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0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: As a plaintiff, can I have a family member speak alongside me in small claims court, and argue my case alongside me?

I am representing myself in small claims court, and I have a legal matter in which I feel a family member would be better suited in explaining the case that I am arguing, and responding to the defendants counterarguments. Can said family member stand alongside me in small claims court so that we... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I filed an ETRA a month ago and the court has still not scheduled a hearing. What should I do?

There was a fire in a neighbor's apartment 4-19-2024 that required gas and electric utilities be shut off to the entire building. My apartment is in the opposite corner and was fine, with no fire or smoke damage. But with the utilities shut off, the building was condemned and I became... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Constitutional Law, Probate and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Is it legal for my Grandma to transfer my deceased Mom's debt over to me and make me pay for it?

So my mom passed away on Thanksgiving, my sister let me have her car because it was in accordance with my mom's wishes (My mom didn't have a will. We just agreed to it as next of kin) Now, my Grandma who has STRONGLY been against me having the car is saying that I owe her $1,200 in order... View More

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

In general, debts do not transfer to family members upon someone's death unless they were co-signed or jointly held. As for your situation, you are not automatically responsible for your mother's debts, including any money she may have owed to your grandmother, unless you had a legal... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I borrowed someone money and was wondering what my options are to get that back

At first I told them they didn't need to pay me back but they said they will otherwise they won't take the money. So we agreed on him paying me back but now he is refusing to. I have messages after the fact saying the total amount owed and that he is planning on paying me back

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

In Minnesota, if you lent someone money and have evidence, such as messages confirming the amount owed and the borrower's intention to repay, you may consider pursuing a small claims case to recover the debt. Small claims court is designed for relatively straightforward cases involving smaller... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Stupidly borrowed money to someone on cash app now they won’t pay back can I sue ? 5000+$
Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Nov 17, 2023

Conciliation court seems to be in your future. Perhaps an attorney can assist you in getting your money back with going to court. Even if the attorney is unsuccessful, it will likely help you prepare your case. Some attorneys are affordable; most attorneys are not.

You have to determine...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: So I have been talking to a woman and she started asking me to borrow her money so I did but I put emphasis on the

Borrowing part but it’s been since may and she keeps telling me her bank won’t release the funds unless I pay to get them transferred which I have done and have many messages clarifying that I needed it back and a time frame in which I needed it now she won’t pay me back she just keeps asking... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Oct 12, 2023

This appears to be a scam. Contact law enforcement.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Elder Law, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: My uncle owes me money ($2,144) but he will not pay it out of principle.

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Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Jun 25, 2023

You voluntarily paid the debt on behalf of grandma. He apparently never agreed to pay you. On what legal basis do you sue him? I don't see that you have a case.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Hello! Thank you for your time. What can I do?

I bought a used car and was told the AC was fixed(used car lot) when I picked up the car and left the AC blew warm air. I called right away and was told they would take care of it. The owner says he hasn't had a mechanic to fix it and now he says it's been a year and he's washing his... View More

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Jun 5, 2023

Present him with a written demand (with a reasonable deadline) to repair the vehicle. Express that you will be taking the vehicle elsewhere if he fails to comply and will be suing him for the cost (and perhaps more.) A letter from an attorney would carry more weight and may be affordable.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: If a dealership falsely registered a car in your name can you sue?

Negligence on the behalf of the employee they processed paperwork without consent after being told I did not want to proceed with the vehicle, there was a ticket issued as well in another state for the car due to being registered under my name

Robert Kane
Robert Kane
answered on Mar 14, 2023

If a dealership falsely registered a car in your name you can sue. I do not know if you will be successful or if it's even worth it. Why would a dealership falsely register a car in your? What have you suffered in damages ($) ?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: What is the best way to sue someone from another state for money owed on goods received? Breach of contract.

I'm looking to sue someone near the Houston, TX area for an unpaid debt on goods received a little over a year ago. We agreed upon an amount, around $24000. I sent him the goods (sports cards) a little over a year ago. To this day he has only paid me around $1700. He is from the Houston area... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 20, 2023

A Minnesota or Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. You mention that you are seeking an attorney - in addition to your own searches, you could check the "Find a Lawyer" tab above for Collection or Civil Litigation attorneys. Additionally, most... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: My ps4 has been stolen, what would be the charge for this if I did decide to press charges/report it.

