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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 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 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

What is the question? What do you want to accomplish?

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Small Claims for New York on
Q: It is possible to sue University for emotional distress, for discrimination and for false information in the UK ?

I have applied to University during Covid and got a Conditional Offer right away. In order to get CAS(letter of acceptance ) I had to meet all the conditions. During four months University kept asking me for more and more information and I provided them all. I got an answer that I almost got in the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 9, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. Unfortunately, I don't believe you would have a cause of action for emotional distress, which is generally based more on intentional or reckless conduct that is outrageous on the part of the wrongdoer. But you could present the facts to other attorneys for their... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Civil Litigation, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My sister & I own a house and her live in boyfriend punches holes in the walls out of anger. Can I press charges?

I called the police to report domestic dispute, but she refused to file a report. I didn’t know about the holes at the time. Can I call the police back, and press destruction of property charges?

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Sep 7, 2020

If the boyfriend is damaging your property, there is nothing keeping you from calling to report a crime. Law enforcement will decide whether they'll arrest, cite, or charge the individual in question.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: What is best way to reverse a small claims default judgement? (Jurisdictional issue)

2 mos before lawsuit filed I moved to another state 700 mi. away. Proof is lease/other official docs mailed to new address, dated before lawsuit. Per NY Small Claims Law the court has no jurisdiction on non residents. Pre hearing I called clerk to advise him I'd send formal letter seeking... Read more »

Victor M. Feraru
Victor M. Feraru answered on Sep 7, 2020

First, the clerk shouldn't be giving legal advice. You might have an attorney respond for the limited purpose of arguing lack of personal jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Which party do I sue in New York City small claims court ?

My vehicle was involved in a hit and run while parked legally. I was able to track down the vehicle that damaged my vehicle on video camera and I have a witness that seen the vehicle as well and it is stated in the police report. I filed a insurance claim with the vehicle registered owner and it... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Jul 20, 2020

Car insurance is on the car, not the driver in New York. The insurance company may be saying that the car wasn't insured under them on the date of the accident. Make sure there wasn't another insurance company that covered the car at the time. You should sue the vehicle owner, the named... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can an HOA tow a guest's car due to street work if no signs were posted , only a prior mailed notice ?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 17, 2020

If it's a private street inside the property, depending on their regulations, they might be able to. But a for public street where non-residents also have rights to park, some form of signage would generally be used. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Lemon Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Car repossessed. Possible lemon law issue.

My Wife had our car at a mechanic shop. The seller of the car tried to take the car from their property. The mechanic shop said stay off their property. The seller went back late at night and took the car. We stopped paying for the car because we found out that the car couldn’t pass inspection.... Read more »

Jonathan David Warner
Jonathan David Warner answered on Jul 16, 2020

Part of a Lemon Law claim is owning the car, which means continuing to pay for it. If you seek to file a Lemon Law claim, you'll need to catch up on your car payments before you can get it back.

You might want to contact an attorney who focuses on Lemon Law to help you sort this issue...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can I be served papers that are dated 3 months back?

I was served papers by a debt collecting law firm, but the papers are dated December 30th, 2019, the Filing date is March 9th 2020, today is June 20th, 2020. I found the papers on my mailbox.

I don't know if these papers are valid, I have never spoken to this firm and we have never... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Jun 20, 2020

Due to the PAUSE order of Gov. Cuomo, all deadlines for service were tolled, meaning based upon your post, service is valid "nail and mail" service. Do not ignore the paper. File an answer, and then negotiate with the attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Copyright for New York on
Q: Is "Ain't nobody got time" protected? If I made mugs that had this written on them could I be fined? Sued?

Correction ..."Ain't nobody got time for that"

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on Jun 12, 2020

Confirming the risk free use of a trademark can take some time and resources for searching—and analysis of what is found.

Trademark rights are obtained when a mark is used to identify the source of goods/services. A trademark search should determine if someone else is using a trademark...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I took my vechicle to an express lube place to have my oil changed and the guy put too much oil in.

