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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: How do I claim solar panels that were illegally placed on my roof in 2016 without permission while I was on vacation?
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Mar 19, 2021

Outside of a written demand, your only recourse is to file suit. IHowever, it is my opinion that filing suit will be fruitless.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Education Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Can a law firm charge undisclosed fees to my original balance on a student loan institutional debt?

Original debt is $2500. Has received more than $3800 in payments via state tax returns and has not released lien on School Transcript and still claims I owe despite paying over $3800. Has not given any paperwork related to my file despite repeated request. Was condescending when requested and even... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 10, 2021

Your situation would have to be determined in an in person consultation and review of all relevant documents. Depending on what is learned from that, you MAY have a cause of action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Sometimes a simple but strong letter from an experienced civil... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Post-judgement interest in NJ on Small Claims Court decision has to be explicitly granted?

When judgement is entered in small claims court decision (NJ, less than $3k) - is post-judgement interest automatically applicable if it is not explicitly ordered by judge? I found article that says usually it is automatic per federal standards, but I don't want simply to assume this. Any... Read more »

Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar answered on Feb 10, 2021

Yes it is automatic once judgment is entered

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: A corrupt third-party ticket company refuses to give me a refund for a canceled concert

My concert was initially postponed, then canceled several months later. During a dispute with my credit card company (goods/services not received), the third-party ticket company sent me documents/evidence that assured me that I would get a full refund if the concert got canceled. (By the way, this... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 5, 2021

You may file a complaint against the company if it was doing business in your state. Each state has different jurisdictional limits as to which court you file a complaint. Call your county court and speak to he administator's office to determine in which to file the complaint and the fees... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Can I not show up (and win) a Small Claims Court lawsuit if letter wasn’t mailed to me?

A letter to answer a “Small Claims Court” lawsuit was mailed to a family member address. My ex-landlord suing for back-rent was unable to find my new address.

As a frontline Medical Worker, I avoid visiting family members and I didn’t receive the letter til 6 weeks after it was... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 25, 2020

Don't ignore the summons. Go to Court on the appointed date to defend the law suit. If you missed the date, file a motion to set aside whatever action the Court took and request a new trial date.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Defense and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I got into an accident 19 months ago and have just received a bill for $4200 and I have no way of paying it

I am a college student, at the scene of the accident they drove off with minimal damage to their vehicle and the police report says minimal damage.

Gerald D. Siegel
Gerald D. Siegel answered on Nov 3, 2020

If you had laibility insruance at the time of the accident, turn this demand over to them.

If you did not have liability insurance at the time, you should speak with a lawyer about your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Paid for a service in full and business owner is refusing to give me a refund even though they canceled. Any recourse?

I paid in full for a service and got an appointment date and time. On the day of the appointment I sent a text to the owner letting them know I would be on my way to which they answered all appointments were cancelled that day. I asked for a refund and was told no refunds. I have asked kindly... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 30, 2020

The answer is "YES". The recourse which requires retaining an experienced civil litigation attorney and it is very powerful. The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, provides for triple damages plus attorney fees and costs. There is no basis for a refusal to make a refund when a service is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Small Claims and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hired contractor to renovate bathroom. Estimate stated “cost does not include glass shower door.” He recommended glass

Co and paid deposit NOT mentioning a non refundable deposit. 7 months and Glass guy did not install and contractor said I can cancel and asked me for the deposit. Glass guy is his sub. Glass guy said he would refund contractor, I have no contract with glass guy. Since refund didn’t happen, now... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 5, 2020

Although you listed this as a "Small Claims case", it may (or may not be much more than that). In NJ almost no home improvement contractor's contract ever complies with the contract requirements of the New Jersey Home Improvement Contractor Act, which will almost certainly violate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I was parked in parking space at 7-11 store Jackson NJ. while I was in store the vehicle next to me was backing up

The kid didn't have their door closed & it buckled my rear passenger door and did damage to the handle. She then pulled forward so the kid could close the door- and was continuing to back out. I then came out of the store and saw the damage. The driver replied to me" there is nothing... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2020

If the police refuse to file a report at the scene you can go to the station and tell them you want to file an accident report and they should give you a form.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Consumer Law and Copyright for New Jersey on
Q: I received an email from google about a Notice of Class Action Settlement re Google Plus Your Rights May Be Affected

They provided a well detail email about the options I have and I wanted to know if I should just settle for the $12 or can I go bigger they have broken my rights and invaded my privacy

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Aug 7, 2020

Trying to file a lawsuit as an individual against a company like Google is not going to be cost effective. You don't even know if your legal fees will be covered or not. Most litigants in a class action settlement get next to nothing. I personally, would take the $12.00 and move on.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: When I was under the car, One of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm.

