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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Trapping cat on my property?

Hello, my neighbor's cat has been pooping on my property for years, they even litter on my outdoor furniture. I tried to talk to the neighbor but they refused to do anything about it and says that it might be a stray cat somewhere. So I decided to set a humane trap on my back yard. In the next... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

A lot of these animal laws are local and specific. Generally, you should have the right to set the trap on your backyard if the cat is routinely trespassing on your property. You have a right to quiet use and enjoyment of your home. Look at the local codes on animal control in your jurisdiction;... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I was denied Rent help from an organization because I didn’t look like she wanted a person. Asking for help to look l

I have been ignored have contacted the city of Santa Ana supervisor,congressman ,program supervisor other programs and nothing

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Different legal aid clinics have received grant funding recently to help those persons harmed by the pandemic. Maybe you should speak with a clinic in your area. If they can't help you, I'm sure they'll be able to connect you with local resources. Good luck. [I litigate cases.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Juvenile Law, Municipal Law and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Do I need a consent form from a stranger to show them in a monetized YouTube video?

I'm planning on making YouTube videos in which I record conversations with people in public places (with a cashier, waiter, person at the park, etc.) and then use that clip to help teach people English by explaining the meaning of what I and the stranger said. My YouTube channel is... Read more »

J. Tanner James
J. Tanner James
answered on Sep 20, 2022

A signed release is always your best option. Depending on your location, you could be dealing with privacy laws AND publicity laws, and a failure to obtain a signed release could expose you to serious civil liability. Given the purported nature of your videos, I would imagine participants would... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Minnesota on
Q: I was stopped arrested in my affidavit says a citation was issued I was not given a copy of said citation

Or given opportunity to sign the citation

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on Sep 18, 2022

I'm a bit unsure about the question, since some of the terminology used in it may be different than as used by attorneys. A traffic stop alone is not an "arrest." When a driver is issued a citation by a police officer, that is done instead of an arrest, normally. In any event, you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: In a municipal case in Illinois court outside of Chicago can I use case law from Wisconsin that is similar to help my ca

It is a civil / municipal case where the village did along with the police department a total seizure of our house our property they made our car disappear our two dogs our two cats. They had the police illegally remove 2,175 plus items of our personal belongings from the house and they will not... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky
answered on Sep 11, 2022

The short answer is: Yes. If you cannot find a case on point in Illinois and the Wisconsin case is on point, most judges (and it is up to the judge) to allow you to reference another State. Frequently, in Judge rulings if they cannot find applicable Illinois case law, they will cite case law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: Is there a distance requirement the state must maintain? As in a minimum distance for brush and tree limbs from the side

Brush blocks the view of a driveway in a 55 mph zone

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 11, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You'd probably get the most reliable guidance from an attorney or lawmaker familiar with the specific region. The requirements you describe are often governed by local ordinances, in addition to any state... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for California on
Q: I moved in with my gf in July and started paying rent to her but I'm not on the lease, we broke up, can she evict me?

I moved in on July 1st, my ex-gf is the property manager of this building. I started paying her $1000 a month for rent which she accepted. Now we broke up and she wants to kick me out in 2 weeks, but got mad when I told her I've established that I am a tenant now since I've gotten mail... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 10, 2022

Dragging you out of the building is illegal. She cannot resort to self-help.

She cannot evict you without proper notice, correct.

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Flying a drone, gets stuck on top of commercial building, property manager has to pay get it down, do I have to repay?

I got the drone back, said he may have to charge me because his crew may charge him, I may not be properly licensed but was not near any controlled air space.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 10, 2022

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Until you're able to discuss with a local attorney, nationwide such a situation would usually be on the drone operator. If the crew is regularly up there to check equipment or perform maintenance, they could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: What do u do about a concrete subdivision sign that is blocking the view of oncoming traffic?

My daughter got in a wreck and said she doesn't remember seeing headlights coming. Because of this concrete sign. Everyone complains about it. She got a ticket but the sign is obstructing her view.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 9, 2022

More information is needed before one can render an assessment of whether or not the concrete subdivision sign was improperly placed and whether or not it was a legal cause of the collision. If you posted this because of a traffic ticket issued to your daughter, then you might want to take photos... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: I submitted a car registration renewal request online for Maryland and forgot to update the address? What should I do?

I also had switched insurance providers so, would that be a factor as well?

