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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: If I contest a red light camera by mail and lose and been struggling financially could I sue the city in small claims ?

Read factual news that state officials have banned red light cameras but some cities still use the corrupt program

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Sep 25, 2020

You can sue anyone at anytime for anything, but that does not mean you will be successful.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Minnesota on
Q: Am I liable for cost of pet damage to carpet at pet-sitters house?

I needed to visit my mom at a hospital away from home where she was staying for ~2 weeks. My friend lives in that town and said I could bring my dog to her apartment. My dog has never caused damage previously to an apartment. He stayed there for two days without any issues. On the third day my... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 24, 2020

A Minnesota attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's unlikely the complex will come after you; they will likely come after your friend. It might be seen as much a personal decision involving a friendship as it is a legal one - taking into consideration... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Business Law for California on
Q: Do I sue the owner of the business I'm having problems with or sue the business itself which is registered as an LLC?

I want to get my spray tanning equipment back from a salon. Confused if I should sue the owner of the business or sue the business? Whichever one I sue do I list the other as a second defendant?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2020

Did this spray tanning salon employ you? Or did you just sell it some equipment as a third party vendor? Were you an employee when you sold it the equipment? You posted in employment law, which is usually reserved for employment questions. This is a question about a sale and financing. That would... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Business Law for California on
Q: Do I sue the owner of the business I'm having problems with or sue the business itself which is registered as an LLC?

I want to get my spray tanning equipment back from a salon. Confused if I should sue the owner of the business or sue the business? Whichever one I sue do I list the other as a second defendant?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Sep 22, 2020

You sue the person or entity with whom you entered into the contract to sell the equipment, or with whom you have a financing agreement. This is more complicated than can be answered without much more information. You would be well served to consult with an attorney and provide that attorney with... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: I sold a trailer but because of a EMERGENCY I had to leave state before I could give him his trailer.

Now I have to stay longer than expected. If we made an agreement on payments to pay him back, could he have me arrested of I fail to make payments on time?

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Sep 22, 2020

Sounds very problematic and you need to either give the money back or get him his trailer immediately...depending on the value of the trailer you could be charged with either a felony or misdemeanor (probably a felony).

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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Banking, Collections and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: Can we fight this and at least stop the repo?

The co signer for my car filed for bankruptcy so now the bank won’t let me pay. When I try, it says that it’s covered under the bankruptcy. Now the bank is coming after my car if I don’t pay for all the missed payments. So they won’t let me pay but now they want all the money “I owe”

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 21, 2020

They can’t repossess your car while the co-signers automaton stay is in place. Hire a lawyer and let him straighten out the issues between you and the lender going forward.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Tax Law and Banking for Maryland on
Q: Can I take legal actions towards my financial advisor for being dishonest?

So in January my mom got a letter from her financial advisor which was from the IRS telling her that she had to fill out a W-9 because the social security she had in her account was wrong. My mom immediately took action and we went to our financial advisor office to correct the social security... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

Contact the IRS to verify.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Im renting in ohio. An i allowed to deny a house showing if the realtor doesn't give me a 24 hr notice?

I'm technically in Lorain County. My landlord is cool but the realtor is now getting angry with my bf and I cause we were out of town for a showing that he failed to give a 24hr notice for. He's done it multiple times now and we have pets. What drew the line for him is when we refuse to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 18, 2020

The realtor has no legal rights and cannot require you to do anything. You don't even have to talk to him if you don't want to. You certainly don't have to leave the key in the box. Ohio law requires a landlord to give reasonable (24 hour) notice of having someone come in for an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: Do I owe the tuition deposit back to the family if they haven’t given 30days notice as per the contract in a preschool?

My preschool takes one month tuition while enrolling a new family which is refunded provided 30days written notice is given. I stopped charging tuition from April 2020, reopened my school in June 2020. This family never responded to any emails, didn’t pay their June and July tuition and now... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 17, 2020

Maybe. Cannot determine without a review of all the documentation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: I was jumped by 2 Customers and Employee. Can I sue the company?
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Sep 17, 2020

The answer to your question depends on the details surrounding the incident, and without more information, it is difficult to provide you with a definitive answer. For this reason, it is best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Formation and Small Claims for Virginia on
Q: Hi..i am in VA. made a payment 2 days late. Can any type of late fee be imposed?

