Provide For Your Loved Ones With The Family Estate Plan

You spend most of your life caring for and supporting your family.  Ensuring that loved ones are taken care of after your death should be no different.  Crafting a detailed and thorough estate plan is the first step in continuing to provide for your relatives after you’re gone.  While some choose to create these documents on their own, the process can be extremely complicated and developing an estate plan that will function according to your desires is not an easy task.  KJK has a number of skilled and experienced attorneys who are ready to assist you in this endeavor.  Samir Dahman offers a comprehensive Family Estate Plan, which meets the needs of most Ohio families.

The most important step in crafting your estate plan is understanding what each document means and how it will affect you and your loved ones.  The following documents are included in the Family Estate Plan:

  • Instructions for Titling Assets. This document identifies how to title your assets, such as insurance policies and retirement accounts so that they are distributed in accordance with your wishes.
  • Pour-Over Last Will & Testament. The last will and testament identifies where your assets will go once you have passed away.  It includes answers to these questions:  What happens to your assets when you die?  Who is the executor of your estate?  Who will be the legal guardians for your minor children?
  • Authorization for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information. This is a HIPPA waiver that will allow medical professionals to release your medical records to those listed in this document.
  • Advance Directive – Living Will. This is a legal document giving instructions to your family, your doctors, and your healthcare agent concerning the end of your life.  You can indicate your desire concerning artificial life support, treatment or the termination of treatment.  The document indicates your decision on do not resuscitate orders, the removal of feeding tubes, and the removal of hydration.
  • Durable General Power of Attorney. This power of attorney identifies person(s) you name to handle legal and financial matters for you if you are unable to do so because of a mental or physical disability.  They stand in your shoes and have the ability to pay your bills, collect and sell assets, manage investments, file tax returns, and the like.
  • Health Care Power of Attorney. This power of attorney is for medical and health related decisions.  You name an agent who will have the power to: give and receive medical information; hire and fire healthcare workers; select nursing homes; and give informed consent to treat or to operate.  You may also give the agent the power to remove life support including feeding tubes and hydration at the end of your life.
  • Customized Revocable Living Trust. This document determines the beneficiaries of your assets and how those assets will be distributed.  During life, the creator of a Revocable Living Trust (the “settlor”), can change the distribution plan.  Upon the death of the settlor the Trust then becomes irrevocable and cannot be changed.
  • Bill of Sale. This is a document that transfers tangible personal property to the trust.
  • Affidavit of Trustee. The affidavit is a document that your successor trustee can provide which declares that the settlor has passed away.
  • Certificate of Trust. This is a document that the trustee may provide to a person other than a beneficiary – a bank, for example – instead of a copy of the trust document itself. This allows you to keep the terms of the trust private, but still provide proof of its existence.

These documents provide full and complete instructions for your loved ones that will allow you to continue to provide for them, even after you are gone.  Call Samir Dahman at 614.636.1250 today to learn more information and get started on your estate plan.

Samir Dahman selected as Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyer magazine

Samir Dahman, the Partner in Charge of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, LLP’s Columbus office, was selected for the third time as one of the 2016 Business Litigation Super Lawyers in Columbus by Ohio Super Lawyer magazine, which follows two years of being selected as a Rising Star.  Samir Dahman founded Dahman Law and his firm recently merged with KJK, making him the new Partner in Charge of the firm’s office in Columbus.

After an extensive nomination, evaluation, and research process, Ohio Super Lawyer magazine selected Mr. Dahman to the prestigious Super Lawyer list.  It is a distinction reserved for only the top 5 percent of all lawyers in Ohio.

The Super Lawyer Selection Process

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process.  Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.

The Super Lawyers patented selection process involves three basic steps:  creation of the candidate pool, evaluation of candidates by the research department, and peer evaluation by practice area.

Step 1: Creation of the Candidate Pool

Lawyers enter the candidate pool by being formally nominated by a peer or if identified by the research department during the research process.

Step 2: Evaluation of Lawyers in Candidate Pool

The Super Lawyers research department evaluates each candidate based on these 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement: verdicts and settlements; transactions; representative clients; experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; position within law firm; bar and or other professional activity; pro bono and community service as a lawyer; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

These indicators are not treated equally; some have a higher maximum point value than others.

Step 3: Peer Evaluation by Practice Area

In this step, also known as the “blue ribbon review,” candidates are grouped according to their primary areas of practice.  The candidates in each practice area with the highest point totals from steps one and two above are asked to serve on a blue ribbon panel.  The panelists are then provided a list of candidates from their practice areas to review, rating them on a scale of one to ten.

The Super Lawyers research staff also checks each candidate’s standing with the local licensing authority.  And each candidate is asked to aver that they have never been subject to disciplinary or criminal proceedings.

Final Internet searches are performed on each candidate to ensure there are no outstanding matters that would reflect adversely on the lawyer.  Each lawyer is also contacted to ensure accuracy of all published information.

