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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: I contract for a shop an emplyr has told cusyomers that I have done nothing for months ive lost monitary gains

Im getting a statement from that person I actually lost a lot of monitary gains do to this I am a licenend shop I depend on customers for income

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 13, 2019

It's not clear what the question is here. Roughly, it looks like someone said things about you that have caused you monetary harm. If you added a couple of additional facts about the nature of what was said (without including any personal information), maybe an attorney who deals with defamation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Are you required to return a rental security deposit within 30 days or is there a grace period beyond 30 days, in Ohio?
Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Nov 12, 2019

Unless the tenant failed to provide you with a forwarding address, it should be returned within 30 days minus any itemized deductions. Otherwise, you may be forced to pay the tenant's damages and attorney fees. See the quoted code section below:

5321.16 Procedures for security deposits....
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: What kind of trouble can someone face for keeping a service dog from someone who has an emotional service dog

I have an emotional support service dog. My ex who has the mother and father/brother of my dog does not have any type of papers showing ownership of my dogs parents, he is refusing to give me my dog back I do have Shiloh tagged and license and have an ID number for her to be my service dog.

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Oct 30, 2019

Emotional support animals are assistance animals, not service dogs. This is an important legal distinction to keep in mind. You would need to go to Court, small claims likely, and ask for the specific performance of having the dog returned. You will want to bring all evidence that the dog is yours... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: I lost my license for not having insurance it is my first time how do I go about getting them back
Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Oct 30, 2019

There are a lot of drivers license reinstatement clinics throughout Ohio, search around google for one in your County. There are a bunch coming up soon.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: I have a civil stalking protection order against my neighbor who lives one house away from me. I was granted 500 feet.

Is he breaking the protection order when he leaves his property? The police said he is allowed on his property but he often leaves his property. Please help no one can answer this for me. I live in Cleveland, Ohio.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 27, 2019

You would have to report it to the court, and the court would decide.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Case: 2:14-cv-00083-GCS-CMV Doc #: 297 Filed: 05/16/19 Is this real or advertising I got ?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 26, 2019

Check with the court in which the case claims to have been filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Same residence for 5 years Landlord refuses to give me lease or key to private entrance. 3day notice to evict 9/17

Ex owns property. Invited my daughter, elderly father and myself to stay until I found a safe place to accommodate us. At least 14 emails in total as recently as last week advising me that

There was no need for us to go at anytime soon.

Throughout the years I've cleaned the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 23, 2019

If you do not have a written lease, landlord can terminate the lease at the end of any month by giving 30 days written notice. Notice given on 9/17 would be effective on 10/31, and if not out on 11/1, landlord could file an eviction action. But if rent is not paid on time, landlord only has to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Three years ago I removed a tree that was 85-90% on my property. My neighbor is now requesting compensation for 100% ($

7740) based on an online tree value calculator. What is my legal obligation?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 16, 2019

Maybe 10-15% of the value if a court deems you liable. Neighbor could sue you in small claims court. The court would decide if you have liability, based on the condition of the tree, any danger it posed, etc.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Can a property manager bar you from driving on the property if you don't have a license? Ohio
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 30, 2019

The owner of private property decides rules for driving on their property, and the property manager makes rules on behalf of the owner, and can decide who can drive on it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Can I do anything about my neighbor's dog jumping the fence into our yard?

We have a pitbull and luckily they haven't been outside together, but we have watched our neighbor's dog jump into our fenced-in yard multiple times. What can we do (legally) other than ask the neighbor to watch their dogs?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Aug 20, 2019

As the owner of pit bull, you are a vulnerable target for a lawsuit if something bad happens. You should consider whether the fence should be taller. You might also advise the neighbor of your concern. Perhaps the neighbor might want to install a taller fence. Check with your homeowner... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Hello, my vehicle was searched withbout my consent at my place of work. The search violated company policy as well

But I think it may have violated Ohio law. No law enforcement present, no warrant and no cause. Was this illegal?

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 3, 2019

That depends on whether you have an employment contract and whether that employment contract gives them the ability to search your car if it's on their property. It seems unlikely, however. You should call an employment attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My brother held my dad against his will for a year he got DPOnow wants to unplug my dad can we stop him doing it 4 spit

My dad would not even speak to my brother after he held him against his will for a year and kept his social security checks now he wants to unplug my dad after just 24 hours of life support other family members run me out of the hospital because I wanted them to leave so I could spend these last... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 3, 2019

You should call a lawyer for a thorough evaluation. Whether your father has a will, a living will, advance directives, and more will affect the outcome.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Can a seller of a vehicle with only a receipt for deposit to buyer and no contract, cancel the sell and refund buyer?

It’s a vehicle owned by a married couple and due to lack of communication they both did not agree to sell and are going to send back the small deposit and compensate buyer for their time as well. Can the buyer sue? The vehicle is under $10,000. Thank you.

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 3, 2019

Probably not. If the buyer had actual damages that person might try, but without actual damages incurred by the buyer, a suit is unlikely.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: If I cashed a check that I did not know what had a stoppage on it in 2015, a collection agency threatened legal action,

Can I be prosecuted under statute of limitations in 209?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 5, 2019

Your question is unclear. If you cashed a bad check in 2015, it may be too late for law enforcement to do anything about it. But that does not mean a collection agency cannot try to collect on behalf of whoever lost the money.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Can you take someone to court for selling you a motorcycle with just a bill of sale and no title?

I sold a guy a motorcycle with just a bill of sale, title came in the mail days after the sale was made. He's threatening to take me to court because he has received the title I mailed him because he started to get hostile with me.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 21, 2019

Unless you surrender the title the prospective owner will probably sue you.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: 2 weeks ago I payed $1500.00 to get my brakes done. Saturday my brakes failed and I almost wrecked. Do I have a case?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 20, 2019

Anybody can sue by paying the court filing fee. But there are no monetary damages for an "almost wreck." If you can get another mechanic to testify that the work had been done improperly, you might be able to collect the $1500 in small claims court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Long story short, neighbor threatened my cat because they think someone else's (who let's their cat roam outside)

In my housing community there has been a cat we thought was a stray but later learned it wasn't that the owners let him roam outside. Well the other day I came home from work and found cat feces on my back porch with a note and today the neighbor has been walking around my back porch and my... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Apr 26, 2019

Tell them not to trespass on your property, and if they come back, call the police.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: What can I do about children climbing my fence to enter my back yard of my home within the city limits?

I have a back yard camera and an additional privacy fence around the back deck with a hot tub spa filled with water.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 17, 2019

You could ask them not to do that. Or you could talk to their parents or call the police and file a report. But depending on the age of the kids, they might retaliate in some way.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: Daughter told her school she would end her life. they didnt tell us. she attempted it a month later.

My daughter told a counselor at her school that she wanted to end her life. She detailed how she would do it. He didnt tell us about it. A month later she attempted suicide in the exact manner that she described. Now the counselor is claiming that he did tell us and we didnt do anything about it.... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 28, 2019

Talk to the school principal and superintendent and determine what actions they have taken to investigate the matter and what they intend to do. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local civil litigation attorney to review all the facts and advise you of your options. But don't let that... Read more »

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