Questions Answered by Bruce Alexander Minnick

Q: I recently leased a new car. The paperwork states 100 miles. I notice a week later it has over 800 miles on it.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for South Carolina on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Go back to the dealership and have them amend the lease contract to state the correct number of beginning miles.

Q: Is a POA allowed to hold executive sessions before the monthly open meetings to discuss purchase of new water equipment?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Colorado on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Executive sessions are normally just that: not open to the general membership. Look at the C&Rs and bylaws.

Q: Traveling for work often in multiple states income tax?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
It sounds to me like you are making up problems for yourself. Concentrate on paying Uncle Sam and Illinois whatever income taxes owed and forget about the other 49 states. If there ever is a problem they will contact you.

Q: We boughy a car. Got title put in our name already. Yhen found out there are back taxes owed on car. Who is responsible?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Mississippi on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
In most states the owner of the car is responsible for all taxes owed on it; however, that information is not as readily available as it is in other situations--like real estate taxes and IRS liens on real property. The general rule is that taxes go along with the items bought, which means you, as the buyer, are now liable to the taxing authority for the back taxes owed by the seller. However, you will have a cause of action against the seller when you pay his taxes.

Q: handyman priced a painting job verbally-has not finished it-suing me for more than the price is there a limit ? Options?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Stop asking strangers on a law blog if NC law will solve this festering problem and hire an NC lawyer instead. You will be glad you did.

Q: Lawyer/Business owner lied to us when we sold a business, and is trying to con us. What should we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Washington on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
I am guessing that you and your spouse did not have a lawyer to advise you when selling your small business to a lawyer and his friend; am I right? If so, then take the money you saved by not hiring a lawyer when you should have, add several more thousands of dollars to it and then go hire a lawyer to fix the problems you and your spouse created.

If not, then call your lawyer and get him involved immediately--before you lose everything you worked hard for.

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Q: It's day one of moving into my new rent house and I'm seeing roaches. Is it the landlord's responsibility or mine?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
It depends on the terms expressed in your written lease. Most apartment buildings provide pest control, while most stand-alone homes, townhomes and duplexes do not. Read your lease.

Q: I am 81 and am being sued in Contra Costa County. I cannot afford a lawyer but need help. It's a complex suit

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
If you are seeking cheap legal representation you will not find any here on this blog. Perhaps there are some local lawyers willing to help you defend yourself for a flat fee? Shop around using the Find a Lawyer tab here on Justia.

Q: Does the animal cruelty laws in state of oklahoma also applies from dr associated or veternary visit at a local petco?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Oklahoma on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
The answer to your question depends on the definition of "animal cruelty" under Oklahoma statutory law. If you are still interested in learning whether the vet's treatment is covered, hire a lawyer who specializes in animal law in Oklahoma.

Q: can my credit card company call and tell my husband my credit card balance and try to get payment with out my permissio

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Indiana on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Credit card companies are not supposed to do this; however, there is very little you can do about it, other than to pay off the credit card they are calling about. You can also report them to the federal agency that regulates credit card companies.

Q: mid lease my landlord served me with a 30 day Notice to CR/lease addendum for a rent increase of 38%.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
You answered your question at the end of it, in the statement about wanting to move.

If the landlord is trying to increase your rent before the end of the term set forth in the written lease, that will suffice as a valid reason for you to leave the place prior to the end of the lease. Find a better place to live.

Q: I’m being threatened legal action for overpayment from the school board of broward county. Can they sue me for a mistake

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
It never ceases to amaze me how many educated people still think the old school-yard rule of "finders-keepers" is some sort of legal justification for keeping something valuable that does not belong to them. Unless you want your employment record sullied more than it is now, and unless you enjoy being sued over peanuts--and having to hire a lawyer to defend you, you should give the money back immediately.

Q: My son is living with me in Fl and I went to DOR to open a case. His father lives in P.R. who has jurisdiction here?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
You will need the services of a Florida family lawyer to assist you.

Q: I have a friend who is trapped in a permanent guardianship and they wish to be out of it. How can they get out of it?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
If the ward (your friend) is under the age of majority in Georgia they will have to hire a lawyer--or have a friend hire a lawyer--to investigate all the facts and possibly move against the guardian. If the ward is a legal adult, they can contest the guardianship themselves--by asking the judge to dismiss the guardian.

Q: Can Mtg enter you apt. Randomly over a 2 week time will out telling what day they are coming?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
It sounds like your landlord has reason to suspect something illegal occurring inside the apartments being "inspected."

If your written lease probably allows inspections; but it may or may not sanction unannounced inspections. Read it.

Q: I was sexually abused as a child by a family member. Is there’s anything I can do now although it’s been over a decade?

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Probably not--unless the Florida Legislature just extended the statute of limitations for that offense.

Q: Can I cancel the job offer of type "At will" after accepting the offer for another better offer?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Since you did not mention a non-complete clause in the employment contract, I will assume that issue is no concern. Accordingly, unless you have received some valuable benefit(s) from the first company (such as a signing bonus, special training, valuable company equipment, laptop, etc.), there should be no legal reason for the company to move against you if you renege before actually beginning work. The only downside is your reputation with the people at the first company: if you renege and...

Q: I was accused of shoplifting and I saw the security guard placing the "stolen" item underneath my car.

2 Answers | Asked in Securities Law for California on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
As noted by Ms. Besbekos-LaPage, this is not a securities question. it sounds more like a criminal defense question, which is where you should re-post it.

Q: I'm the non-custodial parent. Do I have to pay child support in a month when minor child is with me?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on May 20, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
The fact that your daughter comes to stay with you for 45 days during the summer does not reduce the rent paid for her permanent residence, paid by the custodial parent.

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