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Q: Can I be held responsible if I cosigned for a vehicle and the person turned it back in?

I cosigned a vehicle and the other person turned it back into the dealership, now they are coming after me for the money, am I responsible for that? Can they garnish my wages for a vehicle they took back?

Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 16, 2019

A co-signer is equally liable for any financial loss on the loan or the vehicle that. If the lender or dealer sues and gets a judgment, they can garnish wages. They also can make an adverse entry on credit reports, lowering credit scores.

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Q: I have a question on consumer laws regarding purchase of a puppy from breeder in Ohio. I am in Pa.

I found a puppy online. I contacted the owner on FB msger but got no reply. I then saw the same puppy listed with another woman claiming to be seller's mom. I messaged her about the puppy, and we made arrangements. I never actually spoke with the daughter. Mother disclosed that the pup had an... Read more »

Taylor P Waters answered on Jul 10, 2019

It depends on what the contract says regarding the deposit. It does seem like there are multiple red flags here and you might be dealing with an Amish puppy mill situation. If you had a firm agreement that you could get the puppy for the week of July 9, that might be sufficient to get the deposit... Read more »

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Q: If 2 parties are responsible for a debt and 1 party party pays a portion of that debt andit is considered to be "in full

and final satisfaction of her liability herein" is the other party still responsible for the remaining debt? Nowhere in the contract does it specify that either of the parties are responsible for a certain portion of the debt. It appears to be considered 1 debt. If her debt is satisfied, isn't... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 8, 2019

No. You are reading the law backwards.

Each person on any joint debt is responsible to the lender (creditor) for the entire debt, not just half (or any other portion) of the whole debt. So if one of the debtors pays off 50% of the entire debt, that debtor still owes the other 50% to the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on

Q: I’m looking for a lawyer who can sue a big company or if you could refer me to one

Don’t have more information

Matthew Williams answered on Jul 8, 2019

Any lawyer could sue a big company, but without more information none is going to.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Small Claims, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on

Q: Hi! I had a roommate drop out of school and leave the college house. He pays rent but refuses to pay for utilities.

The utilities were not included with rent. But under the utilities segment on our lease it shows that the person who is signing agrees to pay for them. Is he obligated to pay?

Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 3, 2019

If he refuses to pay, you could sue him in small claims court. But even if you win, that merely gives you a judgment. Then you have to try to collect on the judgment by going to court again. The court filing fees for all that probably exceed what he owes.

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Q: because I wasn't allowed to work we were married 18 years so that's the reason that I moved in here

What can i do

Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 27, 2019

Your question does not provide enough information. If you are asking about divorce, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney to review your situation and advise you.

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Q: I put a deposit down on an apartment a month ago and still haven't received a lease.

I've always been the first one to contact him and ask about any update (application approval, status of lease etc). He has stated that I'll have the lease at the end of the week (didn't happen) or the following week (after the next time I reached out - still hasn't happened). He didn't even contact... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 19, 2019

If you already moved in, getting the deposit back would be a problem. If you haven't, you would have to sue the landlord.

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Q: I have a home currently under contract to sell. It’s been three weeks with no response from the buyer. What can I do?

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Jun 19, 2019

The purchase agreement should provide for a time period within which the buyer must take certain steps. Check to see if those steps have been taken. If not advise the buyer that the contract has been materially breached and you are cancelling the same.

The purchase agreement should also...
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Q: If i was not disclosed about a salvaged tittle?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

If you have coverage on the car your insurance company should pay for the repairs. Period.

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Q: Can I be charged rent when I don’t live in the apartment anymore?

I live in ohio and I resigned my lease for 2019/2020. I decided I didn’t want to live there anymore and found someone to take my lease. She can’t move in until August 19. She technically took my resigned lease and the lease I’m currently in ends 7/22/2019. But the office said I am responsible... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 13, 2019

Tenant is obligated to pay rent until the end of the lease - unless landlord and tenant agree to an early termination. If tenant does not pay in full what landlord says is owed, then landlord can make an adverse credit report entry, lowering tenant's credit score. Landlord can also withhold the... Read more »

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Q: Girlfriend and I bought a home, she quit her job prior to closing and the lender is questioning us.

