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  • What are the rules for vacating a default judgement in maricopa county Arizona justice court?

    I was awarded a default judgement 57 days ago because the defendant in the case refused to file a response with the courts (20 days, and then 10 more additional days). I am curious of the rule that explains what the reasonable excuses to ignore th...

    Steven’s Answer

    I don't really understand the defendant's excuse. But the issue in court will be whether service was proper. If you have an affidavit of service, that should protect you.

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  • Can you file an appeal in a civil matter after Motion to Vacate Judgment has been denied?

    Judgment was entered for the forfeiture of property on May 1, 2015. Claimant filed a motion to vacate judgment within 30 days of entry of judgment on the innocent owner clause, the complaint was untimely filed and the State failed to properly ser...

    Steven’s Answer

    He can, although it is a toss up as to whether he will.

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  • 3 Issues: 1. Withholding rent refund, 2. Wrongfully withholding Security Deposit, 3. Insufficient Funds check

    3 weeks into a 5 week rental in AZ, we had a death in our immediate family. The homeowner offered us a full refund to vacate prematurely. I have the voicemail. Based on her offer, we vacated the property. Upon our departure we did a home inspe...

    Steven’s Answer

    Go to a landlord-tenant attorney with all your paperwork. Your case is winnable.

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  • What should I do as the plaintiff, when a default judgement has already been issued, and the defendant files a motion to vacate?

    I am suing my former roommate for back rent, and power bills. I filed the complain by the book hiring a process server, and making my responses within the allotted time as permitted by the law. He never responded to the complaint originally (30 da...

    Steven’s Answer

    Oppose the motion. I don't know what other arguments your roommate makes, but as to service, present the affidavit of service.

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  • If you win a lawsuit, do you get your costs back?

    or just attorney's fees?

    Steven’s Answer

    You get those costs designated by statute.

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  • I was evicted from an apartment can I appeal the decision.

    I was evicted from an apartment. I provided payment by dropping off a check in the complex drop box. The management team misplaced the check, I provided them with another check plus late fees. After a week they came back and said that I needed to ...

    Steven’s Answer

    A judge may give you relief, but you need an attorney's help, especially given your PTSD.

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  • Was i wrongfully terminated when i put my notice in and was fired on the spot?

    my supervisor called me dead weight and fired me after i gave him notice that i was quitting because my wage wasn't right.

    Steven’s Answer

    IN Arizona, the employer was probably within his rights. If you were being paid less than minimum wage, on average, see an employment lawyer.

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  • Our air conditionig is included in the rent. It has been down for 2 weeks. They say it is operating at 60%. At best

    We are under a heat advisory for the week. most of the apartments on the east side are running daily at 85-90 degrees. This has been going on for two weeks. You email the office all they say is the compressor part is on its way from new york. Th...

    Steven’s Answer

    he Landlord-Tenant Act solutions may not work for you. Go to the city.

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  • Small claims costs and prevailing party fees

    I won a small claims case for 10 grand but the person hired an attorney and took me back to court 3 times trying to have the ruling removed. They failed to have it completely removed but the prejudiced judge finally reduced it to "plaintiff is aw...

    Steven’s Answer

    The judgment must be domesticated in Arizona first. Then, you should be able to go after the full amount awarded.

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  • What steps do I take to sue someone in California if I moved to Arizona

    I loaned my aunt $1,475 for her car payment which was made through my bank account. We have no writren contract but I do have text messages and conversations about her owing me money. In pur text messages it is clear she is aware she owes me money...

    Steven’s Answer

    Consult with a California litigator.

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