Richard S Sternberg’s Answers

Richard S Sternberg

Washington Real Estate Attorney.

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  1. Accidentally paid 10 months of water bills for old rental property via autopayment - old landlord refuses reimbursement

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Marc A Borbely
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    I'm not sure I understand the facts. If you are telling me that you paid a bill from your money for a prior tenant with whom you were not sharing finances or the tenancy, then you can probably sue the landlord in small claims to get your money back. If you are saying that the funds were duly owed by your former co-tenant and paid from the joint account you'd set up for that purpose and negligently failed to close thereby causing the due bill to be paid from the same account it was previously...

  2. If a lawyer is trying to dismiss a case how long does it take to oppose it in a civil law suit in DC?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm not sure that I understand your situation, but if you presently have an attorney, none of us should be second-guessing your counsel or even communicating with you. Ask your lawyer about the status and prospects for your case. And, if you are losing faith in your lawyer, interview another lawyer to act as a replacement or further attorney-advisor. If you don't trust your lawyer, you need a new lawyer.

  3. Serving a subpoena pro-se In forma pauperis ? DC federal district court 14-CV-00295 ask get answers??

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. David R. Bruegel
    2 lawyer answers

    Sorry, like the gentleman from Michigan, I've got no idea what this means, but there are special requirements for service of a subpoena in the District of Columbia, and messing that up will delay your subpoena. If you can try restating your situation more clearly, one of us can try to help, but you need counsel, at least as a paid attorney-advisor to act as a resource while you pursue justice.

  4. How do I get out of this situation so I can on with what's left of my life. Now even my licenses are threatened.

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    1 lawyer answer

    I've read this 3 times. I have no idea what happened or how to help you, but if a court has already found that you aren't credible and some license you have is threatened, you *really* need to speak to a lawyer.

  5. I need a lawyer

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. David Ian Schoen
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm afraid I don't understand your posting, and that maybe be why nobody is answering. If this is about criminal law or personal injury from her care, you are asking in the wrong section and you need to describe the situation a bit better. If whatever happened occurred in West Virginia, you need to look for a lawyer there. If you need a probate lawyer, start by posting in the place where your mother was domiciled at the time she died. Of course, if she was just released from prison before her...

  6. Hi, I have a question. I live in USA and few years earlier I and my brothers bought a house together. We were all contributed th

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Keith R Havens
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    Mr. Havens is correct: You need to consult with a lawyer, and there could be significant money at stake, so it is worth it. The question you ask is quite fact-specific. You need a good interview, and you don't need an open exchange of responses on a web site that you may have read to you during a trial on this matter. Reach in your pocket and buy a consult with a lawyer.

  7. Need an explanation for Case Disposition Summary fields (Ohio).

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Jonathan R. Miller
    3. Jedediah J Strong
    3 lawyer answers

    Literally, it means that whatever it's referencing was disposed, resolved, terminated, completed, and/or done after a hearing by a judge. Without a context, it tells me nothing useful, and my answer might mislead you if there is a special context, like termination of a probation or a statutory expungement. Call the clerk of that county or call an Ohio lawyer and describe the type of case. Context matters.

  8. My fiancée currently holds a mortgage of 350K on a house appraised @ 750,000. The home was originally purchase by his mother,

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Richard S Sternberg
    2. Robert Eugene-Cogan Kuczarski
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with my learned colleague that this one could be a mess. It sounds like a perfect example of the old adage, "Pay me now, or pay me (much more) later." With a simple contract, the matter might have been resolved in 1993, but this sounds like a partition action wrapped in a pre--'95 DC supervised probate. The best news is that, with skillful representation, you might get this resolved in the probate division much cheaper and faster than it would be resolved in civil division. But, you...

  9. What should happen with a business if the owner dies without a will? business and bank accounts do not have the spouses name on

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Thomas C Valkenet
    2. Ruth Elaine McMahon
    3. Richard S Sternberg
    3 lawyer answers

    You're not giving me enough information to give you a useful answer. It matters whether the business is a corporation, LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. It matters whether the business and bank accounts are in the individual's name or a corporate or business name. It matters whether it is a successful business that has a continuing future or whether it is wrapping up affairs anyway (for example, because it is failing or it is a successful personal service business, like law practice)....

  10. Do the condo assoc. have the right to have my vehicle towed from my assigned parking space with dead tags.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Michael E Gross
    2. Richard S Sternberg
    2 lawyer answers

    You might start by determining who towed the car. Perhaps the District doesn't think of your condo parking lot as private. That might present an interesting question. Perhaps the car was stolen. Get the facts first. Then, ask.

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