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  • Will I go to jail if I don't pay $10k Atlantic city casino marker?

    I lost all my money and can't pay this marker off.

    Mark’s Answer

    Failure to pay back a debt is not a criminal offense, although they will likely commence an action to secure a judgment against you for the amount due. If you are the same person who posted a similar question regarding bankruptcy, please see that answer as well for additional details.

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  • Am I off the hook of a $10k marker from an Atlantic City casino if I file for bankruptcy?

    I don't have the money to pay off this marker, as I also owe 50k in credit card debt.

    Mark’s Answer

    It honestly depends on your financial situation, and whether you qualify for a Chapter 7 or 13 filing. While both debts are theoritically dischargeable, your financial circumstances may mean that you have to do a repayment plan as opposed to a straight discharge. You should have a consultation with a local attorney who does bankruptcy attorney to determine what your circumstances would allow.

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  • I received 3 different hospital bills from ER visit. Total is about 2500$ I cannot afford that and i am visiting in the USA.

    I come to NYC very regularly and i need be still be able to come back to the country . I cannot afford the 2500 dollar bill. They have my full name and local phone number. I am still in the country for another 6 weeks or so. What happens if the ho...

    Mark’s Answer

    An upaid debt is not a basis for being detained at the airport. If the hospital deems the debt significant enough to pursue in light of the fact that you are not a resident, they will take steps to sue you, secure a judgment and thereafter try and collect on it. The likelihood of that happening in light of the fact that you're not a U.S. citizen, however, is probably not high given the amount at issue.

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  • Can anyone put a lien on my house?

    My wife bailed out my step-daughter. I am the sole owner of my house and had nothing to do with the bail. Can a lien be put on my house anyway?

    Mark’s Answer

    So long as you didn't bail her out and the house wasn't used as the collateral, you should have no reason to be concerned (except at the possible notion that your step-daughter would skip out n her bail).

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  • GML 50H Hearing

    A municipality failed to schedule a 50h hearing after a notice of claim was filed. The initial notice of 50h was improperly served pursuant to 50h. The representing attorney, after I notified him of improper service, sent a letter which said that...

    Mark’s Answer

    Fully agree with my colleagues. 50h hearings are optional, and a municipality's failure to conduct one is not an acknowledgment or recognition of the allegations. The municipality will either attempt to settle, or, if they don't, you will need to commence an action to preserve your rights and prosecute your claims.

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  • I am looking for a copy of my fathers will when he passed away in august1985 in new york state .Thomas lee brownell

    He worked at oneida limited for a very long time in Sherrill new york . That is where he retired from.

    Mark’s Answer

    Assuming it was probated, go to the Surragates Court Clerk's office in the County where it was submitted.

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  • Do I have to sign a lease that has rules I'm not sure are legal?

    For instance a late fee for rent collected after the first of every month.

    Mark’s Answer

    One is always free to try and negotiate the terms of a lease, so to the extent you're not happy with what has been proposed, you do not have to sign. As to the legality of the sample term you proposed, although the late fee might be added a little sooner than some other landlords might require, there is nothing per se illegal about it. Ultimately the power rests with the landlord. If you can't find terms that he is comfortable with, he does not have to rent to you.

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  • My mother passed away and the house is still in her name.

    I have one brother and two sisters. My sisters and myself are willing to give the property to my brother. How do we go about doing this?

    Mark’s Answer

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    You're unfortunately leaving out part of the equation. Did your mother die with a will in place or intestate? It sounds like you might be making assumptions about what rights you and your siblings have to the property. How and to whom the property passes will greatly affect the answer. Please provide some additional detail.

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  • My vehicle was totaled by an uninsured driver. I didn't carry collision coverage so my insurance won't cover my damage.

    Am I correct in assuming that the only recourse I have is to go to small claims court? My vehicle was only worth $3900 but it was all I had.

    Mark’s Answer

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    Assuming all you have suffered is property damage (i.e., no physical injuries), small claims will be the most cost efficient way to try and recover against the other driver. Even if you get a judgment, however, given the fact that the driver failed to carry any insurance, there might be a question of your ability to ultimately recover.

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  • I have power of attorney for my father, can he revoke it?

    he's 88 yr old in and out of hospitals and I need to pay his bills

    Mark’s Answer

    Assuming he is of sound mind, he can revoke you as his agent under the POA at any time.

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