Longstanding General Counsel Serving Greene County Clients in a Variety of Practice Areas

Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law is a general practice firm in Greene County, Ohio that offers professional and affordable legal services to clients dealing with matters pertaining to business law, estate planning and probate, criminal defense, family law and domestic relations, civil litigation, personal injury, and real estate law.

Estate Planning & Administration

person signing an estate planning documentPassing without having a proper will or trust in place leaves your property subject to the laws governing intestate succession in the State of Ohio, meaning that your hard-earned assets may not be distributed among your beneficiaries according to your wishes. That said, estate planning isn’t just about ensuring the smooth transfer of your wealth to your loved ones, it also ensures your rights and dignity are protected in the event that you become incapacitated and incapable of making decisions about your health care or finances.

 

You may be able to spare your loved ones a great deal of stress and expense down the line by taking the time to contact an experienced estate planning attorney today and get started on creating a comprehensive plan that can safeguard your assets regardless of what the future holds. Call Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law to learn more about our estate planning services and how we can help you secure peace of mind for you and your family for years to come.

Probate

Additionally, if you have been named the personal representative of a person’s estate and you’re wondering how you can discharge your duties according to the letter of the law, we are here to guide you. As a personal representative, you’re responsible for accounting for the assets of the deceased individual, settling any debts to creditors, and distributing the remainder of the estate among their designated beneficiaries. Our experienced attorneys can significantly reduce the time and expense associated with going to probate court and, in some cases, even help you avoid it altogether.

 

We offer our clients and their families a number of different estate planning services, including, but not limited to wills and trusts, powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, probate administration, affidavits of heirship, conservatorships, guardianships, and tax issues.

Family Law & Domestic Relations

children playing after their parents hired a successful family lawyerWe know how easy it can be for a difficult domestic legal situation to undermine not only your happiness and financial stability but that of your children as well. A looming divorce or child custody battle can leave you with many questions about your rights and we are eager to provide you the answers. At Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law, we promise we will do everything possible to help our clients obtain fair divorce settlements and continue to serve an important role in their children’s lives. We believe we’re helping build stronger Ohio families and stronger communities by holding ex-spouses and partners accountable for their financial obligations toward one another and their children.

Child Custody & Support

It’s important to understand that if you’re involved in a child custody matter in Ohio, certain conditions may dictate that your case will be decided in juvenile court rather than in family court. For example, if you and you child’s other parent were unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, custody and support will be handled in juvenile court. Juvenile court is very different from family court and any parent who is required to go to juvenile court should be represented by an attorney who is experienced in a broad range of child custody cases. Call us today to speak with a seasoned Greene County family law attorney about your upcoming child custody matter.

 

At Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law, we handle most kinds of family law and domestic relations issues on behalf of Ohio families, including contested divorce, child custody, child support, guardianships, adoptions, domestic abuse, enforcements, modifications, annulments, separations, and prenuptial agreements.

Criminal Defense

handcuffs and gavel representing criminal defenseIf you’ve been arrested in Greene County or one of the surrounding communities for drunk driving or another alleged crime, don’t wait to call an experienced criminal defense attorney. Remember, you have rights after an arrest, including the right to remain silent and the right to legal representation. Do not answer any questions from law enforcement officials without a trusted criminal defense lawyer present. You may be tempted to try to explain yourself, but you should avoid doing this! Even though your arrest may be due purely to a misunderstanding or minor indiscretion, it’s best to let your criminal defense attorney advise you before making any statements to the police or prosecutors. Pick up the phone and call our firm as soon as possible following a misdemeanor or felony charge in Greene County.

 

Our job is to protect the rights of those who have been accused of crimes, no matter the circumstances. In practice, many criminal charges can be resolved without the need for a trial, but we’ll gladly appear in court to demonstrate your innocence if it comes to that. We will gather the evidence needed to persuasively present your case to a jury and show why you shouldn’t be convicted of the crime with which you have been charged. Even if we can’t have your charges completely dismissed, we may be able to have them significantly reduced. Call an understanding Greene County criminal defense lawyer today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation. We’ll do everything we can to protect your freedom, pocketbook, and reputation after an arrest.

 

Our attorneys offer skilled legal representation in most criminal defense matters, including drunk driving charges (including DUI, DWI, OMVI, and OVI), drug crimes, weapons crimes, traffic violations, appeals, white collar crimes, domestic violence, juvenile crimes, violent crimes (including assault and homicide), theft, sex crimes, and other felonies and misdemeanors. We do not accept federal cases.

Real Estate Law

beautiful home being sold with the help of a real estate attorneyThe rules and regulations surrounding residential and commercial real estate transactions and litigation in the state of Ohio can be very complicated even for the most experienced real estate attorney. The best way to minimize the risks associated with any real estate matter is to seek legal representation as soon as possible. If you’re buying or selling a home, or renting or leasing a piece of residential or commercial property, call Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law to retain a dedicated real estate lawyer and prevent yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or other criminal misrepresentation. We will review all of the the contracts and documents required for the sale or purchase of real property and ensure your rights and investments are protected. Call us to get help with your real estate transaction today.

 

We deal with real estate transactions and civil matters including sales and acquisitions, easements, eminent domain, commercial leases and property management, construction, dispute resolution, farm law, land use, partitions, quiet title, foreclosure defense, bike path conversions, planning and zoning issues, and riparian water rights.

Real Estate Litigation

In addition to overseeing major real estate transactions on behalf of our clients, we also handle most real estate litigation cases. If you are a homeowner who has received a notification of foreclosure and you believe that your lender may be acting in bad faith, we can provide foreclosure defense. We may be able to prevent your family from losing your home. Additionally, if you’re facing a boundary dispute or similar civil matter with another property owner, business, or municipal authority, we will represent you. There’s no real estate litigation matter too small or large for us take on if your rights and your property are at stake. Talk to a Greene County real estate attorney with a proven reputation for securing positive results during litigation.

