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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: I am starting my own personalized puzzle business and am not sure about what images I can include in my puzzles.

Can I use school mascots and names? What about poems or popular quotes? If a person is on a local sports team (non professional, such as Little League), can I include their name in the puzzle? I have purchased my images from a website and have created templates, but if I want to personalize the... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 29, 2021

To a certain extent, it's going to depend on each item. Look for things that are in the public domain or attribution free. Otherwise you need to get authorization and/or pay to use trademarked or copyrighted materials.

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Probate for Ohio on
Q: I lived with my fiancé for 17 years. We ran a business together out of the house for the last 11 years. She died.

She left the house to her sister. I knew that. However, they took the business name and accounts and took control of the business PO Box and all incoming checks and entered them into probate in Greene Co. Ohio. I subsequently had to file all necessary paperwork and obtain a new federal EIM and new... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 19, 2021

If there is an operating agreement or partnership agreement for the company, you could make a claim for your share of the ownership. If any of your personal property was removed from the house, you could make a claim for return of that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Collections for Ohio on
Q: My friend got a debt collection letter to appear in court.

Can a debt collection agency sue if they don't have my friend SSN and the report doesn't appear on her credit report. i told her to ignore it I think its a scheme tactic but she is worried?

Joel Allen Holt
Joel Allen Holt answered on Jul 7, 2021

The question is a bit vague, but generally speaking, the debt collector (or the party owed the debt) can file a lawsuit if they have proof that the debt is valid, outstanding, and binding on your friend. They don't need a SSN to file the suit and the debt does not have to appear on the credit... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: Must I have a 'Business Account' at a bank for my Single-Owner-LLC...or could I set-up a separate 'Personal Account'?

(That way I will make sure NOT to co-mingle the Business and Personal monies, eh?)

Neil Klingshirn
Neil Klingshirn answered on Jul 1, 2021

There is no law requiring you to establish separate business and personal accounts for your business and personal finances. Nonetheless, you should do so for the reason you cite, to avoid co-mingling. You should also obtain or dedicate a single credit/debit card for business purchases. Finally, set... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Probate, Business Law and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: Mark&Mary were together for years had a child. Marks parents pass small business down to them in marys name cuz he owes

Taxes. He counties to run company. They have a business bank account that he was on originally she was added to later. Bank says they are both equals on that account. Does he have rights to that money after she passes and business becomes shut down.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jun 15, 2021

Additional facts are needed to answer this question. Much depends on how the bank account was set up. Who is the actual owner, who are the authorized users? Are there survivorship rights (if applicable), what do the company documents say? (articles of incorporation or Operating Agreement for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Business Formation and Business Law for Ohio on
Q: Stayed in hotel room stay was refunded due to bug receipt was given 0 owed days later charged due to no bug

Pics was shown as soon as incident pics was sent to email from front desk. Of bed bug

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 19, 2021

Dispute the charge with your bank as unauthorized, which it sounds like it was.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I am so livid I am shaking!!!

Is this a case or am I just petty?

I am so livid I am shaking!!!

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 28, 2021

I'm sorry, no question is asked here. To determine if you have a viable case I recommend sitting down with an attorney who practices in the area of concern.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a business video and audio surveillance record without letting any customers know he is doing this?

He can access the recordings online!

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 29, 2021

Businesses are free to employ surveillance in most parts of the business. They cannot do so in changing and bathroom areas, or showers at places like gyms.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: If a business is sued, could I lose my house?

I am retired and have a self-publishing business part-time to sell books I have written. If I use my residential house address where I live for this business address, and if someone sued the business, would it be possible for me to lose my house?

Thank you.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 15, 2021

It doesn't matter what address you use for the business. If a lawsuit finds you personally liable, then all your personal assets would be at risk - including any real estate you own. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local business attorney who can advise you about protecting your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: Do you need a permit or vendor license or any certification to run a home based business?
Drew Chalfant
Drew Chalfant answered on Feb 24, 2021

This is going to depend largely on the nature of your business and where your home is located. If your home is in an area that is zoned for residential use only and you open a business, it may violate the zoning ordinance. While a home-based business that operates exclusively online or doesn't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Is my mom responsible for payment of a business lease if she is not on it? Dad died, no will, landlord wants a yearof $

My dad signed a 2 year business lease on 1-19-2021. He passed away 1-31-2021. He leased for 30 years from the landlord, was never late with his payment and now the landlord wants my mom to pay him a year's worth of rent to end the lease. She was never on the lease. They were married for 60... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Feb 16, 2021

If your mom is not a guarantor or co-signer then she has no liability to the landlord and should not pay anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I am 1099 employee with employment contract. If I get furloughed , does the company still owe $$ for previous sales?

