In ohio small claims when an attorney is hired do that attorney need to file an Appearance, if so what makes an appearance lega?
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The Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure specifically don't apply in Small Claims Court. If the lawyer files the Complaint on behalf of the Plaintiff that counts as an appearance, and the same for a counterclaim for a Defendant. Otherwise, there really aren't any other proper filings in a Small Claims case, and I don't know of any court that I've practiced in that required an attorney to file a formal Notice of Appearance in a Small Claims case.
An appearance of a lawyer is made when the lawyer signs papers and files the papers with the court; an appearance can also be made when the lawyer addresses the court.