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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I was told today that I had to file bankruptcy in order for me to get garnishment payment lowered

I have a car I'm currently paying on and I dont want to lose my only transportation. I dont want it gone I just want it lowered to what I can afford.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 2, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. You could repost under the Bankruptcy category. There's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, but a bankruptcy attorney would have better insight into the issues you describe than a small claims attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: in the store I work at in ohio theft is rising. Is it legal to decide to use 17 year old stock workers as "security"?

Our store managers decided to use an extra stock worker to act as security and 2 of them were 17 year olds. I need to know if this is illegal.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Mar 8, 2021

https://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/laws_MLLPoster.pdf#:~:text=%22minor%22%20means%20any%20person%20less%20than%2018%20years,compensation%20he%2Fshe%20shall%20receive%20for%20each%20day%2C%20week%2C

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: I was asked to petsit a guinea pig a few days. A friend of my ex roommate she really didn't even know me..

It's now been over a year and I messaged just to see if she ever intended to pick her up to which she said I can't pay you but if she's too much she could come get her she came in a ten gallon fish tank with a hide she could barely fit in.. knew nothing about guinea pigs but... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 2, 2021

Attorneys who handle animal/dog law matters would be able to advise best, but you await a response for four weeks. Although we see our animals as family members, the general premise is that they are considered property. So it could probably be argued that the other person did not expressly abandon... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Bought a lot that advertised utilities in place and Found out that no utilities are in place
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 14, 2021

Check your purchase contract. It might say that no other statements, advertisements, etc. are binding - only what is specifically stated in the written contract that you and seller signed. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the contract and advise if you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What can I do about an illegal tow/scrapping of my car?...

My boyfriend used my vehicle to move some things from a house we were moving out of. The owner called the police said we were stealing the items. my boyfriend was pulled over, the impounded the car and when we called to get my car out of impound they said that it had a holder on it threw the... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Dec 11, 2020

As the prosecutor said, you must get a lawyer and sue, although the government might have some immunity from having to pay you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local litigation attorney who can advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: how do I take someone to small claims court if I dont have a last name or his residential address?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 9, 2020

An Ohio attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general matter across the nation, that could present challenges. One option is to search online with the information that is available to you, or to contact an investigator to discuss whether it would be worth... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Im renting in ohio. An i allowed to deny a house showing if the realtor doesn't give me a 24 hr notice?

I'm technically in Lorain County. My landlord is cool but the realtor is now getting angry with my bf and I cause we were out of town for a showing that he failed to give a 24hr notice for. He's done it multiple times now and we have pets. What drew the line for him is when we refuse to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 18, 2020

The realtor has no legal rights and cannot require you to do anything. You don't even have to talk to him if you don't want to. You certainly don't have to leave the key in the box. Ohio law requires a landlord to give reasonable (24 hour) notice of having someone come in for an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What information does a company like Midland Credit need to collect an unpaid debt that will hold up in court in Ohio?

Will a simple statement (without a list of transactions) work? Or do they need the original agreement and list of transactions? This is for an unpaid credit card debt that was charged off and sold to Midland Credit. (Assume you're trying to fight it without filing bankruptcy please.)

Tonya VanBenschoten
Tonya VanBenschoten answered on Sep 11, 2020

If you filed for bankruptcy after the debt was incurred and you received a discharge, all that they need is your case number.

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1 Answer | Asked in Antitrust, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: My brother in-law and his gf are staying in my house they where supposed to stay for a few weeks and it been two months.

We called the cops and they said that since they have mail coming in we need to give them a 30 day eviction notice. They are not in the lease, they pay nothing no bills, we are struggling on paying our bills because they consume a lot. We help them find a job and they don’t clean. We didn’t... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 8, 2020

As the police said, only a court-ordered eviction can get them out. Some courts allow a tenant to file an eviction to remove unwanted occupants. But other courts require the landlord to file the eviction. Call your local court to find out if you or your landlord must file the eviction, starting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: What is the process for ownership of a pet bought for my daughter from a 3rd party that my ex will not let her have?

My ex- husband and I have separately and together at differing times taken care of a pet dog that was originally bought for my daughter by a friend of mine. I no longer have the receipt (although my friend might have copy of check) and pedigree forms that came with the dog when purchased. I have... Read more »

Taylor P Waters
Taylor P Waters answered on Aug 24, 2020

Yes, you can take him to small claims court. You want to allege Conversion of Property. Bring your records, try to find a copy of the check, and see if you can find any communications from him which support that the dog was purchased for or a gift for your daughter. You may want to bring it in both... Read more »

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