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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Collections, Election Law and Land Use & Zoning for California on
Q: 1) Hello. Is it legal for a poa/hoa board to elect themselves as members of the board without an election? If there's

2) supposed to be an election to vote for a member by the residents?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

Please see my responses to your several other questions about the same thing. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can a county clerk give the papers I dropped off for filing to a judge who then renders a decision without my knowledge?

I was attempting to get my papers filed to then serve on the other side. I dropped them off for filing. I was put off 3 days with the reason "they are not ready". When I explained I just wanted to have them filed to then serve the other side, they had no explanation. They gave them to a... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It depends what it is. If you filed for a restraining order, then many counties will set a hearing re: temporary orders. I'd say however the most common practice is for the court to make a determination regarding issuing temporary orders based solely on the papers. Speak with a local attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Hello, Can I get subpoenas when the hearings are already over? What forms do I use?

I filed Restraining orders against individuals for internet harassment, slander and other harassment...the hearings ready to place, RO not granted but I would still like to get the IP addresses from the businesses used by the harassing individual, to post the slander so that i can trace it... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

If the case is no longer active, what basis would you have? [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Business Formation, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: I am living a gated community and HOA has no meeting and no elections for last 5 years since I moved in.

HOA has 5 board members which appointed by president. No elections at all. Is that legal? I have been asked for the election and no board member answers. Also I found out some board member on the position for 12 years and they use HOA water and HOA Garderner for private land. For such small... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

There are attorneys who practice HOA law. Speak with one about your situation. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: 1. My friend (boyfriend) of two or three years has heart issues. 2. His request always is to be housed near me.

3. When being discharged to nursing facility his sister moves him without his knowledge.

He states that she doesn't have durable power of attorney.

He wants me to make decisions so he can be near me. Feels he gets better with me near by

I live in Hemet CA (Riverside... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

He should speak with an estate planning attorney. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I have a civil case at hand, how do I get it to be all over the news?

I would like to publish my case all over the news as I see many court case trials published on the news, how do I do that?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Be careful, media attention is not always a good thing. Speak with a local attorney regarding your case and how best to proceed. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I would like to start a civil case, which is the opposite of a small claims, a big case. How do I hire a lawyer?

I have been calling lawyers and no lawyer wants to take the case. Could I get the court to hire me a lawyer? How is it done? How can I get a lawyer that will take no money upfront, but takes money after the case has been won?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You're looking for an attorney who'll take your case on a contingency. You'll need to keep contacting lawyers to find someone to represent you. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: What happens when I lose a civil court case?

What are the maximum amount of losses if I lost a civil court case? What is the maximum amount of money that I need to put in, for a civil court case?

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Strange question. It depends on how much the plaintiff sues for, if s/he wins that amount it's a win for the plaintiff.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: If a police leaves you a message about a case do you have to call them back?

I was called about a case with # but that was all I have Autism and I dont feel safe with the police. They want me to go into the office without my Mother since I am 19 but I dont want to do I have to call them back?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

More information is needed. If a person is under criminal investigation, then he or she should not speak with the police but should speak with an attorney for advice and representation. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: If my divorce isn't final yet but we have been separated for a few years. Can my boyfriend sign the baby's birth cert?
James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Are you referring to a voluntary declaration of parentage? Here's a link to an article from the CA courts regarding establishing parentage. Have a look and speak with a local lawyer.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: On bale and police will not show warrant to lawyer. Police harassing family saying I have a warrant for arrest.

DA says police have not sent them anything so there is no case. courthouse says bale is examerated because the DA did not provide them with anything. Police still trying to arrest me on mystery warrent. Balebondsman says they do not see any warrants.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 18, 2022

More information is needed. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for California on
Q: What should I do about a school district failing to set up proper accommodations for me?

I am a disabled adult american with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I was never put in contact with anyone at the school district I worked at to set up proper accommodations for me. I don't know what I should do about this, I am afraid of being blacklisted in retaliation or something.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Get a doctor's note indicating the restrictions you have related to performing your normal job, as well as any suggestions the doctor has for accommodations that could be provided by the school district that would allow you to continue to perform your job. Present that note to the district.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for California on
Q: Do i still go in for booking from cite and release if theres no case or citation number entered by my court date?

I got a cite and release back in june for petty theft. it is now September and i have a court date a week from now. The box “booking is required” is checked on my citation ticket. Searching on the court website, my citation nor case number have been found. I was told that my county system is... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Sep 13, 2022

You should show up on the date you were given.

When you appear before a judge, you will be given an opportunity to ask for a public defender to be assigned to you. Or, you can retain the services of your own attorney to appear on your behalf. Make sure you take a note pad with you, and be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: i need a lawyer for suing the police for depriving me from a federasly protected activity of traveling
Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Sep 13, 2022

You will need to provide some more information before an attorney will be able to evaluate whether to represent you in your case. What activity were you deprived of by the police, and how, when?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for California on
Q: Can I sue my current gym for discrimination?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Sep 13, 2022

That depends on a host of factors which you've yet to explain.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: Hi, I am a homeless street performer in san diego. I am being harrassed by police they have taken everything i own inclu

including my homes(two rvs) and my dog he is in the pound and i cant get hime out i dont have my tools to make money to afford it. Who can help me ive been injusred by them on multiple occasions and they just charged me with resisting arrest for asking why they broke my lock on my rv to come in... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Sep 10, 2022

You need a good civil rights lawyer to help you with this. There are many good civil rights lawyers in San Diego.

You can do a Google search, or you can go to the San Diego County Bar Association's website and look for their Lawyers Referral Service (LRS), then ask for their help in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Annual a performance review scores were admittedly falsified.

Falsified from 6.5 to 4.0 (1-10 scale) by my manager , in writing stated it was modified downward to fit a list of pre-determined employees targeted for layoff. The score reduction was directed by the HR department, therefore my scores were changed which did not reflect my overall performance.... Read more »

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Sep 7, 2022

A falsified performance review as part of a targeted layoff is an adverse employment action, which may support a claim for age discrimination. You should speak with an employment attorney about how to respond in writing to the falsified evaluation, most provide free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: I have a section 8. I am appealing my failed inspection. I have no air and they can't fix it. LACDA won't move me. Help

I failed inspection for General cleaning and they said to shampoo the carpet. I did. But my apartment doesn't have air/heat and the carpet has to be fixed. Lights come on and off whenever. Owners know and send people who can't fix the problems. So my unit is still failing inspection and... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Sep 7, 2022

try contacting your mayor and congressman for assistance.......

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for California on
Q: Need legal advice on disabled child harassed at school by staff and students, as well as staff discrimination

Disabled child was verbally(shouted), physically (minor bruises), emotionally (threatened), psychologically (traumatized/scared), and sexually harassed (forceful inappropriate touch in private area with evil intention to cause harm) by a teacher, and bullied (injured in private area), ridiculed and... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Sep 2, 2022

This is not the place for you to get the help you need.

You need a lawyer who is familiar with the needs of students like your child, and knows how to navigate the educational system with regard to the special needs of children like yours.

There are some very good lawyers in your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Looking for an attorney To consult with for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution. Can anyone help answer some quest

I was arrested and charged wrongfully and I have been to court and the case has been dismissed because not enough evidence and I have gone to try to get the records for my case and they refused to release my records and on video they have admitted that they won’t release any kind of body cameras... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Aug 31, 2022

You need a criminal defense lawyer who also takes on civil rights cases to advise you.

You might find a lawyer if you look for legal aid in your area. One place you can start looking is the county bar association in your county. They probably have a lawyer referral service and can help you...
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