Questions Answered by Thomas A. Grossman

Q: I have a restraining order against an ex, who moved back to the city I live in. Can I break my current lease to move?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I have a couple of answers for you. First of all, you should immediately contact the police if your ex violates the restraining order in any way. Second, it is probably up to your landlord whether or not your ex's presence in Rancho Cucamonga is grounds for breaking the lease. If your landlord is nice, he might let you break the lease. Third, if your ex is bent on continuing the domestic violence, you should do whatever you have to do to get away from him. Having the police involved would...
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Q: Hello, If I have a judgement against me, in my name, can the other party put a lien on my business bank account?

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
If the Judgment has been entered and served on you, the creditor can file a Writ of Execution and execute on your personal bank accounts(s). If your business is also named in the Judgment, the creditor can also execute on your business account. Sometimes banks screw up and allow their employees to allow execution on your business accounts by the creditor, even though that account has not been named in the Order. Caveat emptor.
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Q: If I can prove that a mediator is biased toward the other party, can they be replaced with a new one?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Illinois on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
Yes, although it is best for that to happen before the Mediation. Mediations, unlike Arbitrations, are not binding on the parties unless they settle with a written agreement acceptable to all parties. So, if during the mediation, it appears that the Mediator is biased, you can just end the Mediation (hopefully, without spending too much money). My answer is based on California law. I don't know Illinois law.
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Q: Who do I need to get a hold of? I live in California's poorest county. The town I live in has only 1 service station.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Energy, Oil and Gas for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
The answer of William Light, below, may be correct. The best thing to do is buy an inexpensive air pump that you can plug into the cigarette lighter, and always keep your own water and coolant in the car. There must be an auto parts store in the County you live in. The pump and my own water has saved me numerous times from being stranded. And, you can inflate your own tires, and put water in your radiator any time or place you need too.
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Q: My friends daughter was hit by an elderly woman as she was crossing the street. She died as a result of her injuries.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You are not bound to stick with the lawyer you have, as a client can discharge his lawyer at any time. I don't know the facts about the case, but the insurance company may be arguing that the daughter was J-walking at the time, and claim so kind of comparative negligence on her part (under California law). Insurance companies don't like to pay money. Your attorney has had plenty of time to get this case rolling. I would look for another attorney. You should have a police report that tells...
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Q: stepdad legally owns our puppy,moved out,didn’t take, doesnt care about and didn’t raise. how do i get “custody” of him

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You will have to work this out with your stepfather. If you can buy the dog back from your stepdad, that would be the best solution. Your stepdad sounds like a real jerk, but getting the dog back should be your main goal. Hopefully, he will not injure the dog. Good Luck.
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Q: My small business is being increased over 3% with only a 30 days notice. What do you recommend I do? Please help

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
Your question makes no sense. You need to give an attorney some facts to get an answer.
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Q: Uncle filed probate case which is fraud.He was administrator. I hired lawyer.Now I am administrator.But it's still fraud

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
Your lawyer may know things that you don't know, or he may simply not understand what is going on. If you feel he is not properly representing you, you should let him go. Probate is a very difficult field of law, and it is not always easy to prove fraud.
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Q: My wife and I own an empty lot in CA, as joint tenants, with a loan. How do I remove my name from the title/grant deed?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You can remove your name from title by quitclaiming your undivided one-half interest in the land to your wife by using a quitclaim deed. That does not, however, take your name off of the loan. I assume that you both signed the loan.
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Q: Can an HOA force a change in mailbox/post?

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Answered on Jul 17, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I can't answer your question on the minimal facts you have given. The answer provided by Attorney Merrick is a good start.
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Q: My neighbor cemented something in his backyard and to the wall of my home without my permission what can I do

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You did not give me enough information to speculate on your situation.
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Q: Is it possible to get a kitten back after surrendering it

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I have never heard of the "pay or surrender" policy, so that is new to me. I would think if you now have the money to pay the vet fee and get her back, you should ask them to do so. I am a cat lover, so I know how it feels to "lose" a cat, especially a kitten. Call them about this. I don't think it is against the law for them to tell you what happened to the cat. Hopefully, they did not destroy it, which would be a shame. Good Luck.
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Q: Building management charging additional fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
The answer may lie in whether or not the "OK" you received was in writing, or made verbally. Verbal agreements are worth the paper their written on (i.e. nothing). If you received an email "OK" you have written proof that the management accepted your offer to pay on the 14th. If they only agreed verbally, it probably means they want to play games with you. I don't know what kind of a lease of month-to-month rental agreement you have, so I cannot speculate further on whether or not you have...
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Q: California real estate law question. Can bank's trustee be reinstated & indemnified after dropped & Statute tolled?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You have not given me enough information to sort out your situation.
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Q: If a Notice of Deposition of Plaintiff, Wrongful Foreclosure case

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Contracts and Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I would think that if the depo went forward without the video, that would not make a difference. Sometimes the party demanding a deposition specifies different modes of recording the deposition, and then chooses to use other means. If the depo has already been taken, it is a moot point. If it is coming up, then you probably must go forward with it.
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Q: Can I still cancel the contract without losing my deposit?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I am not sure of the difference between a concrete perimeter and a slab foundation. Isn't a slab foundation made of concrete?
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Q: If I’m a non occupant coborrower does my spouse have to sign a deed or anything

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You have not provided enough information for me to answer your question.
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Q: Buyer is willing to pay me $20,000 more above property appraisal of the buildings outside of escrow on a Bill Of Sale.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for California on
Answered on Jul 16, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I don't know, since you are going outside of the escrow. I would be careful.
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Q: My original question was addressed by William Light. I don't see how to respond to him. Pls see below my reply to him.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Jul 15, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
I, Thomas Grossman, partly answered this question a couple days ago. Insurance companies are in business to make money, not to help people resolve claims. This case is more complicated than most, because it was not a typical car v. car case, but instead a car v. dog case. I don't know which part of your coverage your insurance company is basing its decision on. Perhaps you can find out. They appear to be treating this case under your liability coverage, when they might be able to apply...
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Q: I have document s of of former landlord who fordury marriage certificate and life insurance over10idenitys

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Insurance Defense, Land Use & Zoning and Mergers & Acquisitions for California on
Answered on Jul 15, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
You have not explained what is going on, nor what you want to be answered.
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