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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: underinsured motorist claim in CA, at fault paid and WC resolved. Do I need to protect the statute?

Auto ax, at fault paid, WC settled and now trying to settle underinsured motorist claim. I researched at it appears that ins just needs “reasonable” time to resolve. Do I need to request arbitration or allow “reasonable” time to pass and settle?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 14, 2019

Make your arbitration demand when you have proof that you have exhausted the liability limits of the at fault driver. You can negotiate later. There are requirements to fulfull when making a demand for UIM arbitration. See Insurance Code section 11580.2, or hire an attorney. Given your injuries, I... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for California on
Q: Car i was driving Repoed it was clearly marked disabled placard left me stranded with no means my wallet in the car

This is not my car. SoI had sheriff call and thats when we found out it was 9 am in morning I called to explain that I just need my wallet and things and they refused told me to come to yard at 4:30 pm I am disabled and sick that there was no way to get to yard or home or any place safe that they... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

Being disabled is not a defense to having your car repossessed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: How can I get my Emotional Support Animal back?

I was released from jail after serving two months for a warrant out of San Francisco county. Animal Care and Control released my do to a rescue shelter but they won't tell me where exactly she is located. What can I do in order to get her back home?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

You can't. Your dog is gone. You should have arranged for someone to take care of her while you were in jail.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How do I go about getting paper work on a dog that was left on my property

My brother coworker dropped her dog off on our property saying they couldn't keep her any more. She's a purebred German Shepherd and I have a new home lined up for her but don't want to send her without the proper paperwork that the original owns haven't provided to us yet. They say they will but... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

If a gift of the dog has been made to you, go get a dog license in your name. sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?NID=

Notify the original owners in writing to thank them for the gift and to notify them that she is now licensed in your name. You can then gift the dog to others.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I hit a pedestrian in the parking lot of a grocery store.

I parked but didn't exchange info. Then I left and came back 10 minutes later, but the person was gone. I think they have the license plates, but they weren't hurt from what I could see, I was driving very slow. What should I do now? This happened Thursday October 10, two days ago. I live in Los... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

Notify your insurer of the potential claim. Contact the local police to inform it of the incident, potentially through an attorney. If you spoke to the person, and there was no report of an injury at the time, you have defenses to a hit and run claim.

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3 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Is my lawyer double dipping ?

Case was settled , per our agreement lawyer took 40% however prior to having the accident , i had a supplemental insurance that i paid into for years in case bills werent covered due to an accident. Lawyer is now demanding 40% from my supplemental and 40% from the settlement. The check was put in... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 11, 2019

Not sure what "supplemental insurance" is. If that is underinsured motorist coverage, and the attorney had to work to get the insurer to pay, then you owe for the work performed. If something else is happening, contact the State Bar.

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3 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I helped a friend with his auto accident claim.

I am a retired claims adjuster. My friend lost his wife in an auto accident. I went with him to an attorney and while the attorney was deciding whether to take the case my friend asked me to help and write a settlement demand, which I did and he signed, which was accepted. The claim settled over a... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 5, 2019

Writing a letter is I potentially the practice of law, but I suppose it depends on what the letter said and what your role in it was.

The unlicensed practice of law in California is a misdemeanor. Cal. Bus. Prof. Code § 6125. Practicing law is not defined by statute. Among other things,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My former boyfriend friend and roomate have known each other almost 10 years. During that time we've had a special

Dog in our lives. At this stage we have been friends only & he needed to work as a trucker. I have been caring for dog for many months in my home. Verbally we agreed we would always share custody of our dog. I wasn't paid anything to care for him and I've paid a $300 pet deposit at my apartment,... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Oct 4, 2019

There is no "form" that works this out. Court can't help you. You have created an impossible situation. Joint ownership in a dog. Living in two separate places, angry with each other and using the dog to get back at one another.

