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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: I had an appointment with a doctor that misrepresented her self. She was not the doctor I thought I had, I felt offended

I had an appointment with a physician who utilized a website that does not display her name. I have been a patient for a specific practice for over a decade. I phoned that practice to schedule a visit with a physician who is part of that specific team. I received the appointment in April, 2024/... View More

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answered on Apr 21, 2024

Based on what you've described, I'm not sure who you would talk to-or even if you have a legitimate claim. In order to bring a valid lawsuit against someone, you first have to be able to establish that you actually suffered some sort of damages as a result of what happened. Feeling... View More

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Q: I put my parents headstones on layaway and the company was sold. And now I want a refund, do I get that refund from them

The company is Rome monument and I put headstones on layaway in 2019 and the company was sold in 2022. I want a refund but was told that I would have to get it from the previous owner

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

In this situation, the process for getting a refund may depend on the specific terms of the sale and how the layaway contract was handled during the transition of ownership. Here are a few steps you can take:

1. Review your original contract: Check the terms and conditions of your layaway...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Can my girlfriends family kick me out of their home even when i can't afford to leave?

I moved to Georgia in June 2023 for a promised freelance job, but it fell through. Financially struggling, I ended up staying with my girlfriend's family, who welcomed me without setting a specific timeframe. My own family situation is unstable, with my mom unexpectedly leaving for New York.... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In Georgia, as in most states, your situation involves understanding tenant rights, even if there's no formal lease agreement. If you've been living in your girlfriend's family home without a specific agreement, you might still be considered a tenant at will. This generally means... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: If a person puts up a cash bond 2 release inmate until court, changes mind & doesn't want 2 B responsible any longer,

hires bail Recovery person 2 return inmate. Recovery man gets inmate 2 jail & releases inmate or let's inmate escape, has he fulfilled his obligation or broken contract. He took $ as if he completed job. Was that illegal?

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

In this situation, if a person initially pays a cash bond to release an inmate and later changes their mind, they may seek the services of a bail recovery agent to return the inmate to custody. The bail recovery agent's responsibility is to locate and return the inmate to jail, not to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: Do I need the help of a consumer law attorney, a bankruptcy attorney or law enforcement?

A coworker borrowed in excess of forty thousand dollars more than eighteen months ago offering fraudulent excuses for needing the money and lying about how/when she would repay. There has never been any attempt on her part to repay even a portion of the money, and today I learned she has now filed... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

Creditors not listed by the debtor on a bankruptcy Petition and Schedules may not have their claims discharged, UNLESS they have reason to know about the bankruptcy filing.

If the bankruptcy case is known, a Proof of Claim, at least, should be filed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: Do I need the help of a consumer law attorney, a bankruptcy attorney or law enforcement?

A coworker borrowed in excess of forty thousand dollars more than eighteen months ago offering fraudulent excuses for needing the money and lying about how/when she would repay. There has never been any attempt on her part to repay even a portion of the money, and today I learned she has now filed... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In this situation, it's advisable to consult with a consumer law attorney. They can help you understand your legal rights and options for pursuing the repayment of the borrowed funds. While bankruptcy may affect the outcome, consulting a consumer law attorney is a good first step. They can... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Banking, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a check cashing facility deny to cash your check and then withhold the check from you and not return it to you GA

For any reason because it has all of your personal information on it, but yet they refuse to give it back and threaten to call the police

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

In Georgia, as in most states, a check cashing facility has the right to refuse to cash a check for various reasons, such as concerns about the check's authenticity or issues with the account it's drawn on. However, withholding the check from you after refusing to cash it typically... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: My former employer opened a prepaid debit card in my name 3 weeks after my employment ended what can I do about it?

I asked them to close it and was told it would be closed the next day but the card is still being reloaded and used. I never received a card the whole time I was employed there and I did not authorize them to open a card in my name after my employment.

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

If your former employer opened a prepaid debit card in your name without your authorization, this could be a serious issue, potentially involving identity theft or fraud. First, contact the company that issued the prepaid card and inform them that the account was opened without your consent.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Georgia on
Q: Does Regulation Z's Ability-To-Repay Rule to Certain Situations Involving Successors-in-Interest apply to me, in GA?

I am seeking clarification of the Application of Regulation Z's Ability-To-Repay Rule to Certain Situations Involving Successors-in-Interest, pertaining to Successors-in-Interest who do not have the title to a property. It is my understanding that this rule was intended to prevent predatory... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

Loan assumptions absolutely do not transfer title. You probably need a probate for that, but this is state-specific and you did not say what state the property is in. You also did not say whether the property is residential or not, and that matters too.

Lenders are all too happy to accept...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: What are the basics of predatory practices through a property management company?

I want to know what grounds do I have as a tenant to fight for my rights against an awful and unfair property management company that preys on low income families?

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

Predatory practices by a property management company can take various forms, such as unfair lease terms, excessive fees, or failure to maintain safe and habitable living conditions. As a tenant, you have rights protected under Georgia law and possibly local ordinances.

