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Land Installment Contracts

Ohio Land Installment Contracts-Ohio Revised Code 5313 By: Yanfang Marilyn Ramirez, Esq. In Ohio, land installment contracts for residential properties are governed by Chapter 5313 of the Ohio Revised Code.  A land installment contract is “an executory agreement which by its terms is not required to be fully performed by one or more of the parties … Read more


Putative FDCPA claims are often brought as “one-off” proceedings, especially when the consumer’s goal is debt relief and an award of attorney fees to counsel who obtains it for him. But the most serious claims are those in which a consumer seeks something more: the certification of a class pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. … Read more

What is the proper way to transfer property held in a trust in Ohio?

By Thomas M. Drinan In Ohio real property is transferred via a deed. To successfully convey property from a seller to a buyer there are a number of formal requirements. Arguably, the most important requirement is the participation of two or more parties, a grantor and a grantee. Both must be either a person or … Read more

Reisenfeld & Associates Team Members Support our Communities

Reisenfeld & Associates Team Members Support our Communities By David Nalley, Partner This summer, Team Reisenfeld has continued its tradition of giving back to the community in a number of ways. Members of our Huntington, WV and Ashland, KY offices joined forces in supporting Habitat for Humanity of Huntington, WV.  Attorneys Jim Tomasik, Geoff Varney … Read more

New CFPB Mortgage Rules

By: April N. Pinder, Esq. In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act amended provisions of RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Regulation X) and TILA (Truth in Lending Act, Regulation Z). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued rules to implement these amendments in 2013. These rules fall into two general categories: loan origination and mortgage servicing. The dates … Read more

A Lesson on Indiana Contract Drafting: Be Specific!

By: April N. Pinder, Esq. Does the exact contract language regarding payments really matter? According to a recent Indiana Court of Appeals decision, yes. In Singleton v. Fifth Third Bank, 2012 Ind. App. LEXIS 532 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012), the Indiana Court of Appeals was asked to review a payment provision in a forbearance agreement … Read more

Bankruptcy Updates

Bankruptcy Court revises Chapter 13 plan model form The Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana as of August 15, 2013, requires use of a revised Chapter 13 plan model form, pursuant to Local Rule B-3015-1. The form is available on the court’s website and may be used immediately. New Change for Chapter 13 … Read more

Land-Sale Contracts in West Virginia

By Philip Q. Ratliff, Esq. Edited by Robert E. Altman, III, Esq. In West Virginia, a lender will generally not be able to summarily evict a land contract vendee by resorting to an eviction in Magistrate Court (the Court that typically handles evictions). West Virginia Code section 38-1-1 allows a land contract to be enforced … Read more

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