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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Ohio on
Q: I opened a vendor’s license in Ohio, but have not started and have zero sales. I received a sales tax bill?

I have no sales at all, and the bill is for over $3k, unsure what they’re billing for.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 23, 2021

As the holder of a vendor's license, you are required by law to file returns even if no sales occur and no taxes are owed. If you have failed to do so, it's likely you are looking at fines, not taxes. You should review the document you received with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: We rent in OHIO. We’ve kept up rent till this coming month we don’t have it.

Our landlord refuses payment from any outside source or legal aides of any kind. And they charge us $700 in eviction “costs” even if we don’t go to court at all if we don’t pay it before the 5th of the month. Is this legal? And what are my options since I have no money to pay for July and... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

If your local court is not enforcing the eviction moratorium, or if the moratorium expires on June 30 as currently scheduled, then if you cannot work it out with the landlord so you can stay, then the landlord can file an eviction, and you will be evicted. But that process takes about 3 or 4... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I gave my ex girlfriend 6000$ (Cash) to help pay off her debt so she could by a car. Then i gave her 5000$ (cash)

For said car down payment my credit is horrible so we did it in her name. She decided to move to another state on an optional relocation at her job i did not follow. My name is not on the car. Ive got no access to a car now am i able to recoupe any money legally?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

You could sue her for the money in the local court where she lives now. But she could claim it was a gift. If nothing is in writing, it would be her word against yours. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney where she now lives who can review the situation and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: I was a plaintiff in a case,I won the case and defendant was ordered to pay 90,000 in damages,how do I get my money?

I was adding an addition to my home,he quit and stole over 35,000,hired another to finish,long story short,went to court,he didn’t show,but I was awarded 90,000 in damages

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

You can file a judgment lien against his house and property, and then attach or foreclose against those. You'll need an attorney to do that. Contact the attorney who handled your case. Or you could contact a collection agency. Or use use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain an attorney who does... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My child is 17 and out of control she bought a car without my permission she has no license what are my options

She doesn't fully know how to drive no one is willing to put the car in their name out of fear of the title being illegal so she is driving with no tags no plates nothing

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2021

She is a minor. If an uninsured minor has an accident, the parent could be financially responsible or found negligent if she injures someone. A car won't start without a battery, and won't go anywhere if none of the tires has air. Talk to a school counselor who might have suggestions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Do I qualify to be an exempt salary employee?

I am currently working as a receptionist and I gross $24,000 annually. My boss told me I was salary exempt but I don't believe my compensation or job description qualify me for this. I'm working 60+ hour weeks and would like to know if I'm being taken advantage of. I am also having... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jun 23, 2021

In order to be properly classified as an exempt employee, your employer must prove that you meet both a "salary basis" test and a "duties" test. As part of the salary basis test, employees must be paid at least $684.00 per week in order to be paid on a salary basis. Based on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: Need advice on what legal recourse I have when it comes to my unruly son?

I'm at my wits end. He won't listen to me or his dad. He has been truant from school most of the past school year. He has run away and continues to threaten to run away even after the cops found and brought him home. What do I do?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

This is not a legal question. I would suggest you get family counseling. These sorts of behavioral issues are better addressed by psychologists and psychiatrists than by lawyers.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Ohio on
Q: If you're indicted on a felony 4 ovi, and you don't have enough ovis to have that indictment. What happens to your case?

Its actually 2 in ten years and 3 in 20 years is what the person has. The court is trying to drop it to an unclassified misdemeanor 1 and I don't see how that is even possible considering the indictment was signed by a grand jury for the Felony 4 ovi. You can't just change something... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 21, 2021

They can and do amend charges all the time. It seems like an odd mistake to make owing to how simple it is to count years and convictions, but the mistake was made and so it has to be corrected. There's no violation of civil rights. The defendant gets a huge benefit here, why would he not want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If I were to take her to small claims court over my deposit would I win? Thanks!

