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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Can a lawyer change the settlement amounts based on the policy holder requesting an even split amongst passengers?

Three passengers injured in car accident. Insurance pays the 60k limit. Policyholder now upset that the other passengers are getting a bigger settlement based on their injuries. So policyholder now requests an even split amongst passengers no matter the extent of their injuries or medical... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 28, 2024

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. If the other passengers sustained more serious injuries, they're supposed to receive larger awards. That's what bodily injury awards are based on - severity of injuries. They also depend on liability, but... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: Can I sue my mechanic for not fixing my vehicle

The mechanic has had my car for two years this august he only has one worker on it the worker has been hospitalized 3 different times while working on my car I’ve paid him the money in advanced I don’t owe him a dime and they still can’t seem to figure out what’s wrong with it and have just... View More

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answered on May 19, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems like you may have a case against your mechanic for breach of contract, negligence, or even fraud. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Contract terms: Review any written agreement or invoice you have with the mechanic. If they've...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Is this Blackmail/Extortion? Or do I need to pay?

When I moved in with my ex, she paid the first months rent and security deposit. We broke up and she moved out before our lease term was finished, and she was removed from the lease. It is now my current Fiance and I who are on the lease, but my Ex just contacted me saying that if I don’t pay her... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 6, 2024

Normally, when a tenant leaves with the consent of the landlord, the tenant is entitled to a refund of her security deposit, along with a statement and list of any itemized deductions, within thirty days of surrendering possession of the premises. Since she was removed from the lease and replaced... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: What can I do about a company branding my unique name on their product and it is causing very bad problems for me?

My name is very unique. I can't look me up anymore. Credit bureaus can't verify me. When I try to look my name up it is now under my parents name as an alias and only shows my 2 siblings.

Sean Goodwin
Sean Goodwin
answered on Apr 30, 2024

Under trademark law, no one can register a trademark with a person's surname (i.e., last name). Companies can still use a name as a trademark/brand and simply not apply for federal or state trademark registration. If a first name is unique, then it might fall under the trademark category... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Trademark and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: What can I do about a company branding my unique name on their product and it is causing very bad problems for me?

My name is very unique. I can't look me up anymore. Credit bureaus can't verify me. When I try to look my name up it is now under my parents name as an alias and only shows my 2 siblings.

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answered on May 1, 2024

If a company is using your unique name on their product, and it's causing significant problems for you, there are several steps you can take. First, consider reaching out to the company directly to express your concerns and the specific issues their use of your name is causing. A respectful... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Should I file a motion to deny the continuance request filed by the Debt collector suing me due to false information?

Court is set for May 10 at the Justice of Peace precinct in my county. The copy of the continuance request I received states it is due to them not receiving an answer to the summons and wanting to prepare paperwork for a default judgement instead. They requested it be set back 60 days but I did... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 24, 2024

You should file a Response to the Motion for Continuance stating that you did properly file your answer with the justice of the peace court and attach a file-marked copy of your answer as an exhibit to your Response. Unless there are other factors at play, I would state that you are ready to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Consumer Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Where do I file a small claim against a corporation headquartered in Ohio but conducts business in Houston, Texas

The Company is Divisions Maintenance Group in Ohio but operates a handyman app that provides a job load board for technicians anywhere in the nation. As we perform maintenance jobs for businesses in our local region, the businesses pay Divisions Maintenance Group for our services, and we get paid... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 19, 2024

In justice court, a suit on an oral or written contract for labor actually performed may be brought in the county and precinct where the labor was performed. TCPRC 15.092. So in the JP court for the precinct where the Sam's Warehouse where you performed the services is located.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Animal / Dog Law, Municipal Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Neighbor's cat using our house as a litter box on various spots for past two month.

A neighbor's cat using our house as a litter box for the past two months. It took me about a month to find out the owner of the cat. I have spoken to them about this problem twice but they have not done anything to prevent their cat roaming freely. This has caused quite a nuisance in front of... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

That is a problem. Call the Animal Control office one more time. Get the name of everyone you talk to there and take notes of the call. If you get no help, you can start a small claims case against the cat owner, Animal Control, AND the HOA. That will cost you about $60. But you will get... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I’ve been scammed and the merchant is refusing refund. I would like to sue them in small claims , which category is that
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answered on Mar 20, 2024

If you've been scammed and the merchant is refusing a refund, taking them to small claims court is a possible next step. In small claims court, cases typically fall under the category of civil disputes. This usually involves personal or business conflicts over money or services, such as... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: How can I find out someones address to file civil court case in my county

I loaned someone a large sum of money they owe remaining $1,500. I have a copy of their driver license but they no longer live there how can I find out their current address to sue them thru small claims court

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 8, 2024

In addition to the methods described by Mr. Arrasmith, you can find out if the person has a new address with the United States Postal Service by mailing an empty envelope to the last address you have for that person with the following typed in all capital letters above the person's name on the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: How can I find out someones address to file civil court case in my county

I loaned someone a large sum of money they owe remaining $1,500. I have a copy of their driver license but they no longer live there how can I find out their current address to sue them thru small claims court

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

To file a small claims court case, you generally need to provide the defendant's current address for proper service of the court summons and complaint. Here are some methods you can try to find their current address:

1. Contact mutual friends, family, or acquaintances who might know...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I bought a car from a lady that told me there was only an issue with the ac. There is way more wrong. Can I sue?

