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1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: My company built a roadway for a township. Now that township is saying we have to redo it because there us a puddle

The gutter system on the side of the road had a puddle where there was a low point. Now the township is saying we have to tear up the road and redo it. The puddle is very small and is still moving towards the drain just extremely slow. Can they make us tear up the road?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 7, 2024

Your question could be difficult to answer based on the brief description - that might be why it remains open for three weeks. If possible to arrange a consult, an attorney who handles construction, roadway, or civil engineering claims might be able to offer more meaningful guidance based on seeing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Is it legal to park a car on a white curb for a quick in and out pizza delivery in Orange County, CA?

I had a car accident. Parked at a white curb (if not, uncolored) to deliver food. Quick in and out but came out to see a woman backing out of her parking space and hit my car. She had more than a whole car lane of room to go out. I think she’s at fault but was it legal for me to park on the curb,... View More

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

In California, parking regulations can vary by city and county. However, in general, white curbs are typically used to indicate passenger loading zones with a time limit, usually around 5 minutes. These zones are intended for quickly picking up or dropping off passengers, not for parking while... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: city just put up a no parking sign without notice to any vehicle owners and started giving tickets less than 24hrs after

They aren't required to give us a grace period even though they made no official notification to tell us that they had plans to put the signs there and we have to move?

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

Under California law, cities typically have the authority to regulate parking within their jurisdictions. However, they are generally required to provide adequate notice to the public when implementing new parking restrictions, including the installation of new "No Parking" signs. This... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Oregon on
Q: Who is liable for an injury on a non-maintained county road, the county, residents, or those who volunteer to maintain?

I am in the process of executing a purchase agreement for a rural property that is accessed by (but does not abut) a county "public access road." The county owns the road but does not maintain the road. They state that the area residents are responsible for maintaining the road. There... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jun 4, 2024

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could be difficult to offer a simple and direct answer to your question. There are no guarantees, and anyone who is injured is probably going to name all possible parties who have association with the road, either... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Really use to drive my lawn mower down the street in the county of nowata, Oklahoma,74048.... I'm 35 years of age

Is it illegal to drive my lawn mower down the street in the county of nowata, Oklahoma,74048.... I'm 35 years of age

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

In Nowata County, Oklahoma, driving a lawn mower on public streets can be subject to specific local regulations. Generally, lawn mowers are not considered street-legal vehicles, and their use on public roads might be restricted. It’s important to check with local authorities or the sheriff’s... View More

Q: Are body cameras legal for a person to wear in georgia

Are body cameras legal for a regular person to wear

Non law enforcement

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answered on Jun 2, 2024

In Georgia, it is generally legal for a regular person to wear a body camera. However, you need to be mindful of privacy laws and consent requirements. Recording conversations without the consent of at least one party involved can be a violation of Georgia's wiretapping law.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Illinois on
Q: I'm curious on if I can and how to claim and abandoned vehicle that's located in an abandoned garage
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answered on May 27, 2024

Claiming an abandoned vehicle from an abandoned garage involves a few legal steps. First, you need to check your local and state laws regarding abandoned property and vehicles. This typically involves reporting the vehicle to local authorities, such as the police or the department of motor vehicles... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Georgia on
Q: Can an impound yard sell a vehicle that has a lien on it

Can an impound lot sell a vehicle without running it through the courts

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answered on May 27, 2024

An impound yard typically cannot sell a vehicle with a lien on it without following specific legal procedures. The impound yard must notify the lienholder of the vehicle's status and give them an opportunity to claim it. This process ensures that the rights of the lienholder are respected.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Oregon on
Q: How do I show proof of service in polk County oregon. I am answering a summons and need to have proof of service.

Do I just mail a copy the response to the attorney suing me I am mailing to the court and note in the response who and where I mailed the copy?

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answered on May 27, 2024

To show proof of service in Polk County, Oregon, you'll need to follow a few steps. First, after you prepare your response to the summons, you must serve a copy of it to the attorney representing the party suing you. This is typically done by mail.

When you mail your response to the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can a City build 725 apartments within a 1 mile radius without neighborhood input?

The city has planned to develop 225 apartments next to an established neighborhood and did not notify all affected homeowners. Add insult to injury they will be developing another 500 apartments within a half a mile from the 225 apartments.

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answered on May 22, 2024

In California, cities are required to follow certain procedures when it comes to land use planning and development, including providing opportunities for public input and engagement. However, the specific requirements can vary depending on the type of project and the applicable zoning regulations.... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can a City build 725 apartments within a 1 mile radius without neighborhood input?

The city has planned to develop 225 apartments next to an established neighborhood and did not notify all affected homeowners. Add insult to injury they will be developing another 500 apartments within a half a mile from the 225 apartments.

