Bankruptcy, Foreclosures, Collections

In this difficult economy, you may for the first time in your life be unable to pay your mortgage and other bills on time.  At Kolick & Kondzer, we can help you with these problems.   We offer a variety of solutions to these difficulties including:

  • negotiate with your mortgage company to obtain a temporary halt on your monthly mortgage payments or modify your mortgage to reduce your interest rate or monthly payments
  • negotiate with your creditors to reduce monthly payments
  • set up payment plans that are within your budget
  • stop harassing phone calls from creditors and collection agencies
  • assist you in using the federal bankruptcy laws to eliminate or reduce your debt obligations - often this can be done without you having to lose any of your property or possessions

 

Business Law

Kolick & Kondzer practices in all areas of business law; including, but not limited to:

a. Forming and maintaining new business entities of any type; including but not limited to corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures and sole proprietorships.

b. Qualifying businesses to operate in Ohio and outside of Ohio.

c. Drafting and litigating business contracts.

d. Advising and litigation on employment issues for businesses and individuals.

e. Handling business buy-outs and transfers.

f. Handling and advising on succession planning and related documents.

g. Handling business dissolutions and terminations.

 

 

Criminal Law

Dealing with a criminal arrest is a frightening experience. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, the single most important thing that you can do is find a qualified criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the charges that you are facing, and help you protect your rights in court.

Criminal charges don’t always mean a guaranteed conviction, but a conviction can bring penalties including court fines, probation or jail time, forfeitures, plus a permanent mark on your record. However, you may be able to avoid these penalties with the assistance of a skilled attorney.

Attorneys at Kolick & Kondzer have represented clients in criminal matters throughout Ohio for over three decades. We will carefully examine every aspect of your case and the prosecution's arguments against you. We will aggressively seize upon weaknesses in the opposition's case to protect your rights and to provide you with a vigorous defense.

Kolick & Kondzer defends clients who have been arrested, charged, or believe they may be charged in all criminal matters, including felonies and misdemeanors, as well as traffic matters that include OVI and DUI.

Don’t wait until it is too late to contact a criminal defense lawyer. Delaying or even denying yourself the representation of an attorney could result in life changing consequences. Contact us today and let Kolick & Kondzer help protect you against the charges that you may be facing.

 

 

Domestic Relations

Domestic relations matters include a wide variety of cases and issues, including divorce, dissolution, legal separation, custody, visitation, spousal support, child support, domestic violence, division of property and debts, and post decree matters.

Going through any type of domestic relations matter can be a very stressful and emotional experience.  At Kolick & Kondzer, we have the knowledge and experience to guide you through this process.  Whether your matter is uncontested and the parties are in agreement on how to resolve the case or your matter needs to be resolved by the court, we will work with you through every stage of the litigation to explain the process and make sure all your questions are answered.

Every domestic relations matter is unique, and at Kolick & Kondzer we take the time to carefully assess every client’s specific circumstances so that we can best protect their rights.  When possible, we work with opposing parties and counsel to reach settlements that minimize the stress, time, and cost of litigation without sacrificing the best interests of our clients.  When settlement is not possible, we aggressively advocate your position before the courts and other tribunals.   

Regardless of the type of domestic relations matter, our firm will be with you throughout the process.  We will prepare all documents that need to be submitted to the court; we will work with you to gather records and other information necessary to establish your position; and we will attend all court hearings on your behalf.  Even after your case is concluded in the court, we will continue working with you to make sure that your rights are protected.

 

 

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Medicaid Planning, Wills, Tax Planning, Nursing Home Care

The attorneys at Kolick & Kondzer will assist you and provide you with quality representation in a wide array of estate planning and elder law issues. Kolick & Kondzer can assist you in:

  • preparing your estate plan to insure that your wishes are carried out after your death
  • preparing wills, trusts, living wills, healthcare powers of attorney and financial powers of attorney
  • planning for the expenses of nursing home care and medicaid qualification
  • planning to minimize estate and death taxes
  • using trusts to care for the needs of your spouse, children and heirs during your life and after your death

 

 

Employment Law

Kolick & Kondzer practices in all areas of employment law; including, but not limited to:

a. Drafting and litigating employment and independent contractor agreements.

b. Handling and litigating claims between employer/employee on behalf of both businesses and individuals.

c. Handling and litigating claims for employment discrimination, sexual harassment, non-compliance with federal, state, and local laws on behalf of both businesses and individuals.

d. Advising and handling hiring and termination issues between employers and employees.

e. Handling unemployment compensation issues for both employers and employees.

