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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: what should I do to get the full amount he owed to me, including the accrued interest?

Since October 2021, an individual has been indebted to me for $30,000, with a 10% monthly interest fee agreed upon by both parties. He failed to make any further payments after the first 2 months. Despite my numerous attempts to remind him of this obligation, he has not taken the necessary steps to... View More

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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answered on Jun 14, 2024

With some statutory exceptions (e.g., Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”). In simple terms, the law gives people who buy goods or services for personal, family, or household purposes a way to privately sue businesses for illegal behavior and even for... View More

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Q: Can I sue in small claims court?

I'm fortunate to be back in school as a full time employee in STEM. I was introduced to local grant that covers the cost of my tuition (including enrollment fees, textbooks, supplies, etc..). I was told by the representative who reached out to me that I wouldn't have to worry about paying... View More

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Q: Someone owned me 60k. Promised to pay back when he sold the house. He sold it and refused to pay back.

Since September 2021, he owed me $30,000. he agreed to pay a 10% interest fee each month, I lowered the interest fee to 5% after a year, yet he still did not make any payments. In February 2024, he assured me that he would sell the house and use the proceeds to pay back the money. When I contacted... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 14, 2024

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. You ask about referrals. There are no referrals here but there is a "Find a Lawyer" tab you could use to supplement your own searches. There are also referral sections of local and state bar... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is there a law in Pennsylvania giving an HOA the authority to regulate parking on a public street?

My HOA has a rule stating no parking on the street, but the township has not made that determination. Can the HOA legally fine homeowners who park on the street?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Help with Stipulation Resolving Adversary Proceeding as part of Bankruptcy 10 years ago

I have been paying the debt as per the terms of the Adversary Proceeding for 10 years now and have completed the amount requested ($250k + 5%). There is a balance of $150K that will be paid by a life insurance policy that has the debtor as the beneficiary.

The payments to the debtor have... View More

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answered on May 25, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that you have been complying with the terms of the Stipulation Resolving Adversary Proceeding for 10 years and have paid a significant portion of the debt. The informal agreements you made with the debtor regarding occasional late or reduced payments... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, How to remove a man from my home? I own my home, there is no lease, he pays for nothing.

I have been telling him for months to get out. He quit his job over a year ago and has no car, or active license currently. We constantly fight about this and it is just uncomfortable and gives me terrible anxiety. What are my options to get this man out? :(

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Government Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can the Police,CIA,FBI use illegal equipment of sound waves voice structure devices illegal surveillance non consent.

The evidence base upon the actions of the police departments authorities it's not no random crime spree.I have made several complaints, police reports concerning this issue active documents.Here another issue I have with the police department they are ignoring not unacknowleging simple cases... View More

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answered on May 24, 2024

Under U.S. law, the police, CIA, FBI, or any government agency are not allowed to use illegal equipment such as sound wave devices or conduct surveillance without proper consent or authorization. These actions would violate your constitutional rights, including the right to privacy and protection... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Pennsylvania on
Q: A Decade of Neglect: Mother Seeking Justice Against CYS for Failing to Protect Four Children. We Need Legal Advice!

In May 2022, Lehigh County CYS conducted an investigation into the father of my four children was deemed "valid" and subsequently closed, yet CYS failed to inform me of this matter. Then, in August 2022, he was arrested for DUI while the children were in the car. Despite numerous reports... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

It's understandable that you're feeling frustrated and desperate for justice given the decade-long neglect by Lehigh County CYS. To pursue legal action, gathering all relevant documents and reports from hospitals, schools, doctors, the police department, and the District Attorney will be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: What legal rights do I have for doing mechanic work at my house on someone else's car

I perform mechanic work for people that can't afford the price of dealerships or a mechanic shop I charge half price or less before I start the work the owner of vehicle and myself having agreement on cost of parts, labor and total price. When I complete the work and it's time to pay... View More

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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answered on Apr 24, 2024

First, is your agreement with an owner in writing?

And that document should set out the work to be performed, the costs for that work, and the due dates for payment.

And then the document should state the various remedies for default in payment.

In PA, and most other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: Who own the property? The bank ejected us while they were not the current owner of the property.

The bank took us to court on an ejectment case and won the case on 9/2023. However when the court granted the ejectment the bank was not the owner of the property. Another entity is listed as the owner in the recorder of deeds and on the tax statements. The bank lost possession of the property... View More

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answered on Mar 28, 2024

Ownership of a property is determined by who is listed as the owner in the official records at the recorder of deeds and on tax statements. If another entity, not the bank, is currently listed as the owner there and the bank had lost possession prior to the ejectment, then the legal ownership would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: Licence Suspension 18month turned 3+yrs.Judge ruled due 2 Clerical Error.I suffered financial&health damage.What to Do?

