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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Ex boyfriend stole my therapy dog and then licenced him under his name. How can I get my therapy dog back?

Broke up in early November. Lived together as roommates until late December (due to a lease) when he stole my dog. Has refused to let me see him.

I called the police, they said that the dog was licenced to him now. Isn't he in possession of stolen property?

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William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2020

ANSWER: You can sue in Small Claims Court for return of the dog.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and Answer; Form SC-105 (Request for Return of Property, filed with SC-100)

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: my ex kept the cat I adopted. Am I responsible for her bills?

I adopted a cat in California in 2016. I moved to Oregon in 2018. My ex and I agreed that he would keep the cat but no transfer of ownership was made. Because my ex is shady and has tried to push his bills on me -even stole money from my account- am I legally responsible for the cat if he doesn’t... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2020

It's his cat. You abandoned ownership or gave it to him. It is no longer yours. There is no formal "transfer of ownership" for a cat. If the cat was licensed and or chipped, you might consider contacting that entity and informing it of the new ownership.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law for California on
Q: How long does the Consumer Protective Service take to respond for a licensee with a criminal record?

I applied to get my licensure for physical therapy. The California Physical Therapy Board sent my application to Consumer Protective Services to review my criminal background and decide if I can get licensed. I was wondering what this process is typically like and how long it takes. Thank you in... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2020

This is not a legal question. Contact the CPTB with questions about its licensing processes.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: How to fine a motion to dismiss without paying legal fees.

I am a plaintiff and my attorney just withdrew abruptly. I know nothing about civil trial or procedures. I have not worked in five years since the injury and I am currently going through school to change my job field. With school starting, I have no time to invest in this law suit. At this point, I... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 22, 2020

In general, it is certainly possible to negotiate a Dismissal of your action for a waiver of costs, or even a nominal settlement. That would be done through contact with the Defendant's attorney, not by writing to the judge. Whether that option is achievable in your case is unknown.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Can I sue for a CO shooting me on accident in Folsom prison?

My ankle continues to have great soreness and I am still in great pain.

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William John Light answered on Jan 22, 2020

Being accidentally shot would be the basis for a personal injury or civil rights lawsuit against the Corrections Officer and his employer, presumably the state of California. You have 6 months to file a Tort Claim against the state for a personal injury suit, as a condition precedent to filing a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My boyfriends sister abandoned her dog for a year and me and him want to take it

My boyfriends sister abandoned her dog for a year and we began taking care of her and buying her leash and tag. We were given her microchip forms by the sister and now she is saying she wants the dog back. She said she has the forms such as shots and adoption, but the dog has been out of her care... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jan 19, 2020

It's unclear if she demonstrated an intent to no longer own the dog, or just left it with relative with the unspoken assumption that they would take care of it until she returned.

If she disputes ownership, you can't be "sure" that you can keep the pup until you are sued in Small Claims by...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I was rear ended and wanted to know what happens if my medical and property damages exceed the other party's insurance
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William John Light answered on Jan 17, 2020

Make a claim with your underinsured motorist coverage. If you didn't purchase that coverage, you are most likely out of luck. Sometimes the underinsured party can be pressured into contributing to the settlement in addition to the policy limits. Mostly, they don't have any money.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: If my damages exceeded 80% of the car value, am I required to turn it over as a totaled car?

I was hit by another vehicle, and that person's insurance, Farmers, took 3 months to determine that their driver was at fault. In that time, I took my car into the shop, and the damages were $9,900, which was over 80% of the value of the car ($11,100). I paid for the $9,900 in repair charges out of... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jan 16, 2020

1. Accept the $7,500.00 and demand compensation for loss of use of your car from the date of collision through the completion of repair. It is usually the daily rental rate of a similar size vehicle. The loss of use may push your total claim to $10k or more. You can print an offer for a daily... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: Will my son have a malpractice case or personal injury

My son was see in the ER for an infection on his right foot it was Swollen and painful the doctor cut his foot open and drained it but was not probably drained and the infection had gotten worse his pain was so out of control that we mad several visit to the same ER For the same reason I then... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jan 16, 2020

If your son has a case, it would be for malpractice. Getting an MRSA infection is not, by itself, evidence of malpractice. You should contact a medical malpractice attorney to discuss the issue. Your son's medical records will need to be obtained from every ER where he was seen, as well as the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I posted a video complaining about the many issues in the company in a negative fashion can they attack me legally?

