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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: What happens when a small claims co-defendent gets notification of a small claims suit if they don't live at the address

My boyfriend was informed he was being sued as a co-defendent for items left at my house by a former friend of mine... but he does not live at my address. This person does not know his address... only that he stays at my house

William J. Amann
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answered on Apr 26, 2023

Typically, service is made by leaving a summons & complaint at someone's "abode" or residence. Some types of actions require serving a defendant "in-hand", such as Contempt Motions usually. Small claims probably just requires abode service. The Plaintiff should have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: The rules for posted no parking signs in nh....what are they?

My car was towed from a shopping lot but signs were not easily viable. Can I Sue for my money back

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 28, 2019

A New Hampshire attorney could answer you best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could be an exercise in frustration to go after it because you could be losing a good chunk of a day of work, filing fees, and preparation of documents, going back and taking photos to prove your point... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: Can a x gf whom moved out 3dys ago break into my house which i own an remove stuff with out me there?

Girl friend leaves me moves to another state 3 days later breaks into my house throu a window, gets her belonging, my sons which thers no court order on custody an takes some of my stuff... i called the cops an they said nothin they can do settle it in small claims...

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin
answered on Jun 1, 2019

If the only thing she took was her own property and no or little damage occurred to house, i believe they were exercising their discretionary authority to not pursue criminal charges

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: My NH former Attorney forged my signature printed my name on a settlement check I got that off homeowners insurance

I was bit by a pit bull. Why would he do this. I gave no consent

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
answered on Nov 5, 2018

You can call the NH Professional Board of Conduct for attorneys and file a complaint. They will investigate and make a ruling on the matter. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: Here it is. At 3 am Saturday morning my vehicle was towed. I didn't have sticker on was charged 280$ how can I fight it?

I am a legal resident of this place. There is a sign saying unauthorized vehicle will be towed at owners expense. I did not want to put sticker on my bumper of my new car because of paint. Ive paid the money because I have no choice I need my car. Losing my car costed me several hours of overtime... View More

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
answered on Apr 30, 2018

This is not a civil rights issue. If it wasn't registered then the owner of the property has rights. You should have notified them about your car being on the property without an inspection sticker. If you can prove they knew it was your car and you were there legally you may have an argument,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: I was scammed buying a used car and am wondering if there is anything I can do to get my money back? (more info below)

I bought a used car through a private sale. The man who sold the car lied about its condition and guaranteed that it would pass inspection. When I questioned him on guaranteeing NH inspection, he then had a mechanic back him up. He had me meet him at the mechanic shop, and the mechanic said he... View More

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
answered on Apr 4, 2018

You could call your local police department, and the Attorney generals office and file a complaint, they could investigate the allegation and if the mechanic did in fact pass a car and give you an inspection sticker illegally, take away his ability to give them out, fine him, or even charge him... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: Can not identify New Hampshire small claims rule 4.1(D)(3) and 4.1(D)(3)(d) used by attorney filing complaint.

I received a complaint from a debt buyer lawsuit.

In the statement of consumer debt it states:

In accordance with Small Claims Rule 4.1(D)(3), the undersigned submits this Statement:

This also is used further down:

Interest, charges, and fees calculated as set forth... View More

Joseph Kelly Levasseur
Joseph Kelly Levasseur
answered on Mar 15, 2018

I looked over the rules and I don't see them in there either. You can file a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim for which relief can be granted and state the same reasons you stated here. He might be using old rules that have been updated and no one ever called him on it. The... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: I am the Defendant in a small claims action filled by a person in Hampton NH for work I performed on a garage, convertin

a portion of a garage into an apartment. I was paid in full for the work I performed. Plaintiff filed suit claiming that an inspection was performed and the work was failed. I obtained a copy of the building inspector file and found that she lied about the inspection and that the work on the... View More

Israel Piedra
Israel Piedra
answered on Mar 2, 2017

Even if everything you state above is true, you still need to prove it in court. If it's a significant amount of money, it may be worth hiring an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Lemon Law and Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: I purchased a car in a private sale, car is unsafe, do i have any rights?

I was told the car was safe, it had a current inspection sticker. Brought it to meineke after purchase to find out the entire rear frame and control arms are rotted out, one was broken the other was about to go. This car was not at all safe to be driven and could have killed me and possibly others... View More

Brian Lehman
Brian Lehman
answered on Jan 21, 2017

Yes, of course. Here is a link to a lawyer in New York that does Lemon Law:

He may be able to point you in the right direction since you are up in New Hampshire.

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Contracts for New Hampshire on
Q: My husband helped someone move and now they are saying he broke something. Do we have to pay? He says he didn't break it

He helped a neighbor move to be nice. She said he broke the ac, which is 6+years old. Both said it was working when he left. She said it worked until she unplugged it. She's threatening a lawsuit.

Israel Piedra
Israel Piedra
answered on Sep 28, 2016

He doesn't HAVE to pay anything until a Court orders him to. If the A/C is really that old, it's probably not worth much and I find it unlikely that someone would file a lawsuit (and pay a filing fee) for such a small amount. Even if they did file a lawsuit, they'd need to prove... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Hampshire on
Q: (Small Claims) Is there a law that states the defendant must provide evidence prior to hearing?
Burton A. Padove
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answered on Jul 18, 2011

You may want to check the New Hampshire Statutes for discovery requirements in small claims cases..

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