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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Ohio on
Q: How do I recover a down payment to a general contracting company that is making no effort to communicate or do the work?

Contract signed for project and down payment paid in March. Contractor never contacted me again. I complained to the contractor company then was given a new contractor who is doing the same as the prior contractor. Verbally, the agreement with the first contractor and second contractor was to... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 10, 2024

It depends on the nature of the job and what a reasonable time for completion of that particular job is.

In a contract, the parties usually must explicitly agree on a firm completion date if it is important to the parties when the work must be performed. The phrase used to describe this...
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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Ohio on
Q: How can I file a claim of exemption in the state of Ohio of my wages are being garnished?

My vehicle was recently repossessed because I could not keep up with the payments. I am considered a low income household and am financially responsible for minor children living in the home. Am I able to file a claim of exemption to stop wage garnishment and if so, when should I file and with who... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Ohio on
Q: Hi I have a question. I was living in an apartment . Me and my ex husband were both on the lease.

We were kicked out bc he would act crazy and the cops were called too much. Well he left Ohio to go to Arizona I moved to a different apartment in Ohio . We both signed the lease but I am the only one stuck paying for it bc the creditors couldn’t find him in Arizona. I don’t think that’s fair... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on May 29, 2024

You may be able to sue him for his share.

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What should I do if I have not heard back from my residential local roofing contractor in over 365 days?

I signed a contract with a local roofing contractor to repair my roof and kitchen walls from hail/rain damage. I have not heard from my contractor in over 365 days. The contract I signed does not specify the project's expected completion date. The claim I filed with insurance has been closed.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Business Law for Ohio on
Q: I have a customer that I renovated a bathroom for. They were unhappy with everything from the start. Nothing wrong with

I have a customer that I renovated a bathroom for. They were unhappy with everything from the start. Nothing wrong with the work. But they're extremely picky. They are now asking for proof of insurance, which I do have. Do I have to provide it after contract was already signed? Also I had them... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 29, 2024

It could be worth checking with a local attorney what the law is on providing insurance. No one could judge your position or their position without seeing the contract and your work. But in some settings, the claimant will have to place the matter into suit to obtain the insurance info. And if... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: This is a whole mess, please see more information. To add on to end of More Info: police report is full of provable lies

Long story short: In October, I was arrested for what was claimed as DUS and stolen vehicle. The car never even moved. Charges were dropped, and I was let out. Few weeks later, amended to "Possessing Vehicle for Over 48 Hours" and RSP for license plate, and four DUS charges. It was a... View More

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answered on May 1, 2024

It sounds like you're dealing with a highly stressful and complicated situation. Given the complexity of the charges and the sequence of events, including the inconsistencies in the police reports and the impact on your possessions, your first step should be to consult with a lawyer who has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Banking and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Can an attorney assess Capital One's actions regarding my accounts, including the abrupt cancellations, and my auto loan

Can an attorney thoroughly evaluate Capital One's actions regarding the sudden cancellation of my checking and savings accounts, as well as their handling of my auto loan, to determine if there are grounds for pursuing legal action against the company? Specifically, I'm concerned about... View More

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answered on Apr 21, 2024

Yes, an attorney who specializes in consumer protection law, banking regulations, and contract law can thoroughly assess Capital One's actions regarding your accounts and auto loan to determine if there are grounds for legal action. Here are some key points to consider:

1. Account...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: What happens if someone breaks a real estate contract/intent to sell contract? What are my options

I'm in the process of buying a home from a less than friendly seller (who lives in another house elsewhere). In late Feb 2024 the two of us met to sign a contract which stated his intent to sell me the property, the price, and some other minor details. He hired the lawyer who wrote it up, we... View More

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Apr 3, 2024

It depends on the contract. The escrow deposit is generally forfeited to the seller if the buyer doesn't close on time or apply for a mortgage quickly enough. But, as the buyer, your next step is to schedule a new date to close by and make the date "time of the essence." This will... View More

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Q: I signed a new lease yesterday for $1029. Got it back signed by them. Then got an email to sign again for $1059.

If the lease is signed by me and by the assistant manager of the property then it's a legally binding lease correct? They want me to sign another lease because they messed up on the amount they wanted me to pay.

Nicholas P. Weiss
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answered on Mar 25, 2024

As a matter of law, the lease is binding as signed. As a matter of practicality, that is not a good step to enter into a lease with a group that's going to make "mistakes" like that.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can t doctrine of unclean hands be used by a storage facility who offered a cure 2 breach but then refused to honor it?

