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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for New York on
Q: my x used to venmo me money to pay our bills now she is saying I owe her a lot more, I've been paying for what i used

will this stand up in court? i am paying her back for my bills but she is saying she venmo me 9000 dollars and i only used 3k which i am paying back because she helped me during the pandemic

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Jan 29, 2023

Whether you owe her in a "moral" sense, versus a "legal" sense in that the funds were a provable, enforceable loan obligation, depends on a review of the situation by an experienced New York contract litigation attorney. Feel free to contact an attorney of your choice to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: How do I sue him for 500? I wanted my things I have to come up with 500 just to access to get my things that's not fair

I tryed to resolve this issue within the 30dats he was the one who prolonged this not me my husband and in made numerious attempts he ignored us

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Jan 26, 2023

If you pay the money but don't feel it was just, you may commence a case in Small Claims Court to recover the money you believe was collected wrongly. However, if you owe money for rent arrears, the landlord may counterclaim against you.

3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Business Law for New York on
Q: Can I sue a customer for not paying me full amount (oral agreement)?

I had an oral agreement with a customer to plant 10 trees in her yard and provide five special cares (once a month) after the 6 months planting for $20,000 so the whole process is 1 year and 1 month. I bought the tree at $600 each and materials for one treatment at $300. After 3 treatments (9... Read more »

Samuil Buschkin
Samuil Buschkin
answered on Jan 22, 2023

You should speak to a lawyer because ALL details and fine points matter for a correct analysis. Generally, an oral agreement in many instances can also be valid (although never advisable). Not having a written agreement is going to be challenging to proof in court, unless you, e.g., have direct... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I was Romanced scammed to cash a check, and now the bank is after me
Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Jan 8, 2023

While you can file a criminal complaint against the scammer, as to you and the bank, you will owe this money.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What is the difference between filing a small claims with a county court in NYC vs a complaint form with the NYS DOL?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 26, 2022

This is something that an employment law attorney should advise on, but your question remains open for three weeks. Small Claims Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, in terms of money caps and the scope of matters handled. It is often for straightforward disputes involving money damages up to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: This is a quick question. I just wanted to know who would be wrong in this scenario.

Person 1 is holding two boxes of snacks that are identical. Person 1 wants to give one of the boxes to person 2. Person 2 is indecisive and says you can pick whichever one. Person 1 gets infuriated and starts shouting at person 2 to pick a box. Person 2 tells person 1 that they do not want to speak... Read more »

Steven Warren Smollens
Steven Warren Smollens
answered on Dec 23, 2022

Really? How does this get to Small Claims Court in New York State when the box thrower was in New Jersey? Attacking another person with a thrown object and striking that person is a crime.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: we have sold our apartment and we have $10,000 in escrow account.

Buyers are not releasing our money, stating that we have to fix windows, we have to provide 4 new Air conditioners and we have to provide 2 custom closets that was never there. Our lawyer is holding the money and says that he is not going to finish this case, since he finish with his part at... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Dec 15, 2022

If there is not consent to release the money, you are going to have to bring a lawsuit. If the deposit is $10,000, it can be small claims. Name the lawyer holding the money, and the buyers. You do not need a lawyer.

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Small Claims for New York on
Q: If you have gotten a judgement in small claims court and the contractor refuses to pay, do u have options
Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus
answered on Dec 9, 2022

Usually a judgment includes a time to comply. If the party who loses does not comply you will need to start an action to enforce the judgment. You may request an order to be paid from the contractor assets, like a bank account.

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3 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: How soon can I take my landlord to small claims court to get my security deposit back . It’s been over 30 days .

Also do they have to give back double for not having it back on time?

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Dec 2, 2022

Under NYS law, landlord's are required to retun a residential security deposit within 14 days of vacatuer and provide written notification of the reasons for any deductions from the security deposit. If it has already been 30 days, you may commence a Small Claims Case or contact the Attorney... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for New York on
Q: how much does it cost to have signatures professsionally compared for forgery?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 8, 2022

You could reach out to several forensic handwriting analysis experts and ask them about their fees. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: How much can NYC renters be charged for three days in an apartment?

