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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Small Claims and Consumer Law for New Jersey on
Q: Hired contractor to renovate bathroom. Estimate stated “cost does not include glass shower door.” He recommended glass

Co and paid deposit NOT mentioning a non refundable deposit. 7 months and Glass guy did not install and contractor said I can cancel and asked me for the deposit. Glass guy is his sub. Glass guy said he would refund contractor, I have no contract with glass guy. Since refund didn’t happen, now... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 5, 2020

Although you listed this as a "Small Claims case", it may (or may not be much more than that). In NJ almost no home improvement contractor's contract ever complies with the contract requirements of the New Jersey Home Improvement Contractor Act, which will almost certainly violate... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I was parked in parking space at 7-11 store Jackson NJ. while I was in store the vehicle next to me was backing up

The kid didn't have their door closed & it buckled my rear passenger door and did damage to the handle. She then pulled forward so the kid could close the door- and was continuing to back out. I then came out of the store and saw the damage. The driver replied to me" there is nothing... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2020

If the police refuse to file a report at the scene you can go to the station and tell them you want to file an accident report and they should give you a form.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Consumer Law and Copyright for New Jersey on
Q: I received an email from google about a Notice of Class Action Settlement re Google Plus Your Rights May Be Affected

They provided a well detail email about the options I have and I wanted to know if I should just settle for the $12 or can I go bigger they have broken my rights and invaded my privacy

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Aug 7, 2020

Trying to file a lawsuit as an individual against a company like Google is not going to be cost effective. You don't even know if your legal fees will be covered or not. Most litigants in a class action settlement get next to nothing. I personally, would take the $12.00 and move on.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: When I was under the car, One of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm.

When I was under my car, one of scissors jack suddenly broke down and my car came down on my arm. I got injured I can barely move my arm. Do you think I can sue this scissors jack company? If so, do I need a police report and receipt when I purchased?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 5, 2020

Yes you can sue the scissor jack company. First get medical attention and make sure you tell them how you injured your arm. Then, Immediately contact a good lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: What is my recourse if car dealer never fixed my car properly after 7 visits in 8 months and $4000 pLus brakes.

After 8 months, diagnose crack in engine wall. 2013 audi 135k miles. They kept telling me they are having trouble diagnosing the problem After 8 months say cant be fixed. They had my car three different times for a month each time, trying to diagnose it

Ivan Raevski
Ivan Raevski answered on Mar 4, 2020

you could sue the car dealer in small claims court in your county. i doubt it would be cost effective to hire an attorney for your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Hello, I don't know if I have the correct agent of process for a business that didn't have the city with the entity id

I'm having trouble finding who to address my letter to and eventually serve. I'm not 100% sure that I have the correct information. I have two status reports with one of the entities having their status revoked. The business is a Massage Envy franchise located in Clifton. When I looked... Read more »

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Feb 13, 2020

The best way to find out the legal name of a business entity, along with the name of the registered agent, president, or CEO (etc) is to use the NJ Division of Revenue and Enterprise website and order the business entity standing certificates, long-form with officers. I believe it will cost you... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Small Claims and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for New Jersey on
Q: I have court in 3 days for a summons of 50 grams or less of marijuana . It was 1G to be exact . I have a medical card

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James A. Abate
James A. Abate answered on Jan 6, 2020

You are facing a criminal record and possibly loosing your license for 2 years. The prosecutor could decide to drop the charge based on card or reasonably say that you did not have it when you were arrested and continue to prosecute you. With no legal knowledge you are putting yourself at risk... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Storage facility changed lock - unit fully paid - Preventing access to contents.

New Jersey - Storage unit leased to an llc,

    Owner deceased, estate admin and employees of the deceased's llc have been ensuring unit is paid monthly while sorting contents.

-Nov 17 unit lock changed discovered

-Nov 21 Facility management contacted and offered... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 27, 2019

I don't know of any lawyer that would take a case like this on a contingency basis

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Do I have a case against my ex?

I bought a car off of my ex while we were together. Unfortunately, I never got a written contract or payment receipts. I only have text messages of him saying he will sign the car over to me soon, me asking when he'd sign the car over to me soon, and practically begging for him to sign the car... Read more »

Noel Rivers
Noel Rivers answered on Oct 15, 2019

If you have text messages showing that you paid him for the car and requesting that he give you the car, I would recommend filing an action in small claims court seeking your money back. The text messages will help you prove that you and your ex had entered an oral contract whereby you offered him... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Home contractor installed sump pumps stopped working after 4 months and he stopped responding to calls/emails/texts

We had a contractor help install sump pumps to divert rain water to the sidewalk to prevent potential house flooding a few months ago. In the contract, he mentioned the sump pump would be covered with a 10 year warranty. When the sump pumps stopped working a few months after the install, we reached... Read more »

Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms answered on Sep 9, 2019

Hire an attorney to find the contractor, and then you can bring suit. Under the NJ Consumer Fraud law, you are likely entitled to treble damages and attorney fees.

Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Whats the case if:Don't knowthe(bm),Lives in diff st,Been taking money4 yrs, best for last, would of had kid when was 8

I never met or seen this lady. I live in jersey. She lives in Chicago. I started receiving vpayments behind etc

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 25, 2019

This reads like a secret code and makes no sense

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I cosigned a car for my brother and he is not making payments. Can i take him to court to take the car if i pay it off.

I cosigned a car for my brother and he is not making payments for 5 months. Since we got the car he has been making late payments. Can i take him to court to take the car if i pay it off. Me and my brother's name is on the title. If i pay the car off, the bank will send the title to me. Can i... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 13, 2019

In most states either person named on the title has the ability to sell it or to do anything else with the car. If you pay it off the bank will give you a new title, which you can use any way you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Products Liability and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: If a company school van hit and scratched my mirror on my van while I was parked what claim should I choose.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 27, 2019

It could be handled as a property damage claim against the bus company. Or it could possibly be handled as a first-party claim through your own carrier, depending on your policy. However, if it is a minor matter (you describe it as a scratch), it's possible it might not pass the threshold for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: The father of my children and I have lived together for 17 years. The house is in his name.

I have been a stay at home mother for going on 10 years. He financially took care of me and the children for those years. We are not married and Nj doesn’t aknowledge common law marriage. I put my inheritance into the down payment for the home. I took care of his mother, the multi family home,... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Feb 22, 2019

This case is going to be very complex and it could get very expensive fairly fast. You need to retain experienced mortgage foreclosure defense and matrimonial counsel. Only a mortgage foreclosure and matrimonial attorney has the expertise to prevent you from having more problems than you can... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: What should I do if someone is refusing to pay for artwork I did for them and also allowed someone else to edit it?

They are letting the other person claim it as their own and refusing to pay for it

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks answered on Feb 8, 2019

Sounds like you've got a collections matter on your hands, with claims for breach of contract, and also copyright infringement. In most cases, a legal demand letter does the trick. If it doesn't you either have to let it go, or file a lawsuit (either in small claims or civil court). I... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Collections and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: Small claims matter of $5000 owed by multiple people.Have texts showing they agreed to pay me back.Worth going to court?

I loaned multiple people money this past year. The money was loaned to people who were at the time long-term friends who agreed to pay me back ASAP. All of these people live in NJ and I have personal information (Addresses, etc) for all of them. I have texts showing them asking me for money and... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 26, 2018

You should go to Court, but an attorney is not going to be willing to handle your cases, since it would not be cost effective. If you are really in such bad financial shape, why would you ever loan money to anyone?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: I was put up for repo. It went past that and was sued for the balance of the vehicle. I was issued a judgement.

Because I was issued a judgement for the cash value, does that mean I can request the title of my car and it's now my property, but am legally obliged to repay that amount ?

The way I see it is a court of law agreed that I owe the money and ordered me to pay, but does that then also... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 4, 2018

You are seeking things through rose colored glasses which is distorting your vision and the law. Depending on your overall financial situation, Bankruptcy may be right for you. An experienced CA Bankruptcy attorney will be able to determine which type of Bankruptcy is the correct one for you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: i live in nj and bought a puppy from someone in north carolina who advertised her as akc registered, she is not.

i never got a contract but agreed to 4 puppies back. she will not provide me with proof of akc reg. she is also now saying she does not owe half the vet bills relating to delivery. i told her it would have to be 2 puppies this litter 2 puppies next litter. she is threatening court. where would... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Aug 2, 2018

This is not the type of transaction that you should engage in long distance. If she does chose to sue you, it would be in NC. A signed contract is not essential to this matter. Threatening to sue someone is easy, actually doing it successfully is not.

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: i was charged with this violation 39:3-4 which is driving or parking unregistered motor vehicle. I never touched it

my car has been sitting outside parked for over a month since the motor has been dead. I was wondering is the charge is due to the fact that is parked on a public road? or can I argue the fact that I haven't touch or moved the vehicle since a month?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 26, 2018

Any car that is on a public road must be registered and insured. You were actually lucky that the cop did not write you a ticket for abandoned motor vehicle because if the vehicle is not able to be moved and has been sitting on the street for a month that would have been also a proper ticket to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: My step father made himself adminstrator to my mother's estate but he died without disrupting anything

He died without distributing anything . since he remarried what can I do because new wife is not doing anything. No will but a house, land, cars safety deposit box and saving account worth more 50,000.00 what can I do since she refused to do anything

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 20, 2018

You start by seeking a consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer because if your mother died without a will he could not legally appoint himself an administrator of the estate this must be done by the court.

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