I bought the home I've lived in and rented for the last 4 years. The landlord never had to fix anything and always praised us for keeping the house so nice. The house was even appraised at more than she bought it for because we've kept it so nice the last 4 years and did a little work... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 21, 2021

It depends on the terms of the lease agreement. For a definitive answer I suggest bringing everything to an attorney so he or she can perform a detailed analysis and advise you.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Probate for Ohio on
Q: What if I am on probation and condition of my probation is to not drink alcohol and I get in a car accident drunk

Before this I was on probation and broke it for getting a DUI and went to jail for one year then got on probation again this time and for the first time broke it by testing positive for alcohol and then got in the accident the next day in geauga county

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 21, 2021

You are subject to the same maximum penalties as you were for the original charge. Every time you violate probation the punishment typically increases. What should you do? Hire an attorney to get you the best possible resolution. Don't expect a miracle with these facts however.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: I want to file my will with the Morrow court. I need an application form. I don’t know how to get the form.
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 21, 2021

There is not typically a form to complete. The statute describing the process is at Section 2107.07 of the Ohio Revised Code. That being said, I don't practice in Morrow County and they may have something for you to complete. Your best option is to call the probate court and ask. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12 year old doesn’t want to see her dad why can I do
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 18, 2021

I really depends why she doesn't want to see if. If he is abusive, you can file a private custody action seeking to keep her away from him. If she's just 12 and being difficult, you may have to tell her the visitation schedule in the visitation schedule and it isn't optional anymore... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can A rental office refuse to renew my lease even if I’ve never had problems and always been early on rent ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 17, 2021

Unless a lease gives tenant a right of renewal, landlord has no obligation to renew, and does not need a reason for non-renewal. Try to negotiate a new lease, but you must find a new place otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: can a village create an ordinance that restricts atv's from being on a covered trailer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 17, 2021

Local governments can do a lot of crazy things and enforce crazy rules, until someone takes them to court and a judge invalidates a crazy rule. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: If I worked 2 days and quit, am I supposed to get pay for one or both days?

I quit due to commute issues and other personal reasons and I checked the company payroll app to see how much I’m supposed to get paid but it only says I get paid for one day. Is this correct or should I get in contact with the payroll manager?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 17, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. The company is required to pay you at least the minimum wage for all hours you worked and and time and a half of our hourly wage if you were paid hourly for all hours worked above 40 in a workweek. I would wait to see how much you are paid and then reach out... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Seller backed out of real estate contract at closing, what can I do as a buyer?

I was under contract on a property set to close on 6/14/21. As the buyer, I fulfilled all requirements per the contract. My down-payment and closing fees were wired and waiting at title office. When I arrived at the title office for closing I was informed by my realtor that the seller did not sign... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

You could sue seller and ask the court to order the closing to proceed. But that could take months. Talk to the real estate agents. Perhaps the issue with 2nd mortgage can be quickly resolved. If not, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: How does it work?

If my landlord files an eviction because I didn’t leave upon the end of my lease, if I move out before the eviction process is done, what happens? Will the court continue the eviction ruling and evict me or add it on my credit report ?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

The court and landlord could proceed with the eviction to legally terminate your tenancy. The landlord could make an adverse entry on your credit record, but the court does not do that. Try to work it out with landlord to avoid that and to get the eviction dismissed, although it will still show... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Q: My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state.

My 12yrs daughter ran away from home in Ohio. She stole 120K dollars from my PayPal, she is in a different state. We have no idea where she is. If she comes back, which charges can I push against her? And how long is the statute of limitation before we can no longer push charges?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 16, 2021

12 years old? You need to be talking to the police. If she is found, they will investigate what happened to the money. The prosecutor would determine charges - but as a juvenile.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: my wife and i filed a quit claim deed and now want it revoked. we both want ownership of our house. is this possible?

i am 58, fully disabled and want to file for a homestead property tax reduction. i am the one that the quit claim deed removed from the home ownership.

can we file a new deed that allows us as co home ownership?

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq answered on Jun 16, 2021

If she is the current owner, she can sign a new deed putting you on as a co-owner.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: Hi, escambia county criminal question

Long story short, sentenced to e yrs probation for 2 counts of cocaine possession. this August will be two years from time of conviction. Really done well in probation, stayed clean, working, etc. Interstate compact to ohio, if that matters. It's looking like here in ohio I might he able to... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 16, 2021

If you're on probation, then you have already pled to the charges. Unless this was some deal as part of a diversion program that is. If it's actual probation and you pled to the charges, then no, you can't get a dismissal or reduction at this point.

Depending on the terms...
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