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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on

Q: I bought a dog for 100 bucks which included dog and accessories. And was not giving all accessories

I paid girl 50 last week nd she was supposed to get other 50 today but failed to provide the dog cage which was part of add she sold it or whatever so i.told her I wont give her other 50 until i get cage. She has now said she is going to take me to court . I wanna know if I'm in the right

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

You were prepared to go ahead with your end of the deal and she wasn't. You are correct. However often there is something else left out. Does she now say the cage wasn't part of it? If so there is no agreement--you think it's A she thinks it's not A but B ---and if no agreement she should give you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: My dog died at the kennel. Kennel is filed a civil case for us to Pay the vet bill. My signature isn't on contract

No cell service while on vaca. So we didn't get the call from the that my dog was not well. My dog got sick and the kennel took him to vet he was diagnosed with bloat and they put him the sleep because his stomach had already died. They want us to pay the expenses back. I've never seen the actual... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 12, 2019

Do you have an expert to testify? If not you are correct that you didn't sign the contract, but then your girlfriend is on the hook--bottom line, you don't need a contract if you ask them to care for the dog and they do, and it's commercial and you know there's a charge. Your problem if you were... Read more »

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Q: Is it too late to sue tobacco companies in Florida

my father and grandfater die from emphysema father was born 1909 die 1981 grandfather was in his 90's

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Sounds like it. Call one of the attorneys handling the class of people.

Q: Person B pressed charges on Person A. Person B formerly worked for DA office, is this conflict of interest?

Person A feels like they are being treated unfairly and is being retaliated against because person B is affiliated with the officials who are prosecuting Person A. Is this case supposed to be handled different than normally?

Cary B. Hall answered on May 19, 2019

I can see your issue, but not sure how else the situation should be handled. How many victims of crimes are related to, say, cops? What should happen in those cases? The world isn't perfect.

Sometimes in very high profile criminal cases in which there's a conflict of interest -- or even...
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Q: How long does it take for judge to sign off on a civil action case

Timur Akpinar answered on May 17, 2019

It could depend on the court's backlog and the administrative staff the judge has. For a simple straightforward decision that doesn't involve complex legal issues, conflicting testimony, legal research, it could be a couple of days after the hearing. For a complex and contentious case, it could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: We broke up. He isnt the owner but said he got him licensed? I pay everything and all paperwork is in my name. What

Do about this? Hes never paid for any care for my dog...all vet paperwork, etc shows im the owner. How could he get a dog license if the dog was never his? My address is on everything as well. What can i do about this, if anything? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on May 15, 2019

You can bring a civil lawsuit against at your local magistrate. In your complaint state the facts of ownership and request that the court find in your favor.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Is their a statue of limitations for sueing officers that enter your home without a warrant?

Officers I guess knocking on my door. My husband and 2 daughter's ages 8 and 9 were asleep. We heard lots of noise as I went to see what the problem was. I had two officers entering my home through my picture window guns drawn. It was so fast my disabled husband thrown to the floor cuffed. Yes I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 30, 2019

Two years. You don't want to wait that long. Contact the Pa. Civil Liberties Union, ask for their "cooperating attorneys" for "police misconduct" cases in your area. They give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Hi, i would like more information on how to file a plagiarism claim.

I had written an article for my school's yearbook. they (or the publishing company) published it and I did not receive credit for my work. It said my article was written by someone else.

Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 26, 2019

Ask for a correction. A plagiarism case will be long and involved, and your damages will be maybe $400. Talk to the faculty member who handles yearbook.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on

Q: If My children are a result of a relationship with an adulterous man, is the wife also responsible for child support?

