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Introduced in the Senate on March 23, 2023, and referred to committee on March 29, 2023, Ohio Senate Bill 94, known in short form as the Bill that “regards the Treasurer of State, recorded instruments, liens, etc.,” sponsored by Senators Andrew O. Brenner (R) and Al Landis (R), seeks to amend numerous sections of the Ohio Revised Code related to recorded instruments, but also to enact section §5301.234, thereby codifying the doctrine of Equitable Subrogation.
The legal doctrine of equitable subrogation permits one mortgagee to replace another mortgagee in lien priority and is typically claimed refinancing lenders who pay off the original mortgage and want to have the same priority as that lender. The doctrine seeks to prevent unjust enrichment and promote equity.
Introduced in the Senate on January 23, 2023, and referred to committee on February 8, 2023, Ohio Senate Bill 25, known in short form as the Bill that “regards real property foreclosures,” sponsored by Senator Bob D. Hackett (R), seeks to alter the procedures for foreclosure sales.
Chapter 2329 of the Ohio Revised Code currently governs execution upon judgments, including sales of real property resulting from foreclosure actions. SB25 proposes four significant changes to the foreclosure sale process that could result in a reduction in the length of time and cost of the foreclosure sale process:
The Ohio Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 334, titled (in short) “Grant certain bidders rights – foreclosed residential property,” which seeks to amend section 2329.27 and to enact sections 2329.261 and 2329.313 of the Revised Code to grant tenants and certain other eligible bidders rights relating to the purchase of residential property sold through the process of foreclosure. The Bill applies to foreclosure sales of one to four family residential properties, and requires the selling officer, whether sheriff or private selling officer, to include in its sale advertisement, the following notice:
"NOTICE TO TENANTS AND OTHER ELIGIBLE BIDDERS: You may have a right to purchase this property after the sale pursuant to R.C. 2329.313. If you are an "eligible-tenant buyer," you can purchase the property if you match the successful bid placed at the sale. If you are an "eligible bidder," you may be able to purchase the property if you exceed the successful bid placed at the sale. There are three steps to exercising this right of purchase. First, two calendar days after the date of the sale, you can call [telephone number for information regarding the sale], or visit this web site [web site address for information regarding the sale], using the file number assigned to this case [case file number] to find the date on which the sale was held, the amount of the successful bid, and the address of the person who conducted the sale. Second, you must send a written notice of intent to place a bid so that the person who conducted the sale receives it not more than fifteen days after the date of the sale. Third, you must submit a bid so that the person who conducted the sale receives it not more than forty-five days after the date of the sale. If you think you may qualify as an "eligible tenant-buyer" or "eligible bidder," you should consider contacting an attorney or appropriate real estate professional immediately for advice regarding this potential right to purchase.”
“The Delaware County Common Pleas Court General Division is now piloting a mediation program for civil cases. Any civil case may be referred to mediation based on a party’s motion and the approval of the court. The assigned judge may also refer any civil case for mediation. Parties may suggest a mediator from the approved mediator list, but the court will make the final selection and appointment of the mediator. The court will pay the approved mediator for the actual time spent in the matter, up to 8 hours of mediation time. In the event the mediator or the parties would like to request that the court pay for additional mediation time, they may file a motion with the court prior to incurring those expenses. This program does not prevent parties from utilizing a private mediator at their own expense. In order for the mediation cost to be covered under this pilot program, the parties must file a motion, receive approval from the court, and utilize a mediator from the court-approved mediator list.”
Senate Bill 13 was signed into law on March, 16, 2021, and effectively shortens Ohio’s statute of limitations for filing lawsuits based on breach of contract. While R.C. 2305.06 originally set forth a lengthy 15-year statute of limitations on enforcement of a contract, the statute was amended in 2012 to reduce the limitation to eight years. The 2021 amendment to Revised Code 2305.07 now further reduces the statute of limitations for breaches of written contracts from eight years to six and reduces the statute of limitations for breaches of oral contracts from six years to four years.
The new law goes into effect on June 16, 2021.
The statute of limitations in Ohio on legal malpractice claims is one year from the time the aggrieved party knew, or should have known, that the attorney committed malpractice, or from the time the attorney stopped representing the aggrieved party on that particular legal matter, whichever is later. O.R.C. 2305.11. However, Senate Bill 13 was recently passed in Ohio, and currently awaits the Governor’s signature. The Bill adds section 2305.117 to the Ohio Revised Code, and while the new section does not replace or negate 2305.11, it seeks to add a statute of repose, requiring all legal malpractice claims to be filed within 4 years, regardless of then the malpractice was actually discovered. Once signed into law, while the one year statute still applies, this will supplement the current rule in place.
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