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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What type of attorney do I need to sue my deceased sons landlord for letting my daughter go in and steal his assets

I'm in texas. My son lived 7 hours away. Landord allowed her to remove assets when I told him his father and I would be in following day. I explained I was next of kin.

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

In Texas, for a situation involving the mishandling of a deceased person's property, you may want to consult with an attorney experienced in estate law or probate law. These attorneys handle cases related to the distribution of a deceased individual's assets and can help navigate the... View More

Q: What type of attorney do I need to file law suits on those who illegally and knowingly let another assume my nok rights

I want to make the parties involved accountable for the pain and suffering im living day to day after my sons death. I spoke to all parties..i signed release of body for cremation yet they let another person step in and

assume my role. They then told all parties not to speak to me or... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In a situation like yours, where you're dealing with issues around next of kin rights and the legal aftermath of a loved one's death, you would benefit from consulting with an attorney who has experience in family law and estate matters. This type of lawyer can help you navigate the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: can I with hold payment from a company, if they refuse to give me an itemized bill when requested for a service?

I had a water mitigation company come out tear down a very small portion of my ceiling, and had a few fans and 2 dehumidifiers running for four and half days, they are charging me $8K+ for the work, which I believe is outrageous, so I have repeatedly asked for an Itemized invoice, they have claimed... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 21, 2024

Unless your agreement with the water restoration company specifies that payment is conditioned upon receipt of a detailed itemized invoice, an itemized invoice is not a condition precedent to your obligation to pay for the service rendered.

In most situations like yours involving small...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: What information can I subpoena in a case?

I am a professor at a large public university; I recently discovered my materials were posted on to a course sharing website without my permission. If this website is DMCA-compliant, can I still sue the person who uploaded the materials even if the set has been taken down? Additionally, if I take... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 20, 2024

You can subpoena information that is relevant or reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. The person or organization receiving the subpoena can move to quash it if the discovery sought is not reasonably proportionate to the needs of the case, is privileged, is... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Collections for Texas on
Q: I just got served in a civil action lawsuit against a company I'm an independent contractor for, and have no ownership

The Civil Action Lawsuite is against Fresh Central Trading LLC., it names its President and Owner A.G., and also then names me. When I read the documents it states that I'm an owner and officer of the company and I'm just an independent contractor from Canada who is here on a TN Visa... View More

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

If you are named as a party in the lawsuit, you have less than three weeks from when you were served to hire an attorney to file an answer on your behalf to the lawsuit. (In Texas state court, your answer must be filed no later than the first Monday following the expiration of twenty days from the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What is the utma law when it comes to a death by deed and how does it apply

Because when I did the death by deed for my father for my son to get it the property we were both under the impression he would not get it till he's 21 because of the utma law but I'm told recently that does not apply.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 12, 2024

In Texas, a minor can own property. A "transfer on death" deed (TODD) vests title in real property in the grantee upon the death of the grantor. The grantee's age is not a factor. So, for example, if your father owns a house, he could execute a TODD to your son that would transfer... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: What is the utma law when it comes to a death by deed and how does it apply

Because when I did the death by deed for my father for my son to get it the property we were both under the impression he would not get it till he's 21 because of the utma law but I'm told recently that does not apply.

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

The UTMA, or Uniform Transfers to Minors Act, facilitates the transfer of assets, including real estate, to minors without the need for a formal trust. Generally, this law allows minors to receive gifts or transfers of property through a custodian until they reach the age of majority, which varies... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Is a former employer required to represent you in a civil suit that you and them are named in?

Employee at the time of alleged incident. Another former employee is attempting to sue as they lost their unemployment case with Texas force commission. I was that employee direct supervisor at the time of their termination.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 29, 2024

It depends on the nature of the lawsuit and the substance of the employment agreement between the parties. In many instances, the former employer's insurance comes into play and the former employee falls within the definition of the "insured" or an "additional insured" in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Education Law for Texas on
Q: Please help with rules regarding gun hidden in locked vehicle belonging to 18 yr who is waiting for actual LTC license

Texas school, zero issues. We believe the school has violated his rights. He can't do SR activities even though he did nothing wrong

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

In Texas, there are specific rules regarding the possession of firearms on school grounds. Generally, it is illegal for anyone to possess firearms on school property, including in vehicles parked on school premises. However, there are exceptions for individuals who have a valid License to Carry... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: How do you get a lost item back from Uber if the driver has it and refuses to return it

I got a ride left my device contacted the driver five mins after realizing it was left she stated she could pull over find it and as she must have because I contacted Uber support right After a few hours pass with no response from her they stated she had it and wouldn't mind returning it hours... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

If you've lost an item in an Uber and the driver is not returning it despite confirming possession, the first step is to continue using the Uber app to communicate. The app's lost and found feature is designed for such situations, allowing you to report the item as lost and directly... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Can someone help me file an answer in a civil case asking for dismissal bcuz plaintiff failed to include vip party
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answered on Feb 24, 2024

If you need assistance filing an answer in a civil case, you may want to consider reaching out to a legal aid organization or consulting with a lawyer who can provide guidance on the process. They can help you draft a response that includes your request for dismissal based on the plaintiff's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Identity Theft for Texas on
Q: what court would a creditor lawsuit be filed in? my guess is they are civil due to monetary damages being sought.

