I'm sorry that you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. As a preliminary matter, it seems there is some questionable activity going on. You may want to consider filing a complaint against the assisted living facility and see if you can get them to cooperate in getting a release from the owner. It seems there may also be a bigger issue than the poor dog if the living conditions really were that deplorable. I would also have concerns about the intent of the employee and her interests in...
If the officer is an animal control officer, they may be trying to serve you papers for a hearing. To properly answer your questions, we would need more details about the situation in general. There are many attorneys on here who offer free phone consults so if you are genuinely concerned, I would suggest contacting someone and they would most likely be happy to talk with you about the matter.
Based upon your blurb, it certainly sounds as if the opposing side may have engaged in abusive litigation tactics and otherwise abused the system. There are several common law claims that you may be able to bring, depending on the exact facts. I would suggest contacting an Intellectual Property or Litigation attorney listed on this site and talk to them one on one to get an idea of how you can be best assisted.
The practical matter is that you need reliable transportation for work, etc. I agree with the other answers that urge you to be conservative in your purchase of a new vehicle if you decide to do so. A chapter 13 plan will last 3-5 years and you need to be able to manage the payments. If you are unsure, retain counsel.
You may have a case but the details you did not list could be crucial in accessing the viability of your case. The statute of limitation is 3 years so my best advice is to seek a consultation immediately. Gather all your contracts and documentation in the meantime.
I agree that the debt is most likely dischargeable but unless you have lots of other debt that can discharged by bankruptcy (credit cards, medical bills, etc.), I would not recommend filing bankruptcy for such a small amount. You can find plenty of attorneys on here who would provide you a free phone consultation if you do think your overall situation warrants bankruptcy.
I agree with the other responses to this question that your first action should be to contact the attorney or public defender who represented him in regards to the plea deal. In my opinion, it seems that there may be grounds to provide your nephew with options to challenge his predicament.
While it is understandable that you want to know your standing in this lawsuit and possible outcomes, this question and situation is too serious to answer here. I suggest consulting with an attorney and possibly trying to settle or work something out with this company through your attorney.
It depends on when the debt was incurred. If the obligation arose after you filed for bankruptcy, it would be part of the post bankruptcy estate and the bankruptcy would have no impact. But, if the debt was incurred prior to filing bankruptcy then the automatic stay or the post bankruptcy discharge injunction and the judgment would be null and void. You may also have a claim against the creditor for violating one of those two stays. Contact a bankruptcy attorney, preferable the one who filed...
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I am assuming that your friend has not entered into a settlement agreement yet.
If that is the case, your friend really needs to contact an attorney to determine what he should do given his particular circumstances. My experience in these cases having handled a number of them is that defendants are immediately offered much better deals if they are represented by counsel. Also, if this is a mass-defendants copyright case, your friend may want to engage an attorney to...