I know who did and I have their information they just won’t give it back. Would this situation be taken seriously by the cops or am I just wasting my time reporting it? All I really want is my stuff back I’m not even interested in pressing charges

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Jan 9, 2023

As frustrating is it is to have your property taken without your consent, filing a police report and subjecting the person to criminal prosecution is a somewhat of a drastic measure. You might want to ask yourself if it is worth it to do so, or if there are other measures you can take to have your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Minnesota on
Q: Can you make an signed agreement giving you the right to forcibly remove a person on such date without going to court
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answered on Jul 11, 2022

You could but it would only be enforceable in Court. Hire a MN attorney for an Eviction action.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I totally forgot about a court date, now a bench warrant is issued... can I go pay it, or do I have to get booked

The ticket was quite awhile ago and I didn’t receive anything in the mail, which the officer did tell me (that I would hear from him within a couple days) and I didn’t... anyway can I just go pay the ticket?

William Bailey
William Bailey
answered on Apr 8, 2021

It depends. You might be able to and you might have to appear. An attorney could help you sort this out.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: How long can the government keep my property that was seized outside the scope of their action?

I sent a part for my car to a shop in another state to be repaired. This part is a critical component that makes my car inoperable in its absence. While my part was in the repair facility, the police ordered the business closed due to their failure to pay a judgement on a civil suit brought by a... View More

William Bailey
William Bailey
answered on Jan 5, 2021

Have you contacted law enforcement to see about recovering your property? I would suggest that as a first step.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Communications Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: I hired a newborn photographer and the pictures came out horrible I would like a refund. What can I do next.

This started back in July of this year. We went to the photographers address and did the photo shoot. It took her close to a month to send me proofs to select which photos I liked. I would send her several emails asking what the time line of when she would have the photos ready. I would receive a... View More

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne
answered on Oct 14, 2020

Small claims/conciliation time it seems.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Am I liable for cost of pet damage to carpet at pet-sitters house?

I needed to visit my mom at a hospital away from home where she was staying for ~2 weeks. My friend lives in that town and said I could bring my dog to her apartment. My dog has never caused damage previously to an apartment. He stayed there for two days without any issues. On the third day my... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 24, 2020

A Minnesota attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's unlikely the complex will come after you; they will likely come after your friend. It might be seen as much a personal decision involving a friendship as it is a legal one - taking into consideration... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: We bought a house with water damage, had an inspection but it either missed it or it wasn’t present. What can we do?

The ceiling in the downstairs bathroom had a leak. Neither is, our realtor and our inspector saw this leak. We had the inspection in May and in July we moved in due to the current owners preference. They are refusing any compensation and I cannot prove they knew about the leak. We noticed the... View More

Mark William Perron
Mark William Perron
answered on Apr 27, 2020

First, with regard to the inspector, you would need to look at the agreement and see if there is any language that limits the company's exposure. If there is nothing in there and the leak was obvious as to where the inspector should have known about it, you could bring a civil claim against... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: What are reasons to challenge a vehicle forfeiture?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 12, 2020

This is something that a criminal defense attorney could be more knowledgeable about than an attorney handling small claims cases. You could try reposting in the Criminal Law section. Not all questions are ultimately answered, but your post remains open for three weeks and it might stand better... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Collections, Intellectual Property and Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Best way to go about this

I bought my stepmom car for 2000.. and today she showed up with the police claiming that I never paid her anything and she wants the car back. She had the car towed off my property...

I have text messages from her saying the price of the car, me giving her mom, and are agreement... View More

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
answered on Jan 5, 2020

consult a local attorney, you can try this in small claims depending on your jurisdiction

make sure you have all documented and printed for presenting to the court

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Consumer Law for Minnesota on
Q: false advertising or bait and switch?

I got a promo code from amazon for $100 off a monitor on a link they provided. There are 4 monitors shown but one of the monitors shown isn't one that promo actually works on because it isnt sold directly through amazon. Amazons model cost more and after the rebate is applied is only actually... View More

Joseph A. Gangi
Joseph A. Gangi
answered on Sep 27, 2018

Sounds like a lot of work for a potential $23 claim. Reach out to customer service?

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