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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Banking for Indiana on
Q: if I am being sued in Indiana, and did not make a court appearance can that court issue a warrant for contempt of court
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Feb 21, 2022

You failed to say which or what kind of court, what kind of notice for court appearance or any details from which an answer can be derived.

Try again.



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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Environmental for Indiana on
Q: I have mold in my house making me and my kids sick what is the landlord's obligations and there's no lease involved here

Also have electrical wiring issues no sink I moved in here with feces on the walls and floor and no floor in the kitchen old plumbing is really messed up septic is backed up

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 30, 2021

An Indiana attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks, and you express some immediate concerns about the safety and welfare of your family. One option here is to repost your question and include Landlord-Tenant as a category. Although all your category selections make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Estate Planning for Indiana on
Q: Attorney sent an unexpected & backdated invoice 5 months after I opted not to work with him. Do I pay it?

During a 30-min consult last January, atty quoted a flat $80 to write a will. It all seemed fairly straightforward, until he wanted to write himself into my will "in the event that my heir and I die at the same time." At the end of the meeting, he tried to close the deal: I told him... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on May 12, 2021

If everything you say is true, you should file a complaint with the State Bar of Indiana. You can find their phone number online. It is an ethical violation for an attorney write himself into the will of a person for whom he is not a natural heir. It might also be an ethical violation not to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Consumer Law, Traffic Tickets and Collections for Indiana on
Q: Abandoned vehicle at storage has been here for years, tag expired 2012 Is there Streamlined abandonment tiitle Process?

Vehicle stored over 5 years with no payments or contact with owner.

Attempts to contact owner satisfied but unsuccessful. Vehicle valued under $700, not road worthy.

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Apr 15, 2021

If the vehicle is abandoned, you can file a request for salvage title and obtain title to the make it your property.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Copyright, Business Formation and Business Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I buy a website very similar to a popular brand’s site and use that to sell similar merchandise?

The website I would be buying is the same words just moved around. And the merchandise would potentially be clothing designed to look similar to the original brand’s clothing but not the same. Or would it be legal to offer this new and similar domain to the owner of the original for a price?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jan 8, 2021

don't do it

too close for comfort

you can be sued

consult with an attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: signed up for dance lessons in Jan through May. I paid in advance.they refuse to give me partial refund

Signed up in january- for classes once a week until end of may.

They switched to online classes but since i have hardwood floors and not a lot of space and i was doing tap dance i asked for a refund, they said this was not to be inplace of a dance class. that it was just to keep your body... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 11, 2020

An Indiana attorney could answer best, as consumer issues could involve state law. But as a general matter of contract law, it could depend on how the agreement was written, in terms of how it addressed certain unforeseeable or foreseeable intervening events. These types of situations have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for Indiana on
Q: Policy coverage dispute question: I cancelled my homeowner's insurance the same day I bought a new policy...

The new company could not insure me until 12:00 a.m., meaning the next day. The acknowledgement of cancellation from the prior company states my policy is cancelled at 12:01 a.m. the day I cancelled which is technically before I cancelled. My mortgage company is requiring proof of insurance for... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 14, 2020

Unfortunately, the use of those figures alone, as a general practice, could leave too much open to interpretation. If possible, it might be best to have them clarify in writing what the last full day of coverage is and what the first full day of coverage is with the respective carriers, rather than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: My husband is going to prison for 13 years. He has a court appointed lawyer that I don't believe is being fair .

My husband's lawyer I feel is trying to punch him to take the plea that was Gabe to him. I realize my husband has a past. But courts have never offered him drug rehab or has even tried to get him help

Dakota VanLeeuwen
Dakota VanLeeuwen answered on May 27, 2020

Consult and retain a private attorney if you would like another opinion on the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Construction Law and Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: can I run away if I don’t feel safe in my house ?

My mother blames us for the way her boyfriend treats her they fight all the time the last fight they had he called my mom crazy and then he called me crazy when me and my mom get in fights she thinks it ok to put her hands on me last time she put her hands on me I threatened to call the cops and... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on May 7, 2020

A better option might be to call County Dept of Social Services and make a report, they will find you a safe home if necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: Is there a legal issue where a company can get in trouble for harassing a customer?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on May 7, 2020

No meaningful answer can be given unless you provide more detail and ask the question more carefully. It is certainly POSSIBLE for a company to illegally harass a customer or anyone. If you describe the conduct, we can try to determine whether the conduct constitutes harassment.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Indiana on
Q: if i wanted to file a lawsuit against a medical provider for refusing service to me. How can I?

