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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: what should I do to help a dog that I believe is still being neglected by its original owners?

So for the past 3 weeks this dog that we believed that was a stray, ie. it had no collar, has been visiting us at all hours of the day, 24/7. Around the third week, we took him into our house as we did not want him to get struck by a car during his daily trek to visit my dog. This stray was... Read more »

William John Light answered on Aug 23, 2019

Call Animal Control. He's off leash so the owners are in violation of the leash law, and possibly mistreating him. You can attempt to adopt him through Animal Control if that's what you want.

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Is there a limit to how many dogs a household can have

I found an article that states CA says it is unconstitutional for a county to limit the number arbirtarily because it vary by individual, is this true

William John Light answered on Aug 23, 2019

There is likely a limit set by your County and/or City.

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: I ran a red light because a fire truck honked at me to move and another car hit me. Who is at fault?

I ran red light cautiously, all other cars were stopped at intersection except one car who didn’t notice the sirens and kept driving. Fire truck kept honking until I moved so I felt forced.

William John Light answered on Aug 22, 2019

If you were hit by another car, you didn't run the light that "cautiously."

However, cross traffic has a duty to yield if an emergency vehicle has at least one red lamp lit, and the siren is sounding. Vehicle Code section 21806. It sounds like the other driver violated that statute....
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for California on

Q: Hey so I was wondering if companies are required to stick to their policies regarding refunds

They are in the state of California. I'm speaking about Sony Playstation. They have a return policy on games which they aren't keeping true to since they told me I cannot have a refund when they clearly state that there is an exception to faulty games.

William John Light answered on Aug 22, 2019

You can sue in Small Claims court for breach of contract and breach of warranty if you think the game is faulty. It will cost you about $175 in filing and service fees. But if you win, the defendant can be ordered to pay that plus refund the cost of the game.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on

Q: Who is responsible for late/penalty fees from dmv at the time of sale? Or after the sale?

At the dmv i found out there was a $900 balance owed for penalty fees due to not being registered for 2 years. The seller says it's my truck now and i bought it "as is"

Do i have to pay the $900 to get the truck in my name? Oh and there is an illegal 2019 sticker on the plate...

William John Light answered on Aug 18, 2019

"Penalties may be waived upon payment of the registration fees due when a transferee (including a dealer) applies for transfer and it is determined that the registration penalties accrued prior to the transferee’s date of purchase and the transferee was not aware that the registration fees for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on

Q: Who do i contact to report a process server that commits perjury

William John Light answered on Aug 18, 2019

You can contest service in the action filed against you. That doesn't usually get you anywhere. The other party just serves you again, and you are back in the lawsuit.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on

Q: What crimes are being commited when a case is in motion before a defendant answered to the complaint .

William John Light answered on Aug 18, 2019

This doesn't make any sense. Post the facts of what happened, or call an attorney to discuss in detail.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Wrongful Death for California on

Q: 5 mil lawsuit in 79-80s in which the children of deceased never received any funds from the suit? Can this be recovered

Wrongful death and DUI. Grandma was guardian of children but she was in trouble by the law at the time and they refused to give her the money. Children just learned of the lawsuit and want to know if it can be recovered since they are innocent of grandma criminal activity

William John Light answered on Aug 17, 2019

1. The children recover the money, not the guardian, so the Grandmother's criminal history would not be relevant. Any money is placed either in a blocked account (not accessible until the children turn 18), or is deposited into an annuity that pays out specified sums on a specified timetable.... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on

Q: Can my daughter report a sexual assault that happened 2 years ago and what would happen if she did?

2 years ago, my daughter, who was 14 at the time, was sexually assaulted by a classmate from school who was the same age as her. The guy threatened her not to tell.

William John Light answered on Aug 17, 2019

Yes she can report it. No one can predict what will happen. It depends on the facts of the incident, any statements she has made about the incident since then, etc.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: We found and cared for a sick dog then found a home for it. 1 month later the owner wants it back. What do I do?

I found a sick dog. Had mange and malnourished.

We paid for vet care. It was chipped and the vet contacted owner. One number was disconnected. And the owners were emailed.

We found a home for the dog and the owner finally reached out and wants the dog. She was in jail.... Read more »

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

You had no right to give away someone else's dog. If the owner could not be located, the dog should have been given to Animal Control for it to put up for legal adoption. If the owner decides to sue you and/or the new "owner", s/he stands a good chance of success. You and/or the new "owner" may... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on

Q: Well, after those answers, I have to ask a very personal question that may be out of bounds for this venue; Would you

consider a "limited scope representation" retainer for my lawsuit against the Sutter Creek Police Department for Police Misconduct resulting in my motorcycle being totaled and my hand fractured with a hole in my kneecap?