I had a large sum of money go missing with a prior bank I had accounts at, trying to figure out what happened and who is responsible(creditor) who potentially filed the creditor suit so I can go sue them. Am a beneficiary of an irrevocable trust.

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

In most cases, creditor lawsuits are indeed filed in civil court, particularly when seeking monetary damages. If you suspect that a creditor has filed a lawsuit against you or the entity you represent, you should receive formal notification from the court. This notification typically includes... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Education Law for Texas on
Q: got a degree in media advertising in 2010 and the following years it all went online, most of what I learned is useless

could I sue my University for this, I now have to pay all this student loans for something does not work anymore

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Feb 27, 2024

Without knowing additional details, I would agree with Mr. Frick. It's a given that course materials could become obsolete with new technologies. However, if certain representations were made to students, that could be a different story. Keep in mind that looking into such a lawsuit could... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Had a bobcat stored at friends w agreement he sold it without permission

What can I do if he sold it without my permission

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answered on Feb 23, 2024

If your bobcat was sold without your permission by a friend with whom you had an agreement for storage, it's essential to first communicate directly with your friend to understand what happened. Ask for a detailed explanation and request that they rectify the situation, which could involve... View More

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Q: Car impounded can't get a hold of impound yard .my son was arrested in the car its been 3 days
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answered on Feb 23, 2024

If your son's car has been impounded and you're struggling to get in touch with the impound yard, there are a few steps you can take to try and resolve the situation. Firstly, double-check any paperwork or documentation given to you by the authorities or your son upon his arrest. This may... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for Texas on
Q: can my mom take my phone that i bought if im 18 and try to keep it and give it to another family member.

i bought a phone from a friend (fresh hasnt been used before) and had got in trouble (im 18), she (my aunt who is my guardian) takes the phone and a couple days later deletes all my information and gives it to my cousin...is this legal? can i sue or call the police on her at all? because she wont... View More

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

No, it is not legal for your aunt to confiscate property that you purchased and paid for with your own money, simply because you are 18 years old. Here are several reasons why:

1. You are legally an adult at 18 and have a right to own and protect your own property. Your aunt cannot treat...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Family Law for Texas on
Q: can my mom take my phone that i bought if im 18 and try to keep it and give it to another family member.

i bought a phone from a friend (fresh hasnt been used before) and had got in trouble (im 18), she (my aunt who is my guardian) takes the phone and a couple days later deletes all my information and gives it to my cousin...is this legal? can i sue or call the police on her at all? because she wont... View More

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

If you are 18 in Texas, property you bought typically belongs to you. However, when a person is not mentally competent, another competent adult can be appointed as the guardian of that person and their property. It is not unusual for a minor to have a guardian, but the guardianship ends when they... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: How can I get a suspended license for a lien taken off of me? I can't get another DL in another state correct?

I was told to do an SR-88 but how can I lower the payment? It's also accruing interest which to me is ridiculous! I need suggestions. TIA

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answered on Feb 1, 2024

To address a suspended license due to a lien, you'll typically need to satisfy the underlying debt or resolve the issue causing the suspension. Initiating an SR-88 form, also known as a Petition for Reinstatement of Driver's License, is a common step in this process. This form allows you... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: How can I get a suspended license for a lien taken off of me? I can't get another DL in another state correct?

I was told to do an SR-88 but how can I lower the payment? It's also accruing interest which to me is ridiculous! I need suggestions. TIA

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

To address a suspended license due to a lien and prevent it from affecting your ability to obtain a driver's license in another state, it's crucial to directly engage with the agency or court that issued the lien. They can provide specific guidance on your situation and the steps needed... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Recourse if post trial I learned ex's retained expert witness in mod case had serious undisclosed conflict of interest?

My child's former psychologist testified as a retained expert witness for my ex in a modification case finalized 08/22. I discovered recently that the psychologist filed for her own divorce a week after receiving retainer from my ex to be expert witness.

Additionally, Psychologist had... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 31, 2024

I don't think that the psychologist's own divorce proceeding is relevant or creates a conflict of interest. I don't think the psychologist had a duty to disclose that information during litigation. Barring truly unusual circumstances, I think any mention or evidence concerning the... View More

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