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Constantine D. Buzunis

Constantine Buzunis’s Answers

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  • If I signed a year lease in Oakland, CA with a security deposit, under what terms can the lease be broken by me (the tenant)?

    Is it possible to back out after signing the year lease with a security deposit? Or am I on the hook for the year lease? Are there any special circumstances that would allow me to break the lease? I'm assuming unsanitary living conditions (mold i...

    Constantine’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys, you don't have a sufficient basis to break the lease, see if you can sublet if allowed or ask the landlord if you can agree on vacating the property and getting out of the lease?

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  • What if a claimant loses an arbitration claim and the award is in favor of the respondent but no monetary amount is stated?

    What does it mean when an arbitration award states the award is against claimant and in favor of respondent subject for confirmation in any competent court? All claimants claims were dismissed but no attorney fees or costs were awarded to either s...

    Constantine’s Answer

    hard to say without reading the entire award, if you have an attorney ask them about it? Otherwise, it appears the claimant lost their case and each side is to bear there own attorney fees and costs? You can always ask the arbitrator for a clarification on the issue? Normally if court orderd arbitration then who have time to accept or reject the arbitrator's award and if you reject, go back to court, unless it was a binding arbitration, then you are stuck with the result absent fraud or conspiracy on the part of the arbitrator which is almost impossible to prove?

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  • What is proper service of a Summons and Complaint-in-Intervention?

    I need to serve a summons and complaint-in-intervention on the parties to a matter that are already being represented by counsel. Do I use the manner of serving a regular summons and complaint (personal service or notice and acknowledgment) or ca...

    Constantine’s Answer

    If you are serving a party who has already appeared in the action, then you can serve their attorney or if they are not represented, serve them directly by mail. If they have not appeared, you need to have a third party serve them with the summons and complaint per the required court rules.

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  • Do I need a contract litigation attorney?

    Recently, I purchased a new vehicle. I decided I wanted to return the car, and looked to the contract for more information. On the contract, it states that I have 30 days to cancel the contract, bring the car back, and receive a full refund. I eve...

    Constantine’s Answer

    Yes you should retain an experienced AVVO contracts lawyer that also knows consumer law. Good Luck.

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  • Can a tenant legally go after me for not disclosing that my HOA is currently in litigation?

    I own a DETACHED townhome that I am renting to a single man for 3500 per month. He has not paid rent this month and wants out of the lease because he lost his job. I also found out that he has a large dog in the unit even though the lease clearly...

    Constantine’s Answer

    Not likely, but Attorney Spiritos' answer is well taken, this seems like a problem tenant that you may be better rid of, let them out of the lease and get them to sign a full release in exchange for you letting them go. Your alternative is to go on the offensive and file an Unlawful Detainer action and evict them for non-payment of rent and violation of the lease terms, also bad faith, fraud, extortion for making false claims about the mold, etc. The real issue is even you sued him are you able to ever collect or will you be chasing a judgment that you will never get paid on? If you have a well written lease, it should provide for attorney fees and costs to the prevailing party, so hiring an experienced AVVO landlord tenant lawyer makes good sense!

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  • Where can I find good examples of documents submitted as evidence?

    My case is nearing trial and I must submit evidence which follow proper evidence rules. I would like to see examples of such documents. Should these documents be submitted pursuant to RCW's much like they are when filing motions or pleadings.?Thes...

    Constantine’s Answer

    This seems like a family law issue and you should ask the questions under that heading. As far as submission of documents in evidence there is a protocol in place to get a document admitted. First the document must be relevent to the matter, second you must have previously disclosed the document to the opposing party unless it is for pure impeachment, then you need to have listed the document as required by the court in the pretrial pleadings as a document you intended to submit and whay it is relevent. Then you need to make appropriate copies of the document for the court and oppsosition, if there is a jury you need to make arragmements to have a projector to show the documents to the jury, assuming there is no objection to the document or you are able to overcome any objection to the document like hearsay, prejudice vs. probative value, etc. You may be required to lay a proper foundation for the document with the witness such as do you recognize this document, how is it that you recognize it, did you prepare it, etc. A good resource is something like Jefferson's Benchbook also go down to court and sit in on a trial and what how the attorneys do it.

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  • What does first amended complaint-changed prays amount $4269.27 to $676.46 means?

    My husband and i were getting sued for breach of contract. And we responded to them back and now I see is this on the website they told me to go to. Www.Clarkcountycourts.com

    Constantine’s Answer

    It appears they reduced their demand from the higher amount to the lower amount. If you have potential liability or responsibility you might consider calling them up and trying to reach a settlement agreement for an amount up to the $676.46? If you feel that you have a strong defense then fight it in court, but be aware that if you lose, you will likely also be responsible for their court costs and if there is an attorneys fees clause in the contact and they are using an attorney, you may be required to pay their attorney fees which would likely exceed the judgment.

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  • In sc can petitioner file a summary judgement motion to respondents conditional order of dismissal?

    Petitioner file 2nd pcr, respondents argue successive, but never touch on petitioner claims in any kind of way

    Constantine’s Answer

    You need to consult with an experienced AVVO Attorney in your area on this issue as soon as possible so you do not miss any deadlines!

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  • Can my husband file a petition for special relief and take me to court and get attorney fee's for the family dog?

    My husband assulted me, was arrested and released on an unsecured bond under the conditions he would make no contact with me. I reside in the home and he has filed a petition for special relief to make me turn over the family dog to him and pay at...

    Constantine’s Answer

    He can file the petition but you can oppose the petition and show that he was arrested and why and that the charges are pending and that he has filed this to further harass you and is violating the terms of his release. Let the judge know you are filing for divorce and if you can file before the hearing even better! Not sure how he would be entitled to attorney fees and in fact you shouldask for your attorney fees and costs in opposing his petition! If you don't have a formal restraining order against him, get one now and please be careful to protect yourself as the TRO is only worth the paper it is written on and sometimes in these situations angry spouses will violate them without regard for the law! See if you can get your petition for a TRO filed and have the hearing in the same court as your husband's petition? You need to get a family law/divorce lawyer to help you!

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