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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: neighbor is blaming us for breaking there fence and we have no idea what happen when the house has been empty

THEY ARE WANTING US OT PAY 1440.00 TO FIX THERE FENCE THEY ARE JUST ASSUMING THAT WE BROKE IT, ARE WE REQUIRED TO FIX IT

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Sep 21, 2022

You would only be required to pay if they sue you, present valid evidence and testimony in court that proves you caused the damage, and get a judgment against you in small claims court. But even if they don't sue, neighbor disputes are difficult to resolve, and can escalate, sometimes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Flying a drone, gets stuck on top of commercial building, property manager has to pay get it down, do I have to repay?

I got the drone back, said he may have to charge me because his crew may charge him, I may not be properly licensed but was not near any controlled air space.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 10, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you're able to discuss with a local attorney, nationwide such a situation would usually be on the drone operator. If the crew is regularly up there to check equipment or perform maintenance, they could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My ex and i have a suv together. He took it from me while i was at work. Can I take it back in the same manner?

4 years ago we bought the suv together. 2 years ago I found him cheating, and kicked him out. He kept the car we paid off, and I drove (and paid for) that one. The other night I was at work, and he came and took the car. He sent me a text message saying he had it and to not report it stolen. He... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Aug 1, 2022

It depends on if he is an ex-boyfriend or an ex-spouse. If he is an ex-spouse, then the divorce decree and property separation agreement determine who gets the vehicle. But an unmarried couple does not have the same legal process for dividing a vehicle as in a divorce when they split up. If he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: former employer is suing me what can I do?

To give you a little background on the situation I recently left one employer for another. I took a LOA after about a week being on my LOA I decided to take a position I was offered and sent my former HR manager my resignation via email. I sent my resignation email on April 1, 2022. My LOA started... Read more »

Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
answered on Jun 15, 2022

If you do not respond the lawsuit filed against you, the plaintiff can obtain a default judgment against you. More information is needed to provide you with specific advice. You should call an attorney and get an evaluation of your situation.

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Debt collector is suing me in court in indiana. I currently live in Ohio. I havnt lived in Indiana since 2015.

They want me to set up payment or go to court. I can’t go to court it’s 7 hours away can’t take off of work. Is there anything I can do or can I just ignore it?

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Talk to a bankruptcy lawyer in your community to help you evaluate your options.

Good Luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I loaned my ex over $9000. I have emails where he admits to the debt. Can I sue him in Ohio?

I loaned my ex 6k and got a loan for him. We had a verbal agreement for repayment. He was making payments but recently stopped. I have emails where he admits to owing me but now refuses to pay. Can I sue him in Ohio in small claims court?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Mar 28, 2022

You can sue him. The emails will help. You probably want to sue in the civil division of the municipal court and not small claims because $9,000 exceeds the jurisdictional limit of $6,000 to be considered a small claim. You can sue in small claims but the court can only grant a judgment up to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Do I have any rights to void an agreement? Signed an agreement with an unlicensed contractor for repairs

He won't give me the receipts that I already paid him half upfront that was in the agreement, but also he lied telling my bf how much he would get for work.

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento
answered on Feb 1, 2022

You may have a claim for breach of contract and/or a claim under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act. You have not given a lot of details such as if the contractor has completed the work that you have paid him for. I would suggest reaching out to an attorney for an initial consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Signed an agreement with an unlicensed contractor to do repairs on from a fire and come to find out hes not licensed. C

Can I cancel the agreement? And he won't give me any receipts that I paid him up front...and he also lied about the amount he promised my bf working for him. We were helping him out with letting him have the job and getting his name out there and he tried to pull one over on us...do we have... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Jan 27, 2022

Yes. If you've paid him, but only because he told you he was licensed, then the contract was induced by fraud. Take note that if he did any work, you may have to provide some kind of compensation.

This may also be a violation of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: If an ex boyfriends mom gave me a phone and added me to her phone plan, then suspends my phone and threatens me with the

Police is that legal? She gifted it to me and now I’m being told that if I don’t return it she will get the police involved and use my phone records.

Anthony C. Satariano
Anthony C. Satariano
answered on Jan 18, 2022

This question depends on the nature of the transfer. If she truly gifted it to you, there is an argument it is yours. If she merely intended for you to use it, then it may still be hers. But, as the owner of the plan she likely has an undisputed ability to suspend phones she pays for.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Rights, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What does this mean, and what do I do? Summons on Complaint. Required to serve upon the plaintiffs attorney. An answer?

