Ohio Business Law Questions & Answers

Q: Do church Members have the right to see their Minister's contract?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 4, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
If the contract is between the minister and the board, then it is the board's decision if the members can see the contract. But if the church is organized as an Ohio non-profit corporation, the members could take legal action to obtain access to the contract. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local Ohio attorney to review the church By-Laws and advise you.

Q: Hello I am helping my friend out with his single member LLC and we want to add me as a member. What steps would we tak

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 27, 2019
Neil Klingshirn's answer
First, you and your friend should each consult your own attorney. Becoming a member of a limited liability company is economically similar to becoming a partner in a business. You will have rights and responsibilities with respect to your friend and should know what they are and whether you are prepared for them. Not understanding that is a great way to end up with a business partner who is no longer your friend.

In addition, you should agree now on how to exit the business when the...

Q: How can we submit response filings in OH if we are located in CA?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 3, 2019
Joseph Jaap's answer
Your counsel in CA should be able to handle that, or you can retain local OH counsel to assist with the filing. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local litigation attorney in OH where the lawsuit has been filed.

Q: What happens to a business if the sole proprietor goes to prison for sexual misconduct with a minor?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Nov 14, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
Technically, nothing. But a business without someone at the helm is seriously endangered. I would suggest you all get together with the owner and a lawyer to ensure the business operations will pass on to someone trusted. Obviously, the boss here needs a lawyer for the criminal side too.

Q: Can i sue in small claims court for money someone "owes" me in purchase agreement plus the max $6000 you can sue for?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Ohio on
Answered on Nov 13, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
The maximum award in small claims court is $6000. In municipal court it is $15,000. Beyond that amount, or for specific performance, it is Common Pleas Court.

Q: As an officer of a 501c4 corporation am I personally liable for a copyright infringement by the corporation

2 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Bankruptcy and Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Oct 31, 2018
Joseph Michael Romano Esq's answer
Can't even answer without knowing more. Please call to set up an appointment.

Q: I own and operate a HVAC Service and Repair Business. I did some work for a couple on 1/31/18. In their home.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Answered on Aug 6, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Sue both in small claims court. Check the court web site for the forms to file.

Q: Can the owner of a business, say a coffee shop or restaurant, have a rule that uniformed officers are not allowed in?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jul 9, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
A business owner can put up a sign that meets local sign regulations. It can probably exclude police officers, but could face a negative public response for doing it.

Q: I bought a condo for my daughter to live in during college.(owned under my LLC) Would it benefit me to list her as

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Tax Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jun 5, 2018
Eric Steven Day's answer
It seems that if you paid her (a deduction) so that she could pay you rent (income), there would be some sort of wash there with the income offsetting the deductions. The way this might benefit you, is this could then be treated as a rental and you would be able to depreciate the property. However, for her to be considered an employee, there would have to be some business purpose that she is performing on behalf of the LLC.

Q: If you have a business with a partner that is 50/50 can you do anything if they won't let you get your half of the money

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
It depends on the company documents and what they specify for resolving disputes. If a dispute cannot be resolved, then you can sue in court to terminate the company and distribute the assets between the two partners. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles business litigation.

Q: How do my husband and I create a 2 person member LLC for a rental property?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
An Ohio LLC can be created on-line with the Ohio Secretary of State. But you should retain a local attorney in OH to discuss setting up and operating the LLC properly and property ownership. You also should consult your tax advisor regarding the different options that can be elected for federal income taxes and other tax issues, including OH state taxes. Those depend on your particular tax situation. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local OH attorney where the property is located.

Q: In which court would I file a successor liability suit for a lifetime basement waterproofing warranty that came from

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 30, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Small claims court for a claim up to $6000, or municipal court up to $15,000. Over that - Common Pleas Court.

Q: If a company sold me a lifetime home warranty went out of business but then the owner went and opened a new business mus

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 30, 2018
Bruce Martin Broyles' answer
You may want to consider a suit under successot liability. He probably works from the same location, with same equipment and employees

Q: New commercial neighbor is a convicted rapist & sex offender w admissions of harming children. Does this count?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
Matthew Williams' answer
R.C. 5321.14 is not going to help you. That concerns unconscionable terms in the lease agreement, not your dissatisfaction with the proximity of a sex offender.

Q: company A transfers money from Company B into Company A's bank account #1 and then Company A transfers that money back

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and Employment Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 20, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Who is telling you to do that? If it is the company's attorney or accountant advising you to do this, get a second opinion if you are uncomfortable. As president, you have certain fiduciary duties under Ohio law, and so the company should have both an attorney and a tax adviser to provide appropriate advise when such questions arise. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a business attorney to represent the company in its affairs. The attorney can probably recommend a business tax accountant.

Q: My wife and I started an LLC a few years ago to do some real estate investing. Can we change what the business does?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Mar 7, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
There can be many reasons for creating a new LLC to conduct a new business activity. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local business law attorney to review your situation and plans, and advise you. You also should consult a business tax accountant, and a business insurance adviser.

Q: Can i sue a patients family member for saying i was under the influence.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Libel & Slander for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 26, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a lawyer tab to consult a local litigation attorney to review the facts and advise you.

Q: I have an LLC and I own 34% of the company. My two partners breached our no conflict of interest clause by starting

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Ask your attorney. If you don't have an attorney, use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a business litigation attorney to assist you.

Q: A rescue organization (501c3) placed 8 cats in my cafe for adoption. They have been given 5 oppys to pick back up.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Business Law and Collections for Ohio on
Answered on Feb 7, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If there was no written agreement, give them an invoice and a deadline, and if not paid and picked-up, tell them they go to the pound.

Q: Does a 50 mile, 3 year, do not compete contract hold up in court? In regard to training (Barista training)

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Ohio on
Answered on Jan 31, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Probably not - but only if it went to court, and the court decided in your favor. But a new employer might want to avoid the potential problem and refuse to hire you, or fire you if the other employer notifies them. Use the Find a Lawyer and retain a local employment law attorney to review the non-compete and advise you.

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