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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: What is my best course of action against my apartment that has neglected to take action for repairs of A/C and mold

My apartment has been without an A/C for 3weeks+, there is mold everywhere, the ceilings are leaking terribly due to hurricane IDA and my leasing office tells me they will fix the air but I have been there without anyone attempting to work on my apartment for the whole time and the place is... Read more »

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 28, 2021

Repairs will be delayed due to the hurricane. You could likely get out of your lease without penalty, or your landlord may decide to give you given discounted rent due to the inconvenience. If you are trying to get out of your lease talk to an experienced real estate/contract attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: What can I do to get help with incessantly barking dogs at night?

This has been going on for over 2 years. Speaking to the owners, repeatedly, and having to call both the Glenmora Police Department and Rapides Parish Sherriff's Department Subsation in Glenmora, repeatedly, has not brought any relief. I'm a disabled veteran on chemotherapy and being able... Read more »

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 28, 2021

You could possibly file a nuisance suit against your neighbor--this will depend on what is contained in your city ordinances. Talk to an experienced civil attorney in your area.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Louisiana on
Q: Im currently in a debt management program. One of the credit cards listed in the program had me severed with legal paper

Should I responded to the clerk of courts or should I let the debt management company take care of the issues or should I contact the lawyer that had me severed with the papers and try to make a settlement.

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Unfortunately this is not uncommon for people dealing with debt management companies. You should discuss this with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. The filing of a bankruptcy may prevent the credit card company from obtaining a judgement against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do I need an attorney for a cash sale of land in the state of Louisiana?

Can I use the Cash Act of Sale form on uslegalforms site

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

You do not need an attorney, however, it is highly advisable to employ an experienced title attorney to ensure that your sale does not have a clouded title. The cost of hiring an experienced attorney now can save you a lot of money later if you end up in litigation down the road based on an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Can a tenant break their lease and demand deposit back after the area is hit by a hurricane (Ida)?

The tenant contacted me at the beginning of the month and broke their lease with 2 months remaining. They cite the hurricane as the reason. There is damage to the property and mold has developed as there has not been any power in the area since Aug. 29th. Can they break the lease with no... Read more »

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Check the terms of your rental contract. Often lease contracts will automatically terminate if a natural disasters damages the leased premises beyond a livable state.

Even if there isn't a natural disaster provision in your contract, you can still get out of your lease, but proper...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Louisiana on
Q: My husband and I purchased a vehicle with him as co-signer. Can I trade in the vehicle?
Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Yes, whoever you do the trade-in with will likely require both you and your husband's signatures.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: I was involved in MVA in 2008. It left me disabled. I did get a first time offenders pardon, but I need am expungement.

It will cost me $2100.00

I get SSD of $1400.00. I have my daughter and her 3 children living with me and I simply don't have the money. But without an expungement, I can't get a decent paying job.

Thanks

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 23, 2021

Expungement costs are not set by the court so the total fee you are charged can vary attorney to attorney, however there are set court fees that can be pricey. You can seek to proceed with the expungement in forma pauperis, which may reduce the court fee itself possibly giving you a break on the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have a daughter we share custody. And I have a question.

Her father has a crazy work schedule and it changes often. I am not working and I am available 24/7. I am willing and able to keep her on all the days he works and he can have her any day he’s off and he is available to have her. But he wants to do one week he has her and one week I have her and... Read more »

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

You need to abide by the current custody order, if you would like to change this contact an experienced family law attorney to pursue modifying the custody agreement.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Filed Divorce: 5/2018 (pursuant to LA Civil Code Article 102. Default Judgment denied: 4/2019

The motion was denied even though the parties were separated even before filing for the divorce. The court's reason was "a 102 divorce cannot be taken by default".

What should my next step be in order to get this divorce finalized?

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 23, 2021

Yes, I agree with Ellen. In Louisiana you are entitled to a no-fault based divorce under Art 102 or 103 and can get default judgments under either article. More than likely you left out a step required to finalize the divorce.

My experience has been that judges are a little more finicky...
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