 

Over the years, we have handled real estate transactions ranging from $20,000 to $20 million and have perfected our practices. Senior partner of the firm Noel McKeown is highly experienced in real estate law and owns Greene County Title Agency, Inc. He is also a licensed agent for the Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company. You can rest assured that you are in very capable hands at our firm.

Business Law & Entity Formation

businessmen shaking handsBusinesses have life cycles just like people do. No matter what stage of its life cycle your business happens to be in currently, you can benefit from the assistance of a reliable Xenia business law attorney. At Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law, we know how to help our clients make good use of the legal tools available to them for remaining competitive in dynamic industries. If you’re a small business owner, we can ensure that you’re in compliance with the law and not exposing yourself to the possibility of fraud or unnecessary taxation, compromising your bottom line and reputation. We take the time to understand your goals as a small business owner and create a plan to realize your vision of success. Call Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law to speak to a capable and professional business law attorney today. No matter what kind of business-related challenge you’re facing, we’ve got you covered.

Business Litigation

Sometimes legal disputes arise within or between businesses. When these disputes aren’t handled correctly, serious consequences for one or both business owners can surface quickly. Oftentimes these disputes can be resolved through negotiation, mediation, or arbitration, but when such methods break down, litigation may be inevitable. By partnering with a knowledgeable business law attorney, you can rest assured that your rights and interests are protected, regardless of whether you are the plaintiff or defendant. If you’re confronting the possibility of litigation related to a business matter, put Greene County’s oldest law firm on your side.

 

We offer small business owners legal services that include, but are not limited to, business entity selection and entity formation, transfers of ownership, buy/sell agreements, options, various agreements between shareholders and members, disputes between shareholders, contracts (including non-compete contracts and employment agreements), commercial leases, sales and acquisitions, mediation and arbitration, and all other business-related civil litigation matters.

 

If you’re a small business owner in Greene County or one of the surrounding communities, we look forward to hearing from you about your enterprise and needs.

Civil Litigation

scales of justice representing litigationWhen one person or party’s carelessness or misconduct causes mental, physical, or financial harm to another, the matter is handled via a civil litigation case. Under state and federal laws, an individual who has suffered needlessly because of another’s actions has the right to file a lawsuit against the person responsible. If this action is successful, the plaintiff can receive financial compensation not only for the economic cost of the damage (such as hospital bills, lost income, or property damage) but also for their pain and suffering and for other factors that are similarly difficult to quantify. If you’re considering filing a civil lawsuit, keep in mind that most matters can be addressed through mediation or negotiation. In the event that your case does proceed to trial, however, you’ll want to have an experienced Greene County civil litigation attorney on retainer. In fact, by speaking to a Xenia civil litigation lawyer at the earliest stages of a civil issue, you can greatly increase your chances of eventually receiving financial compensation.

 

At Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law, we’re committing to protecting our clients’ rights during civil litigation. Whether your issue involves a personal injury case, a wrongful death suit, or a dispute with a neighbor, we’ll ensure that you fully understand your legal options when it comes to your suit and that we have done everything possible to present your case in the best possible light in court.

 

We handle a broad range of civil litigation matters for our clients. These include mediation, personal injury (including all vehicle accidents), wrongful death, neighbor disputes, product liability, creditor’s rights, debtor’s rights, class action lawsuits, employment issues, professional liability, non-competition agreements, insurance coverage and defense, trademark and patent law, as well as appellate, business, commercial, and real estate litigation.

Personal Injury

sad injured man in the hospitalWhen an individual is injured in an accident in the state oh Ohio that was caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another person, they have the right to file a personal injury claim against those responsible. If a claim is accepted, a victim can receive monetary compensation for the financial costs related to their situation as well as their pain and suffering. Unfortunately, filing a personal injury claim can be challenging under even the best of circumstances and is best handled with the assistance of a knowledgeable Greene County personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can ensure your claim isn’t compromised by a careless error or omission and that you’ve provided all the necessary documentation and other evidence. Call Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law today to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Greene County personal injury attorney. We’ll help you understand your legal options when it comes to defending a claim and guide you through the entire process.

Settlements & Litigation

Whether or not an insurance company offers you a fair settlement after an accident depends on how skillful you are at negotiating. If you don’t think the amount of money you are being offered is sufficient, we can proceed with to litigation. However, the truth is that most insurance companies will do anything to avoid the time and expense associated with a civil trial. By making sure that claims examiners and their employers know we mean business, we can often persuade them to concede to an equitable settlement early in the negotiating process. Victims who try to file claims by themselves are generally less successful in securing fair financial compensation for their injuries than those who have legal representation. Call us today to start the claims process.

 

At Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law, we offer dedicated legal counsel for accident victims in most personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents (and other premises liability matters), as well as workplace accidents (including workers’ compensation claims and third party claims). We also handle wrongful death suits on behalf of personal representatives in the state of Ohio.

Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Successful outcomes to legal predicaments rely largely on the quality of your representation. Our firm has maintained a revered reputation in our community for over 120 years and we are not going anywhere anytime soon. Over the decades, we have recruited and retained highly-skilled attorneys who hold a steadfast commitment to excellence in their work. If you are in need of principled legal help, we are the firm you can trust to deliver on our promises.

Miller, Finney, McKeown & Baker, Attorneys At Law provides legal representation for cases pertaining to estate planning and probate, family law and domestic relations, business law and entity formation, civil litigation, real estate law, personal injury, and criminal defense throughout Xenia, Dayton, Greene County and the Miami Valley. Contact our office today at (937) 372-8055 to schedule a complimentary consultation.