When I was under my car, one of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm. I got injured I can barely move my arm. Do you think I can sue this scissors jack company? If so, do I need a police report and receipt when I purchased?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 5, 2020

Yes you can sue the scissor jack company. First get medical attention and make sure you tell them how you injured your arm. Then, Immediately contact a good lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: What is my recourse if car dealer never fixed my car properly after 7 visits in 8 months and $4000 pLus brakes.

After 8 months, diagnose crack in engine wall. 2013 audi 135k miles. They kept telling me they are having trouble diagnosing the problem After 8 months say cant be fixed. They had my car three different times for a month each time, trying to diagnose it

Ivan Raevski
Ivan Raevski answered on Mar 4, 2020

you could sue the car dealer in small claims court in your county. i doubt it would be cost effective to hire an attorney for your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, I don't know if I have the correct agent of process for a business that didn't have the city with the entity id

I'm having trouble finding who to address my letter to and eventually serve. I'm not 100% sure that I have the correct information. I have two status reports with one of the entities having their status revoked. The business is a Massage Envy franchise located in Clifton. When I looked... Read more »

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Feb 13, 2020

The best way to find out the legal name of a business entity, along with the name of the registered agent, president, or CEO (etc) is to use the NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise website and order the business entity standing certificates, long-form with officers. I believe it will cost you... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Small Claims and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for New Jersey on
Q: I have court in 3 days for a summons of 50 grams or less of marijuana . It was 1G to be exact . I have a medical card

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James A. Abate
James A. Abate answered on Jan 6, 2020

You are facing a criminal record and possibly loosing your license for 2 years. The prosecutor could decide to drop the charge based on card or reasonably say that you did not have it when you were arrested and continue to prosecute you. With no legal knowledge you are putting yourself at risk... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Storage facility changed lock - unit fully paid - Preventing access to contents.

New Jersey - Storage unit leased to an llc,

    Owner deceased, estate admin and employees of the deceased's llc have been ensuring unit is paid monthly while sorting contents.

-Nov 17 unit lock changed discovered

-Nov 21 Facility management contacted and offered... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 27, 2019

I don't know of any lawyer that would take a case like this on a contingency basis

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have a case against my ex?

I bought a car off of my ex while we were together. Unfortunately, I never got a written contract or payment receipts. I only have text messages of him saying he will sign the car over to me soon, me asking when he'd sign the car over to me soon, and practically begging for him to sign the car... Read more »

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Oct 15, 2019

If you have text messages showing that you paid him for the car and requesting that he give you the car, I would recommend filing an action in small claims court seeking your money back. The text messages will help you prove that you and your ex had entered an oral contract whereby you offered him... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Home contractor installed sump pumps stopped working after 4 months and he stopped responding to calls/emails/texts

We had a contractor help install sump pumps to divert rain water to the sidewalk to prevent potential house flooding a few months ago. In the contract, he mentioned the sump pump would be covered with a 10 year warranty. When the sump pumps stopped working a few months after the install, we reached... Read more »

Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms answered on Sep 9, 2019

Hire an attorney to find the contractor, and then you can bring suit. Under the NJ Consumer Fraud law, you are likely entitled to treble damages and attorney fees.

Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Whats the case if:Don't knowthe(bm),Lives in diff st,Been taking money4 yrs, best for last, would of had kid when was 8

I never met or seen this lady. I live in jersey. She lives in Chicago. I started receiving vpayments behind etc

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 25, 2019

This reads like a secret code and makes no sense

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I cosigned a car for my brother and he is not making payments. Can i take him to court to take the car if i pay it off.

I cosigned a car for my brother and he is not making payments for 5 months. Since we got the car he has been making late payments. Can i take him to court to take the car if i pay it off. Me and my brother's name is on the title. If i pay the car off, the bank will send the title to me. Can i... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 13, 2019

In most states either person named on the title has the ability to sell it or to do anything else with the car. If you pay it off the bank will give you a new title, which you can use any way you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Products Liability and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: If a company school van hit and scratched my mirror on my van while I was parked what claim should I choose.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 27, 2019

It could be handled as a property damage claim against the bus company. Or it could possibly be handled as a first-party claim through your own carrier, depending on your policy. However, if it is a minor matter (you describe it as a scratch), it's possible it might not pass the threshold for... Read more »

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