AREAS OF PRACTICE

Litigation

  Litigation comes in many forms, and at The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC, we aggressively pursue our clients' interests in court. Attorney Brian Stewart represented clients at every level of court in Ohio, from cases involving multimillion dollar business disputes, to small claims matters, across more than a dozen counties. Brian has experience handling complex commercial litigation, such as non-competes/restrictive covenants, shareholder and member derivative actions, trademark infringement claims, recognition of foreign judgments, misappropriation of trade secrets actions, real property disputes, and breach of contract claims. Brian also focuses heavily on probate litigation, including will contests, challenges to inventories and account, and disputes involving guardianship. Brian has also represented clients in defamation, eviction, and foreclosure actions, among others. Brian has also represented fellow elected officials across Ohio in disputes over municipal charters, campaign finance matters, and election-related controversies.

  In addition to state courts across Ohio, Attorney Brian Stewart is admitted to practice before federal district courts in Ohio, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 
  While litigation can be contentious, Attorney Brian Stewart works to minimize the stress and disruption it causes to your business and personal life. He will always work to achieve the result that is best for you and will keep you informed and involved at each step of the process.


Business Services & Contracts

  Your business is your livelihood, and one key to success is having trusted, business-oriented legal counsel in your corner. At The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC, we assist large and small businesses alike with a wide variety of business services.
  For new businesses, we can help you determine the form of entity which best suits your needs, and prepare all the documents necessary to create your company. From your Articles of Incorporation/Organization, to the Stockholder/Operating Agreement, to corporate minutes, and more, we also prepare the legal documentation for established companies which is essential to preserving the protection from personal liability your entity can provide. Businesses deal in a variety of contracts, and Attorney Brian Stewart is experienced in drafting agreements of every type, including real estate leases, employment agreements, stock/unit transfers, management agreements, and many more.
  We also offer services related to contract review, corporate governance, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, purchase and sale agreements, licensing agreements, service agreements, promissory notes, collections assistance, and more.
  Also, whether it is a service agreement with a vendor, a lease with your landlord, or an asset purchase agreement - contracts are part of daily life, and the vast majority of them are enforceable by their terms. However, many people sign important agreements for their business or in their personal lives, without fully understanding what the contract includes. You could be waiving the right to sue on the contract in court, agreeing to exclusive venue out-of-state, assuming significant potential liability, and much more, depending on what the drafting party may have included in the "fine print." At The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC, we believe you should have peace of mind about the contracts you sign, and where appropriate, the opportunity to negotiate for better terms.   We can help you prevent any "fine print" surprises down the road. We can also draft a contract to suit virtually any client need. In countless lawsuits each year, the party with a well-drafted contract on their side is at a strong advantage. When it doubt, get it in writing. We prepare leases, licenses, service agreements, purchase and sale agreements, assignments, promissory notes, employment agreements, and much more.


Real Estate

  At The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC, we offer a wide range of real estate services. From purchasing or selling your own home, or investing in rental properties or other land, our attorneys can assist you with all necessary documentation and help make you deal a success. We prepare deeds and other conveyance instruments, leases, purchase and sale agreements, and can assist with financing, zoning issues, and lot splits. Attorney Brian Stewart is also highly experienced in bringing partition actions, which can be a crucial tool for resolving disputes relating to the ownership of farmland, and all other forms of real estate litigation actions.


Estate Planning and Probate

Estate planning encompasses some of the most important decisions we will make in our lifetimes. If you pass away with minor children, who will raise them? What will happen to your home, your car, your life insurance proceeds? If you have amassed a large estate, who will inherit those assets? These questions, and many more, should be answered with a well-drafted will, trust, or other planning option.
  Estate planning also involves making additional end of life preparations as well. Living Wills and Healthcare Powers of Attorney allow you to designate who is responsible for making important health decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. Guardianships, conservatorships, and other legal arrangements are options as well.

  At The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC, we can help clients prepare to avoid the need for probate administration, but Attorney Brian Stewart is also heavily experienced in completing the probate administrations of estates both large and small.