an attorney is on the opposite side and claims that by him making filings and putting his name on that filing means that he has followed the law is providing "Attorney Appearance" Law. And the only thing he has to do is just list his name on any document without actually filing a Notice of Appearance.
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.
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.
ANY paperwork signed by the attorney and filed with the Court is an "appearance" in small claims court.
The lawyer has properly appeared.
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