Legal Insights | Spring 2016 | Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper LLC
Legal Insights is a newsletter of timely and practical legal information that we hope you can use in your professional and personal pursuits. Please contact your attorney at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper if you have any questions or comments or if you would like to suggest topics of interest for future issues.
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Know the rules, restrictions of planned communities
Know the rules, restrictions of planned communities
Hundreds formed since Ohio law addressed their creation, operation

Do you live in a subdivision called a planned community, or are you looking at a home in one? If so, your rights as a landowner to use and improve your property as you wish, from design features and materials for additions to standards for mailboxes and landscaping, might be subject to some significant restrictions. Here's why, writes Bruce L. Waterhouse Jr.

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Preventing credit card skimming
Scam can easily go undetected

Skimming is one of the most insidious credit card scams. It occurs when a thief, using a device that steals information from a swiped credit card, is able to produce a legitimate-looking credit card in his or her name—but with the real owner's account information. Michael E. Cicero explores ways to prevent someone from going on a shopping spree with your credit card account.

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5 circumstances an engagement letter should address
It can be valuable risk management tool

An engagement letter can be a valuable risk management tool for professionals and their clients. It provides the opportunity to put in place some basic provisions. Richard G. Witkowski discusses five concerns that engagement letters should address to avoid misunderstandings and prevent unhappy clients.

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Spotlight
article divider The experienced real estate lawyers at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper (NGC) handle a wide range of real property transactions and claims in a cost-effective manner for clients throughout Ohio and beyond. NGC attorneys help clients navigate often-complicated laws and regulations, while negotiating favorable contract terms and preparing the necessary applications, agreements and transfer documents to consummate real estate transactions successfully.

Given the number of parties and tasks that can be involved in a single transaction, careful planning—guided by experience—is essential. It can prevent a misstep or misunderstanding that can derail the deal, be it for a private residence or a large commercial or industrial property.

And should a dispute arise, the lawyers at NGC have a proven track record litigating real estate matters.

Read about our real estate law practice.
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Firm News
article divider Richard G. Witkowski had two articles published in Travelers Insurance newsletters. He was also quoted in the American Institute of CPAs newsletter on " Tips for Reducing Professional Liability Risk in Business Valuation," and his article in the Winter 2014-2015 Legal Insights, " Beware the Shell Company: Scams Can Go Unnoticed," was reprinted in the Hamilton County Law Library News.
Firm News
During the Spring 2016 semester, Matthew T. Fitzsimmons is once again co-teaching a course on mediation with U.S. District Court Judge Dan A. Polster at Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Fitzsimmons has been an adjunct professor since 2008.
Firm News
Fitzsimmons has been selected to the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list as a top-rated business litigation attorney for the seventh consecutive year. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Firm News
Fitzsimmons' motion to dismiss a federal court lawsuit against an NGC private equity firm client was quoted extensively in a recent article in Law360, a legal news and analysis website.
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