You can file a quiet title to personal property action....
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: car accident back on 2016 since that time a settlement is pending, lawyer just giving me false hopes. Can u help me

I was a passenger, I got a herniated disk from my neck and some cuts on my arm, lawyer was referred from the insurance car owner. How can I get legal assistance on this case can I fire my actual lawyer and hire and other?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 4, 2019

You can fire you attorney and hire a new one whenever you want. It can be difficult to locate another attorney where he knows that he has to split the fee, especially where the prior attorney has been working since 2016 and, presumably, has a lot of work into the case. Consider making an in... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If a speeding car hits another car that pulled out in front of them last minute, who is at fault?

Car "A" is speeding , lets say 70 in a 55 zone. Car B is at a 2 way stop sign and pulls out in front of Car A to cross the road right as Car A is coming up to the intersection and Car B gets t-boned..

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 2, 2019

Car B would bear most, if not all, of the fault.

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4 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for California on
Q: where should I report extortion and identity theft
William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 1, 2019

Police, DA, FBI, your bank, credit cards, etc.

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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: When you are a victim of hit-n-run and you I D the other car but no "injury" why is that only a misd?

Victim- good driver

Suspect- drunk driver gets away

Vehicle- total loss

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 1, 2019

Hit and run with property damage only is a misdemeanor by statute. Vehicle Code section 20002(d).

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: Is an application for renewal of a judgment automatic or does it take time to get approved by the courts?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 1, 2019

It is automatic and it takes time. Your papers should be submitted months in advance of the 10 year deadline as the processing is lengthy, and if your papers have any errors, which is common, you may have to re-submit.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: My situation is completely similiar almost exactly the same. I have to serve them papers but who do i serve legally
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 30, 2019

Similar or exactly the same to what?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I live in across the street from our 2 acre park. People come every day and let their dogs off the leash and let run and

deficate without cleaning up. some dogs are too aggressive and since there is playground equipment in the park, often children are in the park at the same time. Just because the park is fenced in, dog owners treat it like a dog park. And they all park in front of our house and our neighbors houses... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Sep 27, 2019

Call Animal Control and/or police re aggressive dogs/leash law violations.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: What is the best path when a city enters you home using force, then lies to court.
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 27, 2019

Hire an attorney knowledge in civil rights cases if the search was unlawful.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: How to distribute settlement funds among a driver and two other passengers when medicals are higher than settlement?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 25, 2019

It would be unusual for the settlement to not allocate the sums to each party. There should be settlement agreements and releases for that purpose.

However, if the sums are not allocated, calculate the total damages of each party. Calculate each party's percentage of the total damages....
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: AC has called the the lady that found my dog, they left a message and the lady is not calling back to return my dog

A lady found my dog and brought her in to be scanned at the Palmdale shelter. My dog is not chipped so the shelter allowed the lady to take my dog home and told her she had to do a 14 day stray hold and look for owners. A different person happened to take pictures of my dog that day at the shelter... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 22, 2019

Call the police and report your dog stolen, with Animal Control as a witness. Found property (dogs are considered property) are supposed to be surrendered to police (Animal Control in this instance). Civil Code section 2080.1. Keeping it could be considered theft.

3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for California on
Q: If I'm 15 years old and I got into a fight with an intoxicated 32 year old woman, what can I do?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 22, 2019

Depends. If you were a victim, call the police. If you were the aggressor, contact a criminal defense attorney and/or stop talking about it to anyone, especially the police. Just politely tell them you won't speak without the presence of an attorney.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: Is an accident itself probable cause to administer a breathalyzer? When officer arrived on the scene after it happened?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Sep 22, 2019

An accident, by itself, is not probable cause. If you were arrested for DUI then, by law, you gave "implied consent" for a breathalyzer. Vehicle Code 23612. You are not supposed to be arrested without probable cause. Terry v. Ohio, (1968) 392 U.S. 1, 21. If you were not arrested, but gave a... Read more »

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