Final Publication

The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state. The lists are published annually in state and regional editions of Super Lawyers Magazines and in inserts and special advertising sections in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers.  All attorneys selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, regardless of year, can be found on

Mr. Dahman and the KJK team are passionate about providing exceptional, client-focused legal services.  They handle commercial litigation, business law, employment, and estate planning matters across Ohio and Michigan. But what makes Mr. Dahman different is that you will know up front how much you can expect to pay for legal services, instead of wondering how much you will end up being charged at the end.

Mr. Dahman is able to do this by leveraging experience, creativity, and hard work, with value-based fee arrangements that provide clients predictability and results. So his services, including litigation, are handled on pre-determined, fixed fee or contingency bases. No hourly billing.


Dahman Law joins KJK

Dahman Law attorneys Samir Dahman and Alex Ebert and Legal Analysts Aaron Burnside, Alexis Preskar, and Madison Walker have joined Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP‘s Columbus Office.

At KJK, Mr. Dahman will serve as Partner in Charge of the Columbus Office. Samir is passionate about providing exceptional, client-focused legal services through value-based fee agreements. While Samir concentrates on business litigation involving disputes up to $65 million pending internationally, he brings a diverse practice, ranging from transactional work for start-ups to family estate planning to executive employment work. Notably, Mr. Dahman brings his acclaimed alternative/fixed-fee structure blended with an efficient and capable staffing model. He has taken alternative fee arrangements and flat billing to a new level, which KJK intends to further incorporate into its culture. Mr. Dahman has efficaciously led his team for years and he will continue the momentum with KJK’s Columbus office to ensure our success not just today, but for decades to come.

“Samir and his team from Dahman Law are a terrific addition to the KJK family and our Columbus office in particular. We are committed to growth in both our markets, building on our traditions of excellence and creating a model for the future practice of law,” said Jon Pinney, KJK’s Managing Partner.

Mr. Dahman noted “KJK is a special place with a rich history and promising future. That coupled with the exceptional people is why I am so excited about our team joining the firm.”

Mr. Dahman previously practiced at two other large Ohio law firms before starting his own firm. Over the past few years, Samir built Dahman Law into a successful small Columbus law firm. In 2015, Samir was named a Top 5 Lawyer in Columbus and Top 100 Lawyer in Ohio in Super Lawyer Magazine. And for his civic and professional efforts he received a Forty Under 40 Award by Business First. He is licensed in Ohio and Michigan. Samir received a B.A. from the University of Michigan a J.D., from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he is also an Adjunct Professor.

DL Analyst Alex Ebert Testifies Before Ohio’s House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee

Alex Ebert, an analyst with Dahman Law and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School provided testimony for Ohio’s  House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee, Tuesday, June 23. The committee was considering a bill to raise Ohio’s cap on alcohol-by-volume (ABV) in beer from 12 percent ABV to 21 percent, a move that local craft brewers say would help them compete with the more than 40 other states where high-ABV beers can be legally brewed and purchased.

While attending The Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, Ebert researched a law review article exploring how state regulations affect craft brewery entrepreneurship. Dan Ramos, sponsor of House Bill 68, asked Ebert to share his research insights with the committee, including the historical context of the law and considerations regarding public safety.

“As a man born and raised in Wisconsin on cheese, beer and bratwurst, the 12 percent cap on ABV for beer in Ohio struck me as peculiar when I moved here to finish law school last summer. So peculiar that I wrote a law review article on this topic.” Ebert said. “As a former newspaper journalist and present masochist I decided to spend an entire day searching through 2001 and 2002 documents on library microfiche digging for any mention of why the cap was imposed, removed, and then re-imposed.”

Ebert was quoted in Columbus Business First, and in the Akron Beacon Journal.

DL Sponsors Berkshire Triathlon benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital

For the 4th year in a row Dahman Law will be sponsoring the Berkshire Triathlon benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Since its beginning in 2012, the Berkshire Triathlon has raised over $15,000 while hundreds of people have had a great time being active. So Dahman Law is very proud to sponsor the 2015 Berkshire Triathlon.

The event is a sprint distance triathlon followed by a BBQ with yard games and a silent auction. Some of the better reasons to participate are that the triathlon is not competitive (meaning you can do whichever parts you please and go at your own pace), you can do it as a team (one person does the swim, another person rides, and a third runs), and there is City Barbecue and cold beverages waiting at the finish line.

100% of the proceeds from the Berkshire Triathlon will be donated directly to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an annual pediatric patient family in need. There are zero administrative costs.

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Columbus Business First selects DL founder Samir Dahman as 40 Under Forty Honoree

American City Business Journals’ local affiliate, Columbus Business First, recently announced its “Forty Under 40” class of 2015 and selected Dahman Law founder Samir Dahman as an honoree.

As a rising professional and community leader, Samir received the award given to individuals who have made exemplary leadership contributions to their legal, business and civic communities.   The 2015 honorees were chosen from a field of more than 350 nominations, a record for the 23-year program.

Dahman was extremely pleased to receive the award noting that “I have received a tremendous amount of guidance and support from family, friends, and mentors in my life, for which I am so grateful.”




