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What is Ohio Protects?

What is Ohio Protects?

OhioProtects.org is where you can report scams, ID theft, fraud, and file a complaint about a service or business in Ohio. By reporting a scam, ID theft, or filing a complaint you may help other consumers from being taken advantage of by a business in Ohio...

Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. Attorneys Receive Rising Stars Honor

Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. Attorneys Receive Rising Stars Honor

Attorneys Troy J. Doucet and Andrew Gerling are being recognized as a 2017 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers. This honor is reserved for lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. focuses on helping our clients fight foreclosure, consumer law, and small business litigation.

Troy Doucet established this law firm to help people fight against banks, mortgage companies, and debt collectors. He also wrote the foreclosure defense book 23 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure: How to Beat the Bank, trains new attorneys in consumer law, and has taught CLE courses for lawyers. Troy works hard to make sure that our clients get outstanding legal representation and is proud of the consumer-friendly case law this firm helps establish every day.

Andrew Gerling is a senior associate and litigator at Doucet & Associates. He has significant experience helping people in consumer protection lawsuits such as foreclosure defense, abusive debt collection, and consumer fraud. Andrew and Troy have great experience working with consumer matters that involve the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Consumer Sales Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Troy Doucet and Andrew Gerling are honored to have received the 2017 Ohio Rising Stars Award for consumer law. The dedication the attorneys at Doucet & Associates give our clients has helped our law firm become one of the most recognized foreclosure defense and consumer law firms in Ohio.

Contact Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. at (614)944-5219 for legal assistance with a foreclosure lawsuit or consumer protection matter.

 

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Pets Are Victims of Foreclosure Too

Pets Are Victims of Foreclosure Too

Pets are sometimes lost in the jumble and mess when a family is trying to find a new home during and after foreclosure. A lack of funds to provide for the pet or the high fees required at apartment type facilities when relocating can force a family to get rid of a beloved pet. As much as a pet is the best friend that is always on your side, the necessity and decision to give one up is always a gut wrenching and unpleasant feeling.

Taking loyal, correct actions to give up a family pet is important and wholehearted. Some families may fear taking a pet to a shelter will ultimately end in euthanizing the pets’ life, but most shelters are filled with loving, caring staff and volunteers who take pride in finding pets a new home. Surrendering a pet to an animal shelter is the responsible decision if you cannot find the animal a new home.  You may also want to look for a “no kill” shelter if this is particularly concerning.

Ignoring and leaving a pet behind in a foreclosed home is harmful to their health. Pets need to be taken care of properly and if you ever discover a pet left behind in a foreclosed home there are ways to help.

Your local humane society can also be notified when a pet is left behind during foreclosure. Rescuing and finding a shelter or home for the pet to live in can ensure the pet will receive genuine care. Pet owners can surrender animals in Columbus area to a variety of shelters including the Franklin County Dog Shelter and the CHA Animal Shelter.

 

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Legal Aid Society of Columbus Resources

Legal Aid Society of Columbus Resources

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) provides civil legal services and resources for central Ohio residents in Franklin, Madison, Morrow, Marion, Union and Delaware county. You can apply for help from the LASC by filling out this application.

The LASC provides additional forms for the small claims courts in the counties it serves. Small claims courts handle disputes recovering smaller amounts in loss money lawsuits. Most of the time lawyers are not involved in small claims courts. You can read more about small claims court by clicking here. You can also access required forms for the small claims courts in every central Ohio county by clicking the links below.

Franklin County Municipal Court Small Claims

Delaware County Municipal Court Small Claims

Madison County Municipal Court Small Claims

Marion County Municipal Court Small Claims

Marysville County Municipal Court Small Claims, covers Union County

Morrow County Municipal Court Small Claims

The Legal Aid Society of Columbus also provides documents regarding foreclosure lawsuits and court information. There are free directions on how to respond to a foreclosure complaint and sample documents for requesting mediation, motion for extension of time, and a common pleas answer. You can access foreclosure documents by clicking here.