My girlfriend quit her job 5 days before closing because it was too stressful so she is in works of getting new job just on-boarding. I could pay the mortgage on my own and we have yet to have a payment but I would be able to pay them all on time on my own. If they didn’t reverify her employment... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 11, 2019

The lender would have to specify what specific term of the mortgage has been breached to call the loan. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to review the mortgage and what the lender is telling you, and to respond to the lender on your behalf.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Contracts and Appeals / Appellate Law for Ohio on

Q: Is there a way to get State of Ohio to review their finding of a teacher’s performance rating?

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on May 31, 2019

The teacher has the administrative right to challenge the performance rating by the terms of the teacher's contract. There are very specific objections or challenges to the performance rating that have to be brought within strict time limits.

Students and parents do not have such a right.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Ohio on

Q: Can a home builder be sued for breech of contract if they don’t follow plans, or finish per contract time frame?

All elements of house build were signed by all parties (builder/homeowner). There was a specific electrical plan for entire house that was signed off. We identified they were not following signed electrical plan. When confronted why they weren’t following they stated “we don’t follow those... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles answered on May 23, 2019

Yes. Unless the deviation from the signed electrical plan is relatively minor or the result of an extreme increase in the cost. You should be able to require the contractor to follow the signed electrical plan. Regarding the 2 1/2 month delay, you may be able to sue for breach of contract... Read more »

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 answered on May 21, 2019

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

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Q: How to get out of sales contract when the sales person deliberately waited until there was nothing I could do

I purchased a vehicle back in March and less than 48 hours changed my mind. I texted the sales person and asked about it and he said he would look into it and never did. Day 5 I learn the dealership had a three day worry free return policy and I believe he deliberately killed time until it was too... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 29, 2019

If this incident just happed within the last week or so you should immediately stop using the car and return it to the dealer ASAP. You may not be too late to cancel the sale--unless you continue using the car while complaining about not wanting it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Products Liability for Ohio on

Q: If I'm forced to sign a document is the employer required to give me a copy.

Truck driver, receiver has a document upon arrival, they walk around the semi trailer, marking any damage on the trailer before they let you drop the trailer, they make you sign the document before you can leave it and they refuse to give you a copy.. if you dont sign they will not let you on the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 26, 2019

You can't make them give you a copy. Can you take a photo of the document with your phone? If not, take photos of any damage to the trailer that they note on the document and simultaneously make your own written record of the damage they are writing down.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Ohio on

Q: i cancelled my airbnb reservation 32 days in advance. The host let me cancel with no fees.

air bnb wants to keep $400, 1st they said the host fees applied. the host let us cancel with no fees or charges. air bnb said then that they were keeping the money since they did their job as an online travel arrangement site. tho i have pictures from the host saying we were cleared & invited us... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 24, 2019

Technically, your contract was with Airbnb. If you utilized Airbnb's extensive (and costly) international booking system and paid the booking fee, and if Airbnb did everything they promised to do then--unless the contract allows some percentage refund--they should be entitled to keep your booking... Read more »

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Q: our GC lied about being licensed,

Can we sue him? His work is so bad we will have to pay someone else to remove and replace the tile in the shower, he was to be completed the third week in Jan, on April 4th , he stopped and wanted his last payment, we did not give him a dime....he did not pull a permit for the electrical that was... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 22, 2019

Yes, you can sue him. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local attorney to review the facts and discuss your options. The attorney can advise if it would be cost-effective to sue him. But even if you sue, and win, he might not have any money to be able to repay you.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Products Liability for Ohio on

Q: Can a dealership knowingly sell a truck with under rated tires on it and hide this by dangerously over inflating them?

I purchased a used truck (2015 F-250 Super Duty) from 3/6. 3/22 the tire pressure low light came on.

The air pressure recommendations on the door placard of the truck recommended 80psi rear and 65 front.

I checked the max pressure on the tire sidewall and immediately noticed the... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Apr 10, 2019

A starting point could be to bring the underrated tires to the attention of the dealership. If they agree to the issue you raise and are willing to work with you to remedy the problem, that might be the most cost-effective solution.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: is a letter of intent to hire a contractor to do work pending a insurance claim binding

A contractor stopped by my home and ask my wife if she would like a free roof inspection after determining we had weather damage he told her he would help deal with the insurance to get it paid for. He had her sign a letter of intent to do the work if the insurance approved it. All of this while I... Read more »

Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 5, 2019

There is no way to know without a review of the document that was signed. If contractor did not follow the proper consumer sales and home solicitation requirements and provide notices, then it would not be enforceable if it went to court. If you don't want the contractor to do the work tell him... Read more »

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