REAL ESTATE LAW ALERT: Ohio’s Amended Curative Statute, R.C. §5301.07, Effective TODAY!

April 6th, 2017   •   Comments Off   

On April 6, 2017, the amendment to Ohio’s curative statute, R.C. §5301.07, takes effect.  Among other things, this amendment reduces the time period during which a defect in any recorded instrument is cured from 21 years (under the old version of the statute) to 4 years.  Examples of title defects include: (1) the instrument was not properly witnessed; (2) the instrument contained no certificate of acknowledgement; (3) the certificate of acknowledgement was defective in some respect; or (4) the name of the person with an interest in the real property does not appear in the granting clause of the instrument, but the person signed the instrument without limitation.  With some limited exceptions, this amendment will apply retroactively.  For buyers and sellers of real property in Ohio and the title insurance companies who underwrite such transactions, this amendment marks a huge victory. For more information on this law or any real property legal issue, contact Attorney Laura L. Volpini at 216-367-5665 or

REAL ESTATE LAW ALERT: Amendment to Ohio’s “Good Funds” Law Takes Effect on April 6, 2017

March 23rd, 2017   •   Comments Off   

Effective April 6, 2017, the amendment to Ohio’s “good funds” law, R.C. 1349.21, will take effect.  As a result, all down payments and/or funds to be distributed in real property transactions must be deposited with the escrow agent via wire transfer only, provided that the amount deposited is in excess of $1,000. After April 6, 2017, personal or cashier’s checks for these transactions are prohibited.  In other words, expect closing delays.

For further information regarding this act or other real estate issues, please contact Laura Volpini of Volpini & Associates, LLC at 216-367-5665 or

Volpini & Associates Accredited by Better Business Bureau

December 26th, 2016   •   Comments Off   

In December 2016, Volpini & Associates was accredited by the Better Business Bureau which exemplifies its commitment to ethical business practices. To visit the firm’s BBB page, following this link:

Volpini & Associates, LLC. BBB Business Review

Getting Divorced or Legally Separated? Know Your COBRA Rights!

November 29th, 2016   •   Comments Off   

If you are getting divorced or legally separated and are currently covered under the health insurance plan offered by your ex-spouse’s employer, you will be eligible to keep your group health insurance under COBRA for up to 36 months after your divorce and/or legal separation if the employer has over 20 employees. In order to exercise this coverage, you have to notify the health care plan administrator of your ex-spouse’s employer within 60 days of your divorce/legal separation. The employer then has 14 days to send you the applicable paperwork for how to elect to continue health insurance coverage under COBRA. NOTE – Your ex-spouse’s employer has no duty to inform you. You have to contact them. Failure to contact the employer within the 60-day period is deemed to be a waiver of COBRA coverage.

Fast-Track Foreclosures Under New Ohio Law

October 18th, 2016   •   Comments Off   

Effective September 28, 2016, R.C. Sec. 2308.01, et seq. allows a lender on a residential mortgage loan in default to file a motion with the Court to expedite the foreclosure if, and only if, the property is vacant and abandoned. The goal of this new foreclosure law is to cure the zombie foreclosure crisis in Ohio.

Volpini & Associates Has Relocated to the East Bank of the Flats

September 2nd, 2016   •   Comments Off   

It was not easy, but we did it! Volpini & Associates relocated to the east bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. Our firm is now located in the Crittenden Court Building at the bottom of the West Saint Clair hill. Our new business address is:

955 West Saint Clair Avenue, Suite 215
Crittenden Court Building
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
P: (216) 367-5665
F: (216) 367-5667


If you are in or near the area, please stop in for a visit.

Get the Necessary Legal Documents for Your College Kid NOW!

July 22nd, 2016   •   Comments Off   

Is your kid going to college this fall? If so, you should consider making sure he/she has signed a general power of attorney and health care power of attorney in your favor. If your child is 18 or over, he/she is an adult. Your rights as parents greatly diminish. If something happens when he/she is away at school, you will have no rights with respect to their medical, financial, educational and/or legal matters. If you are interested in having these legal documents in place, call us NOW before the school year starts!

Laura L. Volpini

Volpini & Associates, LLC
75 Public Square, Suite 1310
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Phone: (216) 367-5665
Fax: (216) 367-5667

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New Federal Overtime Rules

May 31st, 2016   •   Comments Off   

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new rules amending, among other things, the minimum salary necessary to classify a full-time salaried employee as exempt from overtime rules. The new minimum salary is $47,476.00 annually ($913 weekly), up from the previous salary of $23,660.00 annually ($455 weekly). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 4.2 million more Americans will qualify for overtime pay under the new rules. The new rules take effect on December 1, 2016.

Should you have questions concerning this rule change please contact us.

Laura L. Volpini Featured in “Who to Watch in Law” of Crain’s Cleveland Business

June 23rd, 2014   •   Comments Off   

Laura Volpini - Cleveland Business News - Northeast Ohio and Cleveland - Crain's Cleveland Business

Laura Volpini manages a boutique law firm, so she knows firsthand the challenges lawyers with small practices face in handling complex cases. Small law firms often don’t have the money or time to hire full-time associates to help…

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Wait….Now A Woman Can Be Fired For Being Too Attractive?

July 15th, 2013   •   Comments Off   

On Friday, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court found that it was lawful for a dentist to fire his young, attractive assistant because he found her too attractive and worried about the possibility of an affair. The Court concluded that such firings are not discriminatory because they are motivated by feelings, not gender. According to the Court, this holds true even if the subordinate is a long-time, stellar employee and has not engaged in flirtatious or other inappropriate behavior.


I am sorry, but I do not see the distinction between feelings and gender here. And, I do not agree with this ruling.


Nevertheless, there is a lesson to be learned here — if you are an attractive, hard-working female, don’t live in Iowa. It may affect your ability to get and keep a job regardless of your job performance and/or tenure with the company. And, as a side note, I would like to hear Miss Iowa’s position on this ruling during the question/answer session at the next Miss USA pageant.

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