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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: I did not sign closing paperwork for a home loan but it is in my credit report.

The transaction was not pursued by the buyer or seller and cancelled. The mortgage loan is present on my credit report showing the balance as open. That can't be legal?

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Aug 9, 2022

You need to do an official dispute about the mortgage loan being on your credit report. It is important that you check all three (3) credit reporting companies. The same thing may be on all 3. Each agency has a web-based dispute center on their websites. You should follow-up next week to see if it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: can Cops search you based of hearsay of stealing something?

At the bar, a couple saw my friends and I hanging around them before their phone was stolen but it was a crowded bar and they assume we stole their phone and told the cops who then asked to search me and my friends and we said no, but is that legal??? We did not take their phone but are they... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jul 25, 2022

They can ask to search you and if you consent they can search you. If they do not have pc they cant search you without your consent,

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: I’m looking for an out of State attorney who holds an Oklahoma license to review my case, comment on Intentional Tort a
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 21, 2022

An Oklahoma attorney could probably respond best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Since the format here is only Q & A and not attorney-referral, you're going to need to reach out to attorneys on your own. The connection to Texas in your question isn't clear. If you want an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I just found out that my father died we had a joint title of a vehicle. Is the car now solely mine and how do I get it.

Found out my father died 1 1/2 months ago and is already buried. Half adopted brother handled his cremation services and never notified me. I and my father had a joint title where his name and my name are on the title. Received video proof that my adopted half-brother has taken possession of the... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jul 6, 2022

The car is not stolen so do not file a false police report. Take the title and keys and go pick up the car if you are on the title as a owner

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: I have a friend who needs legal representation for a insurance claim matter
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 30, 2022

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Attorneys here can't reach out to solicit your friend's matter. The format here is only question and answer, not attorney referral. But the closest thing here is the Find-a-Lawyer tab above. Your friend could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: The Court at Law in FB county has granted Defendant a Summary Judgment How and where do I file an appeal or Motion?

I (Plaintiff) filed a Fraud, Misrepresentation and DTPA case in FB Court at Law against Momentum Jaguar Volvo Porsche in Houston almost 18 months ago and requested a Jury Trial. The court neither scheduled a Jury Trial not Amended the case. Defendant provided some fake documents and made several... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 5, 2022

You need to retain a lawyer, Appeals are complicated,

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I am in the middle of a negotiation and need help

I am a truck driver. In one of my deliveries, my trailer was damaged by one of the employees of the warehouse. They have accepted responsibility but have neglected my claim for the diminished value of mu trailer. I was going to sell it for 70k but now due to the accident the value of the trailer... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 16, 2022

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry for the damages to your trailer. You have a number of options. The first would be the cheapest, which is trying to continue negotiations. At this point, you may have already resolved the matter. But if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: In Texas, what can I use to amend a complaint to add an additional plaintiff to the lawsuit? And do I add evidence?

Its a trial de neuvo and I want to add a plaintiff to join me not sure if I must write an introduction or state other facts. Or must it be a motion?

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Apr 11, 2022

TX rule of Civil Procedure 502.7 is the rule to follow to amend your petition. A portion of that Rule is as follows:

a)Amending Pleadings. A party may withdraw something from or add something to a pleading, as long as the amended pleading is filed and served as provided by Rule 501.4 not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: Is sitting in a texas county jail without indictment normal?
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Normally you would want to bond out, but not everyone can afford their bond. Sometimes the judge will agree to lower the bond amount.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Texas on
Q: Is it a violation of my amendment rights if I have a public defender and spoke on the phone once. Before trial I have a

A new attorney and we're going to trial in 2 weeks or less or maybe 3 weeks but they're not prepared for my case and I haven't ever spoke to him before and the only information they have is what the prosecutor gave them instead of investigating my caseit been over 2 years

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Apr 6, 2022

Although you have the right to an attorney, you don't have the right to a GOOD attorney. You have to pay for that and it's really expensive.

