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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: I won small claims against car wash.

Car wash damaged my truck and I awarded $1,800 at small claims court 6 months ago, however the shop has never pays. what is the best to collect money? Keeper or till tab only? I doubt they have cash more than$500 in the registry box. The shop doesn't own the property, but 20 yrs long term... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Mar 19, 2023

Congratulations on winning your small claims case! Unfortunately, collecting a judgment can sometimes be difficult. Here are some options to consider:

Writ of Execution: This is a court order that allows a sheriff or marshal to seize assets owned by the car wash in order to satisfy the...
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0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Yeah the police took my car out my yard for no reason at all this was bk in 2017 but I'm just now finding out I could of

Sued them but I feel it might be way to late even though I'm just finding out that I was able to sue them...I'm just wondering if there might still be a loop hole sumwhere somehow that will still allow me to sue them for what they did to me bk in 2017 and how they violated my rights I... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Construction Law and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: Can i sue a home repair general contractor for a bad cabinet work that resulted in crashing and destruction of my oven?

My home repair contractor did a terrible job. I hired the contractor to complete home repair jobs. The initial scope of the work was based on a quote for materials and labor. The contractor was referred to me by a mutual friend, so i did not request for a bond or his GA contractor license, but he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: The defendant filed motion to vacate and was granted, and a new trial was reheard and decided, can defendant appeal?

Does plaintiff need to wait another 30 days in the above case before collecting the judgment?

This is a small claim case.


James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Mar 17, 2023

If the defendant filed a motion to vacate the original judgment, and a new trial was granted and held, it is possible for the defendant to appeal the new judgment if they disagree with the outcome.

However, it is important to note that the grounds for appeal in a small claims case are...
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0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Utah on
Q: I purchased a vacation rental and the rental week was sold to someone else. I was promised a refund. Still waiting 13 mo

I filed a BBB complaint and they didn’t respond to my response so it was closed by the BBB. I’m from Utah and the company is in California. How do I file a small claims report? What action do you recommend?

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: A mechanic installed a used part in my car without my knowledge. They did not fix the car. Will I win a lawsuit?

I filed a complaint with the Florida Dept. of Agriculture, which holds their license. They determined that the mechanic violated the Florida Motor Vehicle Repair Act several times. They did not disclose in writing on the invoice that they had installed a used part, and they did not give me an... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Wisconsin on
Q: I bought a house at the end of December in 2022. It was listed as remodel to newer condition. There are problems just

weeks of moving in. January came around, I noticed there was a major frost all over my ceilings. Even though I have home insurance, it does not cover this issue so I reached out to the seller about this problem and he will not respond back to me. Then I started having a leaking problem under the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Small Claims for Iowa on
Q: Can I sue in small claims court(or larger)for breach of contract against my daughters’ former dance studio? $10k wasted

Teen daughters danced at a studio. Annually fill/sign a standardized code of conduct form agreeing to policy of treatment of others. My kids (and others) were bullied by suburb mean girls. Owner informed. Kids were blamed by owner instead of helping. We told our kids to be overly nice (too nice to... Read more »

Erik Luthens
Erik Luthens
answered on Mar 16, 2023

I absolutely understand your frustration- both of my daughters danced on competitive teams for several years (my wife was also the varsity dance coach at Urbandale High School for several years). However, this is not a matter to be litigated in court (small claims or otherwise). If I were you, I... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Washington on
Q: If the gym that Ive gone to for 6 years terminated my membership over something that happened outside of the gym, sue?

The owners parents are my neighbors and we had an incident where the wife came to our house walked into our house to harass us about a fire we had on. Later when the cops were called the husband came out and called my family member the N word and threatened to kill him. The cop charged them with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Personal Injury and Banking for Oklahoma on
Q: seeking advice and assistance for a potential case against the consumer reporting agency, Experian, TransUnion, Equifax

I believe that my rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other relevant laws have been violated. The FCRA (15 USC 1681 section 602 a) establishes the need for consumer reporting agencies, such as Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax, to exercise their responsibilities with fairness,... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 16, 2023

Your post does not contain a question. You might try to rephrase.

If you are asking what kind of lawyer you should look for in the circumstances described, I would recommend you search for a lawyer who practices consumer law in or near the county where you anticipate filing suit....
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0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: Can I recover travel expenses from my granddaughters foster parent if they prevent me from visiting on a prearranged day

Our granddaughter is in state custody in Portland Oregon. We live in Wells, Nevada. We have been asked by her case worker to make a monthly trip to Portland for visitation and to build our relationship with the child with adoption as the ultimate goal. Last month we arranged with the case... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Small Claims, Civil Rights and Collections for Washington on
Q: Are debts placed on an adult, disabled, unemployed child by a parent legally required to be repayed by the child?

I graduated high school in 2014 on a modified diploma due to being on the Autism Spectrum, and possessing a learning disability in Maths, and this is without mentioning all the other professionally-backed mental disabilities. After the landlord sold our previous dwelling, and my father bought a new... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Is it criminal if my brother threw away my daughters, my girlfriend's son, and my baseball gloves?

I was driving my father's vehicle and went with my girlfriend and her son and my daughter to play baseball, and we all left our gloves and a few other items in the vehicle when done. My younger brother borrowed the vehicle afterwards, and he and I have a problem getting along due to his... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 15, 2023

Replacing a few ball gloves likely only costs a couple hundred dollars. An hour-long consultation with a lawyer costs that.

I can’t think of any reasonably viable solution that would cost less.

0 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Support and Small Claims for Arkansas on
Q: I make much more than my son's dad who is being sued for child support - am I obligated to lose money so he can work?

Dad of 3 y/o son, never married, separated April 2022 after 5 years. I supported him throughout relationship: we lived in my home, ate my food, etc. I filed for child support in October 2022, and he has never paid a penny. His mother has given me two checks for $150 to date. I work ten hour days, 5... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Wisconsin on
Q: Can you get fired for continually calling HR due to not being paid on payday?

My husband originally observed the pending amount of his paycheck was over what was owed on payday (3/10) and he reported it to HR. He was told it would be fixed the next day and it wasn’t. He has called them several times since explaining he needs his check. He was told it was sent and then had... Read 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 ($) ?

0 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Can a roommate put my stuff outside to get damaged if there isn't any contract or lease on the home he occupies?

He basically is a squatter on a home left vacant by his sister. He allowed me to move in, and I have been there since April of last year. He decided to "evict" and he put my stuff outside, and the things he wanted, he kept.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: violation of 789.3 (b) & (c) with a written rental agreement month to month is the statute of limitations 4 years

iam also seeking punitive because landlord acted with malice i was not evicted or served anything what so ever my apt. caught fire when i was not home second investigation determined faulty wiring i was locked out by changing locks and denied access and belongings were thrown away.

James L. Arrasmith
James L. Arrasmith PRO label
answered on Mar 14, 2023

California Civil Code section 789.3 (b) and (c) govern a landlord's obligations with regard to tenants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Specifically, under section 789.3 (b), a landlord may not terminate a tenant's tenancy or fail to renew a tenant's... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: If a person scams me and others (in multiple other states) of an amount of money over $5000, what do we do?

The person who has stolen the money lives in Illinois, they promised a certain product but failed to provide proof of purchase or arrival of this product over the past 6 months.

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