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Q: Suing for intentional tort can I introduce evidence that he was convicted of harassment violation in the civil trial ?
Tyler Young
Tyler Young answered on Mar 10, 2020

Your question is a little unclear. I have several questions. Are you suing for an intentional tort? What tort? Is "he" the defendant? When was the harassment in relationship to the timing of the intentional tort? Who was harassed? Were the circumstances in any way similar to the intentional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Can the law force siblings to care for their parents in Puerto Rico ,if the siblings don’t live in PUERTO RICO?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 7, 2020

This is something that an attorney who practices in Puerto Rico would know better than a New York attorney. You could repost under Puerto Rico (look for the link for other states), and one of the attorneys in that section could have better chances of seeing your question. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for New York on
Q: I got served with a summons to appear for unpaid debt but I'm broke. Wher do I turn? Specialty?

Collection agency. I have a slew of medical bills I also can't pay.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 4, 2020

You could check with the Legal Aid Society. If the collection defense help you need is not within their scope of assistance, ask them if they have recommendations for other resources. Additionally, you could contact a bankruptcy attorney to learn more about your rights in that regard. Many offer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: can you get fired for lying about your HIV status?
V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Feb 19, 2020

The most important question is where, when, and why you were asked about that?

Then, whether that question was directly related to your job duties and how you would perform your duties with precautions, if any, as required by law.

Then, if the question were asked at the appropriate...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for New York on
Q: Can a bank take my moms money out of her account to pay my loans without permission, but said they did? They did not

I am three months over due in my loans. My mom and I are members of the same credit union. She is not however, a cosigner on any of those loans. They took $500 out of her account to pay it. Upon calling about it, they stated I gave them permission. I most certainly did not, not even close! My mom... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 13, 2020

The only explanation is that you are a signer on one or more of your mother's accounts at the credit union? Otherwise they are not supposed to do what you say they did.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: My fiance and I recently split up when we were together I purchased and paid for a mobile home for us her name

Is on the title due to park regulations. She wants me to buy her out for 2000( roughly half purchase price). She did not put money into it or towards it. She is trying to tell me she will force me to sell the mobile home if I don't pay her 2000. I am the primary on the title and still live in the... Read more »

Mathew Paulose Jr.
Mathew Paulose Jr. answered on Feb 13, 2020

Greetings. New York's heart balm act (Section 80-b of NY's Civil Rights Law) allows individuals to sue for return of property given to a fiance in contemplation of marriage. Common examples include return of an engagement ring, a house, a car, a fur coat, etc. The court will direct the fiance to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: I've broken up with my live in partner and have signed a contract to purchase a boat ( loan in my name) .

He wants to pay me monthly for the loan on the boat as well as some credit card debt that I have on my card that's his.

Should I get this in writing, or is it too late. The boat has not been delivered yet and we are still on speaking terms.

Not sure if we will get back together and... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 11, 2020

Definitely get it in writing. And if you cannot get out of this boat deal make sure you are on title. Otherwise you will have a debt and no boat.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: My neighbor put a blacktop driveway about 15 feet on my property what course of action can I take. What article in civil

Court (new york) can I use?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 6, 2020

It requires a declaratory judgment action in Supreme Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: Will I be criminally charged?? What to do? Please help!!

I work as a cashier in a pharmacy, last week I had LP investigating me for theft and lost prevention.

Long story short, I used my non discount card for customers which accumulated coupons that I used for personal purchases. The amount estimated was $100. In my statement, I admitted the... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Feb 6, 2020

An employment lawyer would carefully review your employee handbook before advising you. This could be completed remotely. You would call and discuss more details, you and the lawyer would agree to a flat fee for such review and legal advice regarding options, and everything including payment and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law for New York on
Q: I am Italian but I have a curiosity about American law

I am Italian but I have a curiosity about American law: In Italy, when someone is the person damaged by the crime who intends to assert his claim for compensation or restitution before the criminal judge, he becomes a civil party. How does it work in America?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 15, 2020

Your question bridges two areas of practice under U.S. law. You ask about restitution. That is a remedy provided for under criminal law, where the criminal must pay the victim for losses they caused (medical expenses, lost wages, property losses, and others). There are also crime victim... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for New York on
Q: How to sue casting website in theatre for damages of restraint of trade by stopping ad, relying on false information.

