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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: I was assaulted by my ex’s daughter I pushed her off me and left. I was arrested 4 days later and charged with family vi

I have texts from ex stating her daughter did it because I was going to padlock the doors so she could not move in

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Feb 5, 2023

Sadly these "late charges" are becoming more and more common. Its awful. You need to retain a local lawyer in West GA to assist you, as they will make the process MUCH easier as you do need to satisfy the warrant before it interrupts your life even more. They will help you with a quick... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can my former tenants win a lawsuit against me - Georgia law ?

I am the homeowner. I had a lease to own contract with a property investor. He had a lease to own contract with the tenants in the house. They attempted to purchase the property and could not receive the funding and passed the due date on the sales contract. 8 months later I evicted them after not... Read more »

James Clifton
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James Clifton
answered on Jan 18, 2023

Without more information about the complaint filed by the former tenant, it is difficult to say. The tenant would need to specify which tort you committed specifically. Residency isn't a tort. Whether you breached the contract would be determined by the specific language in the contract. From... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: can my wife leave me to live somewhere else and come take our camper we lived in next day while I’m gone all my stuff

We were married 15 yrs. Lived in the camper last 4 yrs. Took camper when I was not present with all my belongings in it left me homeless

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Jan 12, 2023

Yes she is allowed to leave you. If the camper is marital property l, it belongs to both you so she can use it. She should not sell it or any if your belongings. You can file for divorce and ask for the property to be divided.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: Am I obligated by law to pay for repairs?

In June ‘22 I was in a minor fender-bender where I hit the rear bumper of another car (damage was only a small crack). The other party agreed to work outside of insurance and I agreed to pay for the damage but only directly to the collision center. Months went by and I kept getting excuses on why... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Jan 7, 2023

Yes. When you cause an accident, you are legally obligated under Georgia law to pay for the damages you caused. The statute of limitations in Georgia for property damage to a vehicle is four years, meaning the other party could wait until June 2026 before filing suit against you and yet still... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Georgia on
Q: Renovations guy ripped me off and closed his business. How should I procced? What happens if he is hard to locate?

Contracted a business (a man and his son) to do some reno work. Most of what they did is unfinished and now he has closed his business. The work was done in GA, where I also reside, but his business is located in SC. I don't live near the area the work was being done so I asked him to send me... Read more »

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Dec 30, 2022

Since the work was done in Georgia but his business is located in South Carolina, you have the option to sue him in the Georgia county where the work was done or in South Carolina. Since you live in Georgia, I would file suit in Georgia as it is most convenient for you. In Georgia, magistrate... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: If the defendant did not follow the instructions and objected to every question in discovery & interrogatories what I do

Civil Personal Injury

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Dec 18, 2022

A discovery dispute is a two step process: (1) The law first requires that you confer with the opposing party in an effort to work through the dispute. If your attempt(s) to resolve the dispute do not work, then you go to the next step (2) File a motion to compel with the Court against the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: Can a title specialist / financial operations manager notarized customer paperwork?

Based on this state law below, can a title specialist / financial operations manager notarized customer paperwork:

It is lawful for a notary who is an employee, officer, director or stockholder of a bank or corporation to take the acknowledgment of any party to any written instrument... Read more »

Michael D. Birchmore
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Michael D. Birchmore
answered on Dec 7, 2022

Certainly. A prohibition would apply be where the Notary Public had some form of ownership interest in the business or the transaction itself.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I am having difficulty receiving a refund that is owed from a previous auto ins policy.. is there anyone who can assist?

I am having difficulty receiving a refund that is owed from a previous auto ins policy.. is there anyone who can assist? The policy was cancel because I moved to a new state. I am owed a refund and I am yet to receive it, almost 3 months. I have been given a run around. I am wondering if there is... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 25, 2022

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Yes, there are attorneys who can help you - an experienced civil litigation attorney could handle something like this. But based on the size of the refund, you might be able to save money by handling the matter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: How do I respond to a filed motion from my lawyer (to withdraw) which has incorrect information?

The motion to withdraw and the certificate of notice, already e-filed with the court, incorrectly refers to me as the plaintiff a couple of times. Says that she has sent the notice to the defendant's lawyer (WHICH IS HERSELF) Because I AM the defendant. List my ex husband as the plaintiff,... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Nov 20, 2022

You can and should reply with correct information. If the motion to withdraw is granted, the information on the notice to withdraw will be used to send you future notifications in the case, so you need to make sure that that is correct. Your attorney should not yell and curse at you. That is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I won a settlement but the company is not paying. What can I do ?
Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Nov 19, 2022

Once a case settles, both sides are contractually obligated to fulfill their respective ends of the deal. In most instances, that means the injured party will sign a release while the other party will pay a sum of money. In the event either party fails to uphold its end of the bargain, the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I filed an open default within the timeframe the law allows, paid the fee and filed my arguments. Can I appeal?

