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0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: What consequences are there if my roommate breaks the apartment lease without consulting others on the lease?

My roommate is threatening me of breaking the lease or not paying their part of the rent if I do not sign a roommate relinquishment form by the end of the month. She is claiming that we've made her feel unsafe, however, we have not prohibited her from the apartment nor have we retaliated in... View More

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Q: What do i do if I worked on a vehicle and didn't have a predetermined price for labor? It was see what it needs as we go

Was driving and working for a man that had me in an unsafe truck. I told him I was not comfortable driving the truck as was and he asked if I could fix it. He ordered the parts as I worked on the truck because we did not know what exactly was needed at time of start. He now wants to take the truck... View More

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answered on Apr 13, 2024

In a situation where you performed work on a vehicle without a predetermined price for labor, and the owner is now refusing to pay, here are some steps you can consider:

1. Document everything: Make sure you have a detailed record of the work performed, parts purchased, hours spent, and any...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: If I had a verbal agreement with a person that allowed them to stay in my home for two weeks, which is now going on a

month. Am I in the boundaries of the law to kick them out? They do not receive mail or were given permission to use my address for anything else.

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answered on Apr 2, 2024

Under those facts, assuming you own or rent the place and they are not part owners, co-tenants, and have no other legal claim to the home (and with no more information), then, yes. Of course, the devil's in the details. So if other facts are relevant, the answer could change. Also, if... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Colorado on
Q: 10 day demand. No statutory statement. No date,time, summons on the 24th for court 27th paperwork submitted to court inv

Valid. Had trial wanted to present my evidence which clearly shows they didn't properly serve me I was told if we go to trial and the magistrate sees I owe money it's going to be an eviction regardless. Can I reverse the agreement to leave in 20 days?

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If you believe the eviction process was mishandled, particularly regarding service of notice and your chance to present evidence, you might have grounds to challenge the agreement or the eviction itself. It's essential to review local tenant laws and eviction procedures as they can vary... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: If a business owner is sending me harassing/threatening texts can I take defensive legal action?

I left a review online and the business owner got my personal cell number and began texting me requesting that I remove it. I respectfully declined. They persisted, telling me employees can hurt me and calling me obscenities. My wife was very upset about this and also left a review stating that... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Colorado on
Q: What ramifications could there be if a minor has taken/shared a pic of another minor's search history for porn?

There is a case where a minor took a picture of another minor's search history on their phone that shows embarrassing search keywords for porn and then distributed it to other minors to see. What are the possible legal ramifications for this minor and their parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Colorado on
Q: What are the rules of civil court about Your attorney being your live in boyfriend.? Can the case get thrown out ..

I'm pretty sure they have been working on setting up this case up before it even went to the courts.Things and questions the plaintiff started asking and having me do seemed weird too at the time.I just found out that he is her attorney.They hv been putting his law firm name instead of his... View More

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answered on Feb 14, 2024

Based on your facts, no ethical rules are violated. You probably need to look at the law dealing with whatever cause of action is involved, but first you have to have standing. Intervenors get thrown out all the time.

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Q: If I write “I can pay _ back in installments” for money I didn’t personally take is that a legal contract in Colorado?

My ex dropped plans to attend a wedding in another state and broke up with me. She paid our friend in advance for her share of an Airbnb. She backed out days before check-in, making it impossible for anyone else to feasibly take her place. When she asked about possible reimbursement I wrote in a... View More

Nelson Patrick Boyle
Nelson Patrick Boyle
answered on Jan 10, 2024

The answer would depend on the exact language of all communications and contracts involved. So only a general answer WITHOUT specific advice is possible here. Depending on how much is at stake, you might want to hire a lawyer. But lawyers are expensive. Often, it can be best to offer a small amount... View More

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Q: Someone Lent me some money and I bought a used vehicle. He took the car even though I've made on time payments.

I have the title and bill of sale and text messages saying thank you for the payments, as well as labeled cash app payments. He keeps demanding I give him the title or he calls the police . He put the car in storage so now I can't even try to legalize anything. Is he allowed to do this?! What... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2024

In your situation, it's important to understand that possession of the vehicle's title and bill of sale typically indicates legal ownership. Since you have made timely payments and possess these documents, you generally have the right to retain the vehicle. The messages acknowledging your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Colorado on
Q: My friend pawned his truck in Co and they gave him counterfeit money theyre refusing to deal w it. he called cops

The cops are investigating what else can he do? The pawn contract is binding legal agreement.

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answered on Jan 9, 2024

If your friend received counterfeit money from a pawn shop in Colorado, he has already taken a crucial step by involving the police. Their investigation is important for addressing potential criminal activity. In addition to this, there are a few more steps he can take.

