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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: I sold a compressor to someone and they issued me a check. The next day they put a stop payment on the check.

What laws were broken, What legal action can I take?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 26, 2022

more info is needed.

did they stop payment and return the compressor?

why did they say they stopped payment?

of you think you have been wronged, you can file in small claims for up to $10k...without a lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hello. I wanted to know if I have a case or a changing of winning a case?

So, I loaned my ex boyfriend $4500 back in October 2021 and he promised he would pay me back monthly but has not. He has made false promises(I have text messages) month after month that he would pay me but then he doesn't. This has screwed up my credit and put a financial burden on me. The... Read more »

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Consider small claims court where you may represent yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: I need a lawyer who can take my case with no money. My roommate stole my title and registration to transfer in her name

Now it's her vehicle and I have to sue . Is this right?

Julie King
Julie King
answered on Apr 21, 2022

If your car is worth $10,00 or less, you can sue her in Small Claims Court, which does not allow lawyers. It's somewhat like "Judge Judy" in that people answer judge's questions without a lawyer present. Most courts have a self-help section on their websites and self-help... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Bankruptcy for California on
Q: I have to clear two expired; unsatisfied judgments. To negotiate a settlement, what type of lawyer do I need for this

I am pursuing a California professional state license that requires a credit check and might need to clear up some old judgments from 10 and 14 years ago. I can pay the amounts originally owed, but adding on the interest pushes beyond what I can afford. Is it possible to make this type of deal with... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Apr 18, 2022

A bankruptcy lawyer should be able to provide you with legal advice and representation for this matter. In fact, both of those judgments may have expired and become unenforceable due to the passage of time, unless they were timely renewed.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California on
Q: It's been about 9 months since a UD case was dismissed. I was intentionally defamed, discriminated, falsely snt to Co

His scheme to play victim and try to retaliate again. He has cases such as this since 2000. Lost truck, collections asking for $38.675 calling it eviction aftermath and Mayhem. Despites and fixed. I have tons of evidence that I didn't get to show because my SC case heard 11/20. UD was... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 11, 2022

this sounds like a UD Real Estate/ Civil Case, and I handle PI and DUI Matters.

However, if he is a flake, you may be throwing good money after bad.

a lawyer will not likely take on a case like this on a contingency.

instead, you will pay on an hourly basis.

if you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Contracts for California on
Q: Is Novation agreement possible without original debtor?

I’m a creditor.

Original debtor John cannot be reached at all.

His relative Michael is willing to take over the debt through installments, and he wants to do an agreement which guarantees that John’s debt is transferred to him, so John is no longer owes me(creditor) anything.... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 5, 2022

You can assign debt from one debtor to another, but the problem is if you cannot find the one willing to take on John's debt you won't be able to get the assignment completed/signed. You might need to hire an investigator/skip tracer to find Michael first.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for California on
Q: Ice and snow fell on my vehicle at a business causing damage and their insurance saying not at fault. What can I do?

I was at a drive through coffee shop in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was warming up that morning and the ice and snow melted and slid off the business’ roof which ended up landing on top of my hood causing damage.

I filed a claim with their insurance (Chubb) and they came back and denied my... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Apr 5, 2022

You may have a bad faith claim for denial of your claim, but it will likely depend on the terms in the business insurance policy. However, even if the insurance policy won't cover your loss, you may still be able to sue the business for negligence for your damages, but you will likely need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Witness submitted a false statements.

I was involved in accident in CA with no injuries,the street where the accident occurred is has a middle lane the two yellow lanes.I was inside the middle lane when the accident occurred.I was there with the other driver and a person across the street with 0% visibility of the accident site which I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 24, 2022

this is why victims retain a lawyer.........

you should have shared the video with your ins co........shame on you.

yes, I would re-contact them.

your rates will go up if you are more than 50% at fault.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Did I get served legally

I just recently picked up mail from my boyfriends grandma from time to time I still get mail there since I used to live there. I honestly don’t go there after usually just Christmas and thanksgiving and a random couple times a year. Well I haven’t been there since Christmas 2021. Apparently... Read more »

Gregory Mark Fitzgerald
Gregory Mark Fitzgerald
answered on Mar 24, 2022

What is called "Substitute Service" in CA is legal. Basically it says that if a process server goes to your home or your work in an effort to serve you personally but is not successful, after at least 2 attempts, they can give it to a "substitute" (person must be at least 18... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: car repair rip off

Dealership increased the repair cost from $500 to $4,300 and repaired the car with no authorization

Daniel Timothy LeBel
Daniel Timothy LeBel
answered on Mar 23, 2022

The dealership and mechanics have responsibilities under California law. There's no need on your part to establish any agreement with the shop on their duties and your responsibilities.

First, before beginning any repairs, the auto shop must provide you with an estimate showing the...
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3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Hello good afternoon, i had question regarding porperty damage as a result of a automobile accident.

