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Stewart C Crawford Jr.

Stewart Crawford’s Answers

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  • Employment discrimination described my case as bigot

    I have been struggling with employment discrimination recently based on being part of a minority and a race facing hostile environment right now. The average salary for my field and skill is $80/hr. I wrote that I have seen institutions hiring peo...

    Stewart’s Answer

    The nature of your problem is somewhat unclear. If you are a member of a protected class (e.g., minority, female, over forty, disabled, etc.) and you have suffered an adverse employment act as a result of that status, you may have a discrimination claim. It sounds as if you are concerned that other potentially lesser qualified persons are earning the same amount as you. This might not be a discrimination claim. To be sure, you should either meet with an employment attorney or go to the EEOC and file a claim. Keep in mind, you have very short windows of time to protect your rights (sometimes as little as 180 days). If you weren’t paid for time spent training co-workers. If you weren’t paid for work performed (i.e. training a co-worker), that might be another problem altogether. Again seek out an employment attorney for guidance.

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  • How can I get a divorce with minimal money can I do it my self

    Separated for over 15 yrs need divorce but can't afford it

    Stewart’s Answer

    You can indeed file for divorce on your own. It will be easier if your estranged spouse consents to the divorce, and there isn’t much in the way of assets of children that might be disputed. Some attorneys offer very affordable programs to assist with persons representing themselves.

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  • How do we handle this situation? What are the next steps?

    My sister was arrested in 2008 for public intoxication and aggravated assault. We just found out there is an open warrant for her from that arrest. I was there that day, I offered to take her home, but the police wanted to arrest her for being on ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Your sister needs to retain an attorney who can make arrangements for her to turn herself in. A voluntary turn in is better than being picked up on a warrant as it can minimize the amount of time spent in jail pretrial and can be looked favorably towards the setting of bail. Due to the length of time (8 years) it is possible that any evidence that might have once have existed is no longer available to the DA. No statements should be made to the police without the advice of counsel.

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  • Do we have a chance to win it?

    We were renting for 6-8 months. Landlord did not give us our deposit money back. We do not have any pictures taken before and after. No proof of anything from our side. He sent us the pictures he took after we moved out. Pictures are minor points...

    Stewart’s Answer

    You need to first demand the return of your deposit back (in writing) and provide a forwarding address for where the monies should be mailed. If that has already been done, take your lease to a local landlord tenant lawyer who can review the terms. In general, if a landlord wrongfully retains a security deposit you can sue for double the amount.

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  • What are my legal rights and what can be done to make this situation right for me and my husband?

    We had workman out at our home to remedy a water problem that started on the side of our house and flowed to the front. We were told the work they were going to do would fix it. We were also told that we would receive an email with photos of the p...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Notify your homeowners insurance police immediately. Also, consider filing a police report f you believe that the contractor took your money without performing services. Keep all paperwork, you are likely going to hire another contractor and sue to sue the first contractor for your money back.

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  • Can this person still sue my father? Or will they now go after my Mother?

    I am being sued after being involved in a car accident. I was the person driving the car but at the time the car belonged to my father. The person I got into a car accident with is now trying to sue both my father and I. My father recently passed ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Unless your mother was a registered owner of the vehicle, it is unlikely that she will be sued personally; however, she might be sued in the capacity of your father’s estate. You need to immediately inform your father’s automobile insurance carrier of the suit as they will likely hire you an attorney to defends against it. Act promptly, you generally only have 20 days to file a written response to a complaint.

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  • What exactly do I do about a judgement?

    On January 25, 2016 a judgement was entered against me for 13g. I am unaware of what this means. I live in PA I have a joint bank account with my husband I don't have a job I have no car and no assets in my name. If me and my husband file a joint ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    If it was a default judgment (meaning it was entered because you never filed a written defense) you have 10 days to act to have it opened. If the judgment was contested and was the result of a verdict or arbitration award then certain of your assents might be subject of a garnishment. If it was a motor vehicle judgment contact your insurance carrier immediately as they might hire you an attorney. Otherwise, take all papers to an attorney promptly (like tomorrow) to see what can be done.

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  • Can I file a "wrongful use of civil proceedings" suit in my home state against a person living in another state?

    Would like to file a "Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings". Defendant lives in a different state than I do.

    Stewart’s Answer

    A wrongful use of civil proceedings means that somebody has engaged in a frivolous lawsuit against you. If such a suit were filed in Pennsylvania, you have a right to bring a claim. If the lawsuit were in another state you must look to that states protections to seek redress.

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  • What can I do? Do I have any kind of case?

    I own a 2013 Ford F-150, it has 45,000 miles on it. Check engine light came on and started misfiring. Had to wait 6 days to take it in to the dealer because they had no openings. It's been there for 3 weeks waiting on backordered parts, and is not...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Call your insurance carrier and put in a claim for loss of use of your vehicle, perhaps you can get them to pick up the tab for a rental. They might even pursue recovery from the dealer.

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  • How long should I expect a decision to take on a quiet title case in PA superior court.

    Quiet title suit in PA. Won in the common pleas court system but they appealed of coarse. Judge is hearing briefs on the 29th of January , 2016.

    Stewart’s Answer

    The last several Superior Court matters I had were in excess of a year.

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