I have an employment contract/non-compete agreement. Would this agreement be null and void also?

Drew Chalfant
Drew Chalfant answered on Jan 11, 2021

The terms of your contract between you and "employer" would govern what happens if services are suspended and you had made sales that qualify for payment prior to the suspension. Often times, employers will put people on 1099 arrangements when in fact they have a more traditional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: If my credit report says my auto loan is closed but finance company is harassing me can I walk away from car?

Can I walk away with no obligations in Ohio? It clearly states account is closed and the harassment and interest rate alone may kill me and cat is falling apart. I need nee car ASAP. Please help

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 20, 2020

1. FYI, your credit report status has nothing whatsoever to do with your auto loan status.

2. The lender can continue trying to collect from you until you pay off the car loan.

3. And finally, "walking away" will do no good either.

Again: You still owe the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: We own a roofing company. We sub-contract all of our jobs. A chimney repairman disappeared from the job. How long do we

It seems he has blocked our number. How long do we allow him to be MIA before hiring someone else?

Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner answered on Oct 12, 2020

It depends on the language of the contract but you can treat this as an anticipated breach of contract. If he is avoiding your calls and not responding to e-mails, you can cut him loose now. Send an e-mail stating that. You have an obligation to mitigate any potential damages caused by his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Business Law for Ohio on
Q: Can the electric company ask for person information regarding my husband's incarceration?

I am trying to switch the electric bill to my name since my husband has been incarcerated. Can they legally ask for his incarceration dates, where he's being incarcerated, and his inmate number?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 27, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If they have a policy along the lines of of "reserving the right to obtain any and all information in furtherance of maintaining the integrity of accounts... ," or something to that effect, it could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Health Care Law and Collections for Ohio on
Q: Can do anything to fight my health insurance company for an over payment claw back? What type of lawyer do I need?

I started a new career 2 years ago and was able to get health insurance through my company. I have some health issues, so rather than cancelling the insurance coverage from my wife, I had her policy switched to my secondary insurance and my new policy as my primary. Yesterday we received a stack... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 26, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. What type of lawyer? It looks like you already did a good job of identifying the categories - health care law and collections. You could reach out to attorneys in those categories. If you engage an attorney who would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: My dance students paid money to enter competitions but the events were cancelled due to COVID. How can I get refunds?

Competitions are only giving credit, but some of our dancers are not returning to classes. Parents want a cash refund which involves thousands. Basically the competitions are holding our money forcing us to return to their competition.

By law do I have to give these refunds if I have not... Read more »

Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner answered on Aug 19, 2020

Clyde,

The answer is it depends. For the Competitions, the contract the studio/club signed with the Competition legal entity will control that. If the contract says that if the event is canceled or postponed you only get credit, not your money back, that controls. If it is silent about...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: What restrictions are there for disclosing confidential business information if you feel it may not be accurate?

I’m an investor in a privately held company. The company emailed us investors financial statements for 2019 that included settlement amounts from a lawsuit involving an individual. That individual has asked me to provide the specific details regarding the settlement details from the provided... Read more »

Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner answered on Jul 20, 2020

In general, you should not disclose settlements, either that they happened or the amount to anyone outside of the investors of the privately held company. It is highly probable that the settlement agreement itself has a confidentiality/non-disclosure provision that prohibits the disclosure of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Ohio on
Q: Is it legal in Ohio for retailers to refuse cash payment? All US monies have "Legal Tender" on them...

Most retailers in our area are refusing cash payment and instead are requiring you to pay via card or some sort of cash app.

Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner answered on Jul 16, 2020

Yes, it is legal for a private business to accept only some sorts of payments and to refuse cash payments. A governmental institution or chartered bank cannot refuse cash.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, can tan employer request a background check before making an offer?

The Company is in Cleveland Ohio, and requesting a complete background check. No offer made.

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 9, 2020

There are very specific privacy laws surrounding this. Talk with an employment attorney. Also, background checks are not free, so it is a good sign that they are requesting it, but I have only heard of background checks requested after a conditional offer is made and accepted. Talk to an employment... Read more »

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