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Aug 21, 2022

Go to the MVA and ask them for the proper information to amend your address and the insurance company. I do not know if that can be done online.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Municipal Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Can one town foreclose if the property is in two separate communities and other town's taxes are current?

I bought a home that's 1/2 in 1 town and 1/2 in another - the dwelling is > 80% in Town A. Original mortgagee escrowed & paid property tax only to Town A. The mortgage has been transferred twice & modified once, & still the error wasn't discovered. Now, over 10 years in, I... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
answered on Aug 19, 2022

I think Town B probably has a right to foreclose on its lien but my guess is it has not done so because of the issues you raised. Whether Town B does or does not foreclose, I do not see any alternative but your #1. I do not see the value of ignoring Town B. You already have no equity in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: O.C.G.A. 40-6-395 Is this a conviction of this crime and is this right?

I had an incident where I was speeding, I got scared when i saw the police lights, and ran from the officer in my vehicle, then calmed down and left my car in park to walk back to where the officer had stopped to turn myself in. In court, the judge ruled it as a traffic infraction with no points... Read more »

Zachary Taylor Beck
Zachary Taylor Beck
answered on Aug 18, 2022

DDS is an executive agency with its own policies and rules, which the Georgia Legislature delegated the legislative authority to DDS to make. An answer explaining separation of powers, the non-delegation doctrine, and that it is a privilege, not a right, to drive in Georgia would require a lengthy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Maryland on
Q: How long do I have to legally hold my exes belongings before I can get rid of the stuff?

I live in Hagerstown Maryland and my ex left some of his belongings in my apartment and he was not on the lease. It has been 50 days and I have asked him numerous times to get his belongings and he has not come to get it.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 16, 2022

Assuming there is not some other written agreement or court order that specifically addresses the issue, you should send a final, written notice by any (or multiple) means likely to reach your ex, that he must make immediate arrangements with you to pick up his belongings at a mutuall agreeable... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: A light pole fall on top of my car in the middle of a rain storm. What type of laywer do I need?

My car is mexican and insurance only covers third party accidents. The sheriff said I needed to go to the city so that they would make the electric company pay for the damages. Inspection determined that the pole fell due to the wood being rotten. The car suffered great damages and is unusable now.... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Hopefully, you took several pictures of the car with the downed light pole so that you can prove that the damage to the vehicle was caused by the downed pole. You said that the sheriff was there so the sheriff should have prepared a report, memorializing the downed utility pole and the damage to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for South Dakota on
Q: Does South Dakota have any hours in which operation of a PWC (Jet-Ski) is prohibited / requires additional requirements?

Are there any hours or times in SD in which operation of a Jet-Ski is prohibited, or certain things are required (ex. headlights, additional licensing, etc...)?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 29, 2022

A South Dakota attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Only a local attorney familiar with your state's regulations could advise here, but nationwide, there are safety courses, programs, and other online resources with information on the operation of personal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Hawaii on
Q: Does smoke penetrating homes from neighbors backyard fire, and creating health issues, come under Hawaii nuisance law?
Mark Simonds
Mark Simonds
answered on Jun 25, 2022

An open outdoor fire or open burning emits pollutants directly into the air and includes agricultural, residential, and prescribed burning. The rules regulating open burning are Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Section 11-60.1 Subchapter 3. Generally open burning is prohibited with a few... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for Michigan on
Q: I have nonprofit that owns a house. Can the city sue the President of the non-profit for a blighted property?

Due to some hardships I have not been able to keep the property in proper care

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jun 24, 2022

Yes they can.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Municipal Law for New Hampshire on
Q: What can I report a town resident for going through a "road closed" sign?

I work for a town municipal department in New Hampshire and we're (public works dept.) having trouble with some residents going through our road closed sign. Our signs are properly placed out from another. We have a "road closed ahead" at each entrance into the road and our... Read more »

Leonard D. Harden
Leonard D. Harden
answered on Jun 15, 2022

Thanks for posting your question. I represent only folks charged with a crime so I would do not actually bring any charges. However, in the past I have represented citizens that have been charged for entering a closed road with various violations.

I would think that your local PD would be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for North Carolina on
Q: During our appraisal it came to light that there will need to be a few repairs done to the house is the sellers liable?
Ben Corcoran
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answered on Jun 8, 2022

No, the sellers do not have to fix anything, but you have the ability to renegotiate the contract anytime during the due diligence period.

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jun 7, 2022

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