I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE with Bishop's most recent post above (3:33 PM). Procedures as to pleading and practice VARY WIDELY between and amongst the various states. So while the concepts -- pleading standing and capacity -- can be succinctly summarized in our posts, the METHOD for doing this VARIES.
In many jurisdictions, standing is Constitutional. For example, in Texas, standing can even be raised for the first time ON APPEAL. By contrast, in Texas, capacity must be raised in a verified pleading or the issue is considered waived. Texas has fairly liberal Rules allowing for amendment of pleadings. This is NOT uniformly the case throughout the country. And even in Texas, the Courts will sometimes look askance at what are perceived to be untimely arguments.
I was UNAWARE that some states might require that these issues be raised in a motion to dismiss, possibly preliminary to an answer. I am NOT disagreeing with or disputing this assertion by Bishop. I do NOT know and am willing to take his word for it on this. You certainly do NOT want to waive these arguments. I had earlier expressed the concern that a general denial might not preserve certain defenses that must be expressly pled.
Specifics as to PLEADING your various defenses is best left to qualified Ohio lawyers, as Bishop indicates!
But as important as it is to get your answer CORRECT, is also essential that you file your response ON TIME (if you have been properly served with citation). In most jurisdictions, a general denial is far better than no answer at all! And many Courts will look past technical pleading defects if the substance of the argument is clear. Your Ohio attorney OUGHT TO KNOW!