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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: Hired Roofer/gutter guy only completed my roof but ran with my gutter money. How can I get my money back?

I got paid out by my homeowners insurance for my roof and gutters to be replaced due to hail damage. The guy I hired contracts the work out to a roofing crew and a separate gutter crew. I paid him half of the money received from my insurance claim (plus my $1400 deductible) up front before the roof... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: Where to take legal action for an invoice nonpayment when the client is in a different state?


One of my clients has failed to pay the remainder of an invoice ($2000) that was due months ago. Every month I remind him and he comes up with excuses. I've been very patient and understanding but its been too long and I want to take legal action.

I am Freelance Visual... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Often, a contract between parties specifies jurisdiction. If yours does not, consider adding that provision.

Depending on the facts, jurisdiction may lie in New York, California or both.

It doesn't pay to retain counsel for a $2,000.00 claim.

Have a free telephone...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: Can I fight judgement interest if I wasn't notified of the judgement?

I received proceedings supplemental in May of this year for $9000 the original judgement was for $6000 dollars. I had no idea about the judgment as I was never served papers and never notified of any judgement against me. Will I be able to fight the interest accrued?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 30, 2022

If you were not served, yes. Otherwise, likrly not.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Banking for Oregon on
Q: If you wire transfer money to someone and then realize it was fraud, how can you file a complaint to the court

if you don't know their physical address?

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You can file a complaint with your local police, with Oregon's Attorney General Consumer Fraud Division (can file online), and with the FBI who has a task force specifically aimed at this sort of fraud. All that said, the odds are extremely remote that any of them will actually do anything... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I initiated a small claims at my district court. Is there any way I can still have a lawyer represent me in the matter

I had set agreements with my friend while living together for a few months but she chose to illegal put me out and refrain from letting get my personal belongings.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You cannot have a lawyer in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: How much will it cost for a pro bono lawyer to take my case for illegal eviction?

My friend stole all of my property I had furnished in her house while staying there a few months. Now she will not give it back.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 29, 2022

Not sure if you have an illegal eviction action as much as a possible claim and delivery action, which you can initiate yourself in the district court.

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: I have a question regarding a security deposit in Florida.

Hi everyone, hopefully whoever is reading this is having a fantastic day! I moved around a year ago to an apartment and around 2 months ago I moved out of said apartment, the front desk at the place told me that I would receive my deposit through the mail. I just called them yesterday after waiting... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I was overcharged on my credit card by a merchant.I signed a bill, and notice next day, the charges were over my limit.

I tried to work it out with the merchant, he would not, I signed the bill and have my ID information with my chip from my card. He would not re-credit, my card for the misunderstanding, error. I contacted my bank and they also, would not ( dispute it) help me, and told me to go to small claims. I... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Arkansas on
Q: If I keyed someone's car and the damage is less than 1,000, what punishment would I be looking at in AR?

The damage is 1,000 or less, I am in a relationship with the owner of the vehicle, and I have no priors on my record. Disclaimer, this is all hypothetical and I do not amit guilt of any crimes that may or may not be committed

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Car Accidents and Small Claims on
Q: A wrecker driver punched my vehicle causing damage and threatened to kill me. Police report has been filed. What now?

In Georgia. I have dents in my car also damage to a door. I also am recovering from a medical procedure and can't get in and out of my car now, because of the damage. My only way of going. Is the driver responsible or the truck owner that employs him responsible, or both?? Another wrecker was... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims on
Q: Excavation company did not complete work but charged my card with out sending a bill or my approval. Is this a crime.

They charged a 99 dollar scheduling fee which i paid with a card but I stated that my card was not to be charged for anything else.

I paid half the estimate in cash on the day they started.

0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: I have a camper on my mom on laws property is it OK she tries to put me put when he don't want to making me leave anywas

She makes me leave won't let me talk to him tell I call him he came and found me wanted me home I go home her and her daughter that lives on other side of town harrasees me had for days beating on door coming in after Me her son had to escort his mom out then when he went to work she had her... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander, Business Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: I was recently hired to do work at someones home. They purchased the materials I picked them up and delivered to their

home and then installed said item. They purchased the wrong size and I told them but they REFUSED to return it and get the correct size. I had to adjust the frame in order to make it fit. Once completed the customer said nothing to me about not liking the work done. I then returned to their home 2... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Possible to get refunded for loans paid off on 05/2017 from ITT Tech that were serviced by Navient?

I was enrolled in ITT Tech starting around 06/2007 and withdrew on 09/02/2007. I had student loans that were serviced by Sallie Mae and then Navient. It was a combination of both private and federal loans. All loans were paid off with a combination of payments by me and paid by my fathers credit... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: I was buying a car from my sister and step- dad. It $6,000 had a loan on it in step- dad's name I making monthly payment

I was paying them monthly through Venmo to my sister almost gotten it payed off there was only $1,980 left and they took it back. Saying I missed payments and they was going to call the cops and press charges on me saying I stole the car. And didn't even wanted to give me my money that I paid... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Libel & Slander for Florida on
Q: Can I be sued, and if so what can I do?

I had a small pet sitting gig where I offer pet sitting services. I was contacted by a gentleman to overnight pet sit for 10 days (06/17 - 06/26). We agreed, he paid me 80% up front. (No contract signed, no witness to the agreement) My partner and I stayed from 06/17 - 06/19, and I stayed by myself... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Jun 23, 2022

It appears that he is threatening to tell people bad things about you, not physically attack you or anything like that. Arguably it's a threat to defame (slander) you. Could you sue him if he did? I probably wouldn't bother.

Why should you care if the police won't make a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a company for TCPA violations in my local small claims court if the telemarketer’s in a different state?

A company called me 18 times, even though I’m on the national do not call registry, and have been since 2016 (I have proof of both, and the telemarketer recorded a voicemail every time).

Since I don’t have an existing relationship with the company, I understand each call allows me to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 23, 2022

I think you're right that you can sue them. I would try consulting a consumer rights attorney before trying it on my own. And I would plan to go ahead and sue in the general civil division (district court), not small claims. In small claims, neither party can have an attorney, and a business... Read more »

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