The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,000.
Small claims cases in Ohio are heard in the Small Claims Division (Municipal and County Courts).
For information on Ohio's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
In Ohio, the defendant must file a written answer, filed and served, at least seven days before the trial date, but only if a counterclaim is being filed. Otherwise, an answer is not required.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Ohio.
Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Ohio, but must be heard by a higher court.
In Ohio, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.
For more information about Ohio small claims court, see http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem/courts-hearings/representing-yourself-in-court/small-claims/qandact_view.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015