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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Collections for California on
Q: My Ex-Company Owes Money On Utilities But The Company Account Was Created Under My Name

Hi, I am in California, I no longer am employed at this company since July, they owe water service bill and never paid after I left, but the company/business water service account was created under my name. I was informed there was mail from the debt collector against my company but also with my... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Oct 29, 2020

If your name is on the account, then the water service vendor has every right to proceed after you to collect its money. You need to force the former employer to take your name off the account, and to pay any money that is owed on that account. Sounds like a good small claims action to me.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Collections and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: How many days should elapse would be considered abandonement of claim for filing motion for attorney fees and costs?

This pertains to a plaintiff with no legal standing represented by an aiding and abetting attorney.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 24, 2020

Now you are mixing sausage and vanilla ice cream. Attorneys don't "aid and abet" that is language for Criminals. The answer is the same, check the rules of court and the Code of Civil Procedure.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for California on
Q: How many days for filing motion for attorney fees would be considered abandonement of claim?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 24, 2020

You are mixing apples with meatballs. There are rules of court and statutes regarding the timing for filing a motion for attorney's fees, or the judge could set a special time schedule on request. You can look these up on the internet, they are available to the public. If these are missed... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and DUI / DWI for California on
Q: Can I get access to information about how much money various state agencies have collected from a felony DUI offender?

I was a victim of a felony hit and run drunk driver. He rear ended me on the freeway while I was going 65 mph causing injury. The county commanded custody of restitution payments. I was awarded around $7k in a court order. The county has sent me two payments over a 12 year period totaling about... Read more »

Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair
Mr. Hudson Thomas Bair answered on Oct 23, 2020

Why would the State of California collect "child support, etc.?" Generally that is paid to the person caring for the child. Maybe a person in your other category "Civil Litigation/Collections" can shed some light on this for you.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Collections for California on
Q: Adding my name to our home title by doing a QuitClaim Deed documentation and filing it to the County

If I have creditors after me - will they now go after our home? (California property)

James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Sep 28, 2020

Yes, if you have any property, your creditors may have a claim against it. Tread carefully before adding your name to any asset when you have creditor claims against you. Consult with an estate planning attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Collections for California on
Q: I'm being asked to give acknowledgement of satisfaction form by escrow firm before getting paid on my lien against condo

Escrow firm says I need to give them acknowledgement of satisfaction form before they pay me on my lien. Doesn't make sense to me to give them a form saying I got paid when I haven't. The person who owes me the money has sent me a check that would satisfy the lien but the escrow firm... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 19, 2020

Pretty standard for an Escrow Company to get documents signed before the deal closes. If you really feel uncomfortable, tell them you want a face to face exchange of your signature for their check. The problem is that the money may not be in the Escrow account until it closes, not now.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Would a lien on my brother's inheritance prevent it from being counted as income or asset by SSI and Medicaid?

I'm executor of my father's estate. The funds will be divided among 6 siblings, about $6000 each. One brother is on SSI, SSDI, and Medicaid, in Vermont. If he inherits $6000, he is in danger of losing his Medicaid until he spends $4000. Losing his Medicaid could cost him a lot more than... Read more »

Sally Bergman
Sally Bergman answered on Sep 14, 2020

This is a question that needs to be answered by an attorney licensed in Vermont and familiar with its Medicaid rules and regulations as every state is different. There are likely ways he can spend that amount of money down without interrupting his SSI/MEDICAID benefits and/or can create an ABLE... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: I have a debtor trying to collect on a bill that was mine through my ex. It was from 2013 can you tell me the statute
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 5, 2020

4 years on a written contract. If there was a judgment, it is good for 10 years. This could be a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. You should consult with a Collections Attorney in your area.

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Collections for California on
Q: In relation to a car note

I made a payment a few days late (about 3 days)

And wasn't aware a late fee was applied so after making the standard payment I was hit with a 30 day late payment Even though I only didn't pay the late fee

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 25, 2020

This is not banking, it is Contracts. Contact your bank, see what you can work out. Get out your loan documents and read them carefully, maybe the bank made a mistake. It happens. Negotiate with them to get some relief.

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3 Answers | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: I've been served with a judgement against me. other party states I was served 6/12/12 in San Jose I lived in Stockton.

I was living in Stockton at that time and was never served. Just got the judgement through the mail 6/29/20. Judgement is for 16k original balance 8 years ago 8k. Other party will not take less than 10k

Gregory Mark Fitzgerald
Gregory Mark Fitzgerald answered on Aug 3, 2020

Your options are to file a Motion to Vacate the Judgment, settle it, or file bankruptcy (if available and desired). A lot more information is needed in order to properly assess the merits of any Motion to vacate.

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections, Contracts and Small Claims for California on
Q: I have a decently sized default judgement from a UD in Ca. Are there companies or attorneys who can help collect?

