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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Can an unlicensed contractor.demand payment for sub standard work.he did nothing legal to perform according to the law

He tricked us into thinking he was licensed and knew what he was doing.he didn't and now he wants 35000.00 when we did not agree to that

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jun 11, 2021

Anyone can demand anything. You can refuse to pay him. He could then sue you, and you could defend the lawsuit and counterclaim for fraud.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Can one legally breach a confidentiality contract if they are threatened?

This is not a case, rather a debate. I am told "No judge will uphold a confidentiality contract if the breaching party was threatened to do so". I told them the entire purpose of the agreement is to protect the party being held in confidentiality, especially if the breach leads to their... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 4, 2021

Your question is unclear. "No judge will uphold a confidentiality contract if the breaching party was threatened to do so" doesn't make sense. What is the breaching party being threatened against? Signing the contract? Breach? If a contract with signed under duress, it is invalid.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: How can I get somebody off the title of a mobile home without buying them out? They are abusive and a drug addict.
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 29, 2021

That's equivalent to taking property away from him or her. If they do not voluntarily agree to give or sell you their interest in the property your options are very limited. Being abusive and addicted to drugs does not mean you can take away their things. If you are stuck in a bad situation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My car was repossessed yesterday. I have been trying to work the the dealership but they keep closing down. Please help.

I bought the car last year right before Covid. The dealership shut down due to the virus and never left information to make payments. In September the dealership reached back out after I had made a complaint to the BBB for their disappearing act, they wanted me to bring cash to their personal home,... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 15, 2021

Contact the Ohio Attorney General's office and file a consumer complaint. Here is the link:

https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers/File-A-Complaint.aspx

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My landlord owes 31,000 In home taxes and we are doing a 5 year land contract, does that need to be in contract.

He’s pretty old, if something was to ever happen to him, God forbid does that need to be in contact also???

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 15, 2021

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the contract and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: Im doing land contract with owner and he owes taxes should that be In contact?

Also if something was to ever happen to him and he is in debt with state would we take on his debt or how would that go??

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 15, 2021

An attorney should review a land contract before it is signed. Whether it is seller or buyer who is responsible for taxes and debts, would depend on the terms of the contract and the priority of the debts. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the land... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: I’m in the middle of doing a land contract and I want a lawyer to look over it. That’s all. To make sure it’s fair
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Apr 14, 2021

That should be very straightforward. You can use the Find a Lawyer tab on this webpage to find dozens of qualified attorneys who can do this for you. It would likely not be very costly, depending on the terms and length of the agreement.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Within Contract Law do the Courts typically decide if a written contract between two equal parties is fair to both?

Why or Why not?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Apr 6, 2021

The court decides the claims asserted by the parties to the contract. If two parties of equal bargaining power agree to the terms of a contract, the court might not have any reason to second guess what they agreed, even if the terms favor one of them. But issues raised by the parties to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my employer drop my pay within a month if hiring through contract?

Started new job under contract, contract states 24$/hr, boss is threatening to drop it to 23$ for asking questions. Is he allowed to do that?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 23, 2021

Nothing stops him from making threats. But if he does breach your contract by reducing your pay, then use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local employment attorney to review the contract and all the facts, and advise you of your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Contract law

On July 20, 2020 I signed a contract for windows for my home (around $7,000). On 9/10 I got an e-mail telling me the windows would be ready 10/29. It is now 2/26/21 and they tell me they will install on 3/29. On 2/11/21 I sent them an e-mail stating that as a commission salesperson the bottom... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 26, 2021

A lawyer would have to review the actual contract terms to determine if you have a right to cancel, whether their delay was a breach of contract or if the virus lockdown excuses the delay, or whether they failed to comply with all the required consumer protection notices and right of cancellation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Is my mom responsible for payment of a business lease if she is not on it? Dad died, no will, landlord wants a yearof $

My dad signed a 2 year business lease on 1-19-2021. He passed away 1-31-2021. He leased for 30 years from the landlord, was never late with his payment and now the landlord wants my mom to pay him a year's worth of rent to end the lease. She was never on the lease. They were married for 60... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Feb 16, 2021

If your mom is not a guarantor or co-signer then she has no liability to the landlord and should not pay anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: An amendment for $ for repairs was not added to closing when selling my house. Closed 5 weeks ago. Do I owe the money?

