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  • What is the statutory limits for a crime victim to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator?

    I would like to know more about the process that crime victims must take to file civil lawsuits against the perpetrators of A crime. I guess my first question is what is the statutory limits for filing the civil lawsuit after the perpetrator has b...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Your questioned isn't aimed exactly right but let's straighten it out. The question is not what the limitations period is for a crime because there is no set period for "crime victims." The civil law and the criminal law are separate; your question is what is the statute of limitations for an intentional tort. That is 2 years. But a minor has until he turns 18, and a year after that.
    However, you really have to deal with whether or not the person who committed the assault has any money. If he does not, the effort is worthless. You can pay a lawyer by the hour to litigate it (a contested civil case could easily cost you $20,000.00) but if the guy has no money, if you get a judgment against him for $1 million, it will not be worth the paper on which it is written. We don't have debtor's prison anymore - the court has no method to squeeze money out of someone who doesnt have it.

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  • Was I wrongfully pulled over? Any advice you can share?

    Hello lawyers, last night (Jan.8th) my friend and I pulled into a store to go in and as soon as we were exiting the car an officer parked behind us without his lights on, flashed us with his flashlight then proceeded to the car (because of cracked...

    Ezra’s Answer

    In addition to what you have been told so far, you have zero use for a bonding agency. You will likely have a minimal bond, if any. If you haven't been charged, the bonding agency has no idea what to charge you. Just wait until you learn if you are being charged and then call a lawyer - not a bonding agency.

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  • How do I go about having my husband adopt my kids and have the biological father sign off rights as he is willing to do so?

    My husband and I have been living together for 7 years and just got married in August. He would like to adopt my children who's biological father has not seen them or had anything to do with them in over 5 years. He does not pay child support and ...

    Ezra’s Answer

    It's what the others said. It doesnt have to cost a fortune but it does have to be done right.

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  • What can be done to reverse this real estate sale when there was a proper lien put on the property and I was not notified?

    There was a court order stating that I was due $172,000 in a civil award. I had a lien placed on a recreational property. My opposing party filed for bankruptcy but was denied based on bad faith, etc. My opposing party quit making payments on t...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Assuming a lot of facts, this is doable. You may be entitled to a quiet title action and/or to set aside a fraudulent conveyance. The bad news is that no one will do this on a contingency - you are going to pay a lawyer by the hour to handle this. The good news that your debtor has no money to fight you. The bad news (yes - second bad news) is that the new buyer will likely oppose you. The good news is that if he bought title insurance, it should have caught your lien. There is plenty to discuss here.

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  • What kind of attorney do I need to file a lawsuit against a major dog food company and how do I find them?

    Two of my dogs died Sunday from the dog food they ate. They ate it Thursday and Friday when we woke up the first was violently ill and the second was soon to follow. We were at the vet Saturday for nearly 5 hrs trying to work with Dr to run tests ...

    Ezra’s Answer

    In Michigan, and almost everywhere else, a pet is considered property. Its value is judged by what they cost in the store. A products liability case can cost tens of thousands of dollars to prosecute and a court will not be allowed to award you more than the retail value of the dogs, which is likely a few hundred dollars. Write an angry letter to the manufacturer if you like but there is no lawyer of any sort for this.

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  • In need of a Victim's Advocate Attorney and Civil Law Lawyer?

    I was victim in a domestic violence case but charges against the defendant denied. I need a victim advocate attorney to help me with communications with the police and prosecutor in Michigan for filing further charges on extortion and larceny agai...

    Ezra’s Answer

    The police and prosecutor have the discretion and if there is a way to override them, i don't know it. As to your civil case, you have to focus more on practicality and less on justice. If you sue this guy for all these damages and a jury gives you $1,000,000, does he have that money? if he does not, what did you accomplish? This is why you can not expect a lawyer to take such a case on a contingency -- he will never get paid. Thus, the only way you can bring such a case it to pay a lawyer out of pocket, by the hour, to pursue it. Expect a fight on the other side. Seems like this will cost upwards of $10,000 and accomplish very little.

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  • What state do I need to file for divorce in?

    Trying to divorce from my husband; e live in separate states (Michigan and Missouri, both for less than 6 months), but were married in Nevada.

    Ezra’s Answer

    What the others said. Here is something few know: If your divorce is uncontested, if you visit Gaum for 7 days, you can get a divorce there even though neither party lives there...

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  • Can the person receiving my estate be the witness to will?

    Can the person receiving my estate be the witness to will?

    Ezra’s Answer

    That's an easy one. No person who benefits from a will can be a witness.

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  • Are we required to pay the credit card debt from the money we received from life insurance and her bank account?

    My mother recently passed away. She lived in an apartment, so she did not own a home. Her car went to my brother, and her checking account was a payable on death account to both my brother and myself. She had life insurance in which we were also n...

    Ezra’s Answer

    The practical answer is no. Tell them she died and left no estate; I don't see them suing either of you.

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