 

 

Foreclosure, Mortgage Modification, Credit Issues

In these difficult economic times, many people are for the first time in their lives unable to timely meet all of their debts. We at Kolick & Kondzer can assist you in dealing with your creditors.

  • We can review credit transactions to determine if your rights under state and federal law have been violated.
  • We can defend you in lawsuits filed by your creditors and stop wage garnishments and attachments.
  • We can assist you in working out repayment plans with your creditors.
  • We can work with you and your bank to negotiate a modification of your mortgage to allow you to stay in your home.
  • If necessary, we can represent you in bankruptcy proceedings which may allow you to keep many of your assets including your home and car while forgiving your debt and allowing you to have a fresh financial start, free of burdensome debt.

 

 

Governmental Law

Kolick & Kondzer practices in all areas of governmental law representing governmental agencies and individuals in the following areas, among others:

a. Subdivision development and zoning regulations.

b. Compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

c. Appropriations and eminent domain actions.

d. Real estate taxation.

e. Injury actions to both person and property.

f. Civil Rights actions.

g. Contract actions.

h. Actions contesting an individual’s right to an office (quo warranto).

i. Defamation and libel actions.

j. Constitutional claims for and against governmental agencies.

k. Civil Service claims.

l. Building and Housing Code matters.

 

 

Landlord / Tenant

Kolick & Kondzer practices in all areas of landlord-tenant law representing landlords and tenants in the following areas, among others:

a. Drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and litigating leases for residential, commercial, industrial, and special use property on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

b. Handling eviction actions on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

c. Handling claims for rent and damages on behalf of both landlords and tenants.

 

 

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Disability Claims

a. Negotiating and litigating auto and vehicle accident cases.

b. Negotiating and litigating slip and fall and premise liability cases.

c. Negotiating and litigating medical malpractice and claims against medical providers.

d. Negotiating and litigating product liability cases.

e. Negotiating and litigating disability claims, including, but not limited to social security, workers’ compensation, governmental disability claims such as PERS, police and fire disability, SERS, STRS, and private disability claims.

f. Negotiating and litigating property damage claims.

 

 

Probate, Guardianship

When you must deal with Probate Court, you are faced with many rules and procedures that may not make sense to you. Kolick & Kondzer can help make sense of these procedures and assist you in:

  • administering an estate to insure that debts are properly handled and the heirs of the estate receive their inheritance
  • if you are an heir of an estate, that you receive the inheritance to which you are entitled
  • that your rights are protected if you are involved in guardianship proceedings whether you are seeking to protect someone by having a guardian appointed or are seeking to stop an unjustified guardianship request.

 

 

Real Estate

Kolick & Kondzer practices in all areas of real estate law; including, but not limited to:

a. Purchase and sale of industrial, commercial, residential, and special use property.

b. Contesting real estate taxes and/or exemptions on behalf of Boards of Education, governmental entities, and individual property owners.

c. Negotiating and litigating appropriation and eminent domain actions on behalf of governmental entities and individual property owners.

d. Negotiating and litigating claims for and against developers, builders, and contractors.

e. Representing condominium and homeowners associations and handling claims both for and against such entities.

f. Drafting and litigating deeds, mortgages, liens, easements, covenants, restrictions, licenses, leases, and other documents dealing with real estate.

g. Imposing and litigating mechanic’s liens.

h. Handling and litigating zoning, building, and maintenance code issues for and against governmental agencies and property owners.

i. Handling title issues

 

 

Taxation

Kolick & Kondzer can assist you in understanding the complex and confusing taxation laws. The attorneys at Kolick & Kondzer can assist you in preparing tax returns and resolving disputes with taxing agencies. Let us help you:

  • prepare federal, state and local income and sales tax returns and federal and state estate tax returns where required
  • resolving tax disputes


Kolick & Kondzer can also assist you in real estate taxation matters, from seeking exemption from taxation for your property to litigating before County Boards of Revision, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and the courts of Ohio to insure that your property is correctly valued by the county so that your real estate taxes are fair and equitable.

 

 

Workers' Compensation

Kolick & Kondzer represents both employers and employees in all areas of workers' compensation; including, but not limited to:

a. Allowance claims.

b. Medical treatment and payment of medical bills.

c. Temporary total disability claims.

d. Permanent partial disability claims

e. Permanent total disability claims.

f. Wage loss claims.