Christopher Paul Renz’s Answers

Christopher Paul Renz

Minneapolis Litigation Lawyer.

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  1. My neighbors built a fence on my property. Can I take it down?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    2. Jeremy Judson Cobb
    3. Tricia Dwyer
    3 lawyer answers

    Seeking advice from an attorney with more detailed facts would be a good idea. That said, "self help" (taking the fence down yourself) is likely not a good manner in which to proceed. Instead, you may need to seek court intervention to force the neighbor to relocate his or her fence. You certainly want to ensure that your discontent with the fence is known to avoid any claims of adverse possession in relation to your property. *This is provided as general information, not as legal advice,...

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  2. Is there a preprinted form available Statutory Cancellation?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    1 lawyer answer

    The statutory cancellation process may be the best way to satisfy the demands of the listing broker. Unfortunately, there is no standardized form, such as an MNAR form, for the statutory cancellation process. The best way to proceed is retaining an attorney who should be able to initiate the process without excessive charges. See the following blog post by one of my partners regarding this: http://tnupdate.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/cancellation-of-real-estate-purchase-agreements-in-minnesota/...

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  3. I am trying to retrieve my stolen phone.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm sorry to hear that your cell phone was stolen. Hiring private counsel may or may not be ultimately more effective in retrieving your phone. However, the manner in which that is achieved could range from a demand letter to T-mobile or the initiation of a lawsuit and the fees for providing those services would likely exceed the value of your cell phone. Unless there is a way to recover your attorneys' fees, which would require a specific contractual or statutory provision, retaining...

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  4. How do i obtain a copy of a police dash cam/audio so i can show a lawyer to see if i have a case.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Shaun George Jamison
    2. Christopher Paul Renz
    3. Keith G Langer
    3 lawyer answers

    Not all police departments maintain squad cameras. However, to the extent there is audio and/or video evidence of the incident, you can obtain that through the discovery process, either in the criminal process (where presumably there were charges issued) or in the civil process (were you to initiate a lawsuit claiming a violation of your civil rights). Lawyers versed in either setting would be able to obtain those recordings in the respective setting. Or, lawyers who are versed in both, may...

  5. What happens at a probation violation hearing? do I need a certificate of rep for my client?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Geoffrey R Saltzstein
    2. Christopher Paul Renz
    3. Thomas C Gallagher
    3 lawyer answers

    First, be sure that you do file a certificate of representation so that you can be heard on the proceeding. Some courts are more stringent about that than others. Second, yes, if there is reason for withdrawing the plea of guilty and contesting the charge, you should make that motion to the Court as soon as possible, preferably before the probation revocation hearing. Third, without a successful motion to withdraw the plea of guilty, a probation revocation hearing is likely going to be...

  6. Is there a value amount that limits the use of a quit claim deed in MN?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    2. David Allen Lutz
    2 lawyer answers

    No, there is no such limit. *Note: Response to the question does not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, there is no attorney-client relationship created by the question and answer on this website. Legal advice is inappropriate without a deeper factual understanding and investigation. In the event you are seeking legal advice, you should retain an attorney.

  7. What is the max penalty for dis orderly conduct

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Martha Ellen Albertson
    2. Christopher Paul Renz
    2 lawyer answers

    Ms. Albertson explained the potential and likely consequences. It is important to add that disorderly conduct is a statute that has been challenged in terms of its constitutionality in relation to certain applications and/or circumstances. As a result, it may be worth consulting with an attorney concerning whether your scenario is one in which such a challenge should be raised. *Note: Response to the question does not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, there is no attorney-client...

  8. Can I add my daughter to my deed through a Quit Claim Deed?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    1 lawyer answer

    One way you should consider is a transfer on death deed. The reason that this may be preferable is that should your daughter have issues with debtors or otherwise, they may be able to attach to the property if it's deeded to you both. The transfer on death deed should ameliorate some of that concern but effectuate the transfer of ownership upon your death. *Note: Response to the question does not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, there is no attorney-client relationship created by the...

  9. Can an attorney enter enter in a plea for you without discussing it with you first?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Maury Devereau Beaulier
    2. Christopher Paul Renz
    3. Thomas C Gallagher
    3 lawyer answers

    It would have been preferable for your attorney to sit down with you before addressing the judge to discuss your options in proceeding in relation to your charges. However, your attorney may have an understanding of what you ultimately want based on prior conversations and knows that a not guilty plea is the best way to proceed. In addition, without discovery from the prosecutor, it may be difficult for a defense attorney to understand the options that you have. The pre-trial conference is...

  10. What can I do to someone who is make my property unsaleable?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher Paul Renz
    1 lawyer answer

    You can initiate a lawsuit against your neighbor for, among other potential causes of action, interference with prospective contractual relations and defamation. Upon initiating the lawsuit, you could seek a temporary (and eventually permanent) injunction prohibiting your neighbor from making those statements. In the event that the neighbor's statements are untrue and are damaging you, you would likely have a cause of action to pursue. *Note: Response to the question does not constitute...