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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Florida on
Q: I am 17 and I want to love with my girlfriend out of state, what requirements do I need to figure out so I can do it ?

I am 17 and I live in Kansas with my dad and siblings. I have one year left of high school. But I don’t have a drivers license or ID. And i am not emancipated.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 26, 2020

You should ask your question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Kansas, as it pertains to the law of that state, not Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Maryland on
Q: Is the structure of this gifting savings plan (sou sou) legal?

Week 1: Gift $500 to the group (not the person who shared it with you)

Week 2: Share with two others who do the same

Week 3: Do nothing

Week 4: Receive a gift of $4000 from the group

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 24, 2020

No, it is a classic Ponzi scheme, which is illegal in most if not all states, certainly in Maryland.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Indiana on
Q: I'm a homeowner in Indiana. I have a fence on my property located about 6 inches back from my property line.

I never had my property surveyed, but there is a survey marker across the alley and all the lots on this part of town are all the same size, so that should be enough to clearly define my property line.

My neighbor has built two parallel fences that connect up to my fence crossing my... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 12, 2020

You can sue for Trespass Damages. But you have a Boundary Line Dispute. You will probably need to get a Survey done, where the Surveyor knows he will be testifying in Court. If you do nothing, then you will acquiesce to the new Boundary. Both property owners now have clouds on their Titles.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Energy, Oil and Gas, Environmental and Federal Crimes for Kentucky on
Q: What if the offenders are the government? Military specifically. 6 years worth of proof. I'm lucky to be alive.

The past 6 years. ..have been held on earth, to say mildly. Discredited , I'm SURE I would be ... matter of fact, a point pushed into belief. I just keep hanging on for an end. Some end..any end.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jun 8, 2020

What is your question? Your narrative is missing some facts on what is going on.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Environmental for Pennsylvania on
Q: Looking to purchase land that has an old industrial dump and an old mine. Am I responsible for future problems ?

Or is original company that put the dump on the property still responsible? And what if they are no longer in existence? Just want it for grazing land for horses. It is being monitored by DEP. dump is closed and inactive and covered.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

You are technically responsible for what is on (and under) your land. So.....if leachate comes out and poisons drinking water, it is possible you could be liable.

When companies site dumps they have to provide insurance. However if this was long ago, that is unlikely to have happened....
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law and Environmental for Missouri on
Q: what is the penalty for negligent burning in the state of Missouri? It is a class C misdemeanor.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 30, 2020

Only a Missouri attorney could advise you on this, as it involves state law. But you await a response for four weeks. Here on Justia, at - https://law.justia.com/codes/missouri/2017/title-xxxviii/chapter-569/section-569.065/, you will see an outline of the law - 2017 Missouri Revised Statutes -... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Arkansas on
Q: Is it Legal for a Greenhouse Business to operate in a neighborhood where house's are located?

Yes they use pesticides

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 26, 2020

It will depend on local zoning, environmental, and public safety laws. As a general matter, businesses do use pesticides in residential areas if they are qualified to do so. This usually involves personnel holding state certifications as pesticide applicators. Your post remains open for three... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Environmental for Illinois on
Q: How long do we have to sue the previous home owner if we suspect they knew about mold in the home?

We have been in the home for about a year and a half (2 years at the end of August) and my children and I are starting to have respiratory and other issues that we believe may be because of airborne mold due to water damage that we believe the previous home owner covered up and then we uncovered... Read more »

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on May 18, 2020

Based upon your description, if water damage/water infiltration issues are present and that history was denied by the seller, there may be an action for fraud and depending on the nature of the sale, for violations of the Consumer Fraud Act. The real estate contract must be reviewed as well as an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Ohio on
Q: I live on Chagrin River where they dredge & i believe under mining. It has caused landslides. Who is responsible?

My property is slowly falling in the river. Some say its erosion but it happens everytime they dredge. Usually within days. I lost 20% of land including trees, shrubs and now my patio!

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. These could be difficult cases because of the expert testimony involved. Contact environmental/land use attorneys in the area, and find out if nearby waterfront residents are experiencing similar phenomena. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I live in Maryland and have a cement alley that is not maintained by the city. Water leaks into my house; Can I sue?

Hello –

I have water leaking into my city basement home. I have done numerous repairs and attempts to lead the water away from my home but realize that I cannot control this without the city properly maintaining their alley. The cement alley has numerous cracks throughout and has an old... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Apr 12, 2020

You need to start with a title search to determine whether the alley is owned by the city or whether the city merely has an easement to it. You then need to determine who has the duty to maintain, and whether you have the right to make the repair yourself. If the responsibility belongs to the city,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law, Civil Litigation and Environmental for Tennessee on
Q: Is a neighbor’s man-made lake allowed to drain on my property? He is at a higher elevation. Tipton County, TN

The lake was built a long time ago before my house was built. When we moved in three years ago, the water was not draining onto our land. Within the last two months, it looks like a river rushing down the side of our property. They refuse to fix their overflow drainage pipe that used to divert... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Apr 8, 2020

Most likely you have no legal recourse. Unless the overflow pipe was recently damaged and now is destroying your property, I see no cause of action. You might file for an Injunction in Chancery because of the continuing Property Tort. But if it is not causing a massive loss of dirt from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Environmental for Florida on
Q: What is the allowed distance between signs notifying me of pesticide application in a complex of about 100 homes?

