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I am sorry for your situation.I was wondering should and could I seek out a legal counsel to represent me?
Under ORC 1925.01(D)
, in small claims court, "the appearance of an attorney at law on behalf of any party is permitted but not required."
In other words, you CAN have an attorney, but do not have to. However, it is strongly recommended that
, as attorneys are generally more knowledgeable in procedure, evidence, and local rules, so as to help make your case stronger.
May I recommend the Ohio Bar referral program by county - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
Do know that you may to file an answer as well (although in small claims court of Ohio, this is not required). If you do file an answer (recommended), it should be mailed to the Court, and a copy to the opposing party. Sample is below:[caption] - TITLE AND PARTIES (just copy of their filing)
DEFENDANT'S ORIGINAL ANSWER (centered)
NOW COMES Defendant, YOUR NAME, named Defendant in the above-entitled and numbered cause, and files this Original Answer, and shows the Court:
Defendant agrees allegations in paragraph 1 of Plaintiff’s pleading.
Defendant denies allegations in paragraph 2 of Plaintiff’s pleading.
Defendant denies allegations in paragraph 3 of Plaintiff’s pleading.
Defendant denies allegations in paragraph 4 of Plaintiff’s pleading.
(any other facts you wish to add)
Defendant denies each and every allegation of Plaintiff's Complaint, and demands strict proof thereof as required by rules of evidence and procedure for the State of Ohio.
Defendant prays the Court, after notice and hearing or trial, enters judgment in favor of Defendant, awards Defendant the costs of court, attorney's fees, and such other and further relief as Defendant may be entitled to in law or in equity.
(NEW PAGE)CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE (centered)
I certify that on (date filed) a true and correct copy of Defendant's Original Answer was served to the opposing party.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.
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