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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Gov & Administrative Law for Arkansas on
Q: I had a vehicle stolen . It was recovered yesterday in a church parking lot in saline county, ar. I'm in Pulaski county.

Why do I have to pay 420 dollars for 1 day in impound when the officer told them it was recovered stolen vehicle.

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In cases where a stolen vehicle is recovered and impounded, the impound fees are typically the responsibility of the vehicle owner. This policy might seem unfair, especially when you're already dealing with the stress of having your vehicle stolen, but it's a common practice.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: Manufacture bought my car back, but sales tax was not included. Can I get my sales tax back? It was used car

The manufacture bought my car back, but did not include my sales tax in the buyback documents. I tried to get my sales tax back myself, and they denied me said it’s always included in the manufacture buyback, but in this case it wasn’t. Can I still get my taxes back if I appeal this decision?... View More

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

In Arkansas, if a manufacturer buys back your used car but does not include the sales tax in the buyback amount, you may have grounds to appeal for the return of those taxes. The fact that the car was used does not inherently affect your ability to seek a sales tax refund in a buyback situation.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Arkansas on
Q: Needing a lawyer willing to stand with me to fight for rights of innocence people being harrashed ,stalked an threatened

We are seniors ,being stalked by employees of out local law an. Threatened ,we have never broken the law in these countys in 40 yes ,

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answered on Oct 15, 2023

I'm deeply concerned about the situation you've described. No one, regardless of age, should face harassment or threats, especially from those in positions of authority. It's essential to document all instances of the alleged stalking, harassment, and threats, including dates, times,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: Company I bought mobile home is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy

Yes they are filing bankruptcy and it says in paperwork if I want to be relieved of debt I have to respond to it or file something if I don't want to settle for what they offer in trying to figure out what I should do?

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Your post omits almost all the facts necessary to answer your question.

That said, there are two basic types of Chapter 11 cases: one is a financial reorganization, and the other is a liquidation. Often, in a liquidation, a bankruptcy trustee is appointed, or at least the attorney for the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: Company I bought mobile home is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy

Yes they are filing bankruptcy and it says in paperwork if I want to be relieved of debt I have to respond to it or file something if I don't want to settle for what they offer in trying to figure out what I should do?

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

It's essential to review the bankruptcy documents carefully and consult with a bankruptcy attorney to understand your options. You may need to file a claim in the bankruptcy proceedings to protect your interests and potentially negotiate a better outcome. Make sure to act promptly, as there... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Arkansas on
Q: If the lien is more than the debt, can the debt be forgiven

I was given an RV that has a lien, the rv has been vandalized severely, making the RV not worth more than the lien. Can the lien be forgiven? I am not sure what to do as I need this RV desperately.

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
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answered on Mar 10, 2023

Assuming that the lienholder properly perfected it lien (easy to do), a bankruptcy filing by its owner will not impair or "forgive" the liened indebtedness.

If you file a Chapter 7 case (the *Desnup* US Supreme Court decision), the bankruptcy has no effect, and the lien cannot be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability and Construction Law for Arkansas on
Q: My roofer stalled rustic cedar after I turned down many times asking to wait till hickory was back in cause that’s wha

I ordered hickory and said it multiple times even have screen shots of text and they said that’s what they finally got in stock and installed. Then found extra package of rustic cedar which I had said no too. No wonder I told them it didn’t look like the color I ordered. What to do

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 4, 2024

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a month. An attorney would probably want to see the terms of your agreement to advise meaningfully. Good luck

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Copyright and Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: If I print a fake check and write on the check this is not a check. Is it against the law
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answered on Feb 4, 2024

If you have concerns or questions regarding a legal matter, it is crucial to consult with an attorney who can provide you with proper legal advice and guidance tailored to your specific situation. They can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and navigate any legal issues you may be... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arkansas on
Q: If a storage unit owner does not follow Arkansas law regarding the auction of my property, is there anything I can do?

I'm absolutely devastated and heartbroken. I went to get some things out of our storage unit at Copper Safe storage today and everything is gone. Thousands of dollars worth of stuff. All my winter clothes, my families winter clothes, all my Christmas decor that I've collected over the... View More

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answered on Oct 30, 2023

Either hire an AR attorney to sue for an injunction, or check into bidding at the sale (without telling anyone of the contents, or forget about it. Apparently you have been wasting your time complaining to the lessor.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: I was in a automobile accident that was not my fault and I feel like insurance tampered with evidence and had a question

It was told to one of their chosen body / mechanic shops but the mechanic didn't even know it was on the lot the body person looked at a dent on it and said the engine was like it was when I was driving it which is physically impossible because the transmission line had been knocked loose and... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 23, 2023