My childs father lied about his martial status but he and his wife knew of his affair and he purposely impregnated me twice because she is no longer able to bear children

Kathryn Hilbush answered on Apr 19, 2019

No. The people responsible for the chidlren's support are their parents.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Pennsylvania on

Q: Verizon come install cable I left my window up cat got out they never close the window and were on 3floor

the cat is know miss and i would love my cat back there are responsible for this action

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 18, 2019

To the best of my knowledge there is no answer to this question, in part because it is not a legal question. Leave the window open a few days to see if your cat will come back home.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Contracted with a basement refinishing contractor with no work 2 years and 30 K later

Basement contract, upfront 30K no work 5 months. Due to family issues had to delay further since initial promise by contractor work would be completed in three months. When I was able to restart work told VP would contact me. Now it has lapsed over 2 years without contact by company or VP on work... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 10, 2019

You should be able to bring a breach of contract action against the contractor. I would need to see the contract you signed.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: I'm asking on behalf of my sister in law. Her husband passed away last September. Her husband brother is suing her for

Money given to the brother. She has nothing. She doesn't own her car/ house. She cannot afford to travel to MA from ND. What happens if she doesn't show up at court?

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 4, 2019

If she does not show up in court she could have a judgment entered against her. If the loan was made from brother to brother I am not sure how he can legally claim she owes the money.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can I sue an insurance company for misinformation leading to my teeth being extracted?

The insurance company, which was funded by the state of Pennsylvania, informed me that my insurance would soon end. I could not afford dental insurance, being widowed and felt that there was no other choice but to have the extractions performed and dentures made. The dentist that they sent me to... Read more »

Timur Akpinar answered on Mar 27, 2019

You outline a number of issues here. A starting point might be to see if a Pennsylvania attorney could give you a free initial consultation regarding whether the termination of insurance benefits was proper. Additionally, because of the financial situation you describe, there could be a non-legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on

Q: Isn't agreeing to buy something on line a binding agreement?

I am trying to purchase an ( a credenza) item via Facebook Marketplace. The seller agreed to my offers twice. Then her husband wants more is $$ for this item. Her's was listed Wed, March 3-20. I agreed to purchase it at the her asking price on 3-21. Then on 3-22 I received an alert through... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Mar 25, 2019

Unfortunately if she is not going to be cooperative you will not be in a position to purchase the item. I would back off and disappear for a bit. When she doesn't get any other offers she will attempt to contact you. By the way what is so special about this piece of furniture?

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on

Q: Filed linjury law suits by persons name

Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 18, 2019

not sure what your question is. Could you restate it with more detail?

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: Can I file to get my restitution payment back?

I paid restitution for something that I did not damage or lose. The damages were already attained before I committed my crime. But I was kindve coached into paying restitution so that I wouldn’t have to go to court anymore. Even though I can prove the person falsely claimed loss and damages.... Read more »

Cary B. Hall answered on Mar 4, 2019

If you've already pleaded guilty, then no. If you want to contest your guilty plea, there are few appellate grounds to do so and those must be filed within 30 days -- but then you'll be headed for a trial if you will on appeal. And perhaps you get a harsher penalty or sentence if you lose at a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: need a pro bono attorney to help me negotiate payment arrangements with a loan.

attorney for credit union refuses to return calls or emails. I do not want to go to court just make payments on the money that I DID borrow.

Timur Akpinar answered on Feb 27, 2019

You could contact the Pennsylvania Bar Association and ask them if the matter falls within what they would cover under their Pro Bono services.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: I am looking for a case which happened between the years of 2014 and 2016 in Puerto Rico. How do I obtain the records?

It was between me and the mother of my son.

Kathryn Hilbush answered on Feb 24, 2019

You would contact the court house in the jurisdiction where the case took place in PR. Not having any more information, I can't suggest what are of the court you would want t start with.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: If the defendant appeals a small claims judgement can I ask for the remainder of the punitive damages be awarded also?

I won a small claims judgement against a used car dealer for fraud and damages. I was asking $3000 punitive damages and the judge awarded $300. The car dealer is now appealing the decision. Can I ask the appeals judge for the full $3000 be awarded at the appeal or do I have to file an appeal myself... Read more »

Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Feb 6, 2019

Yes the appeal from small claims is Like you are starting the case from the beginning.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on

Q: How to collect on federal lawsuit against George W. Hill prison for overcrowded cells

Intake overcrowded and three men to a two man cell

Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 4, 2019

Contact the attorneys for the Plaintiffs & /or the Pa. Civil Liberties Union Prison rights project.

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