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Douglas Ron Coenson

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  • Around May 1, 2015, I bit into a piece of metal in a McDonald's Southwest salad and cut my gum. Do I have a case?.

    As noted, I cut my gum when I took a bite of a salad at McDonald's. I was on lunch break and was more focused on returning to work versus thinking of what action to take. I turned over the piece of metal to the store manager and filed a report. ...

    Douglas’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Deproso. It is worth exploring with the claims adjuster.

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  • Purchased a new car and the paint is peeling off, what do I do?

    I purchased a new car from Ford in April 2015 and 2 days after purchase I went to wash the car. The water ran off really odd and I did a further inspection and noticed black and grayish white spots all over the whole car. I contacted the dealer an...

    Douglas’s Answer

    Although you purchased the car new, if you are not the original owner then you will not be able to bring an action under Lemon Law. However, if the car was not originally owned by someone else and it was damaged on the lot, you could potentially have a case. However, even if your case doesn't qualify for Lemon Law, you may be protected under other consumer protection laws. I encourage you to consult with an attorney immediately to review the complete facts of your case. Many attorneys offer free consultations. If you cannot find an attorney that handles Lemon Law to take your case, try contacting attorneys who advertise handling consumer law matters. Good luck to you.

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  • Can I sue the owners of two pitbulls who came on my property and killed my cat in front of my 7&9 year old boy ?

    We were coming home from a nice visit with grandma . Upon exiting my car with my 2 young boys we were startled by 2 unleashed pit bulls walking towards us . My cat was on the sidewalk and started hissing . I quickly picked up my cat and told the b...

    Douglas’s Answer

    I encourage you to consult with an attorney in your area who handles animal law. If you haven't already, you should also report the incident to Animal Control so they can record the incident. In Florida, a dog owner is responsible and liable for harm inflicted by his/her dog to a person or other domestic animal. An attorney would need to review all the facts surrounding the case, but from what you describe it sounds like you have a good case against your neighbor.

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  • I saw doctors, they accepted the insurance Coventry.now they send me bills claiming Aetna who merged with Coventry took

    Doctors say Aetna took back the money and I need to pay,the marketplace made an error with the info I was given. I cannot pay for their mistakes. What will happen?

    Douglas’s Answer

    A review of the claims along with your policy will need to be reviewed in order to properly answer the question. You should receive new Evidence of Benefits (EOB) documents reflecting the change in payments to the physicians to help reconcile the discrepancy.

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  • What makes a will valid. My father died two years ago and a "will" unknown to his children has popped up from a unknown source.

    How long after death does a will remain valid?

    Douglas’s Answer

    This question was posted twice. My response can be found as a reply under the other post. In short, however, I agree with Mr. Goldman.

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  • What makes a will valid. My father died two years ago and a "will" unknown to his children has popped up from a unknown source.

    How long after death does a will remain valid?

    Douglas’s Answer

    If the estate still needs to go through probate, Summary Administration (a less expensive and abbreviated form of probate) can be done if it has been over two years. The will should be executed by an attorney to see if it appears to be validly executed (e.g., signed and dated with two witnesses who also sign). It should be deposited with the probate court in the county where your father last resided. Any other challenges of whether the will is valid would need to be addressed during probate. Assuming the probate needs to be done in Florida, if there are multiple heirs, an attorney will need to handle the administration of the estate if probate is required.

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  • Who does his portion/share of land belong to now?

    My father jointly owned some land with his ex-wife. However, when he died, he was married to my mother.

    Douglas’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Sussman's response. Your mother can consult with an attorney who can do an inspection of the title and the situation to determine whether she has rights to the land.

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  • What is the last step of probate after financial clearance?

    The publication of the probate is done.

    Douglas’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys' responses. It will depend on the type of probate and the specific facts of the probate. There are different scenarios depending on the issues and type of probate presented. In Florida, unless there is only one heir, an attorney is required to administer probate. If there is an attorney handling the probate in your situation, you should contact him/her to find out next steps.

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  • I received a collection notice from trans world services saying that I owe.

    I've never heard of the company that I supposedly owe this very small amount $6.83. What should I do?

    Douglas’s Answer

    Transworld Services is a collection agency contracted by creditors to collect past due debts. The other attorneys provided good responses. I would add that in the meantime, do not offer up any personal information until you verify that this is your debt.

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  • Is medical services balance billing legal on an EPO in Florida?

    My son had an operation and the anesthesiologist is balance billing me $345. My insurance company paid $407 towards the claim (annual deductible plus 10% of the remaining balance). My concern is the seemingly arbitrary total amount of $1,...

    Douglas’s Answer

    It is going to depend on the policy. I assume the surgeon and hospital was in-network. Many times anesthesia claims and other "supplementary" providers to the surgery get processed as out-of-network claims but should be processed as in-network since you went to an in-network facility. You should also pay off the Evidence of Benefits (EOBs) from BCBS as opposed to provider bills. I would suggest you contact BCBS right away and let them know the situation and see how the claim is processed in their system. If the provider is contracted, they can contact the provider and instruct on correct billing procedures (if this is the case). In any case, when you speak to BCBS tell them you'd like to file an appeal in order to preserve any rights.

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