Mark Tipton, an attorney in Bryan, Ohio, shares his insights into various legal matters: Adoption My nephew and niece have been living with me for more than a year. Do their parents have to consent to me adopting them? Criminal Law I had a criminal conviction a number of years ago. What can be done to clean up my record? Estate Administration We have just had a death in the family. What should be done with our loved one’s property? My Ohio relative just died, and I agreed to pay the funeral and burial costs. Am I entitled to his property to help offset these expenses? What happens with a probate estate when the debts exceed the assets? Speeding Ticket I just got a speeding ticket in Williams County, Ohio. What can I do?