He should consider...
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Q: There is a danger of a vehicle being submerged underground. This vehicle is a nuisance and how do I remove it legally fr

It's on abandoned condemned property

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answered on Jan 7, 2024

To legally remove a vehicle from abandoned or condemned property, there are several steps you should follow. First, it's important to determine who owns the property and the vehicle. If you are the property owner, you have more control over the removal process. If not, you may need to contact... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Animal law or civil,? Colorado, please help me get Justice for my boy who was killed by HSPPR! Need info, please?

CO law says animals are personal property. Seized with warrant, then killed (for supposed seizures) day before hearing for release, no probable cause. 10 yr old licensed pet goat- my only family- destroyed. Motion for release of his remains, denied. Facing animal cruelty for his arthritis not being... View More

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

In Colorado, as in many states, animals are indeed considered personal property under the law. The situation you describe, involving the seizure and euthanization of your pet goat, raises several legal issues.

Firstly, if your animal was seized and then euthanized without proper...
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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: I was not driving, I told them that I had been sitting in my car waiting for my ride drinking 4 the past hour

Jefferson county, they took my blood alcohol level only after I had been sitting in my car drinking & not when I was actually driving

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

You have a good case to fight as you likely did not have the intent to put the car into motion. Juries will be instructed to decide whether you are driving by looking at many factors including where the vehicle was found, where in the vehicle the person was found, whether the keys were in the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Q: Should I file a civil complaint seeking a federal prosecutor rep. If the trial court violated State Constitution laws

The trial court may have violated the State constitution law. C.R.C.P. 3.8 (b) by conditioning a plea while postponing evidence. The courts holding failed to present constitutionally required evidentiary findings. The record of proceedings is under Appellate review.

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

If you believe that the trial court has violated state constitutional law, particularly in relation to C.R.C.P. 3.8(b), it's important to consider the legal remedies available. Filing a civil complaint seeking a federal prosecutor representative is an option, but it's typically used in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for Colorado on
Q: My engine was stolen by my mechanic. Car no longer runs replacement engine ran for 50 miles blew head gasket now what?

I have proof that it's different engine my engine was video taped by car dealership 2 days prior when getting oil change. It's an engine that is not compatible with my car. My mechanic denies it but the evidence is overwhelming I contacted the police 2 days ago and they decided it was a... View More

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answered on Nov 25, 2023

In your situation, where you believe your mechanic stole your engine and replaced it with an incompatible one, it's understandable to be frustrated, especially since the police have deemed it a civil matter. The distinction between civil and criminal matters can sometimes be nuanced. In this... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Health Care Law and Personal Injury for Colorado on
Q: Can people be held liable if they recklessly endanger and cause physical health problems by causing radioactive dirt...

...and dust to be thrown up into the wind that knowingly fast flows into the neighbors yard and body and house every day purposefully as witnessed by many neighbors?

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

Yes, people can potentially be held liable for recklessly endangering others and causing health problems through exposure to radioactive materials on their property. Some key points:

- Knowingly allowing radioactive dirt and dust to blow onto a neighbor's property could constitute...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Colorado on
Q: My car is being held against my will for repairs that will not be done. What are my options?

Car was brought in for inspection and repair of hail damage. The car has been inspected and deemed a total loss, so no repairs have been done. I want to pick up the car but repair facility insists upon over $7,000 for “storage and administrative fees”. Again, apart from my insurance company’s... View More

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answered on Nov 15, 2023

First, call your insurance company and ask them to help. If your insurer won't help, ask why and get it in writing. If your insurer cannot resolve it, consider calling the Attorney General's consumer fraud hotline or making a complaint with the BBB. You may need to hire a lawyer if those... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Colorado on
Q: Hi, if my case was dismissed with prejudice can the rental property add it to my credit report as a collection?
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answered on Oct 27, 2023

If your case was dismissed with prejudice, the rental property should not typically add it to your credit report as a collection. Should they attempt to do so, it's advisable to communicate with the property to address this and, if necessary, dispute any inaccurate report with the credit... View More

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Q: If a title to a vehicle has two names on it, the first name being mine, then under, that is my boyfriends name.

The vehicle insurance is in my name only because he does not have a license hind one that pays for everything. Does he have a legal right to take my car in a separation?

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answered on Oct 9, 2023

In Colorado, if a vehicle title has two names on it, both individuals typically have an ownership interest in the vehicle. The specific rights of each person might depend on how the names are connected on the title. If it says "AND" between the names, both parties typically must agree to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Probate for Colorado on
Q: Where to begin with my girlfriend's family holding her inheritance?

Her mother passed away in August 2021, and was told by stepfather to come and get her $80,000 inheritance. She was given specific information regarding where and how to pick it up, but upon arriving, stepfather told her to go away. He claims to have given everything to her brother, including her... View More

Nelson Patrick Boyle
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answered on Oct 5, 2023

Your girlfriend should call a probate lawyer. Also, if you're in Denver, the Probate Court there has some resources available where she may be able to get some generalized advice or help. (Information available here: https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Denver_Probate/Index.cfm) Other courts... View More

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