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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Health Care Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I need to know if there's compensation I can get from my boss for breach of contract,and making me work in unsafe,

Volitle, mentally and emotionally abusive environment with another employee. Whom I found out he's sexually involved with

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 12, 2022

Possibly. Sounds like the makings of a lawsuit for which you should seek an employee-side civil litigator.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Lemon Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue Ford in small claims court for faulty engine.

My Ford escape with EcoBoost engine blew up. This is a common problem there are class action lawsuits. Can I sue Ford in small claims court and would it be worth it.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 26, 2022

Can you? Yes. Should you? No. You need to understand that major corporations like Ford have entire departments full of attorneys working for them, any of whom would have a field day with a pro se litigant. The first thing they will do is remove the case to the general civil docket because 1)... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Am i financially responsible for my moms phone if my son possibly ruined it?

My son is Autistic and does not know any better and dumped shampoo onto my moms phone. Our apartment has two bedrooms in the back half with an access door. When its shut the baby lock keeps him from gaining access to the back bedrooms, one of which is my moms. I shut the door to make dinner, so... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jul 8, 2022

This is a matter of what's more important to you: do you want to be right, or do you want a relationship? And I suppose the same question could be posed to your mother.

I don't know enough facts to say whether your mom would win a lawsuit. You, though, would probably come out...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I initiated a small claims at my district court. Is there any way I can still have a lawyer represent me in the matter

I had set agreements with my friend while living together for a few months but she chose to illegal put me out and refrain from letting get my personal belongings.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You cannot have a lawyer in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: How much will it cost for a pro bono lawyer to take my case for illegal eviction?

My friend stole all of my property I had furnished in her house while staying there a few months. Now she will not give it back.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 29, 2022

Not sure if you have an illegal eviction action as much as a possible claim and delivery action, which you can initiate yourself in the district court.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a company for TCPA violations in my local small claims court if the telemarketer’s in a different state?

A company called me 18 times, even though I’m on the national do not call registry, and have been since 2016 (I have proof of both, and the telemarketer recorded a voicemail every time).

Since I don’t have an existing relationship with the company, I understand each call allows me to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 23, 2022

I think you're right that you can sue them. I would try consulting a consumer rights attorney before trying it on my own. And I would plan to go ahead and sue in the general civil division (district court), not small claims. In small claims, neither party can have an attorney, and a business... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits, Federal Crimes and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: A school administrative building was throwing out their chairs and desks. Is it illegal to take one?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 3, 2022

I think the safest course of action would be to contact the school and ask.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue someone for not paying their rental fees in a rental that’s in my name?

I rented a rental car out in my name for someone that rental car was impounded now the driver won’t respond and I’m getting hit with all the rental fees would I be able to sue him

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 25, 2022

As a practical matter, you are dealing with someone who somehow got that rental car impounded...doesn't sound like a good risk to sign for anything.

You can sue whomever you like; but it doesn't sound like this person cares much about responsibility or likely what a judge says....
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Recovery of items resulting from a repossession.

Never had the opportunity to get my items until after the car was already gone from the tow yard. Car was sold by the time I got there. Items in trunk weren't recoverable which is over 3k in golf equipment. Company who did the tow falsified document saying I collected those items from trunk.... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Apr 21, 2022

I suggest small claims court. It is inexpensive and quick. But you are going to have to have proof, (perhaps other witnesses), of the items that were in your vehicle. And values. For example the golf equipment, I suggest you provide the original receipts and then printouts of the same equipment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Hi, what evidence do you need to prove a contract in small claims court? Will texts and emails be sufficient? Thx

I recently bought a condo and the seller agreed to share some repair costs with me. It was supposed to be done before we closed, which is why we don’t have anything signed but she got really sick at the end and didn’t get it taken care of fully. Only 2 things fixed vs 4 on the list. I tried to... Read more »

Trent Harris
Trent Harris
answered on Apr 20, 2022

Enough? Anything's possible I guess. The fact that your evidence is mostly emails and texts doesn't dictate whether you have a winning case or not. There are ways to get those into evidence, so the trier of fact can weigh it. But keep in mind evidence is not proof.

Think if it...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: My car was hit in a parking lot. The repairs will take 10 days. How do I get my rental car paid for by the other drive

My deductible was waved, because I am not at fault. I simply do not feel that I should have to pay for anything, when the other driver backed into me.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Apr 11, 2022

You could sue, but generally, "no fault" means your insurance covers you, and the other driver's insurance covers them.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Client wants to speak over the phone regarding an issue?

