prove that medical malpractice occurred.

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December 16, 2016

Understanding Your Choices: Wills vs. Trusts

When considering putting your estate plan in place and when speaking with your estate planning attorney, it is important to understand the difference between the two documents and the reasons for considering one over the other.

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December 09, 2016

Document Discovery – From Banker’s Boxes to Hard Drives

Many years ago, the discovery process was a simpler one, consisting of the exchange of documents, some written questions, and maybe a deposition or two. Over the past few decades though, the process has grown in importance and complexity.

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December 02, 2016

Congratulations to Irv Bieser, Jr. and Leo Krebs on 50 Years of Service

This year, Bieser Greer and the Dayton legal community celebrate two attorneys who have each contributed fifty years to the practice of law and to Bieser Greer’s service to the community – Irv Bieser, Jr. and Leo Krebs.

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November 25, 2016

Estate Planning Is Not Just for the Wealthy

Philip M. Borger examines the many reasons why you should consider having an estate plan.

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November 23, 2016

Bieser Greer Welcomes New Attorney Nadia A. Klarr

Attorney Nadia A. Klarr joins the law firm of Bieser, Greer & Landis.

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November 18, 2016

From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney

Matthew M. Suellentrop shares his story of transitioning from prosecutor to a defense attorney.

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November 11, 2016

A New Law Raises Questions About Medical Marijuana Use In Ohio

A discussion of the important questions and considerations raised by Ohio's new medical marijuana law.

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November 10, 2016

Bieser Greer Named A Best Law Firm And Ten Attorneys Included In 2017 Best Lawyers In America

Ten of Bieser Greer's eighteen attorneys named Best Lawyers in America and two firm partners received "Lawyer of the Year" awards.

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November 04, 2016

When Aggressive Business Practices Can Get You Indicted

James P. Fleisher discusses fraud and white collar criminal prosecutions, which twenty or thirty years ago were widely viewed as rare. However, today's business world operates in an increasingly complex maze of rules and regulations, increasing the risk of inadvertently crossing a line into criminal territory. What can you do to avoid crossing the line?

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October 28, 2016


An introduction by Mr. David C. Greer to Bieser Greer's new blog.

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May 23, 2016

Welcome to the new home of Bieser Greer

We’ve worked hard over the past few months to create a new website as polished and professional as our firm. This site launch is a part of a larger effort to rebrand Bieser Greer, previously Bieser, Greer & Landis.

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March 07, 2015

In Honor of Charles D. Shook

Bieser, Greer & Landis lost our most long standing member on March, 16, 2015 at the age of 87. Charles D. Shook (“Charlie”) started with the firm upon his admission to the practice of law in 1952. He ceased active practice in 2014 after 62 years.

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