Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Ohio Civil Litigation Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: If a dog is advertised for giveaway and you get the dog can they take you to court for it back?

Drove 180 after talking with her about getting the dog she advertised for free then couple days later she demanding it back and gave me everything of the dog papers, toys, pool, leashes food. Trying to take me to court because she now wants it back. How is this legal to try taking dog back after... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 31, 2020

Anybody can sue anyone for anything, including return of an animal, which is considered personal property. But to win in court, she would have to prove some breach of contract by you. If she files a lawsuit, you can go to the court hearing and explain your case. Or use the Find a Lawyer tab to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I have leased a home for 9 years, the lease expired after a year and never signed another lease. Can I be sued damages?

There have been no upgrades, maintenance etc over the nine years I have done all upkeep myself. The home will need new carpet, drywall repairs and paint.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 30, 2020

Unless the original signed lease specified otherwise, then when it expired, you became a month to month tenant, and either tenant or landlord can terminate that occupancy at the end of any month by giving 30 days written notice. Tenant is responsible to pay for any damages to the premises beyond... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Landlord won't remove ratcoons refuses to awnser my calls
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 27, 2020

You can call the health dept. They might order landlord to take action. But landlord might not do it. You can pay for an exterminator, and then ask landlord for reimbursement. But landlord probably won't pay, so can sue in small claims court. Or you can start paying your rent on time each... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Is it unrealistic for me to seek 30 years salary in a promissary esstopel case? I make around 400k
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 16, 2020

I would need substantially more information to properly answer this. What was the nature of the promissory estopple? Why would you be unable to work for thirty years as a result of the breach of promise?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a property manger or reality company be sued for lack of property maintenance?

Leaky, molded hole in ceiling. Faulty wiring, rodent infestation

Troy J Doucet Esq.
Troy J Doucet Esq. answered on Jul 16, 2020

As a general answer: each city has its own rules about maintenance, in addition Ohio's statutory and common law requirements. Many tenants with apartment issues have found assistance with their city's code enforcement division, who can mandate changes to comply with the code. Other... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: How do I get my belongings back from a former girlfriend that will not relinquish my posessions? I am in Celina, OH
Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 8, 2020

You can ask her again, and if she refuses, then file a police report for theft. If the possessions are yours, and not owned jointly by you and her, then she should give them back. After filing the report, depending on the value of the items, you may need to file suit for conversion in either the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Laws about working a shift that harms a medical condition.

What are the laws concerning making someone with a medical condition work a shift that would cause the medical condition become worse? I have a seizure disorder that flairs up due to inconsistent sleep cycles and my employer was scheduling me an overnight shift despite me telling them I was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 8, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Two options you could consider are (1) reposting your question under Ohio Employment Law, which might be a closer match as a category for the issues you describe (but keep in mind that you would be discussing a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: If I am sueing a business for partial ownership can I force them to close while the dispute is being settled?
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jun 28, 2020

Unlikely. If there is a true ownership dispute and control over everything then the court will likely appoint a receiver to manage the company while the dispute is resolved.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Can I close a business down while I sue them for an ADA claim?

In Ohio

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jun 28, 2020

No. Once a lawsuit is initiated you can go through the civil litigation process, which does not result in the business being shut down. Even if you win it is unlikely that the business would be shut down.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Private Company Stock Ownership Dispute

My Dad had ownership in a private company and he passed away about a year ago. His brother is claiming he bought my Dad's shares out 15 years ago. My Dad did sell part of this shares (about 30% of his shares were sold) to him about 15 years, but not all of them. My Dad never got a copy of the... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Jun 27, 2020

In Ohio, the Estate would have an interest in the Company, and the Estate would file a complaint to determine the ownership interest of the Estate. The Company would have ledgers of the stock transfers or the sale of membership units. There would be articles of incorporation or organization and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Left firearm at a gun shop for on consignment gun shop went out of business
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 23, 2020

You can sue the owner or the shop in small claims court, but if insolvent or bankrupt, you might not be able to collect.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Rental office called and said my son couldnt live here anymore or I would face eviction. No notices, letters, etc.