Dahman Law Quoted in Dispatch Article on Digital Estate Planning

In the Saturday, March 14, 2015 edition of the Columbus Dispatch, Dahman Law attorney Samir B. Dahman was quoted for providing insight on digital estate planning.  Although not quoted, Research Analyst Aaron Burnside also contributed significantly to the article.

The article can be found online at Guide to Life: How to handle online accounts during estate planning

So What is Digital Estate Planning?

It is planning for how your digital assets will be protected and accessed after someone passes away.

What You Can do to Protect your Digital Assets?

  • The first thing would be to set up an estate plan, likely including a trust.
  • Generally, the best thing to do is to appoint someone (such as the executor of your estate) to take control of your digital accounts, make a list of all of your online accounts and passwords, and give clear instructions on how to handle each account.
  • Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has drafted the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act”
    • aimed to allow executors and trustees complete access to deceased’s digital assets
  • Ohio does not have any laws regarding the digital property of a deceased person.
    • 9 States have laws giving a representative of the estate the right to access some or all of the deceased’s digital property, depends on the state
      • VA, CT, RI, IN, OK, ID, NV, DE, NC
    • Several others have started the legislative process
      • MD, MI, ME, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA

How do I access a family member’s online accounts once they’ve passed?

  • Companies are very protective of users’ privacy, even after death
  • The ability to access or delete a family member’s account varies depending on the company and the privacy policy.
  • Generally, you will need:
    • some sort of proof of your relationship to the deceased (i.e. a copy of your authority as Executor of the estate, a signed declaration stating that you’re immediate family)
    • Proof of the account user’s death (i.e. a copy of the death certificate, a copy of the obituary)

Law School Recognizes Dahman Law’s Efforts to Give Young Attorneys Quality Experiences

On January 8, 2015, Dahman Law attorney Jonathan N. Olivito argued the appeal of a favorable jury verdict on behalf of client RAE Associates, Inc. to the 10th District Court of Appeals, Case No. 14-AP-482.

Olivito is a first year attorney and fresh graduate of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.  Normally, appellate oral arguments are reserved for senior attorneys.  But because Olivito was ready for the responsibility and the firm strives to give every team member as rich of an experience as possible, Olivito was tasked with the challenge.

The Moritz College of Law noticed Olivito’s unique opportunity and interviewed him for an article on the law school’s website and weekly electronic newsletter.  The article is posted here.

Samir Dahman, firm founder, explained “we want to give everyone as much responsibility as they can reasonably handle.  It reminds us that we all make an impact and are critical to client success.  Some people call it ‘taking ownership’ – we call it routine.”

Dahman Law attorney Jonathan Olivito Argues Appeal to 10th District Court of Appeals

Dahman Law attorney Jonathan N. Olivito argued the appeal of a favorable jury verdict on behalf of client RAE Associates, Inc. to the 10th District Court of Appeals, Case No. 14-AP-482.

After prevailing at a week-long trial, the unanimous jury not only awarded Dahman Law’s client RAE Associates $41,727.61 on its breach of contract complaint against Nexus Communications, Inc., but also rejected Nexus’ claim for $652,112.08.

Nexus first objected to the jury’s findings by objecting to the Magistrate’s Decision.  Then it filed a Motion for a New Trial with the Trial Judge.  When it lost on both of those, Nexus appealed to the 10th District Court of Appeals.

Samir Dahman, firm founder, believed that the oral argument went well and is optimistic that the Appeals Court will agree with the jury, Magistrate, and Trial Court Judge in favor of RAE Associates.  Dahman said of Olivito “Jon was prepared, eloquent, and cogently responded to the Judges’ questions.”

Dahman Law Obtains Complete, Unanimous Jury Verdict in Client’s Favor on Adversary’s Claims for Breach of Contract, Slander of Title, Civil Theft, and CSPA Violations.

Dahman Law prevailed at trial on November 20, 2014 for its client Logan Insulating & Foam Service LLC in Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 13-CV-121.

After a three-day trial, the 8 member jury unanimously and completely found in Logan Insulating’s favor and against Plaintiff Andrew Cooke on Cooke’s claims of breach of contract, slander of title, civil theft, and CSPA violations related to a $500,000 construction project at his home.  Interestingly, Cooke himself is a lawyer in New Albany and partner at the law firm of Cooke & Gleason, LLC.

Samir Dahman argued the case in the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas in front of Judge Chris Martin with the assistance of Dahman Law attorney Jon Olivito.  Dahman called it a “great effort” as the firm was faced with litigating against an attorney-party, which made the case that much more challenging.  All the hard work paid off as Logan Insulating’s owner David Kornmiller was pleased with the outcome noting that “sometimes the good guys do win.”

Through comprehensive fact and legal research, working closely with the client, coordinated preparation, and adhering to high ethical and legal standards, Dahman Law was able to secure the win.  This recent trial is yet another example of how Dahman Law works with its clients, especially small business owners, to make sure all of their legal needs are met.

Dahman Law is now 3-0 at trial in the past 2 years, including two unanimous jury verdicts and one bench trial verdict where it is being awarded attorney’s fees.