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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Tax Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do property taxes work on unregistered houses on one piece of land in Puerto Rico through inheritance?

My grandfather has past away leaving my grandmother as sole owner of the land with the main house being registered and current with property taxes. There are three siblings my mother, a middle brother (who sadly also past), and a younger brother. The younger brother convinced my grandfather when he... View More

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answered on Feb 28, 2024

In Puerto Rico, property taxes are assessed by the Municipal Revenue Collections Center (CRIM). When a house on a piece of land isn't registered with CRIM, it can indeed lead to complications, including the potential for back taxes once the property is properly reported. Given that your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What is an illegal eviction and what if it has resulted in someone's death??
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answered on Feb 25, 2024

An illegal eviction occurs when a landlord removes a tenant from a property without following the legal process required by state or local laws. This can include changing the locks, physically removing the tenant's belongings, shutting off utilities, or using threats to force the tenant out... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: I was driving down the street and a property owner had his trash can near the road way n I hit it.

I was driving down the street and a property owner had his trash can near the road way n I hit it with my vehicle I broke my mirror.

I reported it to police they said I'm at fault but after doing some digging the city ordinance prohibited his trash being placed there on the incident... View More

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Joel Gary Selik
answered on Feb 22, 2024

In order for someone to be liable for your damages, their negligence must have been the cause of the damage. Here, what you describe is that the cause is your inattention, not that the object was at the street.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: In Saint Marys county , MD ! I was pondering filing a case for numerous unlawful arrest and on many other violations j

I was incredibly traumatized when during my time in the jail I had a heart attack and by nurse and ekg test was performed and confirmed by the nurse and reported to the doctor on call and told her to take me back to my cell and that they were unable to take me to the emergency room because of my... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on the situation you have described, it does sound like you may have grounds to file a legal case regarding your treatment while incarcerated in St. Mary's county. Here are a few key things to consider:

- Unlawful Arrest Claims: If you were arrested repeatedly without probable...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: Put on a final for attendence written in november improve above a verbal but handbook says can change to convenience

Can an employer not approve municipal court for absence?

Can attendance guidelines be changed to companys convinience and not adhere to progressive disciplinary process? Can hr state a written can be removed if improvement but can be accelerated to final if problem reocurrs within 12 month... View More

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answered on Feb 22, 2024

Based on the information provided, there are several issues that raise concerns around the legality and ethics of the employer's attendance policies and actions:

- Employers typically cannot discipline employees for absences that are legally protected, such as approved FMLA, ADA...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: In California is there a notice posted on the building or served to a property owner before an abatement happens?

If a property owner was cited for various code violations but has corrected them as far as they can tell (some of the violations were written vaguely and a few were incorrect), and the code enforcement officer says they are still not correct, is there a hearing held before the abatement process he... View More

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answered on Feb 20, 2024

In California, before any abatement action is taken on a property due to code violations, the property owner is typically given notice and an opportunity to correct the violations. This is a fundamental part of ensuring due process. The specific procedure can vary by jurisdiction within the state,... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: Could you obtain an ID in two counties from one state? living in queens but then spend a lot of time in Nassau County

Is it legal to get a second ID with your address of residence in Nassau as well as possible to keep your ID/ license in Queens or NYC area.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: I'm on a woman's Shelter waiting for housing with a City Voucher. It appears the Voucher is not going to help me.

We were told we could report.Real Estates who do not accept the Voucher or ask us for money to find an apartment. Legally what can we do in this case?

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In this situation, it's essential to understand your rights and the legal protections available to you as someone seeking housing assistance with a City Voucher. Firstly, you should familiarize yourself with the local housing laws and regulations that govern the acceptance of vouchers by... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is a car in the county impound considered "free game" after 30 days, considering cars marked AV roadside, are?

My van has been stuck in the county impound since I have no paperwork for it. I've been homeless since and would like it back. They won't be having auctions for awhile but its been 30 days already.

