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Real Estate Law

The real estate lawyers at Hrabcak & Company handle residential and commercial real property transactions on behalf of clients throughout Ohio. Our attorneys help clients with all of their real estate matters, from the purchase and sale of personal residences to the construction and leasing of commercial facilities to handling landlord-tenant issues.

Our attorneys help clients navigate the complicated network of laws and regulations while negotiating favorable contract terms and preparing the necessary applications, agreements and other documents to successfully finalize real estate transactions. Should a dispute arise regarding licenses, permits, title or specific performance, we can handle the matter before the appropriate agency or in court.

With over 20 years of experience, Attorney Michael Hrabcak and his team of attorneys have a track record of success litigating real estate matters. The firm’s proficiency in litigation extends to all types of property-related matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, property lines and boundary disputes, easements, financing and taxation issues.

  • Commercial transactions
  • Construction litigation
  • Easement agreements
  • Environmental issues
  • Land use and zoning
  • Property acquisitions and dispositions
  • Purchases of commercial and residential real estate
  • Real estate financing
  • Real property tax valuation
  • Commercial and residential real estate
  • Land Contracts
  • Leases
  • Liens
  • Landlord/Tenant law
  • Closings
  • Deeds
  • Mortgages


Feel free to contact us to speak with an attorney about our real estate law services.

Employment Law

A large portion of the firm’s litigation practice is devoted to assisting business and individuals in employment law disputes. The firm has a broad range of experience in representing employees against their employer which includes discrimination claims, family medical leave act, wrongful termination, disability discrimination, sexual discrimination, race discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour claims, and formation of employee contracts with restrictive covenants such as non-competes, non-solicitation and non-disclosure provisions. The firm also has extensive experience in representing employers in constructing employee manuals, employee contracts with restrictive covenants, severance packages and defending discrimination claims filed by employees. Because the firm has represented both the employee and defended the employer in litigation brought by employees, we are able to assist the parties in understanding their options and develop strategies to proactively deal with their situations. We understand the point of view of employers who have made the decision to terminate an employee, or who are dealing with a difficult situation and we can perceive the motivation and interests behind their decisions. This helps us to give our clients sound advice of whether to pursue a claim or negotiate a better deal to reach the best possible result.

Feel free to contact us to speak with an attorney about our employment law services.

Estate Planning/Probate

If you have questions about what will happen to certain assets upon your passing, we can help you formulate an Estate Plan. An Estate Plan outlines how your property will be distributed upon your passing and name who will make important decisions for you in the event you become disabled. Determining what “Plan” is right for you depends upon your specific needs. We will use our experience in estate planning, as well as, knowledge of tax law to ensure that your assets are used for their intended purpose and avoid probate. Examples of services we offer include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Living Will
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Revocable Living Trust
  • Irrevocable Trust
  • Medicaid Asset Protection Trust
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Transfer on Death Affidavits

If your family member or loved one passes away with only a Will (or dies without a Will), we can help with Probate Administration. With or without a will, the settling of an estate can always benefit from the counsel of a skilled lawyer. Hrabcak & Company has assisted numerous clients over the years in resolving estate settlements and issues. As your probate lawyer, we take care of:

  • Validating the will
  • Distributing remaining assets on behalf of the Decedent
  • Making an Inventory of Assets
  • Paying Taxes
  • Settling Outstanding Debts
  • Preparing and filing the necessary paper work
  • Mediating disputes over assets between beneficiaries

Business Law

At Hrabcak and Company, we aren’t just business lawyers – we are trusted advisors. We offer sophisticated yet affordable counsel for complex business transactions for companies of all sizes. Whether large or small, our business clients depend on our business lawyers to provide them with legal solutions tailored to their set of circumstances.

Our business lawyers routinely handle issues involving business planning, business transactions and business disputes of all types. From start-up through dissolution or divestiture, our business law practice area provides experienced advocacy to help businesses overcome obstacles and achieve their objectives. We are skilled in negotiating and preparing the legal documents for any business transaction. Our years of experience have resulted in creative solutions to the most complex business problems.

Examples of business law services we offer include:

  • Business Formation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Business succession planning
  • Distressed business workouts
  • Joint ventures
  • Corporate governance
  • Shareholder and partnership disputes
  • Breach of contract litigation

Taxation

Many clients turn to an accountant for tax-related issues. But, if a complication tax issue or tax controversy arises, like an IRS audit, an experienced tax attorney should be consulted to ensure that you are protected.

Attorney James B. Curtin heads up the firm’s Tax Practice Group. Attorney Curtin has practiced tax law for over 35 years. He has substantial experience in representing individuals and business in all matters involving taxation. As a certified public accountant and attorney, Attorney Curtin can offer practical, business savvy tax advice and solutions to help our clients meet their personal and professional needs. We resolve controversies over business and individual income tax returns and net profits tax returns, estate taxes, payroll taxes, trust fund taxes, sales taxes, real estate taxes and commercial activity tax.

Here are examples of the types of tax issues we handle:

  • Income tax preparation
  • Estate and gift taxation
  • Minimization of taxes
  • Tax audits and investigations
  • IRS offers in compromise
  • Income tax appeals
  • Non-filer issues
  • Property tax valuation disputes
  • Representation before the IRS Taxpayer Advocate’s office

Collections

Often, small business owners are caught holding the bag and struggle to recover money and property owed to them by debtors. Our office helps the small business owner recover money, merchandise and other items that are owed to them. We will handle the matter through the court process, obtain a judgment/lien and help you garnish wages or recover other assets to help you get paid.

Types of collections issues we handle:

  • Filings for receivership
  • Wage garnishments
  • Bank attachments
  • Replevin/other attachments (recovery of unlawfully held goods)
  • Fraudulent transfer lawsuits
  • Creditor’s bill lawsuits
  • Representation at debtors’ exams

Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) offers two types of benefits to its veterans: compensation and pension benefits. If you are a veteran and can show that your disability is related to an injury or event in service, you may qualify for a “service-connected” disability compensation benefit, which is a monthly payment. The amount of the disability payment depends upon the disability rating assigned to each disability. If you are disabled and already “service-connected” we can assist you in obtaining an increase in your disability rating. In some instances, disability compensation payments are made to families of the disabled veteran.

The VA law also provides for a monthly payment to widows and widowers of deceased veterans who may be entitled to payments based upon the disability of their spouse, which is referred to as DIC benefits. DIC benefits apply where a service connected condition contributed to the death of the veteran or where the veteran was totally disabled because of a service connected condition for a certain period of time before the death.

For more information, please see the Veterans Affairs section of our website.