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Constantine D. Buzunis

Constantine Buzunis’s Answers

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  • Recovering att fees for 15 month battle in NYC case, where he filed in the wrong court, dragged it out and then withdrew.

    My ex filed for a change in court orders 2 seconds after our divorce was final. He filed in a court that never had any jurisdiction in NYC as we lived in Virginia for 8 months prior. He dragged it and racked up TWENTY grand in legal fees for me (...

    Constantine’s Answer

    If you had a lawyer you may be entitled to attorney fees as the prevailing party if provided for by court rule. If you represented yourself, then you are only entitled to your recoverable court costs per the code. If you did have a lawyer they should be trying to get the attorney fees and costs for you. If your ex has assets in the U.S. you can collect on some of them that are not protected from judgment. If all his assets are in Australia, it can cost more than it might be worth as you will have to get an Austrialian court to recognize the judgment and your award of attorney fees and costs and then get the Austalian court to issue garnishments on wages and bank accounts and liens on property, etc. ? You might want to see if you can have a collections lawyer or a collection agency see if they will take it on a percentage?

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  • Minor's Compromise in Los Angeles. Injury and minor both in Pomona. Where do I file this specifically? which courthouse? Probate

    I was wondering if someone could tell me where I file this. Pomona seems to have 2 court houses. Its from a personal injury claim. Is it filed in Probate court or civil court. Having a hard time finding out.

    Constantine’s Answer

    If there was a personal injury lawsuit then file it in the same department where the suit was filed. If it was just a claim with no formal lawsuit, then file it in the presiding department in the civil court closest to where the incident occurred or defendant resides as that is best/proper venue.

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  • Is service by mail appropriate on the National Registered Agents, Inc. ?

    I am trying to avoid hiring a process server to drive the papers down to the National Registered Agents, Inc., which is the registered agent for the corporation that I am serving. If service by mail is appropriate, then I could conceivably have s...

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    i agree with attorney Oakley

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  • What does a court of law look at? the law or the intend behind the litigation? In a condo case where association is greedy

    what does the court look at when taking a decision. The law or the intent behind the litigation. I bought a unit . later i received a letter stating the tenant who was living there before i bought it has to move because one year ownership policy...

    Constantine’s Answer

    Your questions seems unclear and contradictory, is there a lawsuit by you or someone else? Are you allowed to rent or not? If so, what is your complaint or question? Well it seems as the time has passed you can now rent even though technically you were in violation for the prior year by renting to your tenant without first living in it for one year. It seems to me, and I don't have all the HOA rules or CC&Rs and correspondence on the issue, that you may be subject to some fine or penalty for the prior violation if still timely, otherwise you should be free to rent it out? Don't let the Board member who wanted to buy and may be trying to enforce the prior one year no rental policy intimidate you, as she was trying to buy your unit, i would demand she recuse herself from the issue for self-dealing.

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  • What can cause a complaint to be thrown out in Federal court?

    Pitfalls to avoid? Thank you

    Constantine’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys, there are many issues, including jurisdiction, venue, and many other procedural defects in your pleadings, failure to respond to discovery, failure to attend court hearings, etc. It is NOT recommeded that you represent yourself in Federal Court, it is complicated and full of details and requirements that a pro per will have difficulty complying with, in addition to the fact that even if you are in pro per, the court must still hold you to the same standards as a lawyer before the court! Get an Attorney ASAP!

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  • How much is it to file litigation malpractice against an attorney who did not do their job?

    I was represented by an attorney who did not do their job, and was looking into filing against them. But his incompetence cost me a ton of money already, so I don't have a lot to do this step, how much is it going to cost me? Is it worth it?

    Constantine’s Answer

    Well you need to find an experienced legal malpractice attorney on AVVO and ask them to review your file to see if the lawyer committed any malpractice on your case. If you received a bad outcome, it does not necessarily mean the lawyer did not do an adequate job under all the facts and circumstances.

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  • Can I file for defult or I have to do amendment summon too

    city counsel he reseved the original summon and complain the I did amendment to coplain and serve it to him but I never did any amendment summon becouse the court never order to do amenmend summon can I file for defult he had sent conform about am...

    Constantine’s Answer

    In CA. you would have to reserve the defendant with the amended summons and complaint, not sure about NY?

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  • The QME has sent her report to the lawyers and IC; what happens next

    I went out on injury January 2012 for lower back and carpal tunnel in both hands. Initially I filed for disability first then upon the recommendation of my doctor I filed for WC 3 months later and was denied after deposition. Went back to work s...

    Constantine’s Answer

    If you have an attorney, you need to speak with them about your case. Now that there is a QME Report, both sides will look at the QME Doctor's determination and see if a resolution or settlement can be reached through mediation or otherwise as to your level and degree of disability and compensation, if not, you will go to trial before a W.C. Judge.

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  • WARNING SIGNS? Are there any kinds occurrences that a summary judgment is on the immediate horizon, or, are there certain t's

    to be crossed before that's a possibility? Does discovery have to be complete? Do the affirmative defenses have to have been addressed, and/or, struck? And, is it possible that the Plaintiff would decide to forego a summary judgment and just wa...

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    A MSJ can be filed anytime after the answer, but realistically there needs to be a reasonable opportunity to conduct discovery by both sides in order to refine the legal and factual issues. Whether a MSJ gets filed is dependant on many factors and it is hard to predict. If the the other side has a lawyer and the facts and caselaw are on their side, then the liklihood is greater. They are required to give notice and prepare the pleadings which can be time consuming and expensive. If I were you, I would focus on propounding discovery that helps prove the elements you need to defend the case.

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  • Are my assets protected from litigation involving a rental property I bought with my Roth IRA?

    I recently bought a property in Scottsdale, AZ via my self-directed Roth (custodian is out of California). On the legal documents the owner is IRA COMPANY, INC, FBO MY NAME. I do not own the