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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: My husband has Stage 4 prostate cancer, and we have several credit cards. We can’t afford to pay them.

Avoid bankruptcy - many medical expenses - Would you know what would happen if we just wrote a letter explaining our situation?

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Andrew Popp answered on Oct 4, 2021

You may not be able to avoid bankruptcy, that's what it's there for. You can contact the credit card companies to see if they would be willing to work with you. Otherwise, a debt consolidation service may also be of assistance.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: My daughter is 19 years old ran away in the middle of the night how can I get her back?
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Andrew Popp answered on Oct 4, 2021

Unless she is under a Guardianship/mental disability, you can't. When a person turns 18 the parent has no legal right to require their return. I suggest reaching out and trying to improve the relationship if you want to see her again.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Is there a trusted website that I can use to review State of Arkansas criminal cases?
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Andrew Popp answered on Sep 28, 2021

What do you mean by trusted? If you are performing case law research, this is complex task even for many attorneys. One of the main things to be cognizant of is that laws change, and legal precedent gets overruled all the time. Law libraries can give you a starting point, but their materials are... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: Does the opposing attorney have to disclose evidence against me?

I am representing myself in 2 custody cases but i dont know what i need to be defending myself against. As i am my own attorney, doesnt their attorney have to disclose whatever evidence they have against me so I am able to build a proper defense?? Please help me!!

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

The question is more complex than you think. If you are trying to avoid hiring an attorney you will need to review the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, and Ohio Rules of Evidence. (links below) You can also go into your local law library to review legal treatises on the topic.

Best of luck....
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Does birth mom need permission from father?

I have a friend wanting to sign her baby over to my wife and I. Father doesn’t want to be involved with the baby and he has another child with her that he’s not involved with either. They aren’t together currently and have never been married. She’s scared of him because he has damaged her... Read more »

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Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

The analysis is too complex for this forum. You need to sit down with a family law attorney in your area to discuss the entirety of the situation in detail.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Ohio on
Q: no ticket was issued, we told the cops the truth about there being some roaches in the car, should I tell my po?

The cops pulled me over for my headlights not being on one night. We told them about weed in the car.. After the cops took the weed they didnt issue was any tickets, should I tell my po that we got pulled over by the cops and tell him the truth?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

Tough to say without the full picture. It's common for police to seize the contraband but wait until the lab results come back to formally file charges. Keep in mind that you have the right to remain silent.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 16 year old male grandson refuses to go back to live with his single mother. The boyfriend is threatening
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 27, 2021

Your question seems to have been cut off. If he is a minor and there are delinquency issues, then contact law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: a school bus stops with its flashing lights on at an intersection on my right , can i turn left away from the bus?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 24, 2021

The answer depends on additional details. Section 4511.75 of the Ohio Revised Code spells out your obligations. (link below)

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4511.75

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Neighbors dog keeps coming on my property pooping and tearing out our trash it has came at my wife and daughter and dog

What are my rights if this dog continues to come here and do this, we’ve called the warden already and spoke to the neighbor she refuses to tie up dog when it’s let out of her house and is requesting us to call her to clean up the mess and I am not okay with this I don’t want to do with it at... Read more »

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Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

I would keep after law enforcement, or if all else fails hire a lawyer. I show the Mansfield Ordinance 505.03 (Link below) lays out criminal charges for failing to control a dangerous dog. The owner could also face civil penalties if the dog does harm someone. Hopefully it never gets to that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Case law where denying police from taking evidence photos via access by an easement of specific driveway purpose only?

Claiming to visit neighbor who has easement for driveway purposes, they went down my driveway behind house and photographed unlicensed vehicles on my property only visible from the easement. Can it be used as evidence? Thank you

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

A more detailed analysis of the situation is necessary to answer your question. There are a few sites you can visit to do some of your own case law research for free. (Links Below) Alternatively, you can visit your local law library to conduct research. Best of luck.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to build a snowman using snow from someone else's property?