I filed many times teying to get thr Judge to respond. Is this action by the Judge legal?

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Oct 16, 2022

I regret that your question did not contain enough information to formulate an answer. For example, what is the case about? You said you have filed your "arguments"--that still does not give me enough information. And can you appeal--still not enough information...

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for Georgia on
Q: How do I write a letter to the judge to asking for my case to be dismissed they have named the wrong person in the suit.

Also I never knew about the account that I am being sued for never signed a contract or a summons. someone else signed the summons for me and didn't tell me about it.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You don't. You make a motion to dismiss the case, stating your reasons. You file the original with the clerk of the court and send a copy to the plaintiff or its attorney. As to the summons - if the summons was delivered to a person authorized by law to accept it at your residence (as an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: How can I make my apt complex pay for my shattered windshield? Their employee dropped a bag of trash on it.

Employee dropped a bag of bath tiles onto my car. Apt complex filed a claim w their insurance company, who have agreed to pay, yet can't tell me when they will pay. ??? What can I do?

Michael W. Horst
Michael W. Horst
answered on Aug 20, 2022

It sounds like your issue is more with your apartment complex's insurance company than the apartment complex itself. Here are your options:

1) You could file a law suit against the apartment complex and the employee who caused the damage. That would certainly move your claim along...
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Q: Can i get an attorney to sue a record label for copies of my catalog & portfolio without a copy of my contract?

Well i signed a distribution deal with the label 80/20% cut and i own all Masters and music i created for 5 albums to be distributed over 5 years 2014 . i only have given And released 4/5 before i lost contact with them _ them = the label . i have had head trauma after signing to where i forgot... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jul 21, 2022

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could continue to await a response, but there is a category here, Entertainment/Sports Law. You could try reposting and adding that as a category. There's no guarantee all posts are answered, but attorneys... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: If an attorney claims a retainer is not refundable, what happens to the left over money not used?
Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Jul 12, 2022

If a fee is nonrefundable, there isn't anything "left over" and the full fee is earned by the attorney when paid. When attorneys accept a case, they immediately start working on its, and they are precluded from representing any adverse party to the client. They are allowed to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Wrongful Death for Georgia on
Q: Can phone conversations from a deceased person and the person being sued be used in a civil suit case?

Trying to get what justice any way we can for our daughter that was taken advantaged of and overdosed at perpetrator house. Seeking his home insurance. Investigators never got dna from suspects and we believe there was others at the house at the time of her fatal moments. There was other phones... Read more »

Zachary Taylor Beck
Zachary Taylor Beck
answered on Jul 1, 2022

It will depend on the facts and circumstances of when the phone conversations took place and the substance of the conversations. The hearsay exceptions, regardless if the declarant (i.e., person being sued or daughter) is available to testify, are codified in O.C.G.A. section 24-8-803. The hearsay... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: What technology do lawyers use to communicate with clients, present evidence to clients, and update them in real time?

We're developing commercial technology to absolutely remove or reduce legal paperwork, real time effortless evidence and detail updates between client/lawyer cases, real-time rapid case communication between lawyer/client. Overall simplifying client/ lawyer interaction and courtroom litigation.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 21, 2022

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Nationwide, the tried and trusted methods are phone, email, and regular mail. However, law firms can operate differently from one another in terms of embracing technology. There are offices that still use faxes,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Georgia on
Q: How long does one have to file a whistleblower suit against a government agency?

In the State of GA - How long does one have to file a whistleblower suit against a government agency?

Kimberly Grant
Kimberly Grant
answered on Jun 20, 2022

A whistleblower action must be brought within 6 years after the date the violation was committed.

Kim

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I was molested in 1989 at age 5 by my, at the time, 15 yr old cousin. Can he pay for his crimes or is it too late?

I never said anything or pressed charges because I didn’t want to burden my aunt and uncle and I was ashamed. I always figured it was too late to do something. When I found out that there was another victim and that the offender is still infatuated with children per his Facebook page, I felt the... Read more »

Zachary Taylor Beck
Zachary Taylor Beck
answered on Jun 9, 2022

In the civil context, because the abuse occurred before July 1, 2015, you would have had to file a civil lawsuit on or before your 23rd birthday. See O.C.G.A. section 9-3-33.1. Thus, any civil claim will likely be time barred.

In the criminal context, prosecution would have had to occur...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: Hello. Cam a lawyer please help me.with my case? I want to sue but do not have funds to pay up front. God Bless.

Hello. On 1-3-2022 I was pull over for non-working brake lights (pre-video evidence,they work) 12 broken ribs and lung collapsed and multiple dog bites as well as getting hit by the officers and they admitted to striking in police report. I need help please.

Kimberly Grant
Kimberly Grant
answered on Jun 8, 2022

An attorney probably needs to know more about the facts, before they can agree to represent you. They will want to know if you complied with the police requests or if you were the aggressor. They would likely want to know if you were under the influence of any medications at the time. There are... Read more »

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