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Ohio Business Attorneys

Doucet Gerling has helped over 1,600 people and businesses throughout Ohio with legal matters.  Our lawyers assist business owners with issue that include contact review and drafting, compliance, litigation, and debt resolution.   We are especially known for our real estate knowledge and work litigating cases and defending foreclosure cases, which has honed our skills for transactional work with an eye for risk management. Our law firm is BBB Accredited and maintains an A+ Rating.  Attorneys Troy Doucet and Andy Gerling are rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and have been rated by SuperLawyers for years.

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"Troy and his entire staff worked much harder than I ever expected on our case. We always felt like they were doing their best to help us and they explained our options so that we felt confident with our decisions. I can't say enough about how much they helped us!"

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Contracts

We can help review or draft contracts for leases, sales agreements, to buy or sell a business, real estate, and more.

Litigation

Disputes or issues with other businesses, creditors, banks, lenders, landlords, and others.

Debt Negotiation

We regularly represent businesses facing debt issues, from foreclosure to lease renegotiation, to debt settlement for pennies on the dollar.

Compliance

We can provide outside general counsel services, advise on BTB disputes, and ensure sales agreements comply with Ohio law.

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"My company has worked with multiple law firms in the past, but none have come close to matching the quality we are seeing from Doucet. "

 

Doucet Gerling Co., LPA has been featured in a number of news publications.

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We Are Ohio Attorneys Focused on Our Clients' Objectives

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"We trusted Troy/Andy with a legal matter and their team was absolutely phenomenal.  They helped us get a settlement that we thought was fair/equitable for both parties.  I would highly recommend working with Troy/Andy and their team in the future."

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"Objectives Driven, Straight forward, Professional and very knowledgeable attorneys."

Contract & Document Drafting

Decrease your stress by having a lawyer involved with reviewing, drafting, or approving contracts and legal documents.  Our lawyers have years of legal experience that we are ready to put to use helping you.  Let us help:

 

  ▪  Review Documents.

  ▪  Advise on Commercial Leases.

  ▪  Draft LLC and Operations Agreements for Holding Companies.

  ▪  Ensure Business Contracts Comply with the Law.

  ▪  Avoid Confusion in Real Estate Transactions.

 

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"The attention to detail and professionalism that Troy and his staff brings to our contract drafting process is unmatched. It’s a rare occurrence to find a law firm that cares as much about your legal protection as you do."

 

"The firm’s philosophy truly is one of putting the client’s interest first."

Litigation

You have enough to worry about as a business owner, and thinking about legal issues is a distraction to your core business.  Our Ohio business lawyers help relieve you of the stresses dealing with disputes.  Whether that is pursuing a claim against another business, protecting your interests in court, or defending a lawsuit, we will manage most of the litigation work to minimize the daily distraction to you.  Call us if you want to:

 

  ▪  Bring claims in a new lawsuit.

  ▪  Protect your personal assets during litigation.

  ▪  Answer and defend a lawsuit.

  ▪  Find more time to reach a resolution.

  ▪  Renegotiate terms on a debt or lease.

 

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"My company has worked with multiple law firms in the past, but none have come close to matching the quality we are seeing from Doucet. "

Compliance

There are a number of state and federal laws that govern sales agreements with consumers.   For example, if you sell to consumers, you will need to comply with the Consumer Sales Practice Act in Ohio.  This law requires specific language in contracts with consumers at gyms, door-to-door sales, home repairs, car sales, and more.

There are also a number of laws that protect businesses from unfair competition.  Businesses can be sued by other businesses for things like:

 

  ▪  Advertise a product such that a consumer might confuse it with another company's product.

  ▪  Represent goods or services has having a sponsorship, approval, characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, or quantities that they do not have.

  ▪  Disparages the goods, services, or business of another by false representation of fact.

  ▪  Makes false statements of fact concerning the reasons for, existence of, or amounts of price reductions.

  ▪  Advertises goods or services with intent not to supply reasonably expectable public demand, unless the advertisement discloses a limitation of quantity.

  ▪  Advertises goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised.

  ▪ Not register a business name or use as a fictitious name has not been reported to the secretary of state.

Debt Negotiation

We have considerable experience defending against debt lawsuits without our clients (or their businesses) ever filing bankruptcy.  Troy and Andy "wrote the book" on foreclosure defense.  27 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure: How to Beat the Bank is a second edition to Troy's highly popular 23 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure.

Whether you have received a notice of default, are facing commercial foreclosure, a summons, a cognovits judgment, receivership application, or a judgment or foreclosure sale is in place, we should be able to raise a defense without bankruptcy.  Our attorneys defend business debt litigation in court and regularly get our clients deals using the law, even if they have been previously denied by their creditor.  There is a big difference in how banks and lenders treat people in debt proceedings based on whether they have knowledgably counsel fighting the claims.  Call us today if you want to:

 

  ▪ Renegotiate a commercial lease.