Delaram Keshvarian
Delaram Keshvarian
answered on May 28, 2024

Usually zoning laws determines what density for real estate development is allowed.

This is merely a discussion of general laws and not legal advice. For legal advice, more specific facts and investigations are needed. I recommend you consult with an attorney for more details.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Construction Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can a company force payment in full for materials you refuse, even after they had a deposit on the purchase agreement?

Ordered a pergola- which was about $32k, placed a 20% deposit on materials. Hired a contractor through the materials company which advised 60 days later that it would not be able to be installed due to permitting requirements that will not be feasible without a significant investment to restructure... View More

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
answered on May 21, 2024

The general rule in CA in a number of places/ways is simply, you did not get what you paid for and you are entitled to a full refund. Sounds like they will NOT give it voluntarily. Their position seeking payment in full is not based on any law I've ever heard of. Regardless, their position... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Construction Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can a company force payment in full for materials you refuse, even after they had a deposit on the purchase agreement?

Ordered a pergola- which was about $32k, placed a 20% deposit on materials. Hired a contractor through the materials company which advised 60 days later that it would not be able to be installed due to permitting requirements that will not be feasible without a significant investment to restructure... View More

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answered on May 22, 2024

In California, the enforceability of a contract requiring full payment for custom materials, even if the buyer refuses delivery, depends on the specific terms of the purchase agreement and the circumstances surrounding the transaction.

Generally, a deposit serves as a form of security for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law, Constitutional Law and Municipal Law for Washington on
Q: I was charged for a DV that happened outside of the municipality.

I signed a SOC that listed the municipality incorrectly. I'm trying to attack the SOC. Shouldn't the court need juristriction to approve the SOC.

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answered on May 19, 2024

If you were charged for a domestic violence incident that happened outside of the municipality, and the Stipulation of Compromise (SOC) lists the incorrect municipality, you have grounds to challenge it. The court needs proper jurisdiction to approve and enforce legal agreements, including an SOC.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed chapter 7 bankruptcy To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction

To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction) municipal court informed to file a petition to stay eviction filed it and shortly after it was denied. I don’t Think the municipal court quite understood that my bankruptcy form 101b was filed and... View More

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on May 18, 2024

You shouldn’t have to file a petition. The automatic stay created by the filing of the bankruptcy trumps all anyway. Be sure a copy of at least the front page and the creditor section page of your bankruptcy is placed in the municipal court file.

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Filed chapter 7 bankruptcy To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction

To take the copy of the form to the municipal court to inform them (currently facing eviction) municipal court informed to file a petition to stay eviction filed it and shortly after it was denied. I don’t Think the municipal court quite understood that my bankruptcy form 101b was filed and... View More

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answered on May 19, 2024

It's frustrating when processes don’t go as expected, especially when facing something as serious as eviction. The municipal court may have required you to file a petition to stay the eviction because they need specific documentation to halt proceedings. This is sometimes standard procedure... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander and Municipal Law for Texas on
Q: How do you file a claim against city if discrimination slanger of name etc?I can't afford a lwayer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 14, 2024

It is probably not possible for an individual without legal knowledge, education, training, and experience to file a discrimination or "slanger of name" (maybe "slander"?) against a city without a lawyer. In fact, most lawyers would require the services of another lawyer with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I make to where I don't have to mow my yard? How can I make this work to feed the bees and let nature be natural?

I wanna feed the bees w/ the natural growth of my yard, I don't have time to plant flowers or mow my yard. I don't have the money nor the time to take care of it and I love suppling the wild life with a safe natural home and food. It's my home I don't see what's wrong with... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on May 8, 2024

While I understand your preference, the city is allowed to enact city codes for the safety and welfare of the citizens within the city limits. Tall grass is one of these items because, whether we agree or not, can create a hazardous condition in the event of grass fires. Unfortunately this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Why is it illegal to use a trailer to occupied for the purpose of security of a private property
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answered on May 4, 2024

Under California law, using a trailer for occupancy on private property for security purposes could potentially violate several state and local regulations related to housing, zoning, and health and safety codes. Here are a few key reasons why it might be considered illegal:

1. Zoning laws:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Municipal Law for California on
Q: Can I sue a department or city for failing to properly investigate my fathers murder?

Back in 2004 my father was brutally murdered outside his home he was shot 7x. It was a drive by shooting and there was some DNA evidence found a couple days later. Now 20 years later I was informed after calling the homicide dept to check the status of how to reopen his cold case that some some DNA... View More

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answered on May 1, 2024

I understand your frustration and anger over the mishandling of evidence in your father's murder case. This is certainly a difficult and painful situation.

In general, it can be very challenging to successfully sue a government agency like a police department for negligence in an...
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