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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Construction Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Family and I were in a car accident caused by the city. what do we do?

The city was working on a traffic light. Causeed another vehicle to hit us.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jan 23, 2022

If you are hurt, see a doctor. Then contact an attorney. If you don't need medical attention, you probably don't have a case worth pursuing. You have 6 months to file a Tort Claim with the City, which is a requirement before filing a lawsuit. When you talk to an attorney, be prepared.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Consumer Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is it legal for a police department in California to release someone’s car to the wrong person then lie about DA Reject

The car was at tow yard. The tow yard had a lien sale the car was sold to a lady the lady never registered it in her name. She sold the car to her nephew a couple days after she bought it from the tow yard.he never registered it in his name either.. I bought it from the nephew a couple days later.... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jan 19, 2022

It is never OK for the police to lie. But you are not clear about what the lie is? If the police told you that this is a civil matter and the DA won't file on it, I agree with them.

Your beef is with the nephew. You can sue him in small claims court.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Is a golfer required to pay property damage (i.e. broken window) while playing a normal game of golf?

Incident happened while using the driver at a tee box that was very close to a townhouse on the course.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jan 18, 2022

Yes, you are responsible. The window was not broken until you hit a ball and it struck the window, breaking it. Why would you think that you don't need to pay for it?

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I hire an attorney for limited services?

I wish to hire an attorney to help with preparing an "opposition to motion to deem matters admitted". Is it possible to hire for only that, or will attorneys require they represent me throughout the entire case?

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik answered on Jan 11, 2022

Yes, you can hire an attorney to write the motion, or only assist you on the motion or for any or all of any part.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can you sue a supermarket for false theft accusation?

Falsely accussed of theft.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 5, 2022

more info would be helpful.

you can sue anyone for anything at any time.

the issue in my mind is do you want to waste the money on a lawyer or go to small claims court.... and can you prove damages?

the specific facts of your case will control.

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Collections for California on
Q: I am being sued by a debt collector.

I answered the lawsuit within the 30 day period however they filed a "motion to deem request for admission". The hearing (which doesn't require an appearance) is scheduled for 3/4/22. Problem is, I was never served, mailed, or emailed any Request For Admissions. What motion should I... Read more »

Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik answered on Dec 29, 2021

File an opposition.

Send fax to defense attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for California on
Q: my sons guardian was charged for letting my son drive her car under age no licence caused him tbi what can i do
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 27, 2021

more info is needed.

how old is your son? is the guardian related? court-appointed? charged with DUI?

s/he give her keys or just did nothing when s/he learned he had them etc?

TBI from driving? Accident?

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Car Accidents and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I sue the at fault policy holders insurance company for bad faith IN small claims court? I believe I have cause.

Policy holder = Door Dash (door dasher was in route with food)

The question of who was at fault is not an issue. due to limited character space available, the following is not exhaustive.

(I believe) I have documented no less than 3 instances of bad faith practices, and potentially... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Dec 16, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

SET UP AN APPT TO GO OVER YOUR POTENTIAL CASES WITH A PI LAWYER.

IF IT IS BAD FAITH IT WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE VALUE THAN THE $10,000.

CHANCES ARE BAD FAITH WOULD BE HARD TO PROVE AND... IF YOU WON ...THE OTHER SIDE WOULD APPEAL AND THEN THEY CAN HAVE LAWYERS...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Does a 30 day used car warranty resume or reset after it has been in repair within that time?

I bought a used truck from a used car dealership that offered a 30 day warranty. After 6 days I sent it back to the dealership to get the sunroof fixed. It wouldn't open. The car is now approaching the 30 day warranty mark while in the dealers possession. Since I've only had possession of... Read more »

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on Dec 15, 2021

There is a provision in the CA lemon law that provides that the number of days the vehicle is in the shop extends the warranty by that number of days. AND if the issue is not fixed, the warranty remains in place on that issue until it is.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Good afternoon. My name is Clara and I live in Bullhead City Arizona.