That said, if your attorney does nothing (or almost nothing) to prepare then that can be "ineffective assistance of counsel"...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: How do you find out if someone has power of attorney
Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 12, 2022

The fastest way is to ask them or the person who you think signed the power of attorney, If they have used the power of attorney they should of had to show it to the person.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense for Texas on
Q: can my Texas drivers license be suspended if I'm the owner of car but vehicle was wrecked by someone else driving

the car was bought for relative, still in my name and was supposed to have car insurance on the vehicle but found out there was none . The person driving did not have my permission to move that vehicle at all, I was not aware of any other person driving . The car had CPI insurance from the... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 12, 2022

You can loss your TDL if the other party get a judgment against you. You may need to retain a lawyer,

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Walmart accused me of stealing

Walmart accused me of stealing at the self check out because the screen froze but I called a worker over they fixed the screen I payed for my stuff well as I was leaving an employee stopped me and said I was stealing called the laws it was $60 dollars worth of stuff I didn’t pay for I well judge... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Mar 11, 2022

If you really did not pay for items you cant sue, If everything was paid for you can sue

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: My self and my wife own a property with an in law and now his son is claiming power of attorney with no proof.

We are currently trying to sell the property but we can't get a hold of the in law and his son is the only one who knows where he is none of his family has seen or talked to him in 8 months and now his son claims his father gave him power over his affairs and won't show documents stating... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Mar 8, 2022

You are in a tough position.

I would want to see the deed which gave you and your in-law the property. If the person has Power of attorney they would show it to you. A power of attorney can be rejected by the maker at any time, if that matters here.

While you can sell your interest...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Falsely accused of theft of property, can I sue police department and the company?

I was charged with shoplifting from a worldwide company. Loss prevention falsely identified me after doing a Facebook search. This is now on my record. I have been labeled as a theif! Ive missed several employment opportunities, I had to move back in with my parents because all agencies have denied... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Mar 3, 2022

If all charges relating to the arrest were dismissed then you will eventually become eligible to petition for an expunction. An expunction is the means for clearing your arrest record. There are a couple of situations where you can go ahead with an expunction without waiting for the statute of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: Is there a direct phone number for the Texas Court of Appeals? I can’t locate itTrying to find testimony from old case

This was a murder trial in which xx was convicted for the murder of xx

George was my BIL. My sister was too emotional to attend the trial, but is wanting to read testimony, if it can be found

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Feb 8, 2022

The first thing you need to know is whether or not there was an appeal, and if so, which court handled the appeal. If you are researching an old case, try to find a "notice of appeal" document in the trial court file at the District Clerk's office in the county where the trial was... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: HiI’m trying to find the complete testimony from the Zani trial, 1981, Texas. It’s very personal

He was convicted of murdering my BIL, xx, in 1967. It’s a landmark case for allowing hypnosis to be allowed as evidence. How do I get a copy of the testimony, or can it be accessed ??

Thanks,

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Feb 8, 2022

If the case was appealed then some or all of the transcript may have been filed with the court of appeals.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: Is it unlawful to omit a warrant from discovery that was used to track individual with gps and pull them over ?

In a case where they used gps on a vehicle to track person wouldn’t prosecution have to make it available for the defense in discovery ? her suppression was denied but the warrant could have shown premeditation for the traffic stop ! Cop said I was going to pull you over anyway but lied on the stand

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jan 18, 2022

No, not unless it was specifically requested and improperly withheld. The prosecution only has a duty to proactively provide the defense attorney copies of any exculpatory, mitigating, or impeachment evidence. Copies of other evidence are only provided if the defense attorney first makes a timely... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I was awarded a judgement in small claims court, but I have no idea where to start on the collections process.

Both parties live in Texas, I know where she works, and lives, but I have it on good authority she will be moving sometime this year (2022). She doesn't have many (probably any) assets, rents the house she and her family live in (she's engaged, but not legally married, they have 1 kid... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 13, 2022

Most of the small claims courts and local courts have pamphlets which generally discuss ways to collect a judgment and what to file. That said, depending the amount of the judgment, you might best be served to contact a collection attorney and at a minimum seek a consultation on how to proceed and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Collections and Energy, Oil and Gas for Texas on
Q: How do I get out of a bad solar contract?

We got ripped off by a solar company in 2020, when we were busy working 16+ hour days while taking care of kids at home. The salesperson said that the panels would cover 100% of our electric needs but it only covers 75% at best and the payments are as much as the electric costs without solar. The... Read more »

Aimee Hess
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Aimee Hess
answered on Dec 21, 2021

unfortunately, you can't simply "remove" a UCC financing statement. It has to be done either by court order after a lawsuit or by agreement of the parties. What your rights are regarding these representations depends in large part on what your contract with the solar panel company... Read more »

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