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Johnson & Johnson Law Firm

Legal matters can spring up unexpectedly throughout our lives. Luckily, the attorneys in the Canfield, Ohio law office of Johnson & Johnson provide sound legal guidance to a breadth of individuals, at varying stages of life. Have recent headlines stirred your thoughts about a living will or trust? Are you thinking about buying or selling your home or business property? Have you been approached by a oil and gas company about drilling on your land? At Johnson & Johnson our local attorneys are capable of providing legal assistance to residents throughout Ohio in all matters relating to:

  • Estate Planning – creating wills, living wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, medicaid planning and other tools.
  • Probate – full and partial estate administration, estate inventories, estate valuations and appraisals.
  • Real Estate – preparing deeds, purchase and sale agreements, title opinions.
  • Business Formation and Organization – Limited Liability Companies (LLC), Partnerships, Corporations, Charitable organizations, litigation.
  • Oil and Gas – leases, operating agreements, royalty planning, purchase and sale of mineral rights, litigation.

Johnson & Johnson has been family owned and operated since our founding in 1921.  Our attorneys are experienced, and continue to learn as we aim to serve the legal needs of the community, of which we have been a significant part of for more than 90 years.  From preparing for a more secure future to the resolution of legal crises that affect you today, a skilled Youngstown, Ohio lawyer will provide your case with the attention and respect it deserves.

ET Rover and Leach Xpress Pipelines

Statistics suggest that 75% of landowners will sign the pipeline agreements and negotiate a settlement without getting an attorney involved. The pipeline companies hope that you make that mistake. Be smarter than the 75%– learn about how you can protect your bottom line and your property by joining a landowner group.

Johnson & Johnson has recently teamed up with attorneys Steve Davis and Craig Vandervoort, also known as the Ohio Pipeline Attorneys. Steve, Craig and Molly are currently forming pipeline groups for both the ET Rover and Leach Xpress pipelines. We use our own tried-and-true method of individual representation within a group setting. We believe this gives our clients the best of both worlds.

Services

Asset Protection

Asset protection is about organizing your affairs so that risks of future claims by third parties are reasonably dealt with. It is also about minimizing a family's exposure to such risks by dispersing ownership of assets within the family, by maintaining appropriate insurance coverage, by using appropriate business structures, and by thinking about the consequences of a health or business reversal resulting in lost income. Asset protection techniques are not about avoiding paying existing bills or existing legitimate claims. Our law office has been counseling clients in asset protection measures for many years. Among the many vehicles we have historically employed to help clients protect their hard-earned assets from litigious creditors are Limited Liability Companies, Irrevocable Trusts, Asset Segregation, ensuring clients are adequately insured, and maximizing ERISA-qualified retirement plans. Recently, Ohio has passed legislation authorizing a more sophisticated asset protection vehicle, called a Legacy Trust. These trusts, when properly employed, are invulnerable to the claims of creditors and can provide for a safety net for a portion of a client's assets. Our firm is well versed in the proper employment of Ohio Legacy Trusts, and can help create a safety net for a client and their loved ones.

Pipeline Law

Our attorneys regularly review pipeline agreements. They understand that pipelines will be an essential building block for the development of Ohio's vast oil and gas resources. Pipeline agreements are different than simple oil and gas leases. In fact, most pipeline agreements continue to exist long after oil or gas flows through them. As a result, these pipeline easements should be approached with care to maximize the benefit of the landowner who willingly provides the right of way. Everyone's land is valuable, and everyone's land is different, too. We know how to negotiate pipeline agreements that meet the specific needs of your land. The lawyers at Johnson & Johnson may also obtain more favorable terms for pipeline right of way agreements.

Oil and Gas Law

Oil and gas leases should be reviewed by an attorney. At Johnson & Johnson, located in Canfield, Ohio, we represent farmers and land owners who have been approached by oil and gas producers to utilize their land for purposes of producing oil and gas. Our Ohio oil and gas law attorneys are skilled at reviewing and negotiating the terms of leases to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you’re a landowner seeking legal advice about a lease, a farmer whose oil and gas lease has been violated, or a producer looking to draft a turnkey drilling contract, our experienced team can assist you. We review oil and gas leases from all counties in Ohio, including Mahoning, Trumbull, Portage, Geauga, Columbiana, Stark, Medina, Wayne, Belmont, Holmes, Ashland, Knox, Muskingum, Carrol, Monroe, Coshocton, Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Noble, Jefferson and Harrison counties.