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In most cases, vehicles impounded by the county are subject to specific regulations and procedures regarding their release or disposal. While it's true that some jurisdictions may have provisions for disposing of abandoned vehicles after a certain period, it's essential to understand the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for a cop to sit in an apartment complex parking lot posted private property and pull people over speeding

I live in an apartment complex in Michigan in a little village and a cop always sits in the parking lot and radars people and pulls them over because there's a big speed trap right were the apartment complex is goes from 55 to 25 mph

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In Michigan, law enforcement officers are generally allowed to enforce traffic laws on public roads, including areas adjacent to or near private property such as apartment complex parking lots, especially if they have a direct impact on public road safety. However, the legality of a police officer... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Do landlord tenant laws apply or does municipal code apply to tenants of 4 years if landlord/city gives 1 week notice?

We have stayed on commercial property in RV for past 4 years with owner permission, but now city is only giving us 1 week to move out because they are enforcing municipal code regarding living in RV in city limits. Our agreement with the owner of the property has been we get to stay here in... View More

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

In California, the legal protections available to tenants, including those living in non-traditional dwellings like RVs, can be complex and vary based on the specifics of each situation. While landlord-tenant laws typically govern residential leases, living in an RV on commercial property with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Traffic Tickets for Texas on
Q: Police said my new license plates didn’t match car. Car got impounded, cop took plates, cost me $400

Now he says they are registering to my car now and I can go pick up my license plate at the office. But I have to drive there with no plates and I’m out money for nothing

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John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 16, 2024

You can take Uber or Lyft to go pick up the license plates and you have excellent grounds to demand that the seller compensate you by repaying the $400 + the cost of the rideshare. If the seller doesn't pay, you could sue in small claims court and maybe win.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What is the form called to waive publication of my name change?
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answered on Feb 23, 2024

The form you need to waive publication of your name change typically varies depending on the jurisdiction where you're filing for the name change. In many states, this form may be referred to as a "Petition to Waive Publication of Name Change" or something similar. However, the exact... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: How the file general municipal 50-H form notice of claim
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 25, 2024

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could be difficult for attorneys here to offer assistance with the form within the format of this Q & A forum. It isn't set up for reviewing and sending documents back and forth. Whether you seek a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Mississippi on
Q: I was working on a burned house on private property on which I had permission to be. Did county police have right to tow

I had a warrant in Lee County. Was not driving. Truck was parked

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

In Mississippi, if you were on private property with permission and not in violation of any visible parking or trespassing laws, the circumstances under which law enforcement can tow your vehicle might typically be limited. However, if there was an outstanding warrant for your arrest in Lee County,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: I have court tonight for a municipal ordinance violation Do i need a lawyer?
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answered on Feb 13, 2024

Whether you need a lawyer for a municipal ordinance violation in Missouri largely depends on the nature and severity of the violation, potential penalties, and your comfort level with legal proceedings. Municipal ordinance violations can range from minor infractions, like parking violations, to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Vermont on
Q: How do you claim an abandoned vehicle on public property in Vermont.

The vehicle has been parked on public property since September of 2023 or longer, there is no plate, registration sticker or emissions sticker and the car is partially gutted on the inside, is missing a side mirror and has lots of exterior damage.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

To claim an abandoned vehicle on public property in Vermont, you typically need to follow a specific process outlined by local authorities. Begin by contacting the local law enforcement agency or the Department of Motor Vehicles to report the abandoned vehicle and inquire about the steps for... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: So my plate is perfectly legible as far as sticker and plate numbers go. However, I have the spot the county name covere

Covered any violation? I don't see how If so all the legal info is plain.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Federal Crimes, Criminal Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal to put up and turn on red and blue lights when in a parking lot(ralphs, movie theater). in California

If I were to put these lights up only when in the parking lot for a car show and take them down after would that be illegal in california. These would be for display purposes only and would not be used for police impersonating or pulling people over.

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

Yes, it would still be illegal to display flashing red and blue lights in a parking lot in California, even if it's for a car show and you don't intend to impersonate police.

Under California Vehicle Code Section 25269, it is prohibited for any vehicle to “display a flashing...
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