I went to this provider and stated that I had pain in a particular area of my body. He roughly and unexpectedly tapped the area with his instrument causing immediate pain to me and I reacted by coming up out of my seated position, to the Dr.'s alarm. I immediately and angrily said to him... Read more »

James Avery
James Avery answered on Apr 23, 2020

You have to start by filing a complaint with the Commissioner of Insurance. Go to the website to get the particulars.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: What is the state law towards freedom of speech and airing adult content commercials on the air in the day in Indiana?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 12, 2019

Your question remains open for a month, and it is something an Indiana attorney would know best. You could contact the Federal Communications Commission to ask their assistance in identifying state-specific resources that might be a starting point. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Copyright and Immigration Law for Indiana on
Q: Can i hire a lawyer and give power of attorney to the lawyer to help with the sale of my Car?

I am asking as I am out travelling outside USA for 3 weeks, to get my Visa stamped on my passport, I would need a lawyer to represent me with the Car sale, if I am unable to return to the USA for some reason

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Dec 3, 2019

In general yes. it will always depend on the attorney.

Many attorneys do not want to get directly involved in transactions of this nature as many things could go wrong.

All you are doing is giving a power of attorney to somebody.

can be a lawyer or anybody else.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Indiana on
Q: Eviction is a mess
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 11, 2019

Part of your question might have gotten left off in uploading. If you could repost with additional details (do not include personal information), that might enable an Indiana attorney to meaningfully assess the matter. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Indiana on
Q: can my credit card company call and tell my husband my credit card balance and try to get payment with out my permissio

my husband is not on my credit card account and I never gave them permission to speak to him but they did anyways without my permission and they never even asked him the severity questions all the said was what is your name and then told him about my account and balance.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

Credit card companies are not supposed to do this; however, there is very little you can do about it, other than to pay off the credit card they are calling about. You can also report them to the federal agency that regulates credit card companies.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Indiana on
Q: Was living in the house rent free so people wouldn't destroy it house was sold without my knowledge

Buyer asked me move right away how much time does he have to give me

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 9, 2019

Whatever "free rent" agreement you had with the seller disappeared the instant the buyer acquired the house. So as far as the buyer is concerned you have no legal right to remain in the house; this also means the new owner has no obligation to give you any time to get out. Your best bet... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Medical Malpractice for Indiana on
Q: By law, do patients have privacy rights?

Can a physician give out private information to a third party, such as law inforcement, beyond the obvious (not a threat to oneself or others)? In other words, can a criminal case be dismissed based on a violation of privacy on account of a physician? Personal information was given out without my... Read more »

Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Feb 24, 2019

Any such violation of your privacy rights would come under Fourth Amendment analysis. The appropriate sanction would be suppression of the evidence, not dismissal of charges. Of course, suppression of evidence can often result in the State being unable to proceed, and thus dismissal.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Indiana on
Q: If pipes freeze in apartment am I responsible for repairs?

We left for vacation fir 3 weeks and turned the heat off subsequently the pipes froze and burst. Are we responsible even though when we left it was 70 degrees?

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Feb 7, 2019

Usually landlords are responsible for repairs required to the rental premises. However, in a case like this where the damage is caused solely by the tenant's negligence, you are most likely responsible for the cost of the repairs.

It is not going to matter that it was warm when you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Indiana on
Q: Did chapter 7 in 2009 been paying my house since over 8 years now I’m slow at work , they are doing a foreclosure while

Can u file again chapter 7 get rid of credit cards again and stop the foreclosure too save my house and then maybe sell it in a few years. But mostly I don’t want too loose my house and it’s going so quickly, is chapter 7 best way too save house or I also see so much talk online about it being... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 15, 2018

You can file s Chapter 7 once every 8 years. Depending on your income, equity and financial situation, you may be able to do exactly what you propose.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Indiana on
Q: What am I legally allowed to know about a car purchased in a private sale?
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Dec 4, 2018

You can know everything there is to know about the car. What I think you mean to ask is if there are any necessary disclosures that the seller must make and that answer is none. A seller can sell a car 'as is' and make no representations or warranties about the state of the vehicle.... Read more »

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