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Michael Justin Fekete

Michael Fekete’s Answers

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  • Can i sue a dealership for my down payment?

    i purchased a vehicle, it turned out to be a lemon and i could not get it inspected. i only had it for 1 week. now i returned the vehicle and got into another car but then found out they did not give me my down payment back as i requested. they to...

    Michael’s Answer

    The fact that you only had the car for one (1) week raises serious questions regarding whether the car was in fact a "lemon". Under the NJ Lemon law, certain requirements must be shown to establish that a car is a lemon. Given that it sounds like the dealer took back the car, also raises the question of how you were damaged?

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  • Can I demand compensation for not having access to my backyard for several weeks?

    I rent a residential property in NJ. During storm Sandy my backyard was destroyed. Between fallen trees, debris, a mangled swing set and ditches, the backyard was dangerous and unusable. It took me landlord 2 months to clean out the backyard and f...

    Michael’s Answer

    Although you may think the work should have only taken your landlord two weeks to complete, that really isn't the point. Normally, a lease will set forth the time frames that repairs to the residence must be completed by. If there is no time frame stated, then the courts will impose a "reasonableness" standard. Given the amount of damage caused by super storm Sandy, you will probably have a tough hill to climb to recover. You may also find the courts less than sympathetic to you claim, especially since you were not displaced from the residence as many other NJ residents were.

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  • What kind of lawyer i need?

    I co-signed for an ex boyfriend and he missed court now the sheriff constantly coming to my home disrespecting ,etc i will like to know what can i do i dont have no information for them but they dont believe me

    Michael’s Answer

    It is unclear whether you question concerns the agreement you signed or the fact that a sheriff has come to your residence. You probably need to provide more information otherwise no one will be able to answer your questions.

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  • Is it possible to get negative information about a person removed from the Internet? IOW, can one be un-googled?

    This person made a mistake, it was expunged, he now has no criminal record at all, but the newspapers grabbed it and the info is now on the internet forever. Can it be erased?

    Michael’s Answer

    In many instances information can be removed from websites, however to do so often requires going to each of the individual sites and making requests in accordance with the respective sites policies. Unfortunately, depending on how widespread the information is, will usually dictate the amount of time and expense necessary to effectuate the removal.

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  • Can we sue for slander or anything else?

    I have a customer that went online and posted a lot of negative reviews that were not correct. He lied and stated items were stolen and broken. He signed the paperwork that states everything was there and in the same condition it was given to us i...

    Michael’s Answer

    In many instances information is posted on the Internet because people think that the anonymity of the Internet will protect them. The most important question one must ask is do they really know the identity of the person or persons who posted the information on the web. While that information can be obtained, to do so is neither cheap nor quick. In many cases, plaintiffs find themselves chasing down email addresses and IP addresses in an attempt to locate the alleged speaker. Often times sites where information is posted will allow an advertiser to request removal of the offending information. Similarly, such sites will also provide the advertiser the opportunity to respond to the complaint. Utilizing such features may allow one to more effectively and more efficiently achieve a desired result.

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  • I have a big disagreement with my attorney on strategy.

    I want to allow the folks we are depsosing to be able to read the many statements I already have during the deposition. These are great statements that help prove my case. The attorney does not. These statements have already been turned over du...

    Michael’s Answer

    Presumably you hired your attorney after meeting with and speaking with the attorney at some length. During the consultation an attorney may present to the client a strategy outline for defending or prosecuting the case. In many instances, a case strategy will be modified based on the evidence that is elicited during discovery. Furthermore, many attorneys recognize that asking some questions can be as important as not asking other questions. There are an infinite number of reasons why an attorney may or may not choose to answer a question. However, as the client you have a right to understand why a certain question was or was not asked and, therefore, the answer to your question can only be answered by your attorney.

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  • Landlord is blaming us for damage to house we rented that was there when we got there. We told/ showed him as well.

    We moved out of a house we rented at college a few weeks back. I guess kids moved in the house a week after we moved out and he never cleaned it or checked it out before they moved in. It's a college house so yes, there were a few things damaged, ...

    Michael’s Answer

    In addition to an academic education, college also provides students with life lessons. It sounds as if you and your co-tenants are about to get a real life lesson. Many times when college kids enter into lease agreements the only thing they are concerned about is how much is the rent and how far is the house/condo/apt. from campus. Unfortunately, there are a lot of important terms in the lease that address many, if not all, of the conditions that can result from renting. In many instances, the Lease agreement will contain a provision that says, "Tenant has inspected the Leased Premises and acknowledges that same is free from damage." You may want to check and see if your Lease contains such a provision. If it does you may be responsible to the Landlord for any repairs he conducts, regardless of whether you say that the condition existed when you moved in.

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  • Contract did not finish, but, we are unhappy with the work quality. Is phone call or email enough to terminate the contract?

    Original contractor had been doing bath remodeling project. We paid him 80%. He did about 60% of work. The quality of the work was poor and, in addition, he made some damage to our house . We decided to terminate the contract. We made a phone...

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    In New Jersey, every contractor that performs home improvement work, must be registered with the State of New Jersey. Moreover, every contract for home improvement work that exceeds $500.00 worth of services must be in writing, signed by the homeowner. In addition, the home improvement contract must contain explicit language required by the Contractor's Registration Act, otherwise the contractor has violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. In the event that the contractor's contract does not meet all of the technical requirements, homeowners may be entitled to a refund of all monies paid plus their attorney's fees.

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  • What documents do I need to evict my tenant for none payment ?

    Tenants not paying rent/utilities since last aug. After multiple requests to vacate the premises they refuse to leave . I was told to evict someone I need a housing inspection and BPL which I received 2 weeks ago. Do I have all the legal required ...

    Michael’s Answer

    In Philadelphia, a Landlord must show proof of a valid business privilege license and registration as a Landlord with the city at the time the Complaint for ejectment is filed. These documents are a must. In addition to these formal documents, the Landlord will also need to have evidence to prove that the the utility bills are the responsibility of the Tenant as well as being able to prove that such bills are unpaid. Each case is different, with the necessary documents to be determined on a case by case basis.

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  • Can landlord have major work done to apartment without notifying you?

    I gave 30 days notice of leaving. Two weeks later the landlord had workers in and out remodeling the kitchen, installing new windows and updting the bathroom. The workers have been moving my belongings around while I prepared to move and it's begi...

    Michael’s Answer

    In many cases, the written lease agreement between the Landlord and Tenant will state when a Landlord is required to give notice and the manner in which that notice must be conveyed to the Tenant. In addition, many Leases will also contain language that addresses the Tenant's rights where part or all of the premises is rendered uninhabitable due to actions by the Landlord. Similarly, Leases usually have provisions that address the Landlord's rights regarding improvements made to the Property. As long as Landlord does not interfere with a Tenant's quiet enjoyment and use of the premises, the Landlord is complying with its obligation under the Lease. Now, if as a result of the work, a tenant is forced to move or has its personal property damaged, then that tenant could take legal action.

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