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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Took my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed o

Took my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed on rally stripe down the center blackout on rims and some minor bodTook my vehicle to a body shop to help color changed on rally stripe down the center blackout on rims and some minor body work dropped off March 30th the it was still at shop over... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 1, 2019

Just about any attorney could write the letter you describe. I don't know what kind of working relationship you have with the shop, but it's possible that it could be more practical to simply contact them yourself in a less confrontational manner and ask them what is causing the delay and where the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: A friend's car caught on fire while I was driving it. He says "You caught my car on fire." Am I liable? Yes I was driv

His mechanic tells the "reason" for the car catching on fire. However, my friend says if I had not been driving it, and it was sitting in his yard, it would not have caught on fire. Am "I" liable?

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jul 11, 2018

Only if your negligence or wanton conduct caused the damage. We you using the car with his permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: I’m 16 and I turn 17 in October I live in Prichard al but my mom doesn’t support me my boyfriend douse can I move out

I live in Prichard al I turn 17 in October my boyfriend is 18 and is working and we live with my mom but she doesn’t support me anymore can I move out without her consent and what can the cops do if I refuse to live with her or my dad

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on May 8, 2018

You could become emancipated and then legally you would be an adult. You are not an adult in Alabama until age 19, which means you are a minor child until you reach the age a majority and become an adult in the eyes of the law. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: if my uncle signed everything into his girlfriend's name then dies the next day is she still entitled to the estate
Jack T. Carney
Jack T. Carney answered on Apr 2, 2018

I can provide a general answer, but you may need to speak to legal counsel who can provide you with specific recommendations and advice, which would require an attorney to closely review all of the facts. For example, "signed everything into" could mean a transfer, a payable on death designation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: My wife's bankruptcy was paid in full, but now I'm being sued for breach of contract from a car credit company.

We received the release letter from the court that indicated the balance on the car account was $0. Why would a well-established major car credit company mail a clear title to a buyer if there was still a balance?

Rafael Gil III
Rafael Gil III answered on Mar 2, 2018

I would assume that your wife filed the bankruptcy and you did not? If that is not the case, then you are not protected from this creditor when your wife received her discharge order. I believe that they are attempting to come after you for interest not paid on the account during the 5 year... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Do we have claim to our cat, even though her adoption papers are in the name of our roommate?

My friend and I, along with our roommate, adopted a cat. The adoption papers are in the roommate's name, but we equally split the cost of the adoption fee, vet bills, and our apartment pet fee. Our roommate is now moving out and says she is going to take the cat. Can she legally do this? Or can we... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 15, 2017

The cat is property. Cats are not actually "adopted" under Alabama law. The documents which transferred ownership of the cat probably show that she owns the cat. UNless you can show that you own the cat, you are probably out of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: I loaned my sister money a few months ago and she refuses to pay me back. Should I seek legal counsel and sue?

I loaned her $120 and she also has property of mine that estimates around $150 that she refuses to return to me.

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 11, 2017

You would spend a lot more than $120 trying to sue your sister. Do you have a note payable to you signed by her? You might just let this be a lesson to you. If you want, you can sue her in small claims Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Small Claims and Real Estate Law for Alabama on
Q: Not married, together 2 years. First home 1yr ago in MY name. If we separate is she entitled to mortgage reimbursement?

Basically wondering what I will owe her if we split up. EVERYTHING is in my name due to her bankruptcy status. Talking 12 months of mortgage payments, credit card payments, absolute nightmare but curious what i should expect... She also has a pending domestic violence charge against me in the home.... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Oct 30, 2017

My opinion is that she would be entitled to nothing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: I am a server in a restaurant. A customer accused me of adding a $4.tip. Customer nor restaurant have receipts.

What should i do to protect myself?

Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Apr 15, 2017

Nothing. Nothing means NOTHING. Don't talk to law enforcement about it. Don't talk to your employer about it. If either of them want to discuss it with you, politely reply that you will be happy to discuss it with them IF, and only if, your lawyer can be present, Then go hire a layer and do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: If I have power of attorney over my grandmother and she dies without a will am I still over what was listed?
Samuel G McKerall
Samuel G McKerall answered on Jan 25, 2017

No.

Powers of Attorney become void at the moment the person who granted the power dies.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Alabama on
Q: Is it better to file small claims or lawsuit w/ other employees for paychecks not receive, Alabama
Burton A. Padove
Burton A. Padove answered on Jul 18, 2011

Check your state's Department of Labor. There may be a procedure through them that would be a better way to go. It is also possible that you are required to go through them first, before you file a court case. There is a concept in the law that requires a person to pursue their administrative... Read more »

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