Small Claims Questions & Answers

Q: landscape company while trimming around the AC unit cut the Freon pipe and refuses to fix it. What should we do?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

First what is the cost of the repair?

You can file a small claims actio to recover the cost of the repair.

Good luck.
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Q: my sister-in-law illegally evicted me out of her house a week ago can I sue her

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

If you had a lease and were paying rent, then contact an attorney who handles tenant's rights issues.
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Q: What can I do if an individual agreed to refund me a payment but now refuses?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 18, 2017

You can sue in small claims court, but that might be more trouble than it is worth, and even if you got a judgment, it would take further action to try to collect it.
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Q: I was over at my girlfriend's house during hurricane Irma. My car was parked in the driveway. The next morning we found

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Car Accidents, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Answered on Sep 17, 2017

Check the terms of each policy. One or both policies may have language which specifies which pays in this situation. If not, the carriers probably will agree to split the difference.
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Q: Suing former tenant

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Answered on Sep 16, 2017

You will get what is in the invoice and the court order. The rest seems weak, but in small claims anything can happen. It is like Judge Judy.
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Q: Can I find an old case in Queens NYC small claims court?

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Answered on Sep 15, 2017

If you have the index number you can call the clerk.
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Q: I purchase 4 used appliances and have only recieved 2 and told i had to pay more after i paid in full what can i do

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Sexual Harassment and Small Claims for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 14, 2017

Do you have a contract the for the sale of the appliances? If so, that will primarily govern the transaction. If you do not, organize all information relevant to this situation, including any and all communication with the seller, and consult with an attorney individually for a consultation to discuss the most suitable course of action moving forward.
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Q: In IL Can I tow a tennants vehicle after serving a 5 day notice after the 5 days? or do I have to wait until the end?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

You should absolutely wait until the end and until after you have a judgment for possession for the premises.
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Q: Can I be taken back to court for a small claim case that was already dismissed? I appeared but the plaintiff did not.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

If you would have been defaulted, the court would almost certainly allow you to vacate the default if you moved to do so within 30 days. Courts prefer for disputes to be decided on the merits rather than on a default basis. You should consider hiring a lawyer to defend your position. Good luck.
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Q: Can I sue ex gf if she stops paying for her car that was bought in my name?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Michigan on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

You might have a claim against her to recover for her use of the car over these years. However, as to whomever you signed the loan agreement with, this has nothing to do with her. You will be held liable for the loan balance.

Think about this for a moment: this woman had - and likely still has - bad credit. She doesn't even have a car in her name (it's yours). Do you think she would really care - other than the emotion of it all - if you sued her and won a judgement against her? You...
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Q: Can the judge tell us why my mom owe money to a credit card company and what she used it for I'm going to probate court

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Small Claims for Michigan on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

The judge likely wouldn't know why your mom owes the money, nor would he or she have reason to. As personal representative, you could challenge the debt with the creditor.
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Q: Bought iPad for 3yo daughter. She takes it everywhere. Ex is keeping her until custody hearing and will not return iPad.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

The good fact is that you made a 50/50 agreement. The lack of follow through on the other parent will be questionable to the judge unless there is a good reason for supervised visitation. Filing a request for order for child custody and visitation is likely the necessary action to take which it sounds like it is in effect. You may need to file a small claims lawsuit for the iPad. More facts are required to provide a thorough analysis.
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Q: my ex bf and I bought 3 dogs together and I paid with the understanding he would repay me, he didn't. can I get money

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

Yes. Small Claims for $10k and under.
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Q: Can I sue the pet sitter and get my money back?

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 13, 2017

You can sue in small claims court. You can visit the Colorado Courts webpage for all the forms.

For technical (legal) advice you may want to contact a lawyer. Expect to pay for the lawyer's time.
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Q: I have some small claims court issues that I need representation, what is the basic charge for something like this??

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Indiana on
Answered on Sep 12, 2017

There's no definitive answer that anyone here can give you. Attorneys all have different fees and fee schedules. Some may offer a flat fee while others ask for a retainer. Others may charge hourly and bill you later. The only way to get a definitive answer is to call attorneys and ask them.
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Q: How can i see if someone has filed a small claim against me?

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for New York on
Answered on Sep 12, 2017

You should receive a summons. If you don't then service was not properly effectuated. If you just "heard" from somewhere that you've been sued, contact the clerk of the town you may have been sued in (usually where you live, many times where the plaintiff / aggrieved party lives).
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Q: Owner came by and took down rotten deck and has left it in my yard for two weeks? what can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Florida on
Answered on Sep 12, 2017

best suggestion is for you to consult with a landlord tenant attorney in your area. step one is to have the attorney review your lease and then determine what is the next best step. If you have a year lease then you likely have 3 months to go on it and it appears that your landlord is not very well equipped to be a landlord and therefore this type of issue will likely persist in the future.

You need to hire a landlord tenant attorney to assist you in dealing with this landlord and...
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Q: If someone kicks down their door that you got stuck in cause the door got stuck, who has to pay for it?

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 11, 2017

There are arguments either way. They should because as their guest they owed certain duties to you. Offer to pay the cost of a locksmith house call because if all had been calm and had time to wait that's what would have had to be done anyway.
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Q: The equifax data breach can I sue in small claims for lifetime cost to protect myself class action won't cover 1 yr

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Products Liability, Identity Theft and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Answered on Sep 11, 2017

You can try but they will likely fight it and the law is very complicated.
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Q: They told me that when the Doctor gave me the mmi rating of 5% × 3=15 × 266.00 = to 3990.00 back pay since they stopped

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation, Employment Discrimination and Small Claims for Texas on
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

Assuming you signed a DWC 24, (an "agreement", but absolutely not a settlement because "settlements" are not allowed in WC) it probably included an agreement that you "agreed" to the MMI and IR given. If so you have a very hard situation because you will have to overcome the agreement AND the MMI/IR. Not many lawyers will want to take the case on a contingency (the only method allowed) but you can seek help from the DWC's ombudsman program. They will help yo through the DWC appeals process but...
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