Author: Benjamin Luftman

Stress Break!

19.04.2011 in Misc

The Columbus office received a visit on Friday from the CD101 Ice Cream Truck for a Stress Break!

Columbus alternative radio station CD101 (on 102.5FM) hosts ice cream “Stress Breaks” where they bring the CD101 truck to your office, scoop ice cream and jam to some music! They stopped by the office Friday afternoon.

Most of the gang at the Columbus Office plus a couple little guys.

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Google Maps Foreclosures

13.12.2010 in Bankruptcy

Whether you’re interested in purchasing a foreclosed home or going through a foreclosure of your own and wish to see all of the other people suffering the same struggle, Google Maps has a function to view all of the foreclosures in a given area.

In the image below, we used the home office address (601 S High St Ste 107, Columbus, OH 43215) in order to pinpoint one area. All of the red dots indicate a foreclosed property. In order to search this on your own, follow these steps:

1. Go to Google Maps and type in an address
2. On the top right select the box that says “More”
3. Check the “Real Estate” box
4. In the left column, check the “Foreclosures” box

Another way to search for this information is to input a specific county in a website such as Foreclosure Listings. If you are facing foreclosure and not sure where to turn or what to do next, please contact our office to speak with an attorney about your options at (614) 224-1500. We offer a free consultation to help you get back on the right track.

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Organizing your finances for the Holidays

10.12.2010 in Misc

The holiday season is upon us and who isn’t excited to spend time with family, eat a pile of decorated cookies and rip open those gifts you “weren’t expecting” to receive?

As adults, the holidays turn into more than sleigh bells and candy canes. A lot of families find it very hard to deal with the financial strains that come with all the wrapping paper and sparkling lights. No matter what type of personal struggle you are encountering this holiday season, don’t let the burden of financial stress get in the way of sharing this time with the people you love.

Here are a few tips to lower your stress and maintain control of your finances:

1. Budget – I know, I know. You hear this every year and you usually go overboard anyways, but why don’t we just let it sink in for a minute.
a) Calculate your disposable income by taking your monthly net income and subtracting your monthly expenses.
b) Use the remainder to determine how much you can set aside for shopping.
c) Only use that amount!
2. Stick to your list – Create a list for each person that you are shopping for and stick to the list! This is very important because the stores spend a lot of money and resources to entice you to into buying that “one last” gift near the register. Fight the urge.
3. Window shop from your living room – Online shopping has increased tremendously over the years. This will reduce any anxiety related to crowded stores, holiday music or screaming children on Santa’s lap.
4. Be aware of current debt – keep a chart of the creditors that you currently owe and take it with you when you’re shopping. Include creditor, balance due, interest rate, minimum amount and due date. This should eliminate the impulsive gift purchases.
5. Use your skills and emotions to create something meaningful– This speaks for itself in that the most memorable gifts are the ones that you put your heart into.

Happy Holidays!

Partners, Luftman and Heck gearing up to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

28.11.2010 in News

Attorneys, Benjamin Luftman and Jeremiah Heck have been in practice together for the past 7 years but just recently decided to challenge their own determination by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the 7 highest mountains in the world. The Kili climb will last 7 days and approximately 20,000 feet up to the tip of Africa’s highest point with climates ranging from tropical to sub-freezing.

We asked Attorneys Luftman (L) and Heck (H) a few questions about the anticipated adventure.

Q:  First and foremost, what is your reason for going?

L: Honestly, for the challenge and because I view it as an incredible life experience. I thought to myself, when else in your life are you going to be as healthy as you are with a chance to do this? My mother recently had open surgery and my father has had many heart related problems. I intend to make a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of a successful climb on behalf of my parents when I return.
H: As Luftman said, I believe it will be an incredible life experience.  I love to travel, and I love to travel to locations that are a little of the beaten path.  Climbing to the top of the highest mountain in Africa is certainly off the beaten path, and as such, it has a great appeal to me.

Q: How have you been preparing for the trek?

L: I bought a 20 pound weight vest 7 months ago and have been using the stair climber at the gym to simulate climbing the mountain with my bag. Of course this has sparked up quite the curiosity and conversation at the gym.  Aside from just that, I have also disciplined myself with maintaining a workout plan and dieting properly.
H: I have worked out regularly, and have hit the stair climber, treadmill and elliptical machine on a regular basis.  I also attempted to summit Mount Whitney, which is the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.  This was a real eye opener and showed me just how difficult climbing a mountain could be.

Q: What are some of the risks involved?

L: The climate itself can be risky health wise considering the sub freezing weather at the top. Another major issue is the elevation which can cause many sicknesses that would be fatal. Every year, people die climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. There will be pills and oxygen available and also an air lift in case of an emergency.

Q: What are you most concerned about?

L: I have always been a risk taker. Starting a law firm right out of law school was an incredibly risky and the level of effort I have prepared for this trip is similar to the level of dedication I have put in to the firm. However, I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous. I am most concerned about being disconnected from the firm for the first time since I started practicing.
H: I am most concerned about not being able to make it to the top.  I feel like I am in good shape physically, but you never know how the altitude will affect you.  I would be very frustrated to go half way around the world only to suffer from acute mountain sickness at some point and have to turn back.

The partners had an LH flag made for the trip and look forward to holding it proudly in triumph on top of “The Roof of Africa”. They will be carrying the momentum of that trek back to their lives at the law firm in Columbus. Attorney Luftman says that in business and in life, there will always be risks, but as the cliché goes “you can’t win if you don’t try”.

We wish them luck on their endeavor!