Show Me the Money! – Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Amount has Increased

Ohio’s new budget, signed by Governor DeWine this summer, includes a long-overdue increase in the Autism Scholarship amount. Currently a qualifying student can access $27,000 in scholarship dollars under the Autism Scholarship, but that amount will climb to $31,500 in October and $32,455 in 2022. It is not a huge jump, but every dollar helps.

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Hickman & Lowder Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists

We are pleased to announce that four attorneys have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, and one has been included in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Hickman & Lowder would like to congratulate the following named to 2022 The Best Lawyers in America list:

  • David S. Banas – Elder Law and Trusts and Estates
  • Blaine P. Brockman – Elder Law
  • Franklin J. Hickman – Education Law
  • Janet L. Lowder – Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates

Hickman & Lowder would like to congratulate the following named to the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

  • Ethan A. Welch – Trusts and Estates
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Cleveland is a Desirable City for Attorneys to Live, Work and Play

Attorney David Banas was quoted in the Cleveland Jewish News Article Cleveland desirable city for attorneys to live, work, play stating that from a professional standpoint there are a lot of opportunities in Cleveland. “There’s a lot of people to meet, a lot of people to talk to and everybody’s really helpful. There’s a real sense of a community, professionally, in Cleveland.”

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Attorney Ethan Welch’s Estate Planning Article is Featured in The Morning Journal’s Senior Living Edition

Attorney Ethan Welch had his blog Should I Share My Estate Planning Information with My Family featured in the Senior Living tab for The Morning Journal’s July Edition. Ethan states “there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to sharing estate plan information, and some approaches may work better than others”.



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COVID Guidance for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Ohio Department of Health just revised its COVID Guidance for the 2021-22 School Year. Here are some of the big-ticket items stemming from this 13-page document:

  • Vaccinations for staff and students are “strongly recommended” and should be encouraged
  • Masks (indoors) for unvaccinated staff and students are “strongly recommended”
  • Masks on buses are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status (this per CDC)
  • Continued social distancing (3 feet is ok now), hand washing, sanitizing and increased ventilation is still recommended
  • Limiting non-essential visitors is recommended
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Can a Student Get Suspended for a Snapchat Post?

Social media is something I did not have to worry about as a kid, but it’s a very different story today. Every silly, embarrassing or inappropriate thing that a kid posts on social media can be instantly shared with hundreds, sometimes thousands or millions, with the tap of a finger. It immediately becomes part of their permanent record that could come back to haunt them when they’re looking to get a job, get accepted into college, and it can get them into trouble at school.

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