I live in a condo and the association hires a landscaping company that sprays pesticide everywhere. I saw them applying it yesterday but found only one small sign in front of one of about 90 homes that are spread out over about 1/4 mile. This seems insufficient to warn consumers to stay off the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 4, 2020

You could check with the state or local agency that administers pesticide applicator licenses. In many states, it falls under the control of environmental or agricultural agencies. In Florida, it might be the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. If it's not under them, check with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Environmental and Insurance Defense for Texas on
Q: Does a Fire Department have the right to use or "seize" personal equipment or resources in a emergency?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 1, 2020

They could, as a general rule based on the doctrine of necessity. But arrangements could also vary by region, community, or individual relationships. Sometimes, large property owners (such as on ranches, farms, etc.) even provide permission for resources, such as water, to be used. The arrangements... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Washington on
Q: Is it my fault water got into the shower window sill?

The window sill is in the shower and has a shower curtain but is apparently not water proof and requires the use of a shower curtain to remain dry. It was not explained in the lease.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 18, 2020

One might argue it either way, but this is a question better suited for a landlord-tenant attorney than an environmental attorney. You could repost under the Landlord-Tenant section if the matter is still an issue. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Environmental and Personal Injury on
Q: help, I am a senior citizen who uncovered a water leak then discovered this whole mobile home has toxic mold everywhere
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 17, 2020

Handle the water leak as a plumbing problem and give that immediate attention. Then contact an attorney to discuss the mold issues. As long as water continues to enter, that will only compound the health issues created by this situation. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law, Environmental and Land Use & Zoning for Texas on
Q: A neighbor is complaining the tanks in our cattle pasture overflow when it rains and flood his yard. What do we do?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 9, 2020

A Texas attorney could best address your question, but your post remains open for two weeks. If you contacted a few local attorneys, they could probably outline for you the liabilities and repercussions before you, as well as your rights. You could also explore what options are available to stop... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Environmental for North Carolina on
Q: My neighbor dug two deep culverts on his property against my fence to drain water onto my property.

In 2016, he did something similar and admitted digging a trench because his yard was too wet. What can I do? My yard is a mess and I am becoming ill over this level of harassment. I need the offending party to cease the assault on my property and pay for tree and lawn repair. What category of law... Read more »

Charles Evan Lohr
Charles Evan Lohr answered on Feb 25, 2020

You may have grounds to file a nuisance lawsuit against him. Feel free to call me at (919)348-9211 if you'd like to discuss the case further.

Evan Lohr



1 Answer | Asked in Environmental for Kansas on
Q: I ordered a tablet from an app called tophatter. It didnt work and inside I found tiny bugs. Could this be a lawsuit

They gave me a refund and told me to keep tablet

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 23, 2020

A judge could ask what your damages were. If the tablet didn't work and your money was refunded, a judge could hold that you were compensated for your damages. You could check if another attorney sees things differently. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Environmental for California on
Q: I'm seeking representation for the dangerous recklessness endangerment of my Land, farm, water soil, air and my Person.

by Sierra Pacific Industries who sprayed 1000's of gallons of Agent Orange on their property adjacent to me. I suffered 21 days breathing this toxic soup and now suffering from Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. I have filed suit on time in El Dorado county and need help! This was the second... Read more »

Joseph Franklin Klatt
Joseph Franklin Klatt answered on Feb 15, 2020

We are not allowed to personally solicit or give referral information in these forums. You can search this site for attorneys, however, and a number of other similar sites. You want to find a personal injury attorney in your area and get a consultation. She can tell you whether you have a viable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Agricultural Law and Environmental for Washington on
Q: If I have 5 apple trees that are surrounded by acres of commercial orchards, can I be required to spray with pesticides?

The apple trees were on my property and cared for by the orchard company when I purchased my home 3.5 years ago. I put up a fence and the orchard was taken out and re-planted by a new orchard company after the surrounding orchard was sold. The new fruit company asked me to cut down my trees. I am... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 8, 2020

This is a fairly complex setting and would probably be better suited to a consult with an attorney in Washington State than a Question & Answer Board. Based on Washington case law, an attorney would be in a better position to meaningfully assess the directive to remove trees or apply pesticides... Read more »

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