I got into an accident, my steering locked up on my vehicle and I went into another vehicle pulling out of a gas station. Damaged were done and I didn't realize my insurance that I paid for 6 months in advanced had expired a few weeks prior. The other party has State Farm insurance and they... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 3, 2021

Only an Ohio attorney can advise here, but your post remains open for two weeks. You should consider reaching out to an Ohio attorney without further delay. I'm sorry, but from what you describe, it appears that you are being sued by the other motorist. Writing an informal note as you describe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Is it illegal to build a snowman using snow from someone else's property?

They don't have a fenced in yard or any signs that say private property.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 23, 2021

It sounds like you may be trespassing on their property. For a definitive answer you need to sit down with a local criminal defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: How I do I get my things back?

Hello! My ex-fiancé told me after we broke up that he would bring me my things as I left quite a bit at the apartment we shared. It has been over 4 months now and he has not brought me my things or responded to my texts. I don’t mind having to go get my things but I don’t know if I can legally... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Sep 17, 2021

I suggest contacting the landlord and coordinating a time to obtain your things. You can also reach out to law enforcement as they often act as a peacekeeper to ensure no issues arise while you are retrieving your things.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My ex boyfriend never disclosed his HIV status to me in our relationship. How to take legal action?

We engaged in sex multiple on many occasions before my knowledge of his status and he had even avoided using condoms beforehand as well. I’m not HIV positive however feel like I still should get justice and protect others along the path. How can I go about getting justice? I know nothing about... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Sep 14, 2021

Your unlikely to win much in a lawsuit if you did not in fact get sick because your damages are hard to calculate. But you could call the police. Felonious Assault 2nd degree felony punishable by 2-8 years:

(B) No person, with knowledge that the person has tested positive as a carrier of a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: If a (client) friend fails to pay you (contractor) for a job they hired you to do and they refused to pay after it was

Done and you took a razor blade and undid some of your work could I be charged with a property damage charge and how do I go about getting paid.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Aug 30, 2021

Yes, you can be charged with property damage. In order to get paid you would need to file a lawsuit against the friend. Breach of contract would be the cause of action.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Education Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Can my private university mandate me to get vaccinated after I’ve been accepted, paid money, and told me that I don’t?

They told us we did NOT have to get vaccinated then an hour later told us that we DO need to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I was accepted for a month and a half with a down payment before I was informed that I needed to get the COVID vaccine, so now it’s crunch time and I either get the shot... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles
answered on Jul 26, 2021

I have not personally looked up the resources, but it is my understanding that the vaccine has not received final approval from the FDA.

The emergency use of an unapproved medicine is covered by 21 U.S. Code § 360bbb–3 - Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies. A...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My father in law is threatening to sue my husband and I.

He co-signed a loan 9 years ago. My husband got laid off from his job and couldn’t make the payment payment anymore. When we tried to reach out to him he had changed his number. Then we found out his new number and contacted him. When my husband tried to discuss the money he owed him back he said... Read more »

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell
answered on Jul 17, 2021

There are many potential issues here. The co-signer is responsible in the event that the signer cannot pay. It sounds like there is no contract between the signer and co-signer in the event that the signer defaults. You should talk to an attorney about whether or not your husband can be sued for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I use Ogx by Johnson and Johnson. I seen the law suit,How do we go about joining law suit

I have been using this product for multiple years and have had significant hair loss

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Jul 9, 2021

I suggest contacting the law firm(s) who filed the class action so they can make sure you are included. From the Pleadings, I see the firms are:

1. Shub Law Firm in Haddonfield, NJ

2. Sciolla Law Firm in Philadelphia, PA

3. Whitfield Bryson in Raliegh, NC.

For...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I gave my ex girlfriend 6000$ (Cash) to help pay off her debt so she could by a car. Then i gave her 5000$ (cash)

For said car down payment my credit is horrible so we did it in her name. She decided to move to another state on an optional relocation at her job i did not follow. My name is not on the car. Ive got no access to a car now am i able to recoupe any money legally?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Jun 23, 2021

You could sue her for the money in the local court where she lives now. But she could claim it was a gift. If nothing is in writing, it would be her word against yours. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney where she now lives who can review the situation and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I am so livid I am shaking!!!

Is this a case or am I just petty?

I am so livid I am shaking!!!

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
answered on Apr 28, 2021

I'm sorry, no question is asked here. To determine if you have a viable case I recommend sitting down with an attorney who practices in the area of concern.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Can a debt collector lawyer contact you and ask you to pay court costs for a case to then be dismissed?

Already went 1x to court and debt was paid. Now they asking for court costs to be paid. Is this common? How do you know if paying court costs will dismiss the case?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Apr 14, 2021

Yes, they can as often times the debtor collector had to incur the costs of court before the debt was paid.

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