It end up destroying my engine. I was taking the owner to small claims court and he wanted to go through his insurance company to settle out of court and I accepted his offer. I gave him all the receipts and documentation to file the claim. A few months went by and I haven't had any word from... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on May 27, 2020

Just go to court and get a judgment and collect it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Education Law, Legal Malpractice and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can I get a lawyer for an overlooked application to a degree program in college?

I applied for a nursing program at a local community college within the deadline period. I’ve been waiting for an acceptance letter, which was to be sent out the 3rd week of April. It turns out my application was never put in the system and I was completely overlooked, while my grades are higher... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 23, 2020

No. You were not discriminated against. You were just a victim of bureaucratic error. You have no contract with them just by applying. I see no case.

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3 Answers | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Ex-partner and myself is on mortgage; how do I go about removing my name?

We separated two years ago, and part of our agreement was for me to move out, and she'll retain the home, as long as she can maintain the monthly payments. At the time of agreement, I didn't have the resources to do things the RIGHT way and wanted the path of least resistance to just take... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Apr 7, 2020

What you have not confirmed is whether you are on title as well as the loan. If on title, bring a partition action to sell the property by court order, and in turn, pay off the loan. That may also force her to refinance. If there is no equity in the property, there is little you can do, but let... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What rights do I have as a renter during the pandemic?

I am locked into a lease until August. Recently, my household income has taken a huge hit due to reduced hours worked and wages earned, and we are struggling to make ends meet. I have always made payments early and have a great history with this company. I contacted my landlord and explained the... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Mar 31, 2020

Residential or commercial? If commercial, apply for Federal loans that pay for rent. Either way, there are no evictions for 90 days, at which point, we should all be back in business.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Will I be able to get my money back?

I hired a dress designer who gave me a deal on a dress where if I referred two people the dress would be half off. I did the promotion paid her $975 and she insisted i hadn’t completed the promotion and if I wanted the dress I would have to pay $825 more. She sent me a video of the dress and the... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Mar 31, 2020

When the courts reopen, you can file a small claims case.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: Can I get $ from the lube shop and/or the bank responsible for the driveway shearing off my heat shield?

Lube shop left my heat shield loose then an uneven bank driveway sheared it off. The atm was broken no transaction there.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 21, 2020

It could be a difficult case to prove. The time and cost of surveying/measuring the curb cuts for the driveway, and presenting in a credible and impartial manner to the court could run more than the heat shield replacement. And the delays resulting from pursuing a legal course of action, as opposed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Car Accidents, Contracts and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I traded my car in, they still haven't paid it off, and it will default on a few weeks. What can I do from here?

Long story short, I traded my car in back in December and it still hasn't been paid off over three months later. In response to one of the answers received: the plates were taken off and registration WAS cancelled. In January, I received a letter stating that the car was involved in an... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Mar 14, 2020

When you traded in, you should have taken the plates and canceled your registration. Sounds like you left the plates on, which is your fault, and the part of the scam here.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: How do I violate/file against my ex for not following our divorce decree to take my name off the mortgage?

2 years Divorced. Ex was awarded home in divorce decree. We (myself and he) agreed he could have the house provided HE pay all the transfer fees associated with removing my name from the mortgage. He even provided a notarized statement to the judge that he would remove me from the mortgage after... Read more »

John Anthony Pappalardo
John Anthony Pappalardo answered on Nov 26, 2019

You need to file a post judgement divorce proceeding seeking enforcement and contempt

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5 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Any way to avoid having to show up for a NYC court date for consumer debt which was discharged in bankruptcy?

The court date was set before the bankruptcy (chapter 7 no-asset) case was closed and the debt in question was fully discharged. The lawsuit is for credit card debt which was sold to a debt collector (the plaintiff). Is there a way I can, without leaving myself vulnerable, avoid having to spend... Read more »

Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar answered on Oct 31, 2019

Just provide a copy of the Discharge to Counsel for the Credit Card Company and t a copy of the Petition showing it was listed, and also provide same to the Court.

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