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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Georgia on
Q: I have an outstanding debt with my old apartment. What should I do so that I’m able to move again.

I am not able to pay fees all at once

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Anitra Walker answered on Apr 22, 2020

Did the old apartment complex file an eviction and get a money judgment against you or did they sue you after you left and obtain a money judgment? If so, one option is to contact the old apartment complex in an attempt to reach a settlement of the debt. The settlement should require the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I have a $13,000 debt to a credit union Over 2 years their law firm has served papers on me I phoned them to resolve

They were advised I have suffered PTSD, complications from brittle Type 1 diabetes Disabled Social Security is only income I own a 1999 car They never return my call after I ask them to relay circumstances to credit union and have debt set aside The IRS has set aside tax debt due to my... Read more »

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Anitra Walker answered on Apr 10, 2020

Unfortunately, contacting the law firm and requesting they set aside the debt, may not be enough to prevent a judgment against you. You will need to file an answer within 30 days of being served and the answer should include sufficient defenses. If an answer is not filed within the required... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: can the police give you a ticket and they didn't see you driving?
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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

Yes, this happens all of the time in the case of car accidents. In most of these cases, police do not witness the actual accident. They must, to the best of their ability, determine the circumstances which caused the accident using their own observations upon arrival, the testimony of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Is it illegal to have a car that doesn't work or have expired tags parked in your driveway?
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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

In some jurisdictions within Georgia, it can constitute a code violation to have a junk vehicle (e.g. inoperable or which does not bear current registration, current license plate or current state-required inspection sticker) in your driveway, without being in a completely closed structure. I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: If I rented an apartment... Got approved...moved in... And 3 days later landlord said I have to leave without eviction

Background showed a felony.... Can they do that or will a judge have to order the eviction

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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

You will need to closely review your lease to determine what type of notice is required by the landlord. If they provide the notice per the lease and you refuse to move then they will have to file a dispossessory action (eviction) in the county in which the property is located.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Georgia on
Q: Can u find out if I have money anywhere I'm not aware of

Maybe unclaimed

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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

The Georgia Department of Revenue has an unclaimed property database which can be accessed using the following link at no charge ---

https://dor.georgia.gov/unclaimed-property-program

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia on
Q: I missed court date because I was never served the papers can the extra 50 dollars be taken off since I didn’t get notic

I went to pay my ticket 03/18/20 online it said I missed my court date with failure to appear. But I never revived a court paper.

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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

In most cases when you receive a traffic citation, information regarding your court date, time, and location can be found towards the bottom of your copy of the citation. If your initial court date was rescheduled, the court would have mailed notice of the rescheduled date to the address for you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: I paid deposit plus first months rent but decided not to move in. Do I get the rent I paid ahead back?

I signed a pre lease agreement and paid required deposit to move into an apartment. I voluntarily paid first months rent also. Do I get the rent portion back?

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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

I suggest you have an attorney review your pre-lease agreement in order to determine your rights. They will need to know the date you signed the pre-lease, whether you were accepted or declined, and the date you were notified of your acceptance or denial. There may be language in the lease that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: For the past three months I have told my landlord that I have been having issues that haven't gotten fixed. What can do

A breaker needs to be replaced that controls some of the lights and a few other things. They only came once to see what the problem was and claimed they would be back the next day to fix it but never did. I keep asking to get it fixed and they never do it. I'm trying to find out if I could get... Read more »

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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 30, 2020

Landlords have a duty to keep the property safe, habitable and in good repair, and any repairs must be completed in a reasonable time from the initial request. Hopefully, your previous requests for repairs were done in writing and in accordance with your current lease. If the landlord still has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: My father has been sued in the small claims court in GA for an overdue credit card debt. I want to pay it off, but how?
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Anitra Walker answered on Mar 16, 2020

With your father's authorization, you can simply contact the plaintiff's attorney to inform them you would like to pay off the debt. The plaintiff is always open to receiving the full balance. If you choose to pay the full balance prior to the deadline for filing an answer to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: I found out a friend who was keeping my parrots gave them to a rescue without contacting me to get them back.