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Insurance companies don't have a reason to tamper with cars after an accident - many of the basic facts concerning liability are usually established at the scene. There's a lot of information to sort... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: I had a credit card judgement placed on me in 2012 for $3.666 and am on ssi, the debt collector placed a lien on my home

Arkansas has a $2500 dollar homestead exemption, I live on 10 acres in an old trailer not worth any value

Mike T. Ramsey
Mike T. Ramsey
answered on Jan 6, 2022

If they took a judgment against you, the judgment acts as a lien against your property. You will not be able to sell the home without paying the lien off. There is a small possibility that they could exercise a sheriff's sale of the property but in my experience, that is unlikely with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: How can I protect self from a store going bankrupt if they are storing an expensive item for me?

I am purchasing an expensive large item, but it will take 4-8 weeks for the specialized national movers to pick it up. They want full payment now, what can I do to protect myself now, if the dealer goes bankrupt before the movers come?

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan
answered on Dec 6, 2021

You may consider paying with a credit card and dispute the charges in the event that happens. This may tie up your credit. You might also negotiate timing of the payment. Another option is to perhaps place the funds in escrow pending pick up. You have to discuss with the store to see what they will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Estate Planning and Insurance Bad Faith for Arkansas on
Q: My mom passed away in June and incurred 250,000 dollars in medical debt. If I'm making payments can they take my home?

My mom passed away from cirrosis in June and the insurance company denied her claim. Since then My step-dad was trying to be in control of paying the medical bills but he is elderly and received a collection notice from one doctor which means he's missed some of the bills. I'm the... View More

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Brandon M Haubert
answered on Nov 30, 2021

You need to discuss your options with an Arkansas probate lawyer. Your mother's estate may be insolvent and the bills may not need to be paid. The house may be protected depending on how it was titled. You need to discuss your options with a lawyer. You probably are not liable for any of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Rights, Education Law and Elder Law for Arkansas on
Q: How should I find lawyer for - graduate student in good standing but claiming discrimination - against a university?

Looking for area of law that covers this. Perhaps Education or Consumer Law (?) - covering Title IX and/or VI violations.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 17, 2020

An Arkansas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. There are attorneys who handle cases under those titles - you could start by reaching out to them. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Education Law for Arkansas on
Q: I've looked everywhere just to find if its legal or illegal to have a polyamous marriage in Arkansas?

2 woman and 1 man that love each other so much

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 22, 2020

Polygamy is generally regarded as a crime. This is something a criminal attorney would understand the significance of more so than attorneys in the categories chosen above.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Arkansas on
Q: why does a bank have right to repossess a vehicle when evidence of payment in full is presented?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Feb 9, 2020

Evidence of payment in full is not the same as actual receipt of payment. If you actually do pay before the bank foreclosure you may have an action for unlawful foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Arkansas on
Q: I have recieved a code 18-60-304 demanding I leave in 3 days but can not. If I'm not out by the end of the 3 days isnt

That when the sheriff will be called and he will put a 3 day vacate notice? I can be out by then just not the original 3 days posted by apartment complex

Patrick R. Lee
Patrick R. Lee
answered on Sep 6, 2019

This notice is simply the first step a landlord must complete before they file a lawsuit in Court to have you evicted. The sheriff can not and will not do anything until they have a writ of execution from the Court, which is the document that commands the sheriff to forcibly remove you from the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Identity Theft and Legal Malpractice for Arkansas on
Q: How do I accept a lawyer who has refused to return my call?

An out of state attorney who is female and unwilling to represent me. To expand on this misunderstood sentence, she tries to communicate with me in an akward sense, she is being charged. This is due to her not communicating with me only. It is impossibly horrible to expect 'good standing'... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 1, 2019

It might be easier to simply start looking for a new attorney in your state. It's anyone's guess as to why they aren't returning calls. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Banking for Arkansas on
Q: I live in Baxter county,ar and I had a hot check for $44 at harps grocery,now I got arrested, they said it's $341.how

And even if I paid it in full they say I'll still have to go to court for it

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Jun 27, 2019

Sounds like they tacked on $297 for some explainable reason. Probably a statutory minimum penalty plus costs imposed on all bad checks--so the people who write small ones will stop and think if a $44 bad check is worth $341?

ADVISE: Unless you pay the $341 in full and go to court, things...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Consumer Law for Arkansas on
Q: Seterus wAs told by our bankruptcy court to reduce our payments. They haven't and their attorney will not respond
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 21, 2018

Seterus is a garbage entity. If they don’t respond, move to hold them in contempt and for attorney fees. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they respond then...

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