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  • Worth pursuing? Deposit was $850, received $200 back

    Lived in my home almost 6 years. Move in check list shows scrapes on wall, holes in wall (nails, picture hanging and shelvings). During my residency I placed stickers on my childs wall (smallest room) and didn't get them off. Letter from landl...

    Paula’s Answer

    The time and effort you expend for pursing $650, may not be worth the effort. Most times, you have to spend about three hours in court. Moreover, there is no guarantee youwill get your deposit. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the landlord won't file a counterclaim if you move forward.

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  • I am the petitioner Can my attorney ask for dismissal for want of prosecution for divorce case without my approval?

    Been separated since 2009 i have two children from marriage and now have 2 with current domestic partner. I filed for divorce 6/13 2 settlement proposals sent to wife's attorney no response and are not coming to court. So my attorney decides to as...

    Paula’s Answer

    Ask you attorney why he did this, and why he didn't seek your approval beforehand. If he doesn't give you a satisfacatory answer, find another attorney immediately. He should have explained this to you before he sought dismissal.

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  • Can I get out of my lease?

    We moved in a 3 room apartment on 3/12 the place was roach infested so the management moved us into a 2 room temporarily on 3/13 so they could fix the problem.we signed a new lease for 3/13 to 4/27.we moved all of our belongings out and is not occ...

    Paula’s Answer

    Based on the facts you provided, in your case, unfortunately, timing is everything.

    The problem is you always had the right not to sign the second lease, but you did. At the time the lease was presented to you, you always had the right to demand a full year lease on the two bedroom, but you didn't.

    I assume, the three room apartment is no longer roach infested, because you moved you things back to the three bedroom. So, apparently, they fixed the problem. Nevertheless, the time to negotiate a stay in the two bedroom was before you moved your items back to the three bedroom.

    If a problem arises again with roach infestation in the larger apartment, negotiate a move into the smaller location. At that point, make sure the lease of the three bedroom is voided.

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  • Is it legal for your employer to terminate you while out on long term disability in Georgia?

    I am not receiving a paycheck from my employer. I was receiving medical, dental & vision insurance from employer, I was paying my employee portion of the insurance.

    Paula’s Answer

    More information is needed on why the employer stated you were terminated. You are not immune from termination simply because you are on long term disability. However, the employer cannot target you because you are on long term disability. You should discuss the matter in detail during a office visit with an experienced employee benefits attorney in the Macon area

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  • My kid father and I have been separated for a year. He takes up no time with them. I put him on child support last year in June.

    I just now received thirty one dollars for his three kids... I do everything and I'm at my wits end please help me

    Paula’s Answer

    If he isn't complying with the court order for child support, file a petition for contempt.

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  • Lease Termination

    Had a month to month lease but Tenant requested by word of mouth to move out in 3 months and there was mutual consent between land lord and tenant for several months with a verbal 90 day notice agreement. On the 90th day the tenant refuses to leav...

    Paula’s Answer

    If the tenant failed to pay ontime and the landlord refused the late rent, the landlord can file for a dispossessory for failure to pay rent. The landlord can sue for the rent owed and possession of the property. Once the landlord accepts the late rent, he can't evict for failure to pay rent.

    The type of notice required for lease termination will depend on the lease. Does the lease require verbal notice or written notice. If there was verbal notice with a written confirmation, the court may side with the landlord and find proper notice was provided. Take the documents you have to a local lawyer to determine if you have the grounds for a dispossessory action for failure to pay rent on time or for the tenant's holdover beyond the date (s)he had provided.

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  • What are her options?

    I have a friend that is in a horrible situation and needs help. She's in a place with a guy that she dated for 3yrs. At this time they are no longer together. The guy is on house arrest at her address. She states she can't put him out because of...

    Paula’s Answer

    What do you mean she cannot put him out? Who said that? Has she tried to go through court and try a dispossessory action?

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  • How long does it take a judge to sign orders if parties settle out of court.

    Parties agreed on an amount, just need judge to sign orders. On a FLSA case

    Paula’s Answer

    There isn't a specific time for a judge to sign an order. If you have a lawyer, the lawyer can ask for a status update.

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  • How long does it take a judge to sign orders if parties settle out of court.

    Parties agreed on an amount, just need judge to sign orders. On a FLSA case

    Paula’s Answer

    There isn't a specific time for a judge to sign an order. If you have a lawyer, the lawyer can ask for a status update.

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  • Must I return security deposit to tenant who broke their lease

    On July 15 tenants gaveme 3 day notice they were vacating premises and terminating their lease . There were 20 months remaining on this 2 yr lease . I was out of the country at this time - My friend did the walk through with the tenants July 21....

    Paula’s Answer

    It is imposible to tell you without first knowing the following: (1) do you own the ho use or is it in a corporate or LLC? (2) if it is in your name, how many rentals do you have? (3) Do you have a management company? (4) Did the walk through note the problems that you referending now? (5) If all the damamges aren't noted in the walk through did you send the additional damage list within three days of move out? (6) What does your lease state about the purpose of the security deposit?

    I know this is water under the bridge, but landlords need to read the statutes regarding deposits and other matters before, they become landlords.

    You have deadlines that are coming up tomorrow, if you haven't already performed your duty under the lease and the law. I recommend you schedule an appointment with a landlord-tenant attorney today.

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