I briefly mentioned that I would sue them if I could if I had the money can they attack me on that. I was forced to resign

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 16, 2020

You can be sued for slander or libel if you published false statements of facts that damaged the company's reputation.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I rehomed my dog, however they new owners didn’t pay the full fee and are reluctant on giving her back, what can I do?

They avoided me for a couple of days and stated that I had originally stated a different price verbally but I have the message stating otherwise. What can I do?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 15, 2020

You can sue for breach of contract and recover the unpaid funds, or try for an Order to return the dog after you have refunded what they have paid.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request for Court Order and...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: What is my worst case scenario if I rent a car from Lyft using FlexDrive and get into an accident?
William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 15, 2020

This is far too vague to answer. One could come up with any number of scenarios in which you and all your passengers are killed. That's probably not what you are asking, but fits the description of "worst case scenarios".

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: I want to know if I have a case or not, I slipped & fell in Walmart because of something that was spilled on the floor.

A Wal-Mart manager made a report on the fall & they took pictures of the spill & there was a video of the fall. Wal-Mart gave me a claim number. I've been seeing a doctor for pain in back & I'm on medication. They have taken xrays & now ordered a MRI but I have to wait for Medical to approve it.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 10, 2020

It depends on whether Walmart was at fault. Did its employees spill the liquid? If a customer made the mess, was the liquid there long enough for Walmart to notice and clean it up? Facts matter. You should definitely consult with a PI attorney. You won't get anything reasonable, even if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I was injecting crystal meth not sober with all accident attorneys.

So incompetent not sober I read the law book caljic3.31.5 illegal. I got evidence proof not sober criminal history. They were all seeking advantage of me white collar crime. Ability to suspend their bar licences at the state bar of ca?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 9, 2020

Maybe, if you have some evidence. Testimony, alone, from a meth user probably won't be very persuasive.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on
Q: I have a claim filled against me due to a car accident from the owner of a car who was not in the car in the accident

The driver of the other car did not report it to dmv..but the owner is filling a claim with a different insurance than he had at the time of the accident. Should I be worried? Do I need to respond to the harassing calls?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 9, 2020

Just notify your insurer of the claim. If you didn't have liability insurance, then you will have to deal with it on your own, or hire an attorney to defend you. You can attempt to negotiate the amount, or you can file bankruptcy. Don't give anyone any money without getting a simultaneous signed... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: How can I get my dog back?

My dog went missing on new years eve and we have spent the past three days looking for her by asking neighbors and putting up posters. Two of my neighbors have claimed that they seen my dog and one of them have stated that they were taken around the time I had mentioned to them and another neighbor... Read more »

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William John Light answered on Jan 3, 2020

Call the police and report your dog stolen. Provide them pictures of your dog in the neighbor's back yard. You can also sue in Small Claims Court for return of the dog.

Plaintiff’s Claim and ORDER to Go to Small Claims Court; Form SC-100 (Lawsuit for monetary damages)

Request...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I am a Truck Driver which drove from California to Connecticut. On my way back, the company's bank repossess the truck

Do I have any rights as a consumer to receive my money for completing a job. I was told the individual that works as the accountant took the money that was suppose to pay for the truck therefore not paying me for a job I completed. Need your help...thank you in advance.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 2, 2020

If you were an employee, you can file a claim with the Labor Commissioner in the state where you were hired to do the job. If you were an independent contractor, you can sue in Small Claims for up to $10k (in CA). You would sue the person who was supposed to pay you, not the accountant.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Can I get my dog back?

Two weeks ago my dog got lost. Recently my dad found my dog but a man was walking him. He approached the man and told him the dog was his. The man stated a homeless person sold him the dog. My dog did not have a chip and so they implanted one on him. Now they claim the dog is theirs. We have... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 31, 2019

Call the police and report a theft and the neighbor who admits receipt of stolen property.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If I am arrested for something while in the company of my service dog, can the police separate us? I'm legally disabled
William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 30, 2019

Of course they can. Service dogs or emotional support dogs are rarely allowed in jail or prison and only if no other reasonable accommodation of the disability can be achieved.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: What is my legal responsibility for 2 dogs my daughter left behind when she moved 4 months ago?

She states that she can't afford a pet deposit, "but don't do anything to them. I want my dogs." How do we legally get her to take responsibility for her pets? Can we legally find them a new owner?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 24, 2019

You are not responsible for someone else's property unless you agreed to be responsible. If you are no longer willing to house the dogs, inform your daughter and give her a reasonable amount of time to find other accommodations. If she does not do so, surrender the dogs to a shelter and inform... Read more »

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