Bucks County Clerk of Courts makes error turns my suspension from 18 months to 3+ year suspension failed to verify jail time w/ Penndot despite me completing everything & probation. I purchased used car,insurance,interlock,inspection etc. Denied Licence went back & forth over 2 months w/... View More

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

Given the circumstances you described, it may be possible to pursue legal action for the losses and damages you have incurred due to the clerical error and the extended license suspension. To do so, you should consider the following steps:

1. Consult an Attorney: Reach out to an attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: custody, bucks co. PA what pleading should i file after custody hearing officer's recommendation before it becomes order

we had signed agreement in Aug, 2021 for shared custody in bucks co, pa. My ex filed emergency petition to modify based on false allegations ( i have a proof). We had custody officer hearing , did not agree and i asked to see the judge. we saw the judge , it was also called conference. I did not... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

Pennsylvania family law cloaks the process to make it appear fair, equitable and just. Nothing is farther from the truth.

Family law structures custody proceedings to occur before an under-judge called a "conciliator." This is mediation ordered to have the parents reach a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I had left my drivers license at a store and they called me and told me I could come and get it, by the time I went to

Get it they had shredded it, should they have to pay for it?

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answered on Jan 25, 2024

In your situation, where a store shredded your driver's license after notifying you to retrieve it, there are a few considerations. First, it's important to understand that while businesses often have policies for handling lost property, there is generally no legal requirement for them to... View More

Q: can you do owner retain from a totaled loss in pa
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 24, 2024

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If a policyholder chooses to keep the vehicle, the carrier will usually work out a separate set of figures based on salvage value if vehicle is declared total loss. But this is a general process; each state... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: I agreed to do some work for someone and Do a rent to own agreement for the work know they don't want to pay

I agreed to do the work for a rent to own agreement and when the agreement was written up it wasn't the same agreement that we talked about and know they don't want to pay me for my work

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

If you agreed to perform work under the condition of a rent-to-own arrangement and the written agreement does not reflect the terms you discussed, you may have legal recourse to seek compensation for your work. In Pennsylvania, contracts are generally enforceable if there is a meeting of the minds,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I secretly record my blackjack play for my youtube channel in a casino in the states of MA, WV and PA? Public place?

Im not sure since the casino already records us and its a public place but its also a two-party consent place. The people already know they are being recorded because its a casino. So because that's implied is it okay if I record? What if I record and blur their faces does that make it legal etc?

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answered on Dec 14, 2023

Recording your blackjack play for a YouTube channel in casinos in states like MA, WV, and PA involves several legal considerations. First, it's important to understand that casinos, while public places, have their own rules and policies about recording inside their premises. The fact that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is this cause for a lawsuit?

We parked in a lot for a Steelers football game. It looked legit but the parking lot attendant taking money did not own the lot. We went to get our car and it was towed at our expense. The fraud lot attendant did get arrested and we were told that after their trial we would get refunded the money.... View More

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answered on Dec 4, 2023

In this situation, considering a lawsuit is understandable given the inconvenience and expense caused by the fraudulent parking lot attendant. The fact that the attendant was arrested and a promise of refund was made indicates acknowledgment of the wrongdoing.

For a lawsuit, you would need...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Communications Law and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can someone ask the court to issue a subpoena for their own phone records in Philadelphia, PA?

I am a private investigator. My client's son is classified as an endangered missing adult. He vanished on October 23, 2023, has never gone missing before and has a mental health condition that meets the criteria for "endangered." My client resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while... View More

Anthony DiUlio
Anthony DiUlio
answered on Dec 6, 2023

Generally speaking, once litigation is commenced, attorneys have subpoena power. They can subpoena 3rd parties for information they can't otherwise get. In your situation, I see no reason a subpoena couldn't be issued for the records you need and since the phone is in your client's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Tax Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: Tow Company sold my vehicle and possessions with no notice and no title change. What can I do?

Was in a minor vehicle accident which led to a tow company towing and subsequently storing my vehicle. When I called to find out about retrieving my truck and personal property within, I was told that they sold the truck to a local fire co for use in a training exercise and then it was scrapped.... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

In this situation, it appears that the tow company may have violated certain legal procedures. Generally, tow companies are required to provide notice before disposing of a vehicle, and they must follow specific protocols for the sale or scrapping of vehicles, including handling any personal... View More

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