  ▪  Prevent an eviction or moving locations.

  ▪  Settle a debt for cents on the dollar.

  ▪  Get a loan modification with manageable terms.

  ▪  Avoid or reopen a cognovits judgment.

  ▪ Protect your personal or business assets from liability exposure.

  ▪ Or, walk away without facing a personal deficiency judgment.

 

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"The attention to detail and professionalism that Troy and his staff brings to our contract drafting process is unmatched. It’s a rare occurrence to find a law firm that cares as much about your legal protection as you do."

 

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"The firm’s philosophy truly is one of putting the client’s interest first."

Contract & Document Drafting

Decrease your stress by having a lawyer involved with reviewing, drafting, or approving contracts and legal documents.  Our lawyers have years of legal experience that we are ready to put to use helping you.  Let us help:

 

  ▪  Review Documents.

  ▪  Advise on Commercial Leases.

  ▪  Draft LLC and Operations Agreements for Holding Companies.

  ▪  Ensure Business Contracts Comply with the Law.

  ▪  Avoid Confusion in Real Estate Transactions.

 

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"The attention to detail and professionalism that Troy and his staff brings to our contract drafting process is unmatched. It’s a rare occurrence to find a law firm that cares as much about your legal protection as you do."

 

"The firm’s philosophy truly is one of putting the client’s interest first."

Litigation

You have enough to worry about as a business owner, and thinking about legal issues is a distraction to your core business.  Our Ohio business lawyers help relieve you of the stresses dealing with disputes.  Whether that is pursuing a claim against another business, protecting your interests in court, or defending a lawsuit, we will manage most of the litigation work to minimize the daily distraction to you.  Call us if you want to:

 

  ▪  Bring claims in a new lawsuit.

  ▪  Protect your personal assets during litigation.

  ▪  Answer and defend a lawsuit.

  ▪  Find more time to reach a resolution.

  ▪  Renegotiate terms on a debt or lease.

 

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"My company has worked with multiple law firms in the past, but none have come close to matching the quality we are seeing from Doucet. "

Compliance

There are a number of state and federal laws that govern sales agreements with consumers.   For example, if you sell to consumers, you will need to comply with the Consumer Sales Practice Act in Ohio.  This law requires specific language in contracts with consumers at gyms, door-to-door sales, home repairs, car sales, and more.

There are also a number of laws that protect businesses from unfair competition.  Businesses can be sued by other businesses for things like:

 

  ▪  Advertise a product such that a consumer might confuse it with another company's product.

  ▪  Represent goods or services has having a sponsorship, approval, characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, or quantities that they do not have.

  ▪  Disparages the goods, services, or business of another by false representation of fact.

  ▪  Makes false statements of fact concerning the reasons for, existence of, or amounts of price reductions.

  ▪  Advertises goods or services with intent not to supply reasonably expectable public demand, unless the advertisement discloses a limitation of quantity.

  ▪  Advertises goods or services with intent not to sell them as advertised.

  ▪ Not register a business name or use as a fictitious name has not been reported to the secretary of state.

Debt Negotiation

We have considerable experience defending against debt lawsuits without our clients (or their businesses) ever filing bankruptcy.  Troy and Andy "wrote the book" on foreclosure defense.  27 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure: How to Beat the Bank is a second edition to Troy's highly popular 23 Legal Defenses to Foreclosure.

Whether you have received a notice of default, are facing commercial foreclosure, a summons, a cognovits judgment, receivership application, or a judgment or foreclosure sale is in place, we should be able to raise a defense without bankruptcy.  Our attorneys defend business debt litigation in court and regularly get our clients deals using the law, even if they have been previously denied by their creditor.  There is a big difference in how banks and lenders treat people in debt proceedings based on whether they have knowledgably counsel fighting the claims.  Call us today if you want to:

 

  ▪ Renegotiate a commercial lease.

  ▪  Prevent an eviction or moving locations.

  ▪  Settle a debt for cents on the dollar.

  ▪  Get a loan modification with manageable terms.

  ▪  Avoid or reopen a cognovits judgment.

  ▪ Protect your personal or business assets from liability exposure.

  ▪ Or, walk away without facing a personal deficiency judgment.

 

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"The attention to detail and professionalism that Troy and his staff brings to our contract drafting process is unmatched. It’s a rare occurrence to find a law firm that cares as much about your legal protection as you do."

 

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"The firm’s philosophy truly is one of putting the client’s interest first."