I fell behind on payments to a storage facility after they more than doubled my monthly payment a few months into t lease but was able to come up with t money needed, including fees, before t auction. T mgr blocked my online account and refused to accept payment via cc by applying a clause for 3rd... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

In the situation you've described, the doctrine of unclean hands could potentially be relevant. This legal principle suggests that a party cannot seek legal relief if they themselves have acted unethically in relation to the subject of the lawsuit. If the storage facility manager acted in bad... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Real Estate Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I need to get out of a commercial lease
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Mar 20, 2024

Talk to the landlord to negotiate an early termination, although landlord is under no obligation to do so. Landlord might ask for a payment. If landlord is in default of the lease, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the lease and the situation, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Lemon Law for Ohio on
Q: Who do I contact or what can I do about a Used Auto Dealership, trying to fraud me?

I financed a vehicle for 13,000. Everything got finializied, the Finance guy at the dealership is trying to fraud me out of money for things that dont connect with my loan or contract, is threatening me and trying to use scare-tactics to have me voluntary repo the car and still be at fault for a... View More

Marcus A. Ross
Marcus A. Ross
answered on Feb 29, 2024

You can contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Consumer Fraud Division which deals with fraud and deceptive trade and sales practices by businesses like automobile dealerships and report tge fraudulent behavior. You also obviously have the option of filing a civil action against the finance... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: We sold a property. An addendum to the contract was for the buyers to pay us $20K cash. They refuse to pay.

What are our options? They bought the property as is and then remodeled. They say since they spent so much to remodel that they don't have to pay us.

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 19, 2024

Your options depending on the purchase agreement are to either not get paid or sue for the amount due. I would recommend speaking to your realtor and if he or she cannot help you, invest in the time with an attorney in that county that regularly practices real estate litigation.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Wife & I were scammed out of a place and $1,275. What do we do?

Wife & I were going to rent an apartment from someone claiming place was ready. It was far from it. Recently found out this situation has been happening to multiple people by the same landlord. Can we get anything back? They only gave us a small portion back. We are still out $975 and now... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Feb 5, 2024

Given the description, you may file a complaint in small claims court against the landlord. Whether you can succeed will depend, in large part, on the language in the agreement you signed. Try and identify portions of the landlord's responsibilities that the landlord failed to perform.... View More

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Q: Can I consider an agreement made over text message tantamount to a contract?

I loaned a friend a significant amount of money in incremental amounts over 2022. On October 20, 2023, approximately 10 months after the last amount issued, I sent her a message on the Messenger app which stated a lump sum of what she owed me and that I wanted my money back, following her failure... View More

Nicholas P. Weiss
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answered on Feb 2, 2024

Yes. The texts back and forth would constitute an enforceable agreement.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: If I have checks that have cleared my bank for rent and my apt filed an eviction notice, can I put my rent in escrow?

I have lived at my apartment for 7 years, paid my rent in full and on time the entirety of my time; they have filed an eviction notice on me for court on Feb. 7th. The manager called and stated that she made a mistake and to ignore the eviction papers from the sheriff but I received another... View More

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
answered on Jan 29, 2024

1. You should never ignore a pleading or Order from the Court. There is a very good chance that the manager made a mistake and that the eviction will not go forward. However, you should show up and make certain that it does not go forward.

2. You should appear at court with your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Ohio on
Q: Contract has a termination policy that has confusing wording

I spoke to an individual who is a pretty highly rated fitness instructor. The contract either $450 per month or pay all up front for $2,700. Anyway, I said on the phone I'd likely do monthly billing. The billing is done through an invoice sent on PayPal thats set on 'AutoPay'. So... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 25, 2024

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. At this point, the least expensive option could be to direct your question to the instructor. That could be a safer approach than trying to interpret the language that creates concerns for you. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I rented a skid steer and busted the oil pan and now they say they can put Charges on me for damages

Criminal intent is this possible

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 30, 2024

An Ohio attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for a week. Breakage or failure of rental equipment should not ordinarily result in criminal charges, unless they are claiming that intentional, reckless, or other form of unacceptable usage led to the breakage. An Ohio attorney... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Animal / Dog Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on
Q: Would I be able to go after a vet office for making me sign things while I was in a mental crisis?

When I had to put my cat down, I was not in the correct state of mind. I could barely comprehend what was going on at the time as if I was in a dissociative state. I'm not able to pay the bill, and despite me saying that multiple times, it felt as if they kept pressuring me to sign the... View More

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 14, 2024

You need to pay your bills like all of the rest of us.

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