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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: What do I do if I am unable to get answers to questions about my registration from Vroom? It is impossible get info.

Purchased my vehicle through Vroom and took delivery on June 11, 2021. I was told my registration could take up to 12 weeks. I am still waiting and have found out they do not even have my title in hand. They have provided me with 4 temporary tags and as of November 8th my car will be unregistered.... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 26, 2021

You need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft section. A nationwide car dealer was ordered to shut down in NC recently when they did this kind of tactic. Copy and paste this link https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/locate-dmv-office/Pages/dmv-offices.aspx... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Constitutional Law for North Carolina on
Q: In N.C. , I have a judgement entered against me for a renewal for unpaid personal loan from 1995,

original judgement was 6-04-01, first renewal was 09-23-11, was just curious is that outside the statute of 10 years to get renewal, and latest paper work only shows date of sept 2011 no mention of previous date, amount of loan was approx $3000

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 12, 2021

If the second lawsuit to collect on the unpaid judgment was filed on or before June 4, 2011 (10 years from the date the first judgment was signed), it does not matter that the second judgment was not entered until July 23, 2011. By the way, they can only renew once. The second judgment entered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue a dealership that sold me a used, faulty car and didn’t sign the paperwork?

I just got the car last year it’s been ongoing problems ever since. I signed the paperwork thinking they would sign after me but they left it blank.. I just noticed the blanks recently.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no "lemon law" for used cars in North Carolina. Most used car sales are "as is". Unless some warranties or promises were made about the car's condition, or you can prove through qualified expert testimony that the dealership knowingly and intentionally concealed... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: So I hired a contractor to build a pergola on my patio. I paid the down payment of $3775.00 and no work what can I do?

After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue me storage facility if my unit was broken into and it was no cameras facing the unit do to them being moved.

When the insurance company contact the office they hadn't even filed a report. Now they have increased my storage unit by almost 50 bucks. We have pictures of the locked being broke and none can tell us how long it has been this way.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 1, 2021

You can sue them, the question is, will you win? First of all, your insurance company may be willing to take the lead on this. It's called "subrogation". They sue the responsible party to try and get a judgment for the money they paid out to you on the insurance claim plus your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: According to state law USC 1662B (North Carolina), am l actually required to make a down payment to purchase a car?
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 14, 2021

USC is not a State law. "USC" stands for United States Code, which is Federal law. I cannot tell which US Code section you are referring to because you did not include the first section (--UCS----). However, there is no law, State or Federal, that requires a down payment to puchase a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: What happens if newly sold travel trailer isn't claimed by new owner even after trying to contact him?

The actual sale was made during January 2021. I cannot locate the new owner. Only contact from new owner was in May 2021 was by text and stated "you can keep the camper".

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 10, 2021

I would set aside the money that was paid so that if he reaches back out to you, you can give him the money back. Did you give him the title or not? Print out the text message and make yourself some good detailed notes about what happened. If you listed iit for sale on a web site, print out the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for North Carolina on
Q: My home is about to go into foreclosure the home I’m renting month to month , do I have to pay rent still

The landlord has to go to court on the 16th , the notice I got says he owes 72000 for 3 homes and if he didn’t pay it’s going into foreclosure

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Sep 3, 2021

Yes, you still have to pay your rent. NC law does not allow tenants to withhold rent. If you do not pay rent, the current owner can sue you for the rent money (even though he has apparently not paid the mortgage). Since you are month to month, he can also terminate your lease with as little as 7... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I need to reply to a summons, 6 1/2 hours away in anther sate. Debt is time bared. How do I deal with this?

I had a loan from a bank in Tifton, GA. I paid as promised until I lost my job. Even then I paid them $ 3,000 in Aug of 2013. At that time I asked for the debt to be forgiven. I NEVER heard from the bank again. No letter, no payment book as promised, if, it would not be forgiven. No registered... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 27, 2021

You need to hire a lawyer in Georgia ASAP to handle this for you. If you do not answer, a default judgment will be entered against you, and you lose your right to plead your statute of limitation defense. Some loan contracts are signed "under seal", which gives a 10 year statute of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: Landlord..If the rental lease expire aug 31 and no rent has been paid in 3 mos can I make the tenant leave

Even doing pandemic….there’s no contract/lease for September

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 25, 2021

You need to give them 7 days' notice that you will not be renewing their lease and they need to vacate as of August 31. If they are not out as of August 1, you can try pursuing summary ejectment, but check the second box on form AOC-CVM-201 which says "The lease period ended on the above... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for North Carolina on
Q: I have a truck that is supposed to be repoed is there a way to keep it?