They don't have a fenced in yard or any signs that say private property.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

It sounds like you may be trespassing on their property. For a definitive answer you need to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: Do police have to use their sirens to pull you over
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 23, 2021

Your question is somewhat vague. The audio siren is not a per se requirement of a traffic stop.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: cuyahoga county ohio Probate no will filing to become admin and a bond has been requested

only asset is home and only sibling has no interest in property. Have been advised to do quick claim deed at end but am wondering why not advised to do a disclaimer or renunciation now as would this not require bond?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 20, 2021

Disclaimers do not avoid probate. A disclaimer means that the heir who is disclaiming is deemed to have predeceased the person that he or she is inheriting from. The next person set to inherit under Ohio's Rule of descent and distribution would then inherit the property.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How long does a property mgmt company have to fix a broken elevator? It's been 6 weeks.

This is the only elevator in a 5 story building.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

I would suggest reviewing the contract between the Owner of the Building and the property management company to see what the terms of service require. Beyond that, you would need to evaluate the particular circumstances to see if there is good cause for the delay. If not, there may be a breach of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: How many dogs can a single household house in the city of Westerville Ohio?

I'm curious because I would like to care for dogs in my home and wanted to know what the city deemed appropriate for one household. I figured if I knew the number it may help my application for a variance or special use permit. I personally would never house more than 5 dogs at one time. Thank you!

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

There are multiple factors here that need to be considered based on the facts you provided. I suggest sitting down with a business or real estate attorney in or adjacent to Westerville. For your reference, the City Ordinances can be found at the URL below.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: How I do I get my things back?

Hello! My ex-fiancé told me after we broke up that he would bring me my things as I left quite a bit at the apartment we shared. It has been over 4 months now and he has not brought me my things or responded to my texts. I don’t mind having to go get my things but I don’t know if I can legally... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

I suggest contacting the landlord and coordinating a time to obtain your things. You can also reach out to law enforcement as they often act as a peacekeeper to ensure no issues arise while you are retrieving your things.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello sir. I bought a puppy in early august for 600$ everything was fine then theytext me dog was sick and i had to pay

I had to pay 450$ then as the month goes on no dog i had to pay for food was200 then it went 300 . now they wont a special crate for 800 but the lady i bought the from said she pay300 then he told he demanded his money he calling the police for abanden thdog i called the dublin ohio police they... Read more »

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Andrew Popp answered on Sep 17, 2021

No question is asked here. For guidance on your specific situation you will need to sit down with an attorney to review the facts in detail. There are numerous additional factors that will need to be evaluated to determine what rights you may have.

Best of luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Sole owner of home passes away without a will. Daughter and son-in-law have lived there for 5 years. Whats next

The mother paid mortgage, son-in-law and daughter paid all utilities, maintained home while also giving her care. What rights does daughter have? Daughter does have a brother who lives elsewhere

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 16, 2021

Unless the home was in a Trust, or there was a transfer on death beneficiary for the residence, it will have to go through probate. The heirs at law will be the ones to inherit the home. See Section 2105.06 of the Ohio Revised Code for breakdown. (link below). If someone else gets the home some... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: When someone passes and there is no TOD or Will stating who a vehicle can go to.

Does the Ohio rule of Descent and Distribution, code 2105.06 mean that it will automatically go to the living spouse without having to go thru probate? The same does not apply to lineal descendants such as a child, correct?

Thank you Andrew Popp for your previous help.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 13, 2021

No problem. There is a separate statute for that. See Section 2106.18 of the Ohio Revised Code. (link below) You can usually accomplish this by going to the BMV as long as the value does not exceed $65,000 under current law.

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-2106.18

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: If a married Sr Citizen passes & they have a vehicle only titled in their name.Can it be retitled in someone else's name

Other then the living spouse? The living spouse is 82 and may need state assistance in the future. We don't want her to get refused assistance by not selling the van for money. Her son would like the van transferred to him. She's disabled and he's living with her to help now. So can... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Sep 13, 2021

Unless there was a TOD on file for the vehicle, then it will require probate in order to transfer the title to the van. The vehicle will be transferred to whomever is named in the Will, or whom is required under Ohio's rule of descent and distribution if there is no Will. See Section 2105.06... Read more »

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