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.
The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce has awarded our law firm with the ninth Canfield Area Council Business Pride Award. This award recognizes our high ethical, moral and professional standards, as well as our commitment to economic development here in Canfield. Our friends over at the Business Journal wrote a nice article about it…. It’s wonderful to be recognized for our hard work. We feel very blessed doing business in Canfield, and are pleased to contribute to its growth.Read More
Recently I wrote about Ohio’s mechanisms for forcing unleased mineral owners into a drilling unit. Oil and gas producers have increasingly started to rely on these mechanisms to drill horizontal wells to the Utica / Point Pleasant shale formation in eastern Ohio. These same laws require transparency for these procedures, and as part of a public records request, I obtained several recent orders… approving the forced unitization of unleased mineral owners in various parts of Ohio. I was hoping that I could gain some insight on the issue of whether a landowner is better off signing a proposed lease or being forced into a drilling unit under the applicable statute. Having reviewed these unitization orders, I offer the following observations: Producers do not appear to be abusing this process Producers are relying on an Ohio law that requires that they only lease 65% of a proposed drilling unit before they can force unleased mineral owners into the unit. However, each of the orders I reviewed showed that producers had leased nearly 90% of the proposed drilling unit, and frequently that number was much higher. To me, this indicates two things: 1) that producers much prefer to negotiate with landowners than resort to this process, and 2) that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources prefers leasing efforts that go well beyond the statute’s minimum requirements.Read More