This truck has been sitting in my parking spot for a long time on my property. I havent made the payment in over a month. I haven't been contacted via email,text, call, or mail. I'm wondering if it would be possible to keep the truck after it been there for so long. (Storage lien or... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 25, 2021

You need to contact the lender and try and make arrangements. It is not illegal if they refuse to work with you. No Judge or anybody can force a car lender to change the terms of their contract. Get any agreement in writing. Oral promises are not enforceable.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: What are reasonable deductions to hold from a security deposit?

I have a tenant that is wanting security deposit back, we have itemized damages done to home by an animal and are not charging tenant for normal wear and tear. The tenant is being charged a move out clean because home was not cleaned. Animal ripped siding off of back of home tenant never replaced... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 4, 2021

NCGS 42-50 is the statute that requires the trust account for a deposit. There is no case law interpreting penalties for failure to comply. NCGS 42-51 outlines permitted uses of the security deposit and NCGS 42-52 outline your obligations. So long as you are passing along actual cost and not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for North Carolina on
Q: I have been using J&J product for 2 years now and it had definitely caused me a lot of hair loss, can I sue them?

I’m having issues with my scalp, hair loss (lots of it) doctor visits and etc. knowing this I’m feeling like I have been frauded and taken advantage of.

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 20, 2021

You will need qualified medical expert testimony that establishes the product caused your injury in order to have a good case. Product liability cases are very difficult to handle without a lawyer. I recommend you have a personal consultation with a personal injury lawyer to evaluate your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I bring suit against a former business partner for outstanding & defaulted credit card debt tied to me?

I have statements showing charges tied to him, none of which were made by me. I need help recovering the funds and working with the credit card company to resolve this. After many hours spent on calls trying to determine how and when this happened (initially thinking the card was fraudulently... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jul 12, 2021

What did your partnership agreement say about who was to be responsible for what? Was the debt incurred for business purposes or personal purposes? In very general terms, you would resolve the issue with the bank that issued the credit card. Then, yes you could sue the former partner for paying... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for North Carolina on
Q: Realtor wants to buy deceased mother’s house before foreclosure and split profits. Is this a scam?

My mother passed and her husband, though separated, is considered next of kin since she didn’t have a will. He neglected to open her estate. The hearing for foreclosure was 2 weeks ago. Ever since this realtor has been calling wanting to buy her house and split profits between himself, moms... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jun 13, 2021

You are the next of kin with regard to real estate. If you die without a will in NC and you are married and have a child: you spouse inherits 1/2 of your intestate real estate and a portion of your intestate personal property (if you die with personal property worth $60,000 or less, your spouse... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: If my contractor is not finished by the end date, can I terminate his employment?

Contract date is 6-8 weeks, start date 13 April, so end date is 8 June

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jun 3, 2021

This is impossible to answer without a review of the entire contract. 6-8 weeks is pretty vague. There are no doubt other terms of the contract. Any attorney who would say "yes" is letting you, a non attorney, interpret what part of the contract is important and what part is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I have been served with a civil summons that needs a written response and im not sure what i am supposed to be writing.
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 25, 2021

You have to either admit or deny each paragraph of the Complaint. You also need to plead any affirmative defenses that you may have. If you are being sued for a debt, I suggest you speak to an attorney experienced in those matters for specific advice. You may have legal defenses that you are not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: House is headed for foreclosure and wife won’t speak to me. How can I sell house to avoid losing $$

She will not talk to me at all, changed phone, won’t even discuss school, health, etc about our remaining minor child. Once COVID protections are lifted our lender will foreclose. She won’t talk but I need to sell. It is best for her and kids as well. I am unemployed for over a year

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 25, 2021

It sounds like you are separated from her. The only way possible would be to file for "equitable distribution" and the Court could enter an Order requiring her to cooperate with the disposal of any marital assets. Otherwise, you cannot force her to sell. You should get an equitable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I file a satisfaction of judgement. Paid amount in full about a month ago and have written notice without response?
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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 17, 2021

Only the creditor can file a Notice of Satisfaction of Judgment. If you sent your demand for them to notify the Court about the payment of judgment in writing, and you have proof of receipt of your written demand, and they have not filed it, contact an experienced consumer law attorney. You need to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Collections for North Carolina on
Q: The lien was released via debt cancelation, per the statute of limitations. Are they required to satisfy the judgement?

The judgment expires this October. The bank rep says they have the options of: 1)allowing the judgement to expire 2)extending the judgement for an additional 10 years and/or 3)requiring some type of payment to satisfy the judgement. She says they are not required to satisfy the judgement unless... Read more »

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Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 11, 2021

If you made no payments but received a Form 1099C cancellation of debt, your Judgment was not "satisfied" or "resolved" or "paid off". They can still legally collect on it even though on their books they deemed it "uncollectible" and wrote it off of their... Read more »

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