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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is it legal for a police department in California to release someone’s car to the wrong person then lie about DA Reject

The car was at tow yard. The tow yard had a lien sale the car was sold to a lady the lady never registered it in her name. She sold the car to her nephew a couple days after she bought it from the tow yard.he never registered it in his name either.. I bought it from the nephew a couple days later.... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jan 19, 2022

It is never OK for the police to lie. But you are not clear about what the lie is? If the police told you that this is a civil matter and the DA won't file on it, I agree with them.

Your beef is with the nephew. You can sue him in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal to resell abandoned used cloths?
Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jan 19, 2022

Selling used clothes is legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does that law make them legally married, though? I’ve heard both yes and no, but nothing official.
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jan 19, 2022

Please delete this question and post mre details. What law are you talking about and what facts are you asking about? You have not given us anything to base an answer on.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: Buying a new car at MSRP, - the dealer tells me there is also a mandatory non-negotiable $2000 extended warranty.

I have noted in writing and in person that I will not and cannot use this warranty, I dont keep my car for longer than 2-3 years and will never use it. The extended warranty would extend the basic warranty from 3 to 5 years. I never have a car that long and have asked for it to be removed. Is this... Read more »

Gary Lane
Gary Lane answered on Jan 18, 2022

I would absolutely refuse the demand and contact the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud division for immediate assistance!

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can You name institutions or addresses in Louisiana or internet for expropriation in Chicago?

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

my girlfriend living in Louisiana inherits a piece of land in Chicago that the city or state of Illinois wants to expropriate to build a school on.

As I understand it, the court is asking my girlfriend to receive $36,000 as compensation for the inheritance... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jan 17, 2022

You will eventually need an attorney in Chicago if this matter goes to litigation but you may also want a Louisiana atty to assist you with this---use the Justia FIND A LAWYER tab and search for Chicago and Louisiana expropriation attorneys--contact/consult with a few of them ad then hire the one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: We bought custom furniture in April 2021. It was delivered October 19,2021. Within a week we notice a squeaky noise

Repair service came out and agreed there was a problem. Supposedly they order a part. Nothing has been done as of January 17, 2022. Can we demand a refund?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on Jan 17, 2022

Likely depends on the purchase agreement, company policy, as well as the status of the part that was ordered. Demanding a refund and getting a refund are two different things, and being custom furniture, your question requires a much deeper than typical contract analysis to get a closer answer.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was emotionally harassed by an advisor for sending emails and asking too many questions.

I was looking for options I can have to change my minor. But during the advising meeting I was denied to ask questions and they said they do not care what I choose. I was denied to ask any further questions on the topic and was insulting experience for not knowing what to do even as an... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 16, 2022

What is your question? It sounds like your best course of action would be to address this issue with your university. Perhaps to the head academic advisor or to a dean of students. Many universities also have departments and deans specific to international students.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Louisiana on
Q: Civil lawsuit junk debt buyer Iawsuit

If motion to continue Has been filed by both parties but has not been approved by judge before a court date and the Plaintiff’s attorney does not show will the case be dismissed?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jan 14, 2022

Not enough information has been provided. What is set in court in which both parties have filed continuances? Trial? A pre-trial motion? or what? Are you represented? If the request for continuance has not been denied, then in all likelihood it will be granted on or before the court date. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is a notarized document legally binding?

My daughter is paying off a car loan that is in someone else’s name. The other person said they will sign over the title once the loan is paid and they receive the title. I don’t want her to pay off the loan and the other person get the title and not transfer to her. They then will have a free... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

She needs to have the other person sign the car over to her, and she pays for her own car. The best way is for her to buy the car loan, as it were, by getting a loan in her name. Yes, a document that is under seal is binding, but the wording would have to be clear and even then if the person... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: As an authorized user of a company credit card under my name if I use it for personal use can I go to jail?

