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Teri A. Walter

Teri Walter’s Answers

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  • Should I file 3 lawsuits?

    My jeep was under the care of my mechanic. While driving my jeep at 11 pm (for some reason) he was hit by a drunk driver. The driver and passenger were seen switching places after the accident but before police arrived. Due to the investigation th...

    Teri’s Answer

    If you have coverage, you could also turn it in to your carrier and let them sort it out.

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  • Do I need a real estate attorney

    My builder is going through a divorce and the company is under his soon to be ex wife. She refuses to cooperate with the banks to sign the completion of my home. I have accrued penalties and may even have to finance at a higher interest rate bec...

    Teri’s Answer

    It sounds like the builder may be in breach of your contract with them. You need to visit with a lawyer to review the contract, and determine the best course of action for your. You may have grounds for termination, (which would require hiring another builder to complete the project), or it may be simpler to talk to the builder or send a demand about what needs to be done.

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  • My friend is facing an eviction and has a court date set for 6/23/15. He just had a heart bi-pass-what will he face in court?

    Will the court evict him since was unable to work? And if so, how long after court will he have to move out?

    Teri’s Answer

    If he's in violation of his lease, the court will grant the eviction. Five days after the hearing, the landlord can request a writ of possession, which will be served by the constable. Unfortunately, if he or any of his property is still there when the constable arrives, he will be physically moved out.

    If this is a situation in which he can't pay the rent, you should start collecting friends to move his things ASAP.

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  • Texas Apartment Eviction Process

    In San Antonio (Bexar County) Texas what is the proper eviction process? After a notice to vacate is posted does the property management still have to go through the JP Court Process? My belongings are still in the property how long can I remain i...

    Teri’s Answer

    The notice to vacate is the first step in the eviction process. Next, they will file the eviction, and then you will be served with the court papers. About a week later there will be a hearing. Assuming they win, 5 days after the hearing they will be able to go back to court to request a writ of possession, unless you appeal. You absolutely do not want to have anything of value left in the apartment by that time, because after the writ of possession is issued, the next step is that the constable comes out to physically remove you and all of your property from the unit.

    Typically, the removal of property is done by a company that contracts with the county. They will charge exorbitant prices to box, move and store your things, and things will inevitably be lost, or damaged. You will have to pay their charges in order to get your things back.

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  • Small claims court with an attorney

    In 2012, I applied and received a loan from a credit union in the amount of $5000. Not really in need of the money, my boyfriend at the time and I decided to use the funds to purchase an engagement ring. The purchase was made by him, with what is ...

    Teri’s Answer

    This relationship was already doomed when he borrowed money from you to buy you a ring.

    I suggest that small claims court is most likely your best bet. Hiring a lawyer may just be spending more of your money, unless there is some reason to believe that your ex has assets to pay you. And really, if he's borrowing your money to buy you a ring, that's not likely.

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  • Having issues with my partner, I own 1/3 of a company but on paper I'm the only registered owner

    my partner is refusing to sign any legal documents that he is a 2/3 owner and the manager of the company (trying to hide himself in case if something goes wrong but he is giving me the excuse that he owns an other entity) he does get checks unde...

    Teri’s Answer

    It's not clear to me whether this is actually a partnership, LLC, corporation or some other type of business, or whether you have any written agreement with this person, or what any oral agreement might have been. That's the first thing to consider, which can't be done without a detailed discussion and review of whatever documentation there may be.

    It 's unusual for the dispute to be that someone won't claim their ownership portion of a company, and that makes me think that perhaps the company isn't really worth anything and has more debts than assets. In that case, it's time to break out the documents and determine who is really liable for the debts.

    There is no way to sort any of this out without sitting down to review all the documents with a lawyer.

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  • Do I need a landlord tenant attorney?

    Renting a house in The Woodlands TX. The landlord is in Spain for the summer. There are several maintenance issues - racoon in attic, 1 of the AC units does not cool, water damage on ceiling, floor and walls from AC issue. Am I responsible as the ...

    Teri’s Answer

    You have two options: 1) work something out, in writing, with the landlord for how these repairs are going to be handled, or 2) follow the property code procedures for reporting needed repairs, repairing and deducting the cost from rent or terminating the lease. A good description of these procedures can be found at www.texastenant.org. Be aware that when they say notice by certified mail, you cannot just substitute a text or email - follow the code provisions exactly. If you don't, you'll end up in default of the lease.

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  • Need a lawyer to assist with stocks bought through Merrill Lynch

    My parents purchased stocks through Merrill Lynch in 1975 for my two sons, it was told to her that the stocks would be placed in an account till the boys were 21. I went to Merrill Lynch, downtown Dallas and they called me back and said they coul...

    Teri’s Answer

    It sounds like the only people who could answer this question would be your parents.

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  • Do I have to legally pay someone back their deposit if I sublease from them?

    I took over the lease at an apartment for someone about two months ago. The apartment office doesn't refund deposits for a sublease and says that's to be worked out between the current renter and those taking over the lease. So she asked that I pa...

    Teri’s Answer

    Your obligation to your landlord is governed by your agreement with her, and probably to some degree by her agreement with the owner. If you don't comply with the agreement, you could be evicted.

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  • Starting a new business

    I work for a company and i have a product idea that i want to start a new business. Is it ok that i can continue working in the company and work on my business/product on weekends or after hours? The product is not related to what my present compa...

    Teri’s Answer

    The answer entirely depends on the terms of your employment contract. If you don't have one, you're probably OK. If you do, you need to take it to a lawyer and discuss what it says and what you plan to do.

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