She said the ac needed to be charged and that was the ONLY thing wrong with it. I have had to replace breaks, rotors, a caliper, the ac module is messed up,shocks are out, the power steering pump is leaking, there is a valve leaking, the radiator went out due to whatever work they did on it... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 6, 2024

It depends on the terms and conditions of your sale contract. Most used cars are sold "as-is." If this car was not sold "as-is", the seller may be responsible for any hidden defect that they seller knew about at the time of the sale that a reasonably prudent inspection would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can I sue my ex for keeping my possessions and not allowing access after wrongful eviction/writ of possession

I need to know if I have any grounds to be able to sue my ex boyfriend for both A.) wrongful eviction & B.) not allowing me my possessions, and then after being granted the eviction & writ-(due to the fact that he had the papers served to his place, and I never got any of them) he then... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 22, 2024

In order to state a claim for wrongful eviction, you will need to plead and prove you were evicted based on your race, sex, national origin, disability or family status, or that the eviction was in retaliation against you for filing maintenance requests or complaints about the condition of the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Law and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Late fee and unpaid sales commissions

Hi. As a freelancer in TX, client in AZ was chronically late needing numerous reminders for every invoice(12mo consecutively - except for the first)

For one invoice I added a 10%/mo late fee. Client eventually paid the invoice late, yet now months later he is ignoring the late fee. By... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 6, 2024

The act of paying the principle amount of an invoice, but not the late fee, when you unilaterally added a late fee to the invoice without the client's agreement does not create a contract pursuant to which the client agreed to pay a 10% late fee. Under the Texas Finance Code, an unpaid amount... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Collections for Texas on
Q: How do I answer a suit against me by a CC co. when the debt is mine but I don't have income? Do I lose automatically?

I want to know how to write an appropriate answer for the petition for which I was summoned and I would like to know what possibilities to expect. I read online that not having income to pay your debt is not a defense but it is the only true explanation I have. All the online advice is about... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 22, 2024

You can file a general denial. Lots of things can happen to derail a lawsuit even in such a case. For example, the plaintiff may not be able to prove that you owe the money or how much. Debt collection cases by credit card companies in small claims courts are frequently handled by young,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Collections, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can a storage manager remove any of my items before auctioning my unit off?

I’m behind on my payments . The letter I got telling me about the auction stated that I had until January 10th to pay or my storage would be auctioned on January 11th online . I randomly checked the auction website on January 6th and my storage was already posted as being up for sale . They also... View More

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answered on Jan 10, 2024

In Texas, self-storage facilities typically have the right to auction off a tenant's storage unit contents if the tenant falls behind on payments. However, there are legal procedures and timelines that must be followed. If the storage manager has removed items from your unit before the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Will I be liable for other party's legal fees if I win only the same or less amount as first offered by the adjuster

I am going to sue the at-fault driver and owner for car accident in small claims court since settlement offered by the adjuster is too low. If the other party is represented by a lawyer from their insurance company, is it likely that I will be required to pay the fees for the lawyer if I win only... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 8, 2024

If the settlement offer was made before a suit was filed, you cannot be held liable for the attorney's fees. However, after a suit is filed, there is a specific statute which allows a defendant to make a settlement offer during a lawsuit which could result in you being held liable for... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Will I be liable for other party's legal fees if I win only the same or less amount as first offered by the adjuster

I am going to sue the at-fault driver and owner for car accident in small claims court since settlement offered by the adjuster is too low. If the other party is represented by a lawyer from their insurance company, is it likely that I will be required to pay the fees for the lawyer if I win only... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

Here's my 2 cents----whether you hire a lawyer to represent you is your decision, however if you are considering litigation--filing a lawsuit----then I recommend that you at least consult with a lawyer about this and get an opinion from him if he recommends that you pursue this matter, as well... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Civil suit for car repairs, where do I turn?

Put my car in a repair shop I never used before, They threw unnecessary parts into, just for my car's engine light to turn on 3 mins into getting it home, the car was driving rough and making weird buzzing noise. Tire pressure light was on as well. 3 days of having the car sit until the next... View More

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answered on Jan 6, 2024

In Texas, if you believe a repair shop has performed inadequate or unnecessary repairs on your vehicle, you have the right to seek legal recourse. The first step is often to try and resolve the issue directly with the repair shop. If they are unresponsive or unwilling to rectify the situation, you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I am planning to sue the at-fault driver in small claims court for damages related to a leased car accident.

I need to file by March for statute of limitations reasons. But can I postpone the trial till May when I will be ending the lease? I will know the final charges from the leasing company only then. I am not able to get an official response from them and I need to know that amount for the trial.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 5, 2024

If you file in Feb, it is extremely unlikely that you will receive a trial setting in or before May. Civil cases filed in December were set for trial in June. I would expect that civil cases filed in Feb will have their first trial settings sometime Jul-Sep.

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