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John Gus Zgourides

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  • I stepped in a hole on our HOA property twisted my ankle and jarring my back pretty bad. I'm in a lot of pain.

    My wife is taking me to the ER right after I send this question. Is the HOA responsible for my injury?

    John’s Answer

    It depends. Many facts must be evaluated. Others may be proportionately responsible too. Trip/slip cases are governed by premises liability law,which generally disfavors the plaintiff. If the recreational use statute applies, it's even a tougher row to hoe. Seek a consultation with a Dallas area personal injury lawyer.

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  • What steps do I need to follow to take legal guardianship of my friends baby who is in prison?

    My friend was just sentenced to 5 years in prison. She just found out she is pregnant. What do I need to do to become the legal guardian? The father is not allowed to have the child. Also, we live in Texas and the prison she is in, is in Phoenix, ...

    John’s Answer

    Find a child custody/adoption lawyer in AZ. If the mother wants this outcome, she should advocate for it with the social workers in the prison system. Your lawyer will need to coordinate with the prison and children's protective services agency.

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  • My husband filed for divorce 3 months ago. His lawyer told me to move out of the house within 2 weeks. Is it legal?

    Both of our names are on the title. He pays the mortgage but he doesn't own the house. Suddenly now he wants to sell the house. I don't want to sell the house. He is acknowledging that the house needs lots of repair. In order to sell the house ...

    John’s Answer

    You have the right to fight back. I hope you have a lawyer.

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  • Mortgage liability

    My girlfriend and I have a house that we bought a year ago and both our names are on the mortgage and deed. If for some reason we decide to go our separate ways and I leave and she stays and pays the mortgage herself. Will I be liable for my half ...

    John’s Answer

    Your mortgage and note must be reviewed. Generally both mortgage signers are jointly liable, regardless of who stays or goes. Leaving may be a default under the mortgage. I wish you asked for advice before buying.

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  • I had an auto wreck 2 years ago. I just received a notice that I was being sued by the other party.

    I was entering a turning lane near a traffic light intersection. The other car appeared out of nowhere (after I checked and double checked that no one was on the left and as I turned in to the lane, I was simultaneously looking to the right to see...

    John’s Answer

    Defend yourself! Turn the suit papers in to your liability insurer for the policy that was in effect at the time of the crash. Demand that they defend you and indemnify you against any judgment. You must cooperate with the attorney that the insurer assigns to defend you. If the insurer will not defend you, you must file an answer before the applicable deadline.

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  • My father recently passed away, he was not married so I know legally I inherit any property .

    My aunt has his truck without his permission and won't release to me ,how can I go about getting the truck picked up

    John’s Answer

    Many questions must be answered. To whom was the truck titled? Did he leave a will? Did he own real estate other than his homestead? Did he have other children? See a lawyer.

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  • I has in a car accident 14 months ago and just on Sunday someone came on my door with a lawsuit paper saying I'm being sued

    I no longer have that cover insured on the time of the accident

    John’s Answer

    When a person is sued, they should determine which insurer(s) might owe coverage and then demand defense and indemnity. Typical auto liability policies are "occurrence" policies, meaning they cover claims that occur during the policy period (in effect at the time of a loss).

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  • Can i sue my car dealership for being negligent in fixing my brakes which caused me to crash?

    I was leasing a 2003 chevy trailblazer through fredy's used cars, and since i brought the truck (on may 4,2015) i have been having trouble. A couple days ago the brakes went out and found out it was the roaders(spelled wrong) and they had to fix i...

    John’s Answer

    Yes you can sue. Such a claim is often defended with allegations that it was the customer's fault. Such a lawsuit would benefit from a good expert (a well-spoken and highly trained brake mechanic) that inspects the vehicle and gives opinions about causation.

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  • Can you assign/Broker an owner finance deal in Texas?

    Example :If i find someone who wants to owner finance their house at 2.5% interest and i have a buyer who is interested in that house at 10% interest. Can i get the sellers house under contract at their terms and assign the contract adding in my t...

    John’s Answer

    Mr. Layton identified significant conflicts of interest which would constitute breaches of fiduciary duty.

    A broker also acting as the banker could face a lawsuit for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, statutory violations, treble damages, punitive damages, and disgorgement of fees (and perhaps loss of the broker's license).

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  • I moved in my home a year ago and I found out by a neighbor...someone passed in the home which wasn't disclose before purchasing

    By knowing this have been driving me crazy...I wanted to know...was this suppose to disclose?

    John’s Answer

    I agree with my esteemed compadres.

    I had a friend that won a case when a Texas realtor failed to disclose that a heinous murder occurred in a home. His case helped define Texas law.

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