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Derek H. Goodman

Derek Goodman’s Answers

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  • Can a landlord make me pay for a frozen water pipe? States that heat was turned down to low.

    Back on January 9th 2014, I had a water pipe freeze in my upstairs bathroom of my 2 story apartment in which I reside. I shut-off the water and called the landlord, filed claim with renters insurance. Landlord stated bill was $300, sent me bill fr...

    Derek’s Answer

    If the heat was off due to the electricity going out, I do not believe that it's appropriate for your landlord to pass the costs onto you. However, don't stop paying your lease and move out as this could open you up to an eviction. Your landlord can attempt to withhold from your security deposit for unpaid damages, but he must inform of such within 21 days of vacating the unit. I would try to work out the bill with your landlord and wait to see what happens. If he improperly withholds from your security deposit, I would then contact a local attorney.

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  • How do I fight a municipal citation?

    My wife and I received a muni citation for a noise ordinance related to our dogs barking. The city claimed they sent us a letter back in December warning us about our dogs. We then received an actual citation just recently, one for my wife and o...

    Derek’s Answer

    You should contact local counsel and set up a consultation to discuss your options. You can fight an ordinance violation such as this.

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  • Does the 21 days to receive the money include weekends and what are my options if it takes longer than 21 days?

    I had a work comp claim and it was settled out of court. The judge court ordered the insurance company to pay me in 21 days from a certain date.

    Derek’s Answer

    I'm not sure that you posted this question in the right place. If it has to do with a workman's compensation claim, I would post in that section.

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  • Is a landlord required to put an effort into subletting my parking space?

    I am currently in a parking lease for a space I know longer lease. In order to sublet, they require a $25 fee and a signed form. I found a subleaser but they refused to let them sign a new lease as they didn't have the form or the fee. The suble...

    Derek’s Answer

    If you signed a lease and that lease says that the landlord has to approve of a sublessor, then they can reject one you find. However, if you've vacated the space, given notice of such, and returned any materials associated with the space, it's likely that your landlord is required to mitigate your losses. However, this may not be the case if you signed one lease with your apartment and parking spot both included. Since you're in Madison, I would contact the tenant resource center there, they may be able to better assist you.

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  • How do I go about getting a judgement waived on my dui case in regards to installing the interlock. I am currently pregnant.

    It has been 2yrs since my case, never owned a vehicle, or operated since my case. Now that I want to purchase a vehicle due to my pregnancy, is it possible for me to overturn the installation on interlock? Ive done everything they required, I just...

    Derek’s Answer

    I think that a little more information is needed. It sounds like you had an OWI in which the IID was ordered, but never installed because you don't own a vehicle. Was this an OWI first? Contact an attorney to get more answers and give some more information.

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  • How likely is the court to set conditions at my first court date to me to stay in the state of wisconsin throughout this process

    I have lived in wisconsin for last 30+ years. Employed here with same job last five years. My husband waived 72 hour no contact. No marks/bruises could be found...only his admitted exaggerated statement that I punched him in the arm. Our Honey...

    Derek’s Answer

    My colleagues are correct, your husband needs to let the victim/witness coordinator working with the district attorney on your case know that he wants to have contact with you. You need to speak with an attorney about all of this, as there may already be a no contact order on the record from the commissioner who handled your initial appearance, if that's already happened.

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  • Can my landlord tell me my husband can't move because he was in jail and is now getting out?

    He is not on the lease

    Derek’s Answer

    If your husband is not a party to the lease, I don't see how he can tell your husband what he can and cannot do. There aren't really enough details here, though, to fully answer your question.

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  • Should I hire an attorney?

    I was caught at my UW campus with marijuana. I received two citations, one for possession of marijuana and the other for paraphernalia. The officer informed me that if I go to court on my scheduled date, one of my citations could be dropped. Is th...

    Derek’s Answer

    There are unforeseen collateral consequences you may be unaware of. One is that the citation could be reported to the UW system, which could potentially affect your ability to live on campus or receive scholarship funds. You definitely need to at least consult with a knowledgeable attorney.

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  • Can I add a months rent and unpaid utilities to a small claims for eviction that has already been filed and served?

    Filed eviction papers with court last week of December 2013. Tenants were served three days later that same week. Tenants are already two months behind with no rent. Tenant has filed their answer and mediation is set for last week in January. Sinc...

    Derek’s Answer

    If they were required to pay that bill under the lease, and they have not paid rent for any amount of time that they are in possession of the premises, then you can add those as damages.

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  • On theft probation from there years ago Mister minor just picked up two felony battery's for a fight .p.o want to revocate me

    am on probation from 2011 for a Mister minor theft I was 17. I am now 20 and I've been on papers 1 year. I have never did anything wrong until now. Me and my little cousins went up to a school and had s fight with two girls. I did hit the girl a c...

    Derek’s Answer

    First, you need to stop posting potentially incriminating information online. Next, you need to find yourself a good criminal defense attorney in Milwaukee if you do not already qualify for a Public Defender appointment.

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