I used the company credit card that was issued to me with my name on it which makes me an authorized user but I used it to pay some personal things and they want me to pay it back but I'll start threatening to send it to the authorities for fraud. Can they have me arrested for fraud even... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 13, 2022

Probably. The card was for company expenses, not your personal expenses. Embezzlement is a crime.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I hire an attorney for limited services?

I wish to hire an attorney to help with preparing an "opposition to motion to deem matters admitted". Is it possible to hire for only that, or will attorneys require they represent me throughout the entire case?

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik answered on Jan 11, 2022

Yes, you can hire an attorney to write the motion, or only assist you on the motion or for any or all of any part.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for a dealership to sell a car that the previous owners bank still has a lien on?

This is causing me to not be able to get my registration and license plates. My temporary plates are 2 weeks expired already.

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Jan 11, 2022

Generally, a dealership has selling a car, has to sell it with clean title, which means the lien needs to be paid off. You need to call an attorney to have a full consultation and review your purchase documents. Only then you can explore the options available to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Business Law for Kentucky on
Q: Me and my wife got married in July. She lived in housing but I never moved in. Now they want back payment. Is this legal

I have leases from other residents showing I did not live there.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 10, 2022

Did you sign a lease on this housing? If not, you owe nothing.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Florida on
Q: can a car dealership keep my stuff if it was left in the loaner car they picked up withiut warning
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 9, 2022

No. Contact the dealer and ask them for your personal property.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Collections and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Not sure what to do. getting sued by LVNV FUNDING LLC. For the amount of $1456.73 for credit card debt.

Hello im getting sued by LVNV FUNDING LLC. For the amount of $1456.73 for credit card debt. I was wondering if i could settle the debt before going to court and if so how to go abour that. Ive never been sued so i have no idea what to even do or who to contact. My citation papers were served on... Read more »

Leslie Ann Werner
Leslie Ann Werner answered on Jan 8, 2022

It's extremely important for you to file an answer in a case like this, so they do not get a default judgment against you. For this amount of money, it's probably not cost-effective to hire an attorney, but if it was for a larger amount, definitely seek counsel.

And to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Illinois on
Q: Law suit loan company took loan money after I filed bankruptcy.

I took a loan against my workers comp case in 2018. I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in December 2020, bankruptcy was discharged April 2021 with the loan company on the bankruptcy and they did not contest the discharge. WC attorney office paid the loan company in December 2021 when my case settled not... Read more »

Robert J. Walinski
Robert J. Walinski answered on Jan 7, 2022

In all probability the lender had a perfected security interest in the settlement. While any personal liability on your part was discharged, the lien would survive the discharge unless you successfully moved to avoid it. The basis for such avoidance would normally be that the lien somehow... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is this legal?

I recently hired a small cleaning service to deep clean my home and paid a $213 deposit. No contract was signed. The Monday prior to my Thursday appointment my family tested positive for covid. I contacted the business immediately. The owner has said that since she can’t find another appointment... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jan 6, 2022

Is it illegal as in the cleaning service can be charged with a crime? No. It's a dispute over the terms of a verbal contract. You say you were never told the deposit was non refundable. They say you were. With nothing in writing, this is a "he said, she said" situation with no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: I had a credit card judgement placed on me in 2012 for $3.666 and am on ssi, the debt collector placed a lien on my home

Arkansas has a $2500 dollar homestead exemption, I live on 10 acres in an old trailer not worth any value

Mike T. Ramsey
Mike T. Ramsey answered on Jan 6, 2022

If they took a judgment against you, the judgment acts as a lien against your property. You will not be able to sell the home without paying the lien off. There is a small possibility that they could exercise a sheriff's sale of the property but in my experience, that is unlikely with... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can you sue a supermarket for false theft accusation?

Falsely accussed of theft.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 5, 2022

more info would be helpful.

you can sue anyone for anything at any time.

the issue in my mind is do you want to waste the money on a lawyer or go to small claims court.... and can you prove damages?

the specific facts of your case will control.

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