On a month to month lease, we are moving out on the 3rd and new tenants occupy on the 4th. The building manager is saying what they charge us is based on a percentage or what the other tenants don't pay. This all sounds false and shady. We paid every month, never late they walked through the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Your question may have gotten overlooked for two weeks because of the categories posted under. You could try reposting and adding "Landlord-Tenant" as a category. There's no guarantee every question here is picked up, but you'd have better chances of a L-T attorney seeing your post there. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: I have a contract between me and a guy I had attempted to rent from stating he'll pay me back $900 by September first

The $900 is the total amount of rent and my security deposit as I discovered there were bedbugs, asked him if he had bed bugs, he said he didn't, I had someone from pest control confirm it was a bed bug, and had him sign a contract stating he would pay me back my first month's rent, along... Read more »

Di Ma
Di Ma
answered on Sep 3, 2022

Hi, is your question how you should recover the $900? Assuming there are no eviction issues, your former landlord breached his promise to return the $900 to you. You have the promise in writing. This case seems ideal for small claims court. Downstate may charge slightly differently but small claims... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Small Claims for New York on
Q: My divorce attorney who I fired because he never reached a settlement is now over a year later wants $8000.

I never received the first certified letter allowing me to file for arbitration - had collection agency now threatening court.

Michael J Stachowski
Michael J Stachowski PRO label
answered on Jul 5, 2022

File a grievance he has to bill every 60 days under the milonas rules Call the bar association and ask for arbitration. Read your retainer agreement it should say he will bill every 60 days if it does and he didn’t you have a defense. In your grievance mention he took you to collections without... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for New York on
Q: Where to take legal action for an invoice nonpayment when the client is in a different state?

Hi,

One of my clients has failed to pay the remainder of an invoice ($2000) that was due months ago. Every month I remind him and he comes up with excuses. I've been very patient and understanding but its been too long and I want to take legal action.

I am Freelance Visual... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Often, a contract between parties specifies jurisdiction. If yours does not, consider adding that provision.

Depending on the facts, jurisdiction may lie in New York, California or both.

It doesn't pay to retain counsel for a $2,000.00 claim.

Have a free telephone...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Small Claims, Personal Injury and Health Care Law for New York on
Q: What NY State laws govern an involuntary psychiatric hold (in ER) and the administration of medication without consent?

My 23 year old daughter sought care in ER for asthma attack. After flippantly saying she would "rather kill herself than be admitted overnight", she was immediately put on an involuntary hold without consideration of context and relevant mental health history. Within minutes she was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 28, 2022

I'm sorry for your daughter's and your family's ordeal here. There is New York State Mental Health Hygiene Law section 9.27(a), which involves involuntary admission on medical certification. These are generally fact-intensive settings that require detailed investigation. You could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Business took $23K from me and only sent $7k worth of product in 2020. How can I get the money back? Court, Arbitration

I have reached out to him several times via text, email and phone call. He does not want to refund the money. He is supposedly located in Kansas or Las Vegas.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 17, 2022

It sometimes depends on the terms of the underlying agreement. Some agreements include arbitration clauses, where arbitration is a designated forum for handling disputes. Some agreements also include forum clauses, where a civil court in a designated county must be used. That's why it... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Small Claims for New York on
Q: If my child is bit in school what can I do?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 17, 2022

I'm sorry your child was bitten. In terms of what you can do, your first step could be to reach out to an attorney who handles injury cases. I hope your child is okay. If the bite is of a minor nature and damages are transient in nature, it's possible that a law firm might have... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Products Liability and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Received a demand letter in the mail should I respond?

Car accident occurred almost three years ago am now getting sued about property damage done to public property. The letter contains bill invoice that explains they have already tried sending bill to collections in registered owner name. My question is ,am I as the driver eligible to be sued.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 14, 2022

I'm sorry for the alarming letter you received. In general, a driver can be sued if they are liable in the accident. Public entities such as departments of transportation, power companies, etc. do go after drivers for damage to their structures or equipment. As a starting point, you could... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Medical Malpractice and Small Claims for New York on
Q: What kind of lawyer do i need for failed Invisalign treatment by a dentist?

I was not injured by the treatment but the issue the dentist failed to fix(misaligned bite) causes me constant discomfort. He has prolonged this miserable feeling by wasting a year of my time with shady treatment. He accomplished nothing and refused a refund because he “saw nothing wrong”. A... Read more »

Jeff D. DeFrancisco Esq.
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Jeff D. DeFrancisco Esq.
answered on Jan 23, 2022

You would want a medical malpractice lawyer that handles dental malpractice claims. Not as many medical malpractice lawyers handle dental claims because malpractice litigation is extremely expensive and usually dental malpractice claims have limited damages. The concern with dental malpractice... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for New York on
Q: Are unsigned email agreements legally binding?

House I've been renting 5 years was sold. New owners offered cash for me to move soon (possible but not ideal). If I move and they don't pay, do I have recourse?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Jan 14, 2022

Unsigned email exchanges can be legally binding. It depends if a complete agreement can be divined from them.

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