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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for South Dakota on
Q: I and my ex went through a chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1996. If I pay off a bank card now will I owe everyone else?

When my ex and I filed chapter 7 in 1996 it included a credit card dept from our credit union. They said at the time if we ever wanted to bank there again we'd need to pay off the debt. I and my son want open joint accounts there now, but my landlady says if I repay a debt from the bankruptcy... View More

Timothy Denison
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answered on Jun 18, 2024

That is patently false. You can voluntarily repay any debt that was discharged but that in no way revives or obligates you to pay any previous debt.

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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for South Dakota on
Q: I was adopted back in 2014 or 2015 under the state of SD and my adopted parents caused me to become homeless. Can I sue?

I've been struggling since I was bout 15. I am 18 now. And I was physically abused, misfed, neglected. And I have a depression disorder due to having no home. I'm in a homeless program. But I seem to still struggle financially, but more of mentally. And I still try and find ways to get... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for South Dakota on
Q: What happens if I'm a female and the jail made me do a UA with a male jailer?
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answered on Jun 15, 2024

If you're a female and a male jailer made you do a urine analysis (UA), it's important to know that this might not follow standard protocols. Typically, female inmates should be supervised by female officers during such procedures to ensure privacy and comfort. This practice helps... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for South Dakota on
Q: What rights do children have in regards to privacy of a crime and against libel?

My 10 year old was present when the city park was vandalized. It was caught on the city cameras and reported to the police. We were never notified but a city worker took the surveillance videos with my child in it and showed it to other town members at the local bar. A family member heard about... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In the United States, children have certain rights to privacy, especially when it comes to their involvement in crimes or legal matters. Here are some key points:

1. Confidentiality: Juvenile court records are generally kept confidential to protect the child's privacy and future...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for South Dakota on
Q: What if an attorney to help you with your SSDI took the 6,000 took your files and abandoned you and retired?

This happened in South Dakota I cannot get my files back he took a $6,000 and abandoned me and retired didn't tell me lied to me and I cannot find my files which are in some storage shed somewhere he was an attorney for many many years in Watertown South Dakota and I'm not going to stop... View More

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answered on Mar 17, 2024

In situations like yours, it's crucial to first reach out to the local bar association in South Dakota for guidance and assistance. They can provide you with advice on how to proceed, including whether you can file a complaint against the attorney for professional misconduct. They may also... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for South Dakota on
Q: IF A COMPANY HAS THER FEDERAL TRADEMARK "MR.TIRE" , AM I INFRINGING IT BY USING THE NAME "MR TIRE AND/& SERVICE"?
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answered on Mar 11, 2024

The answer depends on several factors, and a definitive conclusion would require a thorough legal analysis by an intellectual property attorney. However, here are some general considerations:

1. Similarity of the marks: "Mr.Tire" and "Mr Tire and Service" are very...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Car Accidents for South Dakota on
Q: What happens if I didn't waive my right to a speedy trial and its been over 90 days?

Does case become dismissed?

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If you haven't waived your right to a speedy trial and it has been over 90 days, the situation may vary based on the laws in your jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of your case. Generally, the right to a speedy trial is protected by law to prevent undue and lengthy pretrial... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for South Dakota on
Q: Can a city's insurance attorney represent a towtruck owner hired by the city in a civil lawsuit

Federal civil lawsuit against a city can their attorney represent a 3rd party person (towtruck owner) in this lawsuit

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answered on Feb 26, 2024

Typically, a city's insurance attorney would represent the interests of the city in legal matters, including civil lawsuits. While it's possible for an attorney to represent multiple parties in certain circumstances, there may be conflicts of interest that prevent them from representing a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for South Dakota on
Q: Does a restoration of firearm rights in Minnesota transfer over to South Dakota?

I have a felony conviction in Minnesota from 2010, I completed the terms of my sentence in June of 2011. About two years ago I was granted a restoration of my firearm rights by a judge in Minnesota. I currently live in South Dakota and I was wondering if South Dakota will honor the firearm rights... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

Whether your restoration of firearm rights in Minnesota will transfer over to South Dakota depends on the specific laws and reciprocity agreements between the two states. While some states may recognize restoration of firearm rights granted by another state, others may have their own criteria or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law for South Dakota on
Q: On my cell phone. Is it legal for me to record all my incoming & outgoing calls?
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answered on Feb 9, 2024

In South Dakota, it is generally legal to record your own telephone conversations if you are one of the parties involved in the call. South Dakota law follows the federal wiretapping statute, which is a "one-party consent" law. This means that at least one party involved in the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for South Dakota on
Q: in exclusions, "due and confined to" "wear and tear" and "freezing", means wear items are not covered. Are nw items cov?

