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The Legal Services Group is responsible for the Legal Assistance Hotline (see details below), a free services available to principal brokers and designated office managers. The Hotline continues to be rated as one of Ohio REALTORS top services to members. Other equally important programs and services include:

Legal Action Program

The main purpose of the Legal Action Program is to provide financial assistance to support litigation of significance to the Association and its members. This program is administered by the Legal Action Committee. View Guidelines/Application

Legal Action Committee

The Association’s Legal Action Committee monitors the legal environment as it pertains to the real estate profession and stands ready to defend or file lawsuits involving issues affecting the industry and REALTORS statewide.

Legal Assistance Hotline

Ohio REALTORS’ Legal Assistance Hotline provides general legal information on a variety of real estate topics, including Ohio license law, agency, commission issues, contract questions, earnest money, and disclosure.

The Legal Hotline is available to the designated REALTOR and principal broker(s) of each brokerage, and managers they designate may have access to the Hotline. The principal broker can also request that one non-management licensee be authorized to use the Hotline.  Local Board Presidents and executive officers may also use the Hotline as well.

The Hotline accepts call from 9 a.m. – noon and 1:30-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Calls are generally answered on the day they are received.

Questions involving an interpretation of NAR’s Code of Ethics, procuring cause, non- real estate related questions or questions that involve complex issues and require extensive research cannot be handled through the Hotline.

Please note that only general legal information is provided via the Hotline and no attorney client relationship is established between the attorneys that staff the Legal Hotline and users of this service. Specific legal advice cannot be provided to REALTORS, their clients or local REALTOR associations through the Hotline.

Brokers can telephone or email Arica Jones at 614.225.6218 for their password, or to register an office manager for the free service.

Legal Issues Forum

The Legal Issues Forum affords members the opportunity to gather information on current legal issues of concern to the real estate profession. The Forum meets at the Spring/Legislative Conference and the Annual Convention in September meetings of the Association.

Local Board and Real Estate Brokerage Attorney Roundtable

The annual Local Board and Real Estate Brokerage Attorney Roundtable offers a forum for attorneys who represent local REALTOR Associations and/or real estate brokerages to discuss relevant legal issues. This includes license law, legislative, professional standards, antitrust, MLS, and other association matters, as well as industry issues affecting broker members. The Roundtable is held each December. For more information contact Arica Jones.