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  • What can I do about a stench from my next door neighbor's home?

    Their lawn & home is way out of control- they do no yard work or clean up of any kind. I believe the stench is coming from materials such as old house carpet & other materials that are outdoors in the weather causing this problem. The owner will...

    Mark’s Answer

    Contact the Bedford County Department of Solid Waste at 540-586-7656, and they can either help you or get you to the proper department, since it sounds like there is a health and safety issue. Good luck!

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  • Subpoena duces tecum

    I am in the divorce process. My spouse complains that my attorney has been way too aggressive like a jerk sending out too many subpoena duces tecum to my spouse's friends. Is this harmful to my case down the road? Will people esp. Court think that...

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    Since you are litigating, your lawyer is using the system- the adversarial system- to check things that he thinks may help you. If that is overly aggressive, so be it. Take care.

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  • How do I go about this? Only had a warning & fine for driving on dead plate because reg. needed renewed.

    I was driving to VA BEACH, after 7 hrs of driving I was pulled over on I-95 S. The officer asked if I knew why I was pulled over. I said no. He said I was speeding and asked if I knew what the speed limit was. I said no, last speed limit I seen wa...

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    You should either get a Manassas traffic lawyer to help you [smartest choice] or appear in court and ask for driving school and have the case dismissed. BE careful though - Prince William is a very busy courthouse and you might get "lost" or overlooked if you represent yourself. Good luck!

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  • Can I sue my apartment complex?

    My son had surgery on his right leg, there was a package down stair from Fedex he had to go and pick it up, because there is a door thats locked at the entrance of the apartments. He was walking down the stairs with his crutches when he slipped on...

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    Dear Falls Church - I am sorry to hear about your son's injury. In Virginia, slip and fall cases are very difficult to win because you need to show that the owner/manager of the premises knew or should have know of the unsafe condition. In addition, whether the condition (water) was in plain view or should have been seen by the victim is also a defense. You can use the AVVO find a lawyer feature to locate a lawyer near you for a consultation, Good luck!

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  • Had a contractor install sump pump. The pump was to small and backed up water in basement. Asked him to fix the issue refuses to

    A little investigation I don't believe his license covers that type of work. Cannot find license in dept. Occupational in state of VA. Also I feel I have a claim to put against insurance but don't think he will give me proof of insurance now.

    Mark’s Answer

    Dear King George - the Virginia Department of Occupational and Professional Regulation ("DPOR") has an entire section devoted to catching unlicensed contractors and assisting consumers that have been ripped off. The phone number is (804) 364-8504. Good luck.

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  • How can i get my virginia judgment satisfied (warrant in debt)when the woman wont respond to me to let me do so?

    I've attempted contact via facebook three times Where she's read my request but will not respond. I found three addresses in VA, I believe to be her. Not sure If I need to send certified mail requesting we meet at the courthouse since I dont trus...

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    I add that you may want to consult with a local lawyer to try and avoid any procedural errors in your case. The AVVO find a lawyer feature can be useful for that. Good luck!

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  • Deceased parent and there belongings

    My father passed away in june 2010 without a will. His wish was for me to have his truck in which his wife signed over the title to me in November 2010. She then went and filed for a new title and gave the truck to somebody else. The person whom h...

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    Dear Woodstock - the issue is whether your dad's wife had the power or right to get a new title after she signed the title over to you. The answer is no - absent some fraud or other excuse she may come up with. IF she testified truthfully to what she did - you should win. Unfortunately, folks tend to lie when it benefits them or saves them from embarrassment, so that is why lawyers are used in court cases. You can use the AVVO fund a lawyer feature to locate an attorney in your area. Good luck.

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  • Is intentional infliction of emotional distress a viable tort in Virginia?

    My wife has been suffering a pattern of emotional distress by her daughter's father for over 12 years. There have been occurrences as recently as May of this year. He has issued threats of death, threats to family members, committed battery, ass...

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    I think that the real question is whether a judgment against the defendant would be worth the cost of proceeding against him. Stated differently, if he is sick enough to do all of the things that you say, he will likely fight the suit, and he will also likely divest himself of assets before a judgment is obtained. You can use the AVVO find a lawyer feature to locate an attorney near you for a consultation - good luck.

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  • Is it legal to carry a fixed blade knife in the glove box of my car in Virginia?

    The knife in question is a full size Kabar knife. The knife could be used for self defense, or for a survival situation in which I am stranded with my car in the middle or nowhere. The Virginia law states that you cannot concealed carry such a k...

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    if you are stopped by law enforcement, you will likely be charged, since the knife can be said to be "about your person" and is "concealed." So, although it may seem contrary to logic - keeping the knife "in plain view" is actually what the law prefers!

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  • Can an Illinois trooper ticket the driver of work vehicle for failing roadside inspection after being t-boned in an accident?

    Ford f-350 struck commercial truck in the passenger door and front quarter panel while it was turning left at an intersection in Macoupin County, Il. The commercial truck was also hauling a 25 ft flat bed trailer. No one was hurt in the accident. ...

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    Heck yes, you get someone to fight it!! Otherwise you are stuck with the violation and the officer who was erroneous is rewarded. You can use the AVVO find a lawyer feature to locate an attorney in the area where the ticket was issued.

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