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Steven Todd Keppler

Somerville Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. Should I sue for 1 million dollars or 100.000 dollars. I will go to the county where the trooper works and file a summons.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Yolanda Navarrete
    2. Steven Todd Keppler
    3. George Costas Andriotis
    4. Dean P Murray
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    First and foremost, any suit for damages must be based on your actual damages and not conjecture. Second, the facts as you present them are difficult to follow, but it appears that you were struck from behind by another driver when attempting to merge over into the off-ramp (while the other driver was looking to get onto the highway.) There is absolutely no reason for you to have failed to repair your vehicle in the past year, nor would you receive a deductible in this matter. If...

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  2. Ticket

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Adam L Rothenberg
    3. Mark M Cheser
    4. Matthew C Simon
    5. Michael J Palumbo
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    Your looking at a license suspension after two tickets (or 4 pts.) with that provisional license, as well as significant fines/penalties. It's also alarming that your violations are relating precisely to the restrictions placed on provisional drivers, which won't play well with a judge. You should speak with an attorney in your area immediately about helping minimize your exposure here. This is not the sort of matter you should attempt to handle on your own.

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  3. Does my landlord have the right to keep my security deposit if I am payed up on time. I am currently on a month to month rental

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Sandra A Joseph
    3. Marina Ginzburg
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    In short: no. Your security deposit is held for the limited reason of assisting your LL in rehabilitating the unit after you leave if the damage to same is beyond the normal wear/tear associated with a tenant in possession of the leased premises. In other words, patching holes in walls where you hung some posters, or replacing damaged window treatments, or perhaps replacing a carpet you horrifically stained that time you accidentally dropped a huge bowl of pasta with marinara on it. The...

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  4. Breaking a lease for health reasons.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Philip M. Block
    3. Matthew C Simon
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    The lease may have a provision relating to this contingency. If not, the simple answer is that breaking the lease is a breach of contract and could make this person liable for damages. That being said, lawsuits are expensive things, and most landlords don't want to hire attorneys to fight things out in court. You (or this tenant) may be able to negotiate a reasonable compromise with the LL whereby the tenant is able to leave the unit to live with a relative and receive care, and the LL gets...

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  5. How can. I apply for a public defender anyways Help??

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Yolanda Navarrete
    2. Steven Todd Keppler
    3. Mark M Cheser
    4. Jeffrey Anthony Skiendziul
    5. Frank Mascagni III
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    You need to go to court, plead not guilty. Then you'll have to fill out a form that asks questions about your income, your family's income, and your living situation. If you meet the income-threshold, you can obtain a PD at LOW cost (not NO cost.) Usually, it's a very low fee, like $200 or less. If you don't meet the income threshold, for example, because you're a minor living with his or her parents who own their own home and have at least one income (that can afford said house, and the...

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  6. My brother, who has Power of Attorney for my elderly mother, is CLEARLY NOT acting in her best interest!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Kelly Scott Davis
    3. Brandy Ann Peeples
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    Right off the bat, this question tells me you need to sit down with an attorney and discuss the matter in detail. Where family members and PoAs are concerned, there's a lot of ground to cover and this forum is not the best place for your inquiry. Don't get me wrong, it's a very useful site, but for your specific situation, I think you should speak with an attorney. That said, if your mother has all her mental faculties intact, she may revoke her PoA at any time. She can also then issue a...

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  7. Can you leave the country on a three year probation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Yolanda Navarrete
    3. Mark M Cheser
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    The terms of his probation will tell you whether he can leave the country, and under what circumstances. Generally speaking, there shouldn't be any issue with planning a vacation, but the best advice is to speak with his probation officer, and be certain to inform the PO of the dates of the trip, and where you're going. Probation is a very serious thing, and the last thing you want to do (or your boyfriend wants to do) is violate the terms of probation.

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  8. My brother and I are co-executors on my mother's will. My brother refuses to probate the will unless I agee not to use a lawyer

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Carl G. Archer
    2. Steven Todd Keppler
    3. Steven M Zelinger
    4. Michael P Hrycak Esq.
    5. Nicholas Anthony Giuditta III
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    Mr. Archer's comments are spot on. I will only add the following: I'm sorry for your family's loss. Your mother's death has a number of consequences, some of which you're undoubtedly aware of, and some you are not. If your mother has any sort of financial portfolio (stocks, bonds, annuities, trusts, etc.) her death will trigger certain events. Same deal with her bank accounts, pension funds, 401ks, etc. So, too the ownership of her house is affected. Depending on when your mother...

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  9. Missed court date for speeding ticket - Warrant issued

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Eric M. Mark
    2. Travis J Tormey
    3. Steven Todd Keppler
    4. Nicholas Milan Loncar
    5. James Alexander Abate
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    You show up the next scheduled court date, and ask the court admin to put you on the calendar. then you apologize for the mistake and assure the judge it won't happen again. if you have no prior offenses, you should be fine. if you have a history of speeding tickets and/or missing court dates, then you may want to hire an attorney to assist you.

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  10. Can one co-tenant terminate lease without consent of second co-tenant?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Steven Todd Keppler
    2. Martin L Bearg
    3. Cheryl Rivera Smith
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    First of all, your lease may have some language here, so you may want to read up on that. Second, this is one of those situations that really needs a healthy dose of compromise. Without knowing your situation, if it's possible (however inconvenient) to remain in the unit and commute to work, you should consider that option. Another thing to consider is how much time is left on your lease - you're already bound to 2 months notice time to your LL, which means no matter what you do, you're...

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