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Steven Dunnings’s Answers

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  • How can I get out of my lease if my landlord has failed to comply to the counties house codes? What are the steps I need to take

    house is in Lansing , MI the city of Lansing has placed a red tag on the door stating that the house is unsafe to live in . how can I go about this so I can get out of my lease . Also can I get money back since the house was not up to date ?

    Steven’s Answer

    You have been evicted because the house is not up to code, You have no obligation to pay rent as long as the house is red tagged. Read your lease to see wht constitutes termination of the tenancy. If you paid rent for the month and had to move prior to the end of the month, you should be able to sue in small claims court for the pro rata amount of rent you paid but not able to occupy

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  • I hired a Attorney to evict a renter and the Attorney filed paperwork under a stranger name at another unknown address to house.

    The eviction notice served to the court is for someone I never heard of at a residence in the middle of nowhere. Just an address and a field full of trees, I am beside myself and afraid of the lawyer I hired to represent me. What can I do the la...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can sue for money damages without having obtained a Judgment of possession on the basis the tenant abandoned the property. Depending on how much you are claiming in damages, you might file the matter in small claims court

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  • Attorney sends bill after 5 1/2 years!

    In 2007, I called an attorney to represent my son for a DUI. I received a bill for app: $400.00 in 2007 and paid it. This last weekend, I received a bill for $250.00 for services from 2007. This was the first bill during the past 5 1/2 years. I ca...

    Steven’s Answer

    Regardless of whether you had a written contract, the question is whether it is an installment agreement. If it is, the the attorney can collect within 6 years of the last payment.

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  • I was injured in an auto accident. The case settled up to the date of settlement. Can I get still get medical?

    The insurance company says the medical claim in closed. But I need surgery and an MRI still to be done. Should the insurance company pay my medical bills still? Or do I need to pay out of my pocket and then sue for the expenses? (I dont have money...

    Steven’s Answer

    What type of case did you settle? Did you settle a claim against the driver of the other car for your injuries? Did you settle a case against your insurance company for your medical expenses? Did you settle a workers compensation case. In any event, I agree you need to get clarification from your attorney about the terms of your settlement agreement if you do not understand the language contained in your settlement agreement

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  • What will be the outcome on a person that has three DUI's withing a three month period?

    The first DUI was in 2003 and nothing for the next 9 years, then three DUI's within 3 months in 2012. He showed up to court on the first and second, the judge said he would do both cases at one hearing. He gave my son time to hire an attorney and ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Hire an attorney immediately. Your son is looking at a felony charge i.e. possible prison

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  • What is impaired driving charge?

    I've heard of drunk driving ( >0.08), super drunk (>0.17). what's the BAC range for impaired driving?

    Steven’s Answer

    Agree with above, but anything less than .08 could be considered as evidence of impaired in conjunction with the officers visual observations

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  • My rights were terminated (in the state of MI) i am now pregnant, can the state take my new child straight from the hospital?

    or is there anything i can do to keep my child if i have my act together, ex: have a job, my own place an compleate any programs.

    Steven’s Answer

    If you are no longer in Michigan, you need to consult an attorney in the state where you live.

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  • I am my grandchilds guardian and cps was involved but are not anymore but i am still the guarding now the dad wants to get

    parenting time at his parents house but while cps was involved my grand child couldn't go over there because of domastic violence so now they re going to try and get parenting time will they allow this even with cps only being out for only 5 months

    Steven’s Answer

    What is the nature of your guardianship? Are you a general guardian or a limited guardian? If a limited guardian, then there should be requirements and restrictions of the parents access to the children in the order. If a general guardianship, and the father had parenting time prior to the order, then that should resume unless there exists a court order to that says something different.

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  • I did not sign a fee agreement with my attorney. Am I legally responsible to pay?

    My attorney is a very good friend of a family member. The family member recommended I use his attorney (his friend) to help with my divorce. I have since reconciled with my husband and just received the attorney's bill. I never signed a fee agr...

    Steven’s Answer

    While a fee agreement is always recommended it is not always required if the attorney has provided services on your behalf. Based on your facts, it sounds as if you hardly spoke to the attorney or even had a consultation in the office. Just exactly what did he do? If he sent you a statement, did he itemize the services rendered and the time spent in performing those services?

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  • If I'm caught shoplifting, is my employer (A state University) going to be notified about it?

    Will my employment will be at stake?

    Steven’s Answer

    In addition to what the others have said, if you have a written contract or collective bargaining agreement(union contract) you might be required to tell your employer of any criminal conviction and failure to do so constitutes grounds for termination

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