Small production company with known reputable owner relies on its contract with major casting website to gain actors for play. Website employee arbitrarily suddenly cancels contract denying production company information with actor’s contact info that applied for positions causing immediate... Read more »

Mathew Paulose Jr.
Mathew Paulose Jr. answered on Jan 7, 2020

Greetings. This is a service contract dispute. The dispute will be governed by the contract. You need a lawyer to review the contract and determine your rights and remedies. For example, if there is a paragraph or clause in a contract that dictates when and why one party may terminate the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: I had family court trial, I was without counsel..i lost custody of child. can I file while the court deliberats?

I was wrongfully placed in injuction unable to even respond, however I feel as if the judge disagrees with the extreme financial inequality, and perhaps waiting for me to either respond or at least give my side, and truthfulness of the matter.

John Anthony Pappalardo
John Anthony Pappalardo answered on Dec 3, 2019

You need an attorney ASAP

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: Can an appointed trustee destroy the trust property given to him? If given promissory note, is he liable for face value?

A trust was created for my benefit earlier this summer. A promissory note was given in trust to the trustees to be invested and utilized for specific purposes. The note transferred to the trustees is still currently in their possession. They have not performed the trust nor accounted as required... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Nov 15, 2019

A trustee has the duty to protect, collect and maximize the value of trust assets for the benefit of the beneficiaries, and intentionally destroying a trust asset would presumptively be a violation of that duty. However, it is possible that the note truly was uncollectible and it would cost the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: I want to know what law and rules the new owner of the property has to follow to evict me. I think he is breaking laws.

He claims he mailed papers but I have not received them. Tonight he was supposed to serve papers, he claimed they were the second round. He wanted to bring them to me at 8pm on a Thursday night. I work 7am-4pm and I do not get home until 530 with picking my daughter up from daycare. He has not... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 15, 2019

You obviously know about the case. While the court will undo any defaults, etc., from lack of service, you should ask for the papers again, or go to the clerk to get them, and not ignore this. Playing the service issue might work, but also might not.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Education Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: If I find out that evidence was falsified in my hearing can I reopen my case that was dismissed.
Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 28, 2019

A lot depends on the evidence, the perpetrator and the timing

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: How long after asking a court for dismissal, do defendants get to present their reasons for dismissal to the judge?

I have brought a civil court case to Supreme Court

i am trying to sue for damages.

The defendants have asked the court for dismissal, how long does the Defense get to present their reasons or evidence for dismissal to the judge?

The reasons for the Motions to dismiss are 1)... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 23, 2019

It is very hard to do a pro se case in Supreme Court, especially a complex commercial case. I am not even sure you commenced the case correctly, but if you did, they can move to dismiss without answering in the time to answer (which is counted differently depending on how service was made), or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Family Law and Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: Who gets the dog and what are my rights?

A friend and I have been sharing a dog for about 2 1/2 years. She originally got the dog but I mainly takr care of the dog. I watched the dog more, trained, groomed him. She moved quite often and the dog was alone which is how I ended up with the dog so much. I would watch the dog for months at a... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Oct 20, 2019

It sounds like you both potentially can claim ownership. However, based upon what you indicated, you probably have a stronger claim. The two of you can agree who is the true owner through a written agreement. If not, the Courts may have to decide for you if there is a dispute in the future.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: There is a judgement against me, but I was improperly served. How can I get the judgement vacated?
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 15, 2019

You need to bring an order to show cause and prove improper service and a meritorious defense to the underlying case. How hard this is depends on which court entered the judgment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: I live in New York state and I have some people living in my home it is a one-family I want them out do I need 2 evict

I was engaged to be married to a woman that I had living with me her brother and his wife we're losing their apartment and she asked if they could move in temporarily. Temporarily has turned into a year-and-a-half ordeal my relationship with the woman has ended 6 months ago and her brother and his... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Oct 11, 2019

Yes, you must do a legal eviction.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Divorce, Personal Injury and Federal Crimes for New York on
Q: i was married on 4-25-2014 and my wife is and correction officer who had her job or her job had her put me in dummy

book against my will they came into my house on 11/19/2014 pull a gun out on me because i was video taping him asking him what reason did he just enter into my home he states i was call long story short they took me out my home and tried to kill me in a public hospital with hand cuffs on behind my... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 7, 2019

Firtst, you wrote in a run on sentence so it is not clear what you wrote

I have no idea what a dummy book is

Second, stop making public statements

Third, if you want a lawyer, then call one.

Do not expect lawyers to respond to your public announcement

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