I have the UD, Writ of Execution (from 2013) and have tried to serve 2-3 banks years ago to see if this individual had money with those banks with no luck. Its been several years now and this POS has written another book (hes a complete fraud) but it looks like he has been making money. I think I... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 23, 2020

It sounds like you have some knowledge about how this process works. You are entitled to a judgment debtor exam, for which the most important part is the subpoena for his documents, all bank records, credit card records, any bills he has, records of ownership of any personal property worth more... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for California on
Q: I have received an email requesting I pay or they will send me to court, I have never received any legitimate info

I have received this email and I want to know if it is legitimate, I emailed asking what it was in regards to and they sent an email with minimal information and told me to pay a certain amount of money to close it. They could not tell me when where or how they got my information, but that they... Read more »

Daniel Timothy LeBel
Daniel Timothy LeBel answered on Jul 2, 2020

Your suspicion seems justified. This has the earmarks of a phishing scam. Since you haven't lost any money it is unlikely your local police department will get involved.

You should report it to the FTC. To do so, forward the message to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at reportphishing@apwg.org.

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2 Answers | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: I have a judgement against me from capital one and it shows that it's vacated . What can I do

09/28/2020 8:30 AM DEPT. S16 OSC RE: STATUS OF DEFAULT JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO CRC 3.740 VACATED

03/27/2020 8:30 AM DEPT. S16 OSC RE: SERVICE COMPLETION PURSUANT TO CRC3.740 VACATED

03/02/2020 WRIT FEE OF $40.00 PAID Not Applicable

03/02/2020 WRIT OF EXECUTION ISSUED TO SAN... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 26, 2020

The entries you quoted above do not show that the Judgement was vacated. They show that a writ of execution may have been issued to the County. Need more information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Does the plaintiff have to provide copies of receipts, emails, etc to the defendant prior to the court date?

This is a small claim court case related to a training we provided to an entity's personnel. They agreed via email to the terms and conditions. We provided the training and have proof of the service being provided. The other party never paid and never disputed. They just didn't pay even... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jun 17, 2020

Short Answer, NO. Small claims is meant to be an expedited trial situation for cases of a smaller value (used to be $2500, now up to $10,000). There is no "discovery" in Small claims, but other forms of compelling the production of witnesses and evidence, such as the subpoena power of... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Collections for California on
Q: I'm an independent contractor massage therapist. The spa owner is 2 months behind with payment. How do I get paid?

The spa owner said she would pay what is owing when her divorce settles, and money is released from an escrow account. I've been waiting for about 2 years. The spa owner claims not to have the money when I've asked repeatedly to be paid. I need options to compel the owner to pay what is owed.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 20, 2020

If you are truly an independent contractor, then the only way to force payment is to file a lawsuit, get a judgment, and collect that judgment. That will not be quick, easy or cheap. Short of that, negotiation is your only other option.

If you have been misclassified as an independent...
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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for California on
Q: I was sent to collections for a debt I don't owe. I have not received a response and wanted to know what else I can do

The company did not return calls for me to try to dispute this debt. I have email correspondence from the company saying the debt was in error and that it would be removed from my account. When I reach out to the collection agency, they tell me they have not received a response from the company... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on May 5, 2020

Wait until the collection agency HAS received the response from the company. If the collection agency has not received that response in a reasonable time, WRITE to the company with a certified letter stating the problem.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Collections and Probate for California on
Q: Is the surviving spouse liable for the deceased spouse's credit card debt if only in the deceased's name?

If credit card debt was taken out by the deceased spouse in their name only and without the surviving spouse's knowledge, what rights does the surviving spouse have? Are they still liable for the debt? There is no will or estate.

John B. Palley
John B. Palley answered on Apr 29, 2020

That's tough to answer as there are many variables and ways it could go. A general rule in probate is that a person (spouse or otherwise) is liable for debts (even if they didn't know about it) to the extent they received assets from the decedent. So if the spouse received money/assets... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Collections and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Can I get sued for $1200

I worked for a company doing landscaping and now my ex employer is threatening me with filing a claim he led me on believing I was going to be paid and ended up telling me he’s not going to what can I do in this situation? Should I be worried? Thanks in advance

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Mar 9, 2020

It is a common tactic for an employer to attempt to scare the employee from making a legitimate claim for wages owed or other money by threatening to sue the employee. Now if you borrowed money from the employer, or maliciously caused damages to employer property, there might be a legitimate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I acquired a California home by Sheriff Sale (collecting on a money judgment). The judgment stated "Said judgment...

shall have priority over any interest affecting title to the specific real property located in San Bernardino County, California, recorded after March 17, 2005 and is described as follows..."

There were other liens on the property from March 17, 2005 to the date of the Sheriff Sale Jan... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 5, 2020

Your question shows why it is necessary to retain the services of a good lawyer. The practice of law requires a lawyer to examine the language of the statutes, and those related to the one in issue, and determine what your rights may be. This is the essence of the practice of law. I seriously doubt... Read more »

Q: Do i have to pay $180 charge for a toilet snake my Apt's Maintenance charged me for a toilet paper tube accidently flush

Toilet seat sits 1ft from the dispenser - toilet paper tube accidently fell into toilet when pulling off empty roll and subsequently got flushed. Caused slow flush to happen but not a full clog.

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Feb 26, 2020

If I were you, I would go ahead and pay it with a thank you note to the management. The last time I had a snake job done in my house cost me $1,200.00 and until today, have problems with the pipes. Best of luck!

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