I am current on my rent. He had been arrested three months ago on misdemeanor charges but nothing was said to us until the call today, mid-may.

When I asked who decided this i was told it was the property manager. When I asked for the name and number of the property manager they refused to... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

I might depend on your lease. If your lease has a stipulation that no one with a misdemeanor conviction may live there, or other basic wording, they may be able to evict over an unlawful tenant. It's worthwhile to have an attorney look over your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to leave a electric gorge Forman grill on the ground close to the sidewalk at a apt. Complex Unattended

My son touched the neighbors grill and suffered 2 nd degree burns. I didn’t know it was there let alone on it was a small household appliance and we were outside for 45 mins and she never came outside to check on the grill. So I had no idea she had one on the ground. It wasn’t on a table or... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jun 9, 2020

It's not necessarily illegal, but he may be able to recover his damages in a civil suit/pre-suit negotiations. They may have been negligent leaving the grill unattended. It's work discussing with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law, Traffic Tickets and Internet Law for Ohio on
Q: Could someone find my address and name from my drivers license number?

Someone cut me off in vehicle in an Arby’s parking lot, stopped in front of me and wouldn’t let me through, so I had to lay on my horn to get them to move. After they moved and began flicking me off, I had to follow them around the corner because it was the only way out that I knew of. They... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 8, 2020

Yes, they could possibly find your address or track you down. This sort of thing is how road rage escalates to tragic outcomes - even blowing your horn, or especially gesturing at them, could be dangerous. Everyone is tense. Do not engage with other drivers in traffic. Avoid eye contact. They... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I co own land and need to sell my interests. The other owner doesn't want to sell or buy me out. Am I stuck?

I have a buyer. I really need the money for medical bills. The co owner wants to keep it, and wants me to remain co owner. I feel stuck. How do I sell my share of the property. It is not divided by surveys, one 36 acre piece of woods.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on May 28, 2020

Unless you get the other Tenant In Common to buy your 1/2 Undivided Interest, you will probably need to file an Action for a Sale By Partition. Hire a competent attorney that litigates real property.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: I got a new apartment on the 1st of May . On the 8th it caught fire and I lost everything . I did not have a lease or de

Do I have the right to get part of my rent back since I was only there a week

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 28, 2020

You could try asking landlord, but you'd have to sue in small claims court if landlord won't refund it, and without a written lease, that makes it more difficult to succeed. Check with your local court to find out if they are even handling small claims cases yet.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Do i have to pay a utility bill that is in someone elses name?

I live in ohio when i moved i to the apartment i live at 2 years ago my brother put electric in his name my spouse moved in a year ago electric is in my spouses name the bill in my brothers name went to collections and my brother is telling me i have to pay it even though its in his name

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 28, 2020

Whoever used the electricity should pay the bill. If the bill in your brother's name goes to collections, it will reduce his credit score.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: How many times can a judgement lien on my property be revived? How many years before statute of limitations? Thanks

Ohio

Troy J Doucet Esq.
Troy J Doucet Esq. answered on May 26, 2020

Check out http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2325.18 for general information regarding reviving dormant judgments and how long a creditor is allowed to revive it each time it goes dormant.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Wondering when the courts will be back in activity, June or July was the answer given to me but, any specifications ?

I couldn’t find the “order” online to read specifications. Thanks

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 23, 2020

The courts have never fully closed, and it’s a patchwork of how closed and how long. You’d need to address your question to the specific court. Call them up and ask.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I bought a car from a private person paid stated down payment and was given a month to pay final payment and a bill of

Sale stated such. 5 days later previous owner borrowed stated vehicle to go to the store but never brought it back and stated that changed there mind that they would just give the down payment back when they get paid. What do I do to get it back? Or can I? I live in Ohio.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 5, 2020

If you still want the car, you will have to sue seller for breach of contract. That process will take several months, and OH court activity is currently suspended because of the virus lockdown. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local litigation attorney to review the situation and advise you.... Read more »

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.