 

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Are You Registered To Vote?

Are You Registered To Vote?

The deadline to register to vote for the 2016 presidential election is October 11. In the state of Ohio voters must register to vote 30 days’ before the November 8, 2016 election date.

Voters can register in person or by sending a completed and signed application through the U.S. Mail to a county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office. The postmark on the envelope has to be the deadline or before. A voter can also deliver an application in person to a DMV, a public high school or vocational school, the office of a county treasurer, or a public library. Ohio law requires the voter to sign the application.

Please click here to access the Ohio voter registration application. A voter can request an application be mailed to them from the Secretary of State’s office or a county board of elections.

In Ohio, a voter does not declare a political party affiliation when registering. A voter only declares affiliation when voting in a partisan primary election to vote on the ballot of a political party. If no affiliation with a specific party, the voter will only vote the Official Questions and Issues Ballot in a primary election.

The voter receives registration confirmation in the mail after submitting an application. The voter’s address is confirmed, the location of the voting precinct is identified, and additional identification requirements are stated. The voter should receive a notice of rejection if the application was not accepted. The board has 20 business days to register a voter after receiving an application. Voters can contact a local county board of elections if they fail to receive an acceptance or rejection letter to check the status of an application.

It is a registered voters obligation to update an address or name change in the voter registration database. A voter can inform the board of elections of changes by submitting a new registration form. The new form must be completed and signed. Voters will receive a confirmation noting if information was successfully updated. Voters can update information within the month before an election or on an election day. Updating information so close to an election day could cause the voter to have to use a provisional ballot.

Voters can verify their information and check to see if they are registered to vote here.

For more information on registering to vote in Ohio visit the Secretary of States website here. More information about acceptable places to register in person are listed. Information about how to cancel a voters registration is also provided.

 

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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

On Sunday, people in the United States of America will gather to reflect on a tragic time in our nation’s history. Honoring the innocent lives that were taken that day and remembering those who emerged to serve and offer assistance when our nation was experiencing tragedy represents the best of our country.  Recollecting the facts of that day in 2001 is important for our nation to recall a time of standing together for all that were directly and indirectly affected.

The terrorism by an Islamic extremist group brought upon our country that day involved four plane crashes. Two hijacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane struck the Pentagon at the U.S. military headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. And the fourth crashed down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Including heroic police officers, firefighters and civilians, over 3,000 lives were loss that day in tragic destruction.

In replace of the World Trade Center towers that were traumatically destroyed now stands the One World Trade Center. This building is also commonly referred to as the Freedom Tower and is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere standing at a 1,776 feet. The height is iconic and meant to resemble the year the Declaration of Independence was enacted. In May 2013, a spire was also positioned on the top of the building to ensure it was the tallest building with the highest point making the height at the tip an estimated 1,792 feet. September 11 is also now legally designated as Patriot Day.

There are many national events happening on Sunday in recognition of this devastating occurrence.  The most common that often take place country wide include the moments of silence.

  • 8:46 am The first plane crashed into the North Tower at the World Trade Center.
  • 9:03 am The second plane crashed into the South Tower at the World Trade Center.
  • 9:37 am The third plane crashed into the Pentagon in close proximity to Washington D.C.
  • 10:03 am The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers on board take control from hijackers after learning of the other attacks.
  • 10:28 am The North Tower collapses and rescue effort begins.

 

Locally in Columbus, Ohio there are also many events taking place to help honor and remember everyone impacted. Some of the events included but are not limited to are:

There is the Memorial Stair Climb taking place at the Chase Tower in downtown Columbus.

The Heroes Run on September 10 at Alum Creek Park North.

A Memorial Flag Display at the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ruc. Run. Remember. race in Groveport, Ohio.

There are many more local events happening all around Columbus, Ohio. We welcome you to leave information about an event in the comments to inform and bring awareness of how our country is coming together. Doucet & Associates also would like to acknowledge our heartfelt condolences to everyone affected.

 

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