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Jonathan Seth Corchnoy

Jonathan Corchnoy’s Answers

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  • If a neighbor's dog wanders onto my property and injures anyone, am I liable because it happened on my property?

    Next door neighbor is an irresponsible dog owner. The owner has allowed the dog to run around the entire neighborhood unleashed with children all around. What is my liability if the dog injures another on my property, despite my numerous verbal w...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    NJ's dog statute makes the owner strictly liable, as noted below:

    4:19-16. Liability of owner regardless of viciousness of dog:

    The owner of any dog which shall bite a person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness.

    For the purpose of this section, a person is lawfully upon the private property of such owner when he is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by the laws of this state or the laws or postal regulations of the United States, or when he is on such property upon the invitation, express or implied, of the owner thereof."

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  • What options are available to me? (navient student loan malfeasance)

    Navient has illegally changed my record from my first year of my student loans from in-school deferment to forbearance. Someone from that company has periodically extended the forebearance (without my say so, or my signature), accruing additional ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I suggest that you file a complaint with the U.S. Consumer Financial Fraud Bureau. the address is listed below.

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  • Special education transportation

    My autistic sons iep says curb to curb pick up. The bus company for his esy called today and said they were instructed by my district to pick him up at the corner. After 9 years of picking him up on my dead end street, they have decided not to do...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    They have to follow the IEP. They cannot change it unilaterally without major consequences. Mr. Popovich is probably correct that a letter form an attorney who does education law will change their minds. However, I have found SD administrators not to be the "deepest thinkers", and the farther in the "boonies the District is, the worse they are.

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  • Can a community college withhold my degree due to a financial mistake they made within the school?

    Student graduating in 3 weeks was told that all the financial aid and student loans covered full amount of tuition. A refund check from " remaining student loan money that was not needed for tuition" was dispersed to student. Student called the sc...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys that - regardless of the school's initial mistake - they are entitled to the money and can withhold the degree pending payment.

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  • Who do is responsible for my faulty car repairs?

    I was rear ended a month ago in traffic. The other party was at fault and I chose to file a claim through my own insurance (Geico). I sent the car to a body shop my dealership recommended. The initial estimate of $3,000 was supplemented an ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You want to send the additional bill to your insurance company adjuster. If they give you any difficulties, you should speak with an attorney who handles "bad faith" insurance cases. There are requirements as to how an insurance company is to adjust a claim; failure to follow them can allow you to raise a claim for their failure to properly follow the insurance contract and regulations. If proven, then the insurance company would have to pay your attorney fees.

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  • Was involved in a minor fender bender in NJ.

    I rear ended a guy that slammed on his breaks . Minor damage to both cars and no injuries . We exchanged info and I left . About 3 weeks later I received a call stating that he filed a police report saying I committed a hit and run . So basically ...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    You should consult with a criminal attorney if the call you received was from the police department and they indicated they were going to file a criminal charge. If they just issue a ticket, then you should get a municipal court attorney.

    Regardless, report the matter to your insurance carrier if you have not already done so.

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  • Rights of disabled parents with special needs students

    What happens if my school district changes my special needs child bus stop to the corner instead of curb to curb will my being disabled matter any

    Jonathan’s Answer

    As noted, the District cannot change that without changing the IEP. They cannot change the IEP without having an IEP meeting (unless you agree to waive the meeting because you agreed to the change in writing). If they made such a change and you did not get invited to such a meeting, call the District to see if such an invite was sent, tell them you never received it (if it was sent) and request a new IEP meeting to discuss it. If you do not get a response or a meeting scheduled ASAP, then you should contact an education attorney who represents parents.

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  • We are starting a school in Philadelphia. We have a contractual agreement for parents when they register their child.

    What type of lawyer would we need to look at the contact it to make it sound and how can we go about this in Philadelphia (e.g. pricing, etc)?

    Jonathan’s Answer

    As noted, you need an attorney who has significant experience representing public schools if you are looking to start a public charter school and private schools if you are not looking for the Charter option.

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  • I was in car accident and the company wants to make pay for the damage. Is there anyway to avoid that?

    At work, I had a car accident while i was changing lanes the traffic stopped i tried to swerved away but bumped into the car infront of me. Although the car is insured my employer wnats to pay for full damage. It was a 13 hours job with no overt...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    Your employer cannot insist that you pay any of the damage. If he is unhappy with your actions, all he can do is fire you (unless you specifically had some employment contract requiring such payment which also did not violate some other federal and/or state employment laws).

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  • Can i receive it in advance settlement

    hi my name is julian and when i was a minor about 15 years old a drunk driver hit me and my family and we had a settlement i have received 15000 after lawyer cost it went to 12000 for me since i was a minor my mother had put it in an account i rec...

    Jonathan’s Answer

    I would agree with Mr. Linder: Contact the attorney who settled the matter to find out more about the settlement (which indeed sounds like a structured settlement) or contact the company that paid you the funds as they should be able to give you the information that you seek. They should also let you know whether there is a provision for early payout.

    If not, and you don't mind paying a very large interest payment, there are always the accident loan companies who will (essentially) buy your payout right from you for a discounted lump-sum amount now.

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