Firstly, familiarize...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: I had sold my old apple watch and it has an activation lock on it what will happen if I refuse to give the person money

I had sold my old apple watch that hasn't activation lock with my sister's email because it was her old Apple watch what will happen if I refuse to give this person his money back and we both don't know the password

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answered on Nov 17, 2023

Selling an Apple Watch with an activation lock without disclosing this to the buyer could be considered misrepresentation or fraud, particularly if the lock renders the watch unusable. If you refuse to refund the buyer, they may have the right to pursue legal action against you for the return of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Banking for Georgia on
Q: I write a check to a dealershipno Now the money I was expected It's not in the bank.What do I do?

I was supposed to close on a house to get earnest money and some rebate. Collection call me mention something about jail time what is my option

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answered on Sep 21, 2023

If you've written a check to a dealership and now find that you don't have sufficient funds in your account to cover it, you could be facing some serious issues. In Georgia, writing a bad check can be considered a misdemeanor or even a felony depending on the amount and circumstances.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: how do I find a lawyer who has lots of recent HOA experience in the Georgia Superior Court in Atlanta?

My defendant has a seemingly well-experienced attorney on HOA law

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answered on Sep 19, 2023

You can search through legal directories for attorneys experienced in real estate law. You can also look on the Georgia Bar Association website for attorneys who are members of the Real Property Law Section. Whenever you speak with an attorney, ask them for a list of cases relating to HOA law that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Consumer Law for Georgia on
Q: Hi, I live in GA. Is a warranty valid if you never received it?

I purchased a shed last Oct. that is now leaking and has caused mold. It has 1yr builder warranty. I'm now being to it's not covered because I had the shed finished. I never received the warranty in person, verbally, via email or mail. Is it still valid?

John Michael Frick
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answered on Sep 19, 2023

Yes. If a Seller gives a warranty on its goods, the warranty is valid and enforceable even if the consumer never read or even received a printed copy.

Under the Magnuson Moss Act, the Seller must make the warranty available upon request. Back in the day, Montgomery Ward Department Store...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Consumer Law for Georgia on
Q: Does a 1099c prevent creditors from collecting on a debt via arbitration?
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answered on Aug 17, 2023

Receiving a 1099-C, indicating a canceled debt, doesn't automatically prevent creditors from using arbitration to collect the remaining debt. The ability to pursue arbitration depends on factors like contractual agreements, state laws, and the statute of limitations for debt collection.

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Q: I had a restaurant employee take a photo of my debit card and made a personal purchase. Can I sue the restaurant?
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answered on Aug 10, 2023

Yes, you may have grounds to sue the restaurant if one of their employees engaged in fraudulent activity using your debit card information. The restaurant has a responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for its customers, and failing to prevent unauthorized use of your card could... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Georgia on
Q: Can I sue if I went to go apply for a apartment and they told me it would be a soft inquiry but it ended up being hard

I went to apply for a apartment I email and made sure to ask if it would be a hard or soft inquiry they said soft but lied and ended up being hard and the company that ran my credit won’t dispute it because I signed

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answered on Aug 10, 2023

If you were explicitly told that your credit check for the apartment application would be a soft inquiry and it turned out to be a hard inquiry, you might have grounds for a complaint. A soft inquiry does not typically impact your credit score, while a hard inquiry can.

To pursue this, you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Identity Theft for Georgia on
Q: Is there a way to get a deal with title max for breaching my personal information such as social security number,

I got a letter saying title max had a breach and my personal information such as my social security number, drivers license, home address and such was breach and I can't find my letter and is there any way I can get it and if I do can I say to title max that if they do away with what I owe... View More

John Michael Frick
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answered on Jun 16, 2023

For $700, maybe. A data breach like that only gives rise to liability if someone else uses that data to harm you economically in some fashion, for instance by getting and using a credit card in your name.

If I were you, I would research what Life Lock or some similar credit and identity...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Collections for Georgia on
Q: I won 50,000 from the ga lottery, what entities will collect debt from my winnings, be specific. Med bills, cellphon bil

I just want to know what agencies or anything can collect debt out of my Georgia lottery winnings when I go to collect. Like will medical bills cell phone carriers, credit card companies?

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answered on May 20, 2023

You've posted in the "Bankruptcy" section, so we assume you have filed for bankruptcy relief, or will do so imminently.

If so, the automatic stay prevents any creditor from taking any action against you or your property, subject to the bankruptcy court's orders....
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Q: damage to engine by mechanic

Vehicle was taken to local mechanic for simple oil change. By shops admission "drove the car into the bay, we performed the oil change and then the car wouldn't start". We (owners) attempted to jump the car, thinking it was the battery w/o luck. Bought a new battery, it tried to... View More

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answered on Feb 8, 2023

It is unclear from your question what specifically the mechanic did that damaged your car. Since an oil change is a relatively simple service, it is difficult to imagine a hypothetical in which the mechanic’s work likely caused the loud banging noise.

You need to hire another mechanic to...
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