Signed an amendment for 1200$ to be left in escrow for repairs. Closed on selling the house. Now 5 weeks later realtor contacts me asking to give buyer 1200$. Apparently their realtor failed to submit it to the title company and the money wasn’t left in escrow. Am I legally required to just hand... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 27, 2021

If the title company released the $1200 to you already, because the agent failed to notify them, then it is the agent's problem -- unless you feel obliged to refund it for the buyer to make repairs. You aren't "legally" required to pay anything until someone files a lawsuit and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Ohio on
Q: Can I be arrested for failure to repay a loan?

I got a call that said if I don’t call back that they would be obligated to take the case to court and advised find my location.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 19, 2021

This is something that an Ohio attorney could advise best on, since it could involve elements of state law. But your question remains open for a while. Until you can reach out to an Ohio attorney for more meaningful guidance based on the specific facts of your situation, as a GENERAL premise... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I am 1099 employee with employment contract. If I get furloughed , does the company still owe $$ for previous sales?

I have an employment contract/non-compete agreement. Would this agreement be null and void also?

Drew Chalfant
Drew Chalfant answered on Jan 11, 2021

The terms of your contract between you and "employer" would govern what happens if services are suspended and you had made sales that qualify for payment prior to the suspension. Often times, employers will put people on 1099 arrangements when in fact they have a more traditional... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: Is a will valid if the executor is dead and the minor children listed as beneficiaries have since become adults?

About 30 years ago, my father, who recently passed away, created a will listing my grandmother as executor and me as guardian of estate along with my supposed half-brother. My grandmother passed away 13 years ago, I am in my mid 30s, and my supposed half-brother just turned 30. Would his will from... Read more »

Moshe Toron Esq
Moshe Toron Esq answered on Dec 26, 2020

The will is still valid.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Ohio on
Q: a man told me and my girlfriend he'd take care of us til we die if we'd take care of him til he died.now she's keepinit

they were married yet separated 10 years.thru probate she gets everything.i did my oath to him.weres my payout?he didn't have a will

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 21, 2020

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a month. There's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, but you could repost and include Probate and Estate Planning as categories. If you still get no response, you could reach out to Ohio attorneys for more meaningful... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My husband is our only source of income and has lost his job due to covid. We have made arrangements to live with family

But the buyout fee is several thousand dollars and they won’t accept multiple payments... if we could afford that, we wouldn’t be moving… Is there no such thing as a hardship action for Ohio?? Is there any kind of legal help because of the current pandemic with so many people losing their jobs?

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Dec 3, 2020

I am assuming that you are currently in a lease or rental agreement. If an eviction action is filed for non-payment (as you are probably leaving regardless), then you can request a stay based upon COVID and the CARES Act. The CDC now requires you to file an affidavit that you have attempted to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Can I back out of estate contract?

Oct 29th: I entered a real-estate contract to purchase a house. the contract says to close on or before Nov 30th. (email)

Nov 16th: I did let my agent know that I'll be out of the town on Nov 25th for 7 days, and will try to close sooner (texting)

Nov 18th: I was cleared to... Read more »

Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling answered on Nov 23, 2020

If the seller can't close before Nov. 30th, then that is a breach of contract and you can terminate. They will likely ask you to sign an extension, but you aren't obligated to do so.

If the seller is able to close by then, you can still terminate the contract if you want. This...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: If my credit report says my auto loan is closed but finance company is harassing me can I walk away from car?

Can I walk away with no obligations in Ohio? It clearly states account is closed and the harassment and interest rate alone may kill me and cat is falling apart. I need nee car ASAP. Please help

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 20, 2020

1. FYI, your credit report status has nothing whatsoever to do with your auto loan status.

2. The lender can continue trying to collect from you until you pay off the car loan.

3. And finally, "walking away" will do no good either.

Again: You still owe the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Products Liability for Ohio on
Q: Can a person who sold me a car with a title that was not in his name get in trouble after taking my money

Paid $600 for car I have title and keys. Also paid $300 for a trailer no title. Now the trailer is impounded and the person on the title doesn't want to sell it to me but her boyfriend already took my money

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Nov 10, 2020

Yes, you can get into trouble for selling things that do not belong to you. That's both fraud and theft.

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