She has not answered her phone and seems to have up and moved away. She gave them to a bird rescue, where he acknowledges the birds are mine (we messaged and talked by phone) but says I have to legally go after her, not him. I have proof in writing that this woman and I had an agreement and that... Read more »

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Anitra Walker answered on Dec 10, 2019

Based on the facts, it appears you do have a civil claim for approximately 1600.00 against your friend. The problem is you will need to locate her in order to effectively bring the lawsuit. Also, if you believe she lives in the state of Indiana, the lawsuit will need to be filed in Indiana. The... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on
Q: Bit into a zaxbys chicken finger and found a fishing hook inside of it as I chewed it in my mouth. What can be done?

I didnt get hurt but could have.

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Anitra Walker answered on Oct 28, 2019

Thankfully, you were not injured. Because you did not get hurt, there is no claim for personal injury. Did you immediately notify Zaxby’s that you found a fish hook in your food? More than likely they would be willing to offer you a replacement chicken finger meal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: Can legal action be taking against uber if I was charged a fee for a ride the driver canceled ??

I ordered a uber the driver came and as I was getting into the car he said that he accepted the ride my accident and that he was not taking it and canceled it made me get out. Uber then charges me a cancellation fee. I contacted them and told them I should not have to pay for a ride I did not take... Read more »

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Anitra Walker answered on Oct 19, 2019

It does not appear you should have to pay a cancellation fee if you did not cancel the ride and the ride was not canceled because of something that you did. When you explained the situation to Uber, what was Uber’s reason for not refunding you the money? Was anyone with you when you attempted... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can you stop an eviction once a writ of possession has be ordered

I already went to court and had an eviction judgement attached is a writ of possession could i pay with in 7 days to stop being evicted

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Anitra Walker answered on Oct 19, 2019

After the writ of possession is granted, the landlord contacts the Sheriff’s office to make arrangements for a Sheriff to supervise the landlord’s removal of a tenant who refuses to leave and/or the tenant’s personal property. At this point, it is too late to pay to stop the eviction, unless... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Georgia on
Q: I asked to file a motion to compel all responses instead of default judgement when writing interrogatories to defendant

Defendant filed to respond. Can I ask for default judgement?

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Anitra Walker answered on Oct 9, 2019

From your question, it sounds as if you have filed a lawsuit against another party and have served them with interrogatories but they have not responded, and you are now inquiring as to whether you can ask for a default judgment. Generally, a default judgment is granted to the plaintiff when the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Hello, If I pay rent weekly, my security deposit was only 1 weeks' rent ( 150) Can my landlord use the deposit ifor

1 weeks rent ? and continue to pay rent going forward ? .

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Anitra Walker answered on Oct 7, 2019

Yes, if the landlord is in agreement. However, normally, a security deposit is not to be applied to rent while the tenant is still occupying the property. The deposit essentially serves as security to your landlord, in the event you leave the property damaged or in the event you leave without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Georgia on
Q: if a guest refuses to sign a lease, what should I do to get them evicted

Ex gf does not want to leave and does not want to sign lease rental agreement (month to month). what are my options? she has called the cops because I had to break in my basement (keys locked inside) and she has destroyed some of my personal property.

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Anitra Walker answered on Sep 26, 2019

Although your ex-girlfriend has not signed an actual lease, because she is living in the property, a tenancy at will has been created. You will need to give her a 60-day notice to leave. If she remains after the 60th day, you can file a dispossessory (eviction proceeding) in the county in which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: my former tenant states that he is not responsible for carpet cleaning after 3 years, chimney cleaning or broken fire

place starter or crack in back wall of fireplace.

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Anitra Walker answered on Sep 26, 2019

If the damage done to the carpet, chimney, and fireplace is beyond normal wear and tear for a three year period, then your former tenant would be responsible for the cost of repair. If you are still within the 30 days of your tenant leaving the property, you can send them a letter with a list of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can a landlord have people in my home before my move out? Can he sue me?

My ex and I signed the lease when we moved in paid a security deposit. My ex did damage to the house that the landlord had me pay for after the ex was gone. It was a domestic violence relationship and I filed restraining order removing him from the lease. I never got another lease with just me. My... Read more »

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Anitra Walker answered on Sep 24, 2019

In most cases, a landlord will withhold a portion (or all) of the security deposit to cover damages to the property which are considered beyond normal wear and tear. If the damages are more than the amount of the security deposit, the landlord will send a bill for this additional cost to repair.... Read more »

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