Business and Corporate Law

Whether you are starting a business or have an established company, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to assist you in all aspects of your business. We realize the only way to provide sound advice to our clients is to listen and understand their business needs and then to work with them to achieve their goals.

At Ritter & Randolph, LLC, we offer a full range of business services to our clients that include:

  • Assistance in choosing and formation of the right business entity to help minimize your personal and tax liability
  • Drafting and revision of employee handbooks
  • Preparation and review of contracts
  • Executive agreements
  • Severance agreements
  • Advice with ongoing business and financial issues
  • Sales and purchases
  • Commercial and real estate transactions
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Dissolutions

Non-Profit Organizations Business Succession Planning

Frequently, small business owners fail to make arrangements for the continuation of their businesses in the event of their death or disability. At Ritter and Randolph, LLC, we help guide you through this process by developing an estate plan that fits your needs and ensures that your wishes for your business are carried out in the event that you are no longer able to participate in its day-to-day functions.

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Elder Law

Elder Law is a growing area of law that deals with a wide variety of issues faced daily by aging adults. At Ritter & Randolph, LLC, we understand these needs and work with you to achieve your goals. We are also one of the few law firms in the Cincinnati area that dedicates a substantial portion of our practice to the needs of seniors and their families.

Older adults and their families must face new and sometimes difficult decisions. Even though no amount of planning can address every case, it can eliminate the stress of many situations and provide you and your family with peace of mind.

  • Our attorneys can assist you with:
  • Preparation of a Last Will and Testament
  • Preparation of Durable Powers of Attorney for Finance
  • Establishing and Administering both Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts
  • Comprehensive Estate Plans
  • Guardianships
  • Preparation of Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Preparation of Living Wills
  • Long Term Health Care Insurance
  • Medicare and Medicaid Planning
  • Retirement Home and Nursing Home Placement
  • Charitable Gift Planning
  • Understanding Beneficiary Designations

Our office can also help in directing clients to other professional and non- legal resources and services that are publicly and privately available to meet the needs of the older adult.

Mary Ann Jacobs, Esq. is a lifetime charter members of the ElderCare Matters Alliance, a resource that helps families across America plan for and deal with the issues of aging.

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Estate and Charitable Planning

Many individuals believe estate planning is for people with large estates. However, anyone who owns a house or personal property such as a car, cash, stocks and furniture has an estate and should have an estate plan.

Estate planning has two important purposes:

  1. to ensure your property is distributed according to your wishes with minimal consequences; and:
  2. it allows you, and not the state, to determine who will look after you and your property in the event that you become disabled and are no longer capable of making these decisions.

Since life is unpredictable, estate planning is an important process no matter what your age and is something you should reevaluate every four to five years or upon the happening of a major life event such as marriage, birth of a child, divorce or starting a business.

At Ritter and Randolph, LLC, we meet with you and your family to develop an estate plan that is tailored to your needs and that will provide the greatest tax advantage.

Our estate planning services include:

  • Last Wills and Testaments
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts
  • Insurance Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney for Finance
  • Living Wills
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney: HIPAA Authorizations

Obtaining the services of an estate-planning attorney now can eliminate problems, delays, additional taxes and expenses in the future

Small Business Owners

For our clients who own businesses, we also offer business succession planning, which will ensure your business passes to future generations based upon your wishes.

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Labor and Employment Law

The practice of law that involves the relationships among employers, employees, and their labor organizations, except workers' compensation. It includes all aspects of labor relations (private and public sectors), occupational safety and health, employment discrimination, wage and hour, employee benefits and employment-related torts and contracts. It further includes all forms of labor and employment litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution before all federal, state and local courts, agencies and private tribunals.

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Litigation involves almost all areas of law. Because the court system can be overwhelming, we take the time to explain the process to our clients.

At Ritter and Randolph, LLC, we realize many disputes can be favorably resolved without the time and expense of a trial. Thus, we will also discuss with you the benefits of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and/or arbitration. However, when litigation is necessary, our attorneys’ courtroom experience provides our clients with the quality representation they deserve to protect their rights.

Our attorneys are experienced in prosecuting and defending all types of claims. This experience gives them valuable insight into the opposing side and enables them to assist you in determining the strengths and weaknesses that exist in each case.

Our litigators have appeared in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels as well as before administrative agencies, arbitrations and mediations. Several of our attorneys also routinely serve as panel members for arbitrations.

Our litigation practice includes:

  • Administrative Law
  • Adoptions
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitrations and Mediations
  • Business Issues
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Contract Disputes
  • Corporate
  • Guardianships
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Non-Compete Litigation
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements
  • Real Estate Title Issues
  • Title Insurance Litigation
  • Will Contest

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Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration

Probate is the court process wherein at a person’s death the Probate Court oversees the administration of the person’s estate pursuant to the terms of their Last Will and Testament. In the event a person dies without a will, the Probate Court oversees the administration to ensure that the estate is distributed pursuant to state law.

Our office has extensive experience in all areas of Probate administration and litigation.

If a person dies with assets previously transferred into a Trust, those assets, while generally not subject to Probate Court administration, must be administered pursuant to the Trust Agreement. The attorneys at Ritter and Randolph, LLC can assist with all matters pertaining to Trust Administration.

Frequently, there are tax issues that must be addressed when a person dies. We have the expertise to prepare the estate tax returns and estate income tax returns as well as post death planning in these areas.

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Real Estate Law

At Ritter and Randolph, LLC, our attorneys have represented landowners and lenders in commercial and residential real estate transactions for more than 60 years. We offer a full range of services to individuals, banks, developers and insurance companies. We pride ourselves on the individual service we provide to all of our clients.

Each year our attorneys close millions of dollars worth of real estate transactions.

In addition to providing closing services, we also assist clients with:

  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Development Issues
  • Construction Matters
  • Mortgages
  • Leases
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Contracts and Other Disputes and Claims Related to Real Estate
  • Title Insurance Litigation
  • Quiet Title Actions
  • Leases
  • Easements
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Title Examinations
  • Drafting Real Estate Contracts
  • Title Insurance Defense

To better serve our clients, we also have an in-house title agency (Cambridge Land Title Agency, Inc.) to assist you with closing your real estate transaction.

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Tax Planning and Preparation

Ritter and Randolph, LLC is fully equipped to help you with your tax needs. Throughout the year, our office assists clients with the preparation of individual income tax, estate, trust and gift tax returns.

In addition, we counsel clients in understanding the tax consequences of their estate planning, real estate transactions and business decisions.

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Title Insurance Claims Defense

Ritter & Randolph, LLC represents various real estate companies and title insurance firms throughout the State of Ohio, Commonwealth of Kentucky, and State of Indiana.  Our members investigate and resolve a wide range of real estate matters including, but not limited to, title agent defalcations, equitable subrogation, priority disputes, fraud, declaratory judgment actions, bankruptcy, and any related issues.  Due to our vast experience in handling real estate disputes and defalcations, we understand and appreciate the problems that arise with real estate and title insurance claims.  We pride ourselves in providing quality, efficient service to all of our clients.

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