Recently I had the need for a new high pressure power steering hose in my vehicle. So I purchased one and hired a mobile mechanic to come to my house and install it. Prior to his arrival, I researched this specific job and found that it would call for 1 to 2 hours of labor at a cost of no more than... Read more »

Ian Pike
Ian Pike answered on Dec 9, 2021

You have posted this question in a section devoted to California, so you might be more likely to get a response if you post it under Arizona.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Someone is trying to sue me for theft an accomplice with someone else and they have no proof or evidence on me but they
Jennifer Diem-Trang Le
Jennifer Diem-Trang Le answered on Dec 1, 2021

It looks like you submitted the question without completing it. Is this someone you know? Are the police involved? As with any case, complete facts will assist in a thorough analysis of your case and any potential resolutions.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for California on
Q: Is it worth suing for $400
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 30, 2021

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's really up to you - an attorney couldn't make a decision for you. Without knowing anything about what your dispute involves, here are some issues that could be worth thinking about in making your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I ask a judge to dismiss a small claims case post-judgment?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 17, 2021

Yes. Use a form request for dismissal.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for California on
Q: What actions do we as tenants take if landlord/management hasn’t handled rodent infestation for over a month and a half?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Nov 16, 2021

You can contact the Los Angeles County Health Department and report the infestation. They will most likely come out and do an investigation or evaluation and take remedial steps to stop the infestation, because it is a health issue. Then you can inform the landlord of what she should have done.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for California on
Q: How do I dismiss small claims case post-judgment?

I am a plaintiff in a small claims case and I won a default judgment since the defendant never showed up. The issue is I sued the wrong party. What must I do to have the case dismissed? It has been more than 30 days since I received the Notice of Entry of Judgment.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 15, 2021

You have 2 problems, dismissing the first case and filing a second case against the real party in interest. You can file a form "Request for Dismissal" without prejudice in the first case. Get a copy on the Court's website under "Forms" - State Judicial Council forms. In... Read more »

6 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Identity Theft and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can a bank collect a debt on a credit card 13 years after the last payment was made?

I was contacted by a law firm representing US Bank. For a credit card that was open in 2005 and payments made on it until 2008. A balance of 5000 was never paid. I have no recollection of this. It has never been on my credit report. It could have been opened by my ex wife. We were going through a... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Nov 5, 2021

it is likely past the statute of limitations but an attorney would need to review what you are receiving and get more facts to further advise you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Can I take someone to court for not finishing paying a car loan I took out under my name ?””?
Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq. answered on Nov 4, 2021

The answer will depend upon what information, evidence and oral or written documentation you have to support your claim for "not finishing paying a car loan". You would want to schedule an initial 30-minute free consultation with an attorney of your choice to discuss the supporting facts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for California on
Q: Small Claims-Oral Agreement-Breach of Contract..Defendant offered to the plaintiff to put a car in the defendant's name.

Plaintiff paid down payment plus payments for a year believing she would be paying for the car to completion then defendant took the car. Plaintiff is suing for the down plus payments made. Defendant original offer to the plaintiff included 200 dollar payment to the defendant and a belief that it... Read more »

Jonathon Maddox
Jonathon Maddox answered on Nov 1, 2021

There are many issues not explained here. A contract has to have certain specific details, but it doesn't necessarily have to be written if it's only for a few hundred dollars. If the details were properly explained in an oral agreement, then there was a contract. Not having the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: Lady accusing me of theft and threatening with immigration and police.

I did some work at her house. She didn't want to pay what the price was. Left the work and now she is accusing me of stealing her house deeds.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 14, 2021

Anyone may make any type of accusations: the facts are these are just allegations.

She may call the police yet, the police will investigate that matter and in order to charge would need to gather enough evidence for the charges to be approved.

Secondly, calling immigration would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: if i have warrant can my mother put in the deed to her house?

i live in another state

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 1, 2021

that depends on what the Bail Bondsman wants, to secure your presence in court.

they will look at your record, your job; how much is owed on the house ie how much equity; what you are charged with etc?????

how much is the bail?

call me and I will give you the numbers of...
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