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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Consumer Law, Elder Law and Nursing Home Abuse for New Jersey on
Q: Am I responsible for payment of an exorbitant fee to Assisted Living facility that was the result of the facility error?

My elderly, low income mom (on medicaid) resides in an assisted living facility . I pay her rent there every month. They added on a $4,000 charge and recently and claimed it was because they did not bill her the correct amount monthly, going 2 years back. She doesn't have this money, can they... Read more »

Madeline Houston
Madeline Houston answered on Aug 6, 2019

In order to answer this question an attorney would need to review any contracts signed by your mother and by you. Some violations of the law allow you to demand that your attorneys fees be paid by the defendant t in certain circumstances and if an attorney thinks you have such a case and it is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a discrimination suit be filed if unjustly banned from a Home Depot under false circumstances becuz im black ?

i am a licensed contractor in NJ I was harassed/discriminated against for months by a Home Depot Loss prevention employee who called the Toms River Police on myself and my construction crew because she profiles us as thieves (were Black) even though i spent 4k in the store that day and had... Read more »

Madeline Houston
Madeline Houston answered on May 10, 2019

Discriminating against customers in the way you describe is a violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, which provides for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and payment of the plaintiff's attorneys' fees if the case prevails. An attorney considering filing such a suit would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Consumer Law and Social Security for New Jersey on
Q: Can an elderly disabled women be evicted for having a caregiver stay with her and for feeding stray cats?

She has been living in the same senior complex for 23 years and has never had anything written against her. Now that my father passed a year ago she needs help so I am staying with her temporarily. I have been here since Aug 2018 and do plan to leave if my mother can get strong enough to stay alone.

Madeline Houston
Madeline Houston answered on Mar 28, 2019

Based on the facts provided thus far it appears that your mother may well have rights under various federal and state laws regarding disabled persons that are being violated. More facts are needed to make a determination as to your mother's options. You should promptly contact an attorney and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can anyone recommend a really good attorney that handles Consumer Fraud, specifically banking fraud.

My mortgage company gave me such a hard time in trying to get a modification. I lost my primary residence because of it. "They couldn't get the numbers to work." I moved into my rental property with the same issue, getting a modification approved.

I gave up. Nine months after giving up,... Read more »

Madeline Houston
Madeline Houston answered on Jan 22, 2019

Based on the information in your question you may have a cause of action for violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (which provides for triple economic damages plus payment of the consumer's attorneys' fees and costs), as well as common law fraud claims which would be a basis to seek... Read more »

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