Estate Planning and Probate

Our lawyers have decades of estate planning experience. The attorneys at Johnson & Johnson work with Probate Courts across the state to administer estates. Our firm also helps prepare individuals for legal issues that might present themselves at the end of one's life. We accomplish this through creation of Living Wills, Last Wills and Testaments, Financial Power of Attorney documents, as well as Healthcare Power of Attorney documents and Trusts. We aim to situate an individual's affairs such that the Probate court need not become involved. Our experience speaks for itself: Atty. Nils P. Johnson, Jr. has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as being a Probate, Trust and Estate Planning Specialist.

Business Formation and Contracts

At the law firm of Johnson & Johnson, you’ll find knowledgeable Youngstown business law attorneys dedicated to developing a solid foundation upon which to build your business. We understand that starting a business involves great personal risk, which is why our lawyers aim to provide effective legal support for the formation of your business. Our skilled Ohio business lawyers have experience with partnerships, incorporations, contracts, purchase agreements and dissolutions. Additionally, we have particular understanding of how business law relates to oil and gas law.

Elder Law

Your loved ones deserve the best elder care available. Our firm is dedicated to providing families with expert advice in all aspects of the law and encourages families to plan for that time when nursing care may be necessary. We are able to explain the law to you as simply as possible, and help you determine possible Medicaid eligibility. Call us today if you'd like to schedule an appointment to discuss Medicaid planning. Our attorneys are familiar with the spend-down provisions of Medicaid, and can help you become Medicaid eligible.

Recent Articles

Ohio Pipeline Map and Proposed ET Rover and Leach XPres...

Posted on September 22, 14

Ohio has so many pipelines that if I tried to put them all on one map, you wouldn’t be able to see much. What I’ve done here is shown what I consider to be the major, state-wide pipelines. All of these lines are interstate (crossing into at least PA, WV, IN or KY). They carry different products. They are different sizes. They have different destinations. What unifies them is their scale- each of these pipelines was a massive undertaking and involved a large number of Ohio landowners. This map also shows two newly proposed pipelines: ET Rover and Leach XPress. These projects are just getting off the ground now (September of 2014). If you are contacted by ET Rover or Columbia (Leach Xpress), please give us a call. We are forming landowner groups for both pipelines as we believe it gives landowners the leverage to negotiate their best contract possible and receive their best compensation. Read more about the landowner groups here.

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Why am I Still Receiving Royalty Checks?

Posted on September 12, 14

I sold my property but did not reserve the mineral rights. Why am I still receiving royalty checks? If you did not reserve mineral rights when you sold your property, you are almost certainly not entitled to royalty checks anymore. The reason the oil and gas company keeps sending them is simple: they don’t know that the property has been sold. Somebody has to tell them. Just because they keep sending checks does not mean that you are entitled to them. Typically the new owner takes this responsibility upon themselves because they want to start receiving royalty checks. Sometimes, however, they forget. As the former owner, you want to get this cleaned up so that the company doesn’t continue to report this income under your name to the IRS. If you are still receiving royalty checks and you don’t think you are entitled to them, you need to notify the oil and gas company. It’s best to do it in writing. Send a letter to the address shown on your royalty check that states that you have sold the property. Include a copy of the deed if you have one. Note that this is NOT enough to get them to issue the checks to the new owner. The new owner will still need to contact the company and provide their contact information and social security number (see this article for details). Typically a company will escrow the royalty checks until the new owner gives them all of the pertinent information. In any event, the company should stop sending you checks that you are not entitled to. You can also write a letter to the new owner and give them the company’s address. That may jog their memory into getting their information to the company. If you are unsure about whether you are entitled to royalties, or if you are having trouble dealing with the oil and gas company, please give us a call.

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