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

What do you want an attorney to do? You need to file a Tort Claim form within 6 months of the incident for state law claims, before a lawsuit is filed. If your case is based on an auto motorcycle collision, you won't usually have a problem finding an attorney. If your case is based on excessive... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on

Q: Hello,I would like information on issues with individuals who threaten violence.

I am living at a property where a single individual has walked by for over 1 year so far, and on a daily/weekly basis is yelling in a loud, aggressive, violent and threatening behavior. I would like to know what my legal options are with either criminal or civil against the individual. I also want... Read more »

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

Get a camera that records the activity (video and audio). Submit the recordings to the police.

Get a restraining order supported by video of violent threatening behavior.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for California on

Q: Can a public insurance adjuster force you to terminate a contact for their services?

3 weeks of stalls and setbacks, then abruptly tells us to go away. I have a signed contract but they will not fulfill terms and now are trying to force me to sign a termination release. Is this legal.....(never mind unethical)

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

It's not illegal in the sense that no crime has been committed. Whether or or not it breaches your contract depends on what the contract says about termination. You might have a claim for specific performance or breach of contract. You might not.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for California on

Q: Thank you for the answer to my question, but what would an intentional tort be?

If tort is a civil wrong, what is an intentional tort?

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

law.cornell.edu/wex/intentional_tort

nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/what-intentional-tort.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentional_tort

injury.findlaw.com/torts-and-personal-injuries/what-are-intentional-torts.html

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: My neighbors have my guinea pig and are refusing / lying about having him. What can I do about it ?

My guinea pig was in my backyard and wondered into my neighbor’s back yard once we asked them about my guinea pig they lied about having him... When my brother saw them w my guinea pig i’m extremely worried about my guinea pig because they weren’t properly taking care of him...Please help

William John Light answered on Aug 16, 2019

Call the police and report him stolen. Ask for it back or for its value, in writing. Sue whomever has it now in Small Claims for the value of the animal or its return.

If you sue, bring all evidence that the animal is yours, along with some kind of proof of value (receipts, offers for sale...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Federal Crimes, Identity Theft and White Collar Crime for California on

Q: Out first & ONLY attempt to release <in hand> absolute, binding proof, Staff + Exec Credit Union Corruption/Fraud/Kiting

Question is: who wants it? This won't even make it to arbitration, it's gonna be handcuffs for at least 3 High-ranking executives, down to scrub(s) that open account in July 2017.

As the CIO stated, "you can have as many sub-accounts as you want" Apparently I have several and I'm the... Read more »

William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

Sounds like a criminal or regulatory matter. The National Credit Union Administration is the independent federal agency that regulates, charters and supervises federal credit unions. You can submit a complaint to it here: complaint.mycreditunion.gov/CAC/CommunityLogin

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: Can the my landlord make me provide ASCPA access to my dog?

ASCPA is calling the property owners and having them make me give them access to my dog.

William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

If ASPCA is part of Animal Control (i.e. law enforcement) in your City/County, it can enter your property with a warrant, or under exigent circumstances. Your landlord could give access to common areas.

2 Answers | Asked in Sexual Harassment for California on

Q: I text pics to a ex employee and he text those same pics to a employee who was Afended, is there a case.

Sence the ex employee no longer works for the company, does he have credibility

William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

Credibility doesn't sound like the issue. There is a pretty clear line of from the employee, to the ex employee, to you.

Whether there is a case depends on a lot of facts we don't know, like: what do the photos show; why did you send them to the ex employee; did you know or expect that the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for California on

Q: My friend accidently backed into a parked car when trying to park. He got out to assess any damage to either car and...

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William John Light answered on Aug 15, 2019

That is misdemeanor hit and run whether he returns later or not. It would go better for him, if caught, that he did return and attempt to exchange information, though.

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for California on

Q: my ex boyfriend said too me it was a good idea if the animal stayed with him. until we found our own place i agreed to

THAT THEN I WAS BEING FORCED TO MOVE BACK TO WASHINGTON STATE AND PEOPLE AGREED NOT TELL ME ABOUT THE AGREEMENT. SO I WAS FORCED IN TO LET HIM CARE FOR THEM. i WANT MY AMINALS BACK HELP

William John Light answered on Aug 14, 2019

First, report the animal stolen. The, make a demand upon your boyfriend he return your animal. If your demand is refused, bring a Small Claims action.

If you could convince a Small Claims judge that the animal was stolen from you, you can recover the value of the animal and/or its return....
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