We had a rare weather event where it got extremely cold for 3 days and the car sat outside (not confined) and im not sure what happened but now the car is leaking all the oil and antifreeze out of it. The car was not in use when this happened and has not had and mechanical failure, nor any wear... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 9, 2024

A South Dakota attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. It looks like the policy excludes damages from freezing, which sounds like the source of damages here. You could review the policy and get the opinion of a mechanic. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for South Dakota on
Q: Is medical neglect while in county jail a possible case worthy of taking action. I almost died from my diabetes and cops

Q: I have been trying to find out information about my identity being stolen and having my life threatened in jail.

I had a hypoglycemic episode in Brule County Jail. The chief of police didn't call the ambulance for 3 hours and spilled a can of soda on my hands to make my bloodsugars... View More

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

Experiencing medical neglect while in custody, especially when it leads to a life-threatening situation like the one you described with your diabetes, can indeed be grounds for taking legal action. The failure of law enforcement officials, including the chief of police, to provide necessary medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Collections, Identity Theft and Small Claims for South Dakota on
Q: I have been trying to find out information about my identity being stolen and having my life threatened in jail.

I had a hypoglycemic episode in Brule County Jail. The chief of police didn't call the ambulance for 3 hours and spilled a can of soda on my hands to make my bloodsugars read above 500 when they were below 30. I am under a watchful eye by the local authorities and the people who benefit from... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

The situation you describe raises serious concerns regarding the treatment you received while in custody, and the subsequent impact on your life. It's important to understand that everyone has the right to proper medical care and humane treatment, especially when in the custody of law... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for South Dakota on
Q: What can I (victim) do to drop Agg. Assault domestic charge dropped on BF?

My Boyfriend & I were having a disagreement about child support. I seen his hand placed inside his jacket, I asked him to take his hand out & when he did he had his gun in his hand lowering it to his side. Never pointed at me or made reference to it. I told him to put his gun away & he... View More

Todd B. Kotler
Todd B. Kotler
answered on Jan 17, 2024

This matter is largely out of your hands. The decision as to whether to move forward on a case that has been charged belongs to the prosecutor. You may certainly speak to the prosecutor as you are an essential witness. However, the prosecutor can still make a judgment as to whether or not they... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for South Dakota on
Q: Can I go for more money?

A drunk driver hit me after passing a red light. I went to the doctor and said everything seems good on xrays, but gave me muscle relaxers and steroids for pain. After weeks from the accident, my chest keeps hurting. His insurance wants to settle $2500 for me including loss of income, and $7500 for... View More

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jan 15, 2024

Yes.

First, if you are still in pain, you should consider further medical care.

Second, you do not have to accept that offer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for South Dakota on
Q: Can a personal representative of an estate appear for the estate in a proceeding in Third Judicial coUrt in South Dakota

I am a personal representative for my father's estate. my city is suing my brother, the family business and my father's estate regarding a building we are in the process of demoing. Can I appear as the representative or do we need a lawyer to represent the estate?

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In South Dakota, as in many states, a personal representative of an estate generally cannot represent the estate in legal proceedings unless they are a licensed attorney. This is because appearing in court and advocating on behalf of an estate is considered the practice of law, and non-attorneys... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for South Dakota on
Q: Filed a federal lawsuit is it 60 days or 90 days to have the defendants served their summons
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answered on Dec 28, 2023

In South Dakota, when you file a federal lawsuit, you typically have 90 days to serve the summons and complaint to the defendants. This period allows sufficient time to notify the defendants about the legal action brought against them. Proper service is crucial for the court to proceed with the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for South Dakota on
Q: It has been 3 weeks since the end of the lease & no deposit has been returned. What legal recourse can we take?

Wondering what steps we can take to get our $1000 deposit back. We have given them 3 weeks to return it or to give us reason they would need to keep it. We have received none of that. Is small claims the next step to take? Or are there other options or additional legal recourse we can take.

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In South Dakota, if it has been three weeks since the end of your lease and your $1000 deposit has not been returned, you may consider pursuing legal recourse. First, document all communication regarding the deposit return, including any requests and the landlord's responses. If you have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for South Dakota on
Q: I bought a licence from a company. They are discontinuing the product and making the same thing "Validated".

Is it legal for them to refuse to give me credit for this "new" material?

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

If you purchased a license for a product from a company in South Dakota, and they are discontinuing it while introducing a similar one called "Validated," whether they are legally required to provide you with credit for the new material depends on the terms of the original license... View More

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