On may of 2019, i was struck by a dodge challenger who failed to stop at a stop sign in a 2way intersection. Driver fled on foot and my insurance had to foot the bill for my vehicle. I was traveling northbound in my infiniti when i was hit on my front right passenger door which made my vehicle... Read more »

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman
answered on Mar 22, 2022

You need to turn the papers over to your insurance company immediately. You, as an individual, are the correct party to be sued, but your insurance is there to protect you. Because you have been served court papers, you must act right away.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for California on
Q: California State Witness statement/ testimony

California State

I sent an email last week to the insurance company asking for the full testimony/statement of the witness and what he exactly said with the specific time and specific and date of the testimony after the insurance company closed the case based on that statement and ignored... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 20, 2022

MORE INFO IS NEEDED.

IS IT YOUR INS CO? IF SO THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO COOPERATE.

IF THE OTHER SIDE, THEY WILL PROBABLY SUGGEST YOU STATEMENTIZE THE WIT YOURSELF.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A LOCAL PI LAWYER.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: Horses at my so called friends house she went and bought hay

My friend ( so I thought) said I could keep my horses at her house. I told her I would provide hay I just need a day in advance notice. Well she never said a word to me and went and bought 10 bales of hay and wants me to pay her for them or she won't let me remove my horses. She knows that I... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Mar 16, 2022

You have not asked a question, but, I'll pass on some thoughts:

a- You need to move your horses asap

b- IF you have to pay $180.00 to do it, you should

c- if you are not happy after paying it and getting your horses, you can then sue, if you want.

d- as a human...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: what kind of lawyer do I need if I want to sue or take to small claims court fidelity national home warranty?

I need lawyer in my area (zip code 91335) to consult about taking a lawsuit against fidelity home warranty for denying credible claims.

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on Mar 16, 2022

In CA lawyers are not allowed in small claims court.

Warranty law is otherwise known as lemon law.

Consider trying a lemon law atty for help...

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: My divorce papers say my ex and I have to split the property that is in the house. Our divorce was final in July 1, 2019

He hasn't live in the home since end of December of 2019. I told him he needs to get his stuff out of the garage and he is wanting to get half of the property in the house. I believe that it's been abandoned and that I am being nice letting him get stuff from the garage. I told him he... Read more »

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
answered on Feb 8, 2022

Please discuss with an attorney. The answer depends on the details in your MSA. An attorney must review your agreement in order to properly advise you of your rights and obligations. In general, as soon as practicable after the effective date of this agreement, the parties will meet for the purpose... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Federal Crimes, Insurance Bad Faith and Small Claims for California on
Q: My car was stolen and my insurance company has done nothing to settle my claim since 4/16/21

My business has gone down hill because I DO NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION. I paid for the highest package and never received one ounce of what their contract stated. This is fraud and I need an attorney asap. I am in San Diego but my insurance agent is in Beverly Hills.

Neil Anapol
Neil Anapol
answered on Feb 2, 2022

I suspect there is more to the story, but basically you have probably have an insurance bad faith claim against the insurance company, not the agent. I would contact the adjuster and/or the adjuster's supervisor and find out why they have not settled your claim. Sometimes, the resolution of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Family and I were in a car accident caused by the city. what do we do?

The city was working on a traffic light. Causeed another vehicle to hit us.

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jan 23, 2022

If you are hurt, see a doctor. Then contact an attorney. If you don't need medical attention, you probably don't have a case worth pursuing. You have 6 months to file a Tort Claim with the City, which is a requirement before filing a lawsuit. When you talk to an attorney, be prepared.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is it legal for a police department in California to release someone’s car to the wrong person then lie about DA Reject

The car was at tow yard. The tow yard had a lien sale the car was sold to a lady the lady never registered it in her name. She sold the car to her nephew a couple days after she bought it from the tow yard.he never registered it in his name either.. I bought it from the nephew a couple days later.... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jan 19, 2022

It is never OK for the police to lie. But you are not clear about what the lie is? If the police told you that this is a civil matter and the DA won't file on it, I agree with them.

Your beef is with the nephew. You can sue him in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is a golfer required to pay property damage (i.e. broken window) while playing a normal game of golf?

Incident happened while using the driver at a tee box that was very close to a townhouse on the course.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jan 18, 2022

Yes, you are responsible. The window was not broken until you hit a ball and it struck the window, breaking it. Why would you think that you don't need to pay for it?

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I hire an attorney for limited services?

I wish to hire an attorney to help with preparing an "opposition to motion to deem matters admitted". Is it possible to hire for only that, or will attorneys require they represent me throughout the entire case?

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
answered on Jan 11, 2022

Yes, you can hire an attorney to write the motion, or only assist you on the motion or for any or all of any part.

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