Questions Answered by Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.

Q: What should I do if I get a bill for property damage at a hotel I stayed at a month ago?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 2, 2016

If you receive a bill, and if you do not pay it, the hotel may choose to sue you to recover the amount it alleges that it is due. They will then have the burden of proving that you caused the damages. But they will sue you in the court where the hotel was located, and you will have to defend the lawsuit in that court.

Q: Would like to leave a camera on a pole in parking lot of a strip mall (not my property). Am I breaking any laws?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 1, 2016

It is likely illegal. If it is private property, then it is trespassing, even if it is a public parking lot. It is not abandoned property if you do not intend to abandon it. If it is recording sound, it will likely violate the wiretapping laws.

Q: My ex used to/still beats our dog. If the dog is in his name, can I get him back

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 1, 2016

If the dog is in his name, and he is caring for the dog, then the law says it is his property. That does not mean it is legal for him to beat the dog, but it probably means you have no right to take the dog as your own.

Q: I have a custody agreement in the state of VA. Can I transfer it to the state of GA?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 1, 2016

Yes, but you should talk to a Georgia attorney to find out the process.

Q: I lent my vehicle to a friend and it overheated and he blew the engine. is he responsible for the repairs?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 1, 2016

There are claims you can bring against him to try to recover the money. The simplest way would be a lawsuit in the local general district court or small claims court. You could hire an attorney, but you would not recover your attorney fees from the opposing party as part of the claim.

Q: Mother was temp caring for my dog, surrendered him to animal aid org without my permission. Can I get him back legally?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Dec 1, 2016

You could try to do so, but it would require a lawsuit--probably one in circuit court--which would be expensive. You should contact an attorney if you can afford one.

Q: Can I buy a house to repair and resell (not for personal use) anonymously? Virginia

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

You can go through part of the process anonymously as to the seller, unless the seller demands identification. Your bank may not allow you to remain anonymous. You will have to have the name on the deed that is recorded. Alternatively, you may be able to set up a company to purchase the property to maintain greater anonymity.

Q: My employer administered a etg alcohol test which came up positive, this test goes back 80 hours. How can they use this?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

In Virginia, an employer typically can terminate you without cause or with bad cause, so there is no legal obstacle to them terminating you for drinking even when you are not on the job.

Q: Can you break a written contract of 30 days notice if a horse boarding facility is unsafe in virginia or for any reason

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

It depends on what the contract says. It is impossible to say for sure without studying the contract.

Q: Need help fighting my health insurance. Is there a lawyer that can help me ?

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

There may be legal action that you can take, but there will be a cost for attorney fees, filing fees, and experts. An attorney will have to study the policy to make sure.

Q: I turned in a check to pay my rent on 11/1 and it bounced and I wasn't made aware of this until I gained a $45 late fee

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

I am not sure where you see the maximum rate as 5%, so I cannot comment on that. There are laws that say the late charge is to be reasonable, but the laws do not apply to every rental situation, so it is impossible to say without more detail.

Q: I have a dog but where I live I can't keep her so my friend offered to keep her at her home so now she wants to keep he

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

She cannot keep your dog without your permission, but she could refuse to keep your dog, or charge you for it.

Q: Is an oral statement to cause the death of another person considered a misdemeanor or felony however unintended?

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

Typically, a verbal threat alone is not enough to constitute criminal conduct, but there are exceptions. For instance, threatening to kill the President is a crime.

Q: Breach of personal contract question

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

Your question is not clear enough to me to say whether there is a valid or worthwhile case. But as a rule, it all depends on what the written contract says or what was orally agreed to.

Q: Can I not get hired at a doctor's office where my son attends?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

I see no legal obstacle to a doctor's office hiring you merely because your son is a patient, but there may be an office policy against it, and that would not be illegal.

Q: I sold an item for about $200 over the internet who never paid. Buyer is in a different state. Am I able to collect?

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 29, 2016

You can sue them, but that is not the same thing as collecting money. And there will be complications with suing them. And it will probably cost more to talk to an attorney about it than you will be able to afford. You could pursue the matter criminally, but that will likely not accomplish much.

Q: Rcvd bill from old apt. in VA from 7.5 yrs ago. Has statute of limtns expired? Can they send to collections if not paid?

2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 15, 2016

Sending a bill to collections is a in-house process. As long as the collections efforts comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, it is likely legal. The statute of limitations in Virginia for debts on written contracts, or for property damage, is five years. As such, the statute of limitations has probably expired. This is a legal defense, however, and may not prevent all attempts to collect the money.

Q: My ex girlfriend abandon her dogs with me 6 plus months ago. Are the dogs now legally mine?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 15, 2016

There is no yes/no answer to this. It depends on the circumstances and the intent of the parties. You can be legally responsible for what the dogs do because you are caring for them.

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