I let the company know VA has 10 day grace period. They changed the 'late fee' wording to 'payroll system fee'.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 17, 2020

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. As a general matter, it could depend on the company's terms, and whether their revision is merely a change of terminology for the same thing. The most economical and reliable way to find out could be to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Florida on
Q: bank account garnish in small claim court in Polk county, where I live years ago.

when I found out my money was frozen that was giving to me, I did not know what to do. I did not know my rights. so, my husband file a emergency bankruptcy to get a stay. Not knowing I would have a right to ask for a claim of exemption and request for hearing in the court. We didn't file the... Read more »

Victoria Morales
Victoria Morales answered on Sep 16, 2020

Once a bankruptcy case is dismissed, the Bankruptcy Court will not look any further into it, there is no case.

You do not specify under which classification you are entitled to an exemption of claim. If you are able to bring the evidence that proves your entitlement, then the Judge is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents, Small Claims and Wrongful Death for New York on
Q: Does he have to pay the vet bill?

My grandfather accidentally hit someone's dog the other day, and left the scene (which he's already been ticketed for), and the dog didn't make it. The dog's owners tried getting him to pay the vet bill for the services the dog recieved before passing. Does my grandfather have... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Sep 15, 2020

He should speak with his car insurance company. However, I believe that he is liable from what you have said.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California on
Q: My landlord has exceeded the allotted 21 days to return my security deposit...

Are they still entitled to make deductions based on CA Civil Code 1950.5 or have the forfeited those rights?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 15, 2020

Excellent question, and one asked by many. There is no automatic forfeiture by the LL of any claims to the deposit, however, there is a part of that section that talks about a "Bad Faith Retention" of the security deposit. In that situation you can request and receive; "statutory... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Nevada on
Q: What if he puts it under your name and receipt is uner your name

He took me to buy it and put it undername

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 15, 2020

It looks like something may have inadvertently gotten left off your question. You could try reposting. Do not include personal information. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Family promised to continue 1/2 rate for childcare until return to work, still owe 1650.00 arrears won’t pay me..

I’ve been with family 2 yrs in March they decide that to keep me and not loose me they will pay me 220.00 per week until they go back to work ... they are now 1650.00 in arrears and since going back to work an additional 330.00...from 6 weeks ago ... I need the money owed how do I get it???

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 15, 2020

Call the New York state Department of Labor and file a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: So I have a legit claim in small claims court? Or should I go a different route to recover my financial loss?

I got in a relationship with my ex girlfriend in November of last year. She was in just an absolutely terrible financial situation. She was gonna lose the house due to unpaid property taxes the city was gonna forclose on the house In 6 months or less and she was gonna lose the house. So I stepped... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Sep 14, 2020

Much depends upon the exact details of what the mutual understanding was at the time. At the time you paid the property taxes, was it structured as a loan? What were the re-payment terms? Interest? Or was it a gift at the time or simply not discussed? Are you seeking reimbursement for expenses... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for West Virginia on
Q: I paid for tombstone back in January also paid for footer to be put in tombstone has been done it’s aug still waiting

Was told be in by may . Cemetery has not did footer and not answering phone call July makes anniversary of death . We want as family closure

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 14, 2020

A West Virginia attorney could best advise, but your question remains open for five weeks. Legal issues aside, these things can take a long time to create, the companies are often small operations, and COVID could have only compounded matters. You could continue your efforts to contact, maybe... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Indiana on
Q: signed up for dance lessons in Jan through May. I paid in advance.they refuse to give me partial refund

Signed up in january- for classes once a week until end of may.

They switched to online classes but since i have hardwood floors and not a lot of space and i was doing tap dance i asked for a refund, they said this was not to be inplace of a dance class. that it was just to keep your body... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 11, 2020

An Indiana attorney could answer best, as consumer issues could involve state law. But as a general matter of contract law, it could depend on how the agreement was written, in terms of how it addressed certain unforeseeable or foreseeable intervening events. These types of situations have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Small Claims and Consumer Law for New York on
Q: A collection agency working without a license.

I contacted a collection agency to collect my debt, I sent the account. But I never signed the contract they sent me. They went on with the case even though I didn't sign anything. They collected some money and now they are threatening me that if I don't accept the money I'm... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Sep 11, 2020

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