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Paul Alexander Custer

Pittsburgh Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney.

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  1. When can I expect my security deposit return after my first year in the house since I paid double the security required?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Paul Alexander Custer
    2. Rixon Charles Rafter III
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    Sounds to me like half of your security deposit is long overdue. I would suggest making a written request to your landlord, citing whatever section in your lease discusses the deposit and see what happens. If no response, you may need to contact an attorney. It's never very easy going up against your landlord, especially when you are planning on staying in your place, but it sounds like you could probably use the deposit money (who couldn't?) so you should make an effort to recover it. Writing...

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  2. Settlements

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Forest Dean Morgan
    2. Nathaniel Bryon Smith
    3. Paul Alexander Custer
    4. Charles Thomas Jr.
    5. Jennifer Melissa Mendelsohn
    5 lawyer answers

    The settlement process begins, oftentimes, long before a defense attorney even begins to handle a matter. Then, once a defense attorney does get involved, the attorneys may tend to size up the claim with an initial demand / offer. If the two attorneys are worlds apart in their evaluation of the claim (demand / offer), they will go down the road of litigation (pleadings, discovery, depositions, etc.), constantly readdressing the settlement issue. Settlement discussions can occur all the way...

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  3. Is it true that you cannot edit a deposition transcript?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Raymond Scott Costantino
    2. Thomas Michael Bates
    3. Gregory Philip Bowes
    4. Paul Alexander Custer
    4 lawyer answers

    The law may be different in different states. In Pennsylvania, a witness may make any changes s/he feels are necessary - thus the purpose of the errata sheet. An explanation must be given with the change noted on the errata sheet. Some attorneys like to tell witnesses that only grammatical or spelling errors may be made on the errata sheet. This is not true in Pennsylvania. You should confirm the law in FL with a local attorney.

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  4. Accident in parking lot. Both parties backed up into eachother, no legal documents were reported from police.Insurance was taken

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Paul Alexander Custer
    2. Joyce J. Sweinberg
    3. Andrew Daniel Myers
    3 lawyer answers

    If you had insurance at the time of the accident, you can breathe a little easier. Your insurance company will assist you in retaining an attorney and providing a defense for you in this case (the insurance company will pay the legal fees). Additionally, if you are found to be the one at fault, your insurance company will likely pay the verdict amount. More likely than not, however, this case will settle before it goes to court and your insurance company should pay the settlement. If you did...

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  5. My sister lives in New Jersey, had a car accident in Philadelphia, and realized that her car insurance lapsed.What will happen?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Forest Dean Morgan
    2. Paul Alexander Custer
    3. Joyce J. Sweinberg
    3 lawyer answers

    Because your sister did not have insurance at the time of the accident, your sister will be personally liable for any damages the other party wants to recover through a law suit. Because the other driver was unlicensed at the time, I am sure s/he is also feeling like s/he is in a predicament and not quite sure how to proceed. First and foremost, your sister need to immediately obtain insurance going forward. This will not help the current situation, but it will protect her from any future...

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  6. In an answer to a counterclaim( Lawsuit) , do I need to provide them with pictures proving completion or save to hearing?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Aaron James Irving
    2. Paul Alexander Custer
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    Without knowing the specific rules in FL, I will defer to a local attorney. However, it is likely that you do not need to produce the pictures at this stage as a required disclosure in responding to the counterclaim. The photos will probably be disclosed at some point in the future, so you don't necessarily have to hold on to them until a later date if they help your case. You can send a copy of the photos along with your answer to the counterclaim.

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  7. Appeal small claims

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Paul Alexander Custer
    1 lawyer answer

    While I do not practice in IL, I suspect that the general procedure is fairly similar. You probably only have a small window of time to file your appeal (i.e. 20-30 days). In PA, the appeal period is noted on the same paper where the small claims judge made his/her decision known to you. You should look at your paperwork to determine the appeal period available to you. It would be helpful for attorneys in IL who may be able to help you for you to give some idea of what kind of case you have (...

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  8. If movers scratch our floor and offer to fix it but the owners want to refinish the entire floor do we the sellers have to pay f

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Paul Alexander Custer
    2. Steven Zalewski
    2 lawyer answers

    It sounds like the floor was already in a condition that may have warranted a refinishing, even before the movers scratched it. The buyers were most likely aware of the condition of the floor before they purchased the home, and may be trying to take advantage of the situation. You will need to look to your sales agreement to determine what obligations you have, if any, to remedy any damages that were caused by (I presume) your movers. If the damage was caused by the buyers' movers, you...

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  9. On dec 28 my husband was eating a candy bar and found a tooth in it is not his

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Paul Alexander Custer
    2 lawyer answers

    Mr. Lassen is correct. You will need to prove some kind of injury from biting down on the stray tooth. If there is no injury, that is fortunate. However, if there was an injury, and you consulted with a dentist, you may be entitled to recover your medical bills and a little extra for the injury you sustained. You should maintain the foreign object (tooth) along with the wrapper of the candy bar and any receipt for the purchase. This will be necessary to prove your claim.

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  10. Can i ask my co-defendent's lawyer whats going on in his case?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Richard C. Southard
    2. Shaun Patrick Godwin
    3. Andrew Charles Lapres
    4. Paul Alexander Custer
    4 lawyer answers

    I am not sure who "we" is in your question, but your co-defendant's lawyer is correct in refusing to talk with you. That attorney has a special relationship with her client that cannot be broken by the attorney. The attorney-client privilege is guarded with utmost care. However, generally you are not precluded from discussing the case with your co-defendant, so long as your co-defendant is willing to discuss it with you. You can double check with your attorney as this may change from state...

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