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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: My dad passed away 12-26-22 Me and my sisters are co- executives now and my dad had will stating me and her 50/50

My question is I guess would be the ex girlfriend took everything out of house and vandalized his house they went as far as taking plug in the walls and cut and took wires and copper. They took ac unit and the central ac unit inside cleaned out the barn and garage. In the will it stated that she... View More

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

You have been wronged, for certain, and for most wrongs there is a remedy. The remedy in this case is the executors of your dad's estate can sue the girlfriend for theft and conversion. You can require her to either return the stolen items or pay the estate for the value of them. The... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: The fence shared with neighbor fixed. Agreed to pay half then refused to pay in full. Need legal help

Do u provide small claims legal help

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 28, 2023

If there was an agreement, including a verbal agreement, you can sue to enforce the agreement. Emails, text messages, eyewitnesses, etc. may all be helpful in establishing the existence of such an agreement.

In the absence of an agreement, Declarations, Deed Restrictions, and City...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: The fence shared with neighbor fixed. Agreed to pay half then refused to pay in full. Need legal help

Do u provide small claims legal help

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answered on Dec 28, 2023

I hope you got the agreement for your neighbor to pay half in writing. If so, you should send them a letter demanding payment within 30 days. If they don't pay after that, you can sue them in small claims court. There is probably no other way to get paid.

You could try to file a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Consumer Law for Texas on
Q: I sold item online. I shipped, has receipt, package lost, customer doesn't want to wait for claim but want to sue me

I shipped, has receipt, tracking updated I dropped off. On expected delivery date tracking said will delivery by 7pm but never delivered and no more update. Customer doesn't want to wait for me to claim with ups but want to sue me. Tricked me when call talk about issued took picture of me and... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 29, 2023

The answer to your question depends on the terms and conditions of the sale, the terms and conditions of the delivery service you used, and, if applicable, the terms and conditions of any platform you may have used to market and sell the product online.

For example, the US Postal Service...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Can I hold liable and sue the company of a security guard that robbed and assaulted me?

I was robbed, extorted, beaten up, and threatened by a security guard and his group at a night club and I'm looking to sue the company or agency that hired the security guard as well as negligence on behalf of another security guard that stood by and did nothing about the incident. I have... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 17, 2023

Given the small amount of damages, you should file a small claim in justice of peace court for the precinct where the assault happened. Our JP courts have jurisdiction of such small claims up to $20,000. You do not need an attorney to file such a claim. While their are attorneys who accept... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: On fm 812 1 mile east of Elroy Texas. The 2 bridges are sinking and there is 2 huge dips.

My truck has been damaged from them. And I drive 5 under. I took my truck to the shop and there is damage to the front steering ball joints and tie rods every day it gets worse. Can I make the state pay the $1800 to repair my truck?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 8, 2023

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It's unlikely on a contingency basis. You may get firms to handle it hourly. But that's only an individual opinion. The only way to find out is to reach out to law firms to ask. Good luck

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: On fm 812 1 mile east of Elroy Texas. The 2 bridges are sinking and there is 2 huge dips.

My truck has been damaged from them. And I drive 5 under. I took my truck to the shop and there is damage to the front steering ball joints and tie rods every day it gets worse. Can I make the state pay the $1800 to repair my truck?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 8, 2023

Addendum - a minute ago, I should have mentioned - these types of cases can involve notice of claim requirements. In other words, they can require filing certain notices (where applicable) to initiate and validate the claim. Nationwide, these deadlines can be short (in the order of days). That is... View More

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