They sent me a demand letter for a full refund regarding services I provided them via email. All correspondence before and after the demand letter to reach a reasonable agreement has been through email. Client now wants to speak on the phone. I am hesitant since the last time I spoke to a client on... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Feb 15, 2022

Keeping things in writing is oftentimes a good practice, and taking notes of your calls (diligently and consistently) might also be helpful. From a practical approach you might need to put together a more thorough contract that addresses these issues, this is a common theme for weddings. And if... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I lent a man I was seeing last year money totaling around $3200 and do not know how to go about getting my money back.

It was 3 increments of money I don’t have specific proof of. Vague texts and the proof of withdrawal from my account but nothing showing it went to him

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Feb 2, 2022

You might consider talking to a lawyer about this directly, but do a little research first through a legal aid website, on how to file a small claims lawsuit. That might help you direct your questions if you find a lawyer willing to answer a few questions. You could certainly hire a lawyer to help... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Am I responsible for removing my trampoline from a privately owned golf course's pond?

My trampoline flew into a pond owned by a privately owned golf course during a major wind storm. The trampoline was anchored down and was ripped out by the wind. I live in an HOA that is next to the golf course. The trampoline is destroyed. Am I responsible for cleaning it up out of the pond?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 14, 2021

What is the golf course owners saying? Even though it's an act of God, someone will still have to pay. Either the golf course will just do it on their own, or they will contact the HOA and the HOA will pay, and may end up tracing it back to you.

It may be worth your while to contact...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Legal options on a outstanding car loans that I have cosigned

Hi, before my divorce (divorced for 2 years), I have cosigned a car loan for my ex-spouse (both of our names are on the title). As part of the divorce agreement, I agreed to let him keep things as is because his credit is not good enough for him to refinance the truck on his own. He supposed to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 10, 2021

What does the judgment of divorce say about possession of the car? As to the bank - regardless of what the judgment says - they are going to hold you equally responsible for the balance.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: Private TRT Clinic: I paid $2,000 for treatment and the doctor disappeared.

I’ve been on TRT for 2 years with the same clinic. It’s a small clinic with one physician and one receptionist. My annual renewal just took place and I paid $2,000 upfront. I had some labs drawn and ordered medication. After that the physician disappeared. There is no one at the clinic to take... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Nov 22, 2021

If you paid by credit card I suggest you consider challenging the charge before you file a lawsuit.

Also, I suggest you send a certified letter to the clinic disputing the charge and requesting an explanation. Again, before you file a lawsuit.

Without knowing more information, I do...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Seller was suppose to make a repair before closing but failed to do so, can I take them to small claims court?

My realtor sent the listing agent a few repairs to make and they agreed to do so. After final walkthrough the repair was not noticeable until after coming back to the property and turning on the water. There was still a leak in the plumbing that was supposed to have been fixed. Now I’m stuck with... Read more »

Adam Alexander
Adam Alexander
answered on Oct 29, 2021

Initially, I suggest you write a letter to the seller and copy the agent. The letter should point out the defects and make a specific demand for reimbursement. After they ignore or reject your demand, you may then consider legal action. However, since you did not point out the defects during the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: My mother law gave us her house after abandoning the house for 6 months and now she’s kicking us out

She was upset with us over another family memeber and now she kicking us out with no where to go. She had us give up our apartment and move in her home and make payments she said to 500$ Every month that’s what her and husband did and now that we missed two months she’s kicking us out

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
answered on Jul 27, 2021

I don't spot a question, but my comment is that you might find your answer in the Michigan Landlord Tenant Handbook produced (in-part) by the law school at Michigan State University. At a quick glance it sounds as though you formed the landlord-tenant relationship, you've failed to make... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Michigan on
Q: I won a small claims judgment, for 6096.00 in Inkster MI, against a apartment management corp, but unable to collect.

I have garnished their bank account … it was $1.11 in it. Then I had a court order for the Wayne county sheriff seize property but this has not been successful either. How can I collect my judgment from someone or entity that refuses to cooperate?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 10, 2021

You've asked the $64,000 question. You may have what can be called a judgment proof debtor. You have right now a piece of paper saying someone legally owes you money; that paper is just - a piece of paper - unless and until you can legally collect.

All you can really do is keep trying...
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