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Stewart C Crawford Jr.

Stewart Crawford’s Answers

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  • How to I ANSWER a Petition to strike down/open a default judgement. Do I file this or wait for a hearing?

    I won't a default judgement. The defendant sent me a petition to open/strike down judgement. I typed up an answer to dismiss the petition and award the judgement. How do I server this. There is a petition hearing tomorrow, do I wait until tomorrow...

    Stewart’s Answer

    It needs to be filed and also delivered to the opposing party (or their attorney) before that hearing

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  • Do I need an attorney or does my auto insurance handle this?

    My daughter was in a car accident where the other driver came all the way across the road and hit the car. The other insurance accepted fault. Now I have received a writ to add my daughter as a defendant to a suit against the other driver. It stat...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Yes. Act immediately to get an attorney. If you had insurance on the car she was driving, notify your insurance carrier as they might be required to hire an attorney she has 20 days to file a response or a judgment can be entered against her. Don't wait

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  • How much does it cost to have a lawyer help me to file a complaint in an appeal?

    I need help to file a complaint in the appeal. The case is about car accident. I am the plaintiff. Defendants never showed up at the lower hearing so I won by default. Now the defendants have appealed and I need to file a complaint within 20 days.

    Stewart’s Answer

    Many attorneys work on a contingency fee for those types of cases (ie they take a percentage of winnings rather than get paid out of pocket)

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  • Stay away order for harassment and property vandalizing

    I am a landlord with rental properties and tenants including a church. They are all in the same area. I need a "stay away" order against a woman who continuously vandalizes my properties, and harasses my tenants. I live in NJ and, although my hu...

    Stewart’s Answer

    File a harassment claim or private criminal complaint. Ask for a stay away order as part of the relief. A lawyer might also be useful, a cease a desist violation could be good grounds to support that form of relief

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  • Do I need an attorney to break a lease?

    Current landlord has refused to fix safety issues within the apartment I rent from him. We have tried negotiating a time with him multiple times and every time that he says that something will get fixed the time he gives us comes and passes. if ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Whether you are justified in breaking the lease under these circumstances doesn't mean it will be an easy path to reclaim your security. Meet with an attorney to explore your options. Perhaps you can redirect the rent toward completing the repairs

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  • Need advice, my friend has been accused of serious crime and facing heavy penalty.

    What should i choose, a great but dishonest lawyer or a less skilled but honest lawyer?

    Stewart’s Answer

    A criminal lawyer, not a "criminal" lawyer

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  • My wife's a alcoholic

    She got out of jail 2 weeks ago. She spent 90 days for a DUI. She spent half the time in rehab. Her first day home she left and went to a bar. There was a problem the police were called they took her away. I can't deal with her drinking no more. ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    If you are seeking guidance on filing for divorce, you may want to meet for a private consultation with a local family law attorney.

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  • Am I liable to pay damages for fire to rental home that someone else started

    I rented a home with a woman and her three teenage kids; not related to me or married to. One of her teenagers left an oil pan on the stove which caught fire while was asleep in my room. Had to climb out the window. I'm I liable to the insurance c...

    Stewart’s Answer

    See a lawyer in person. Bring any landlord tenant lease agreements as there may be a subrogation waiver that provides immunity. Also, you rarely will ever owe money to an insurance carrier if you can be considered a beneficiary (in any manner) under that policy. In other words, if the landlords homeowners policy would provide for any of your personal losses, you are considered an insured notwithstanding the fact you aren't named in the policy

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  • I want to file for bankruptcy to save my house from going to tax sale In September.

    I had a free consultation and was told I need 3,000.00 to start the bankruptcy. I am broke. I don't understand how they think I could come up with that much money before September. My house is worth about 140,000.00 and its the only thing going on...

    Stewart’s Answer

    Bankruptcy might not be the only option available to defend a foreclosure. Also, you are not required to hire an attorney for bankruptcy, although it is advisable

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  • Question I was in a car accident with my fiancé I was the passenger and I got hurt. I was told I have to sue both drivers.

    The other car T-bone our car and I was injured. I was told that I have to sue both drivers. I just want to make it clear that I will not sue my fiancé. The reason why is that this would be like me suing myself. His funds are my funds and this ...

    Stewart’s Answer

    If you were advised that course of action (ie suing fiance) by an attorney, you should discuss this with him or her. The practical reason to sue your fiance is to preserve a right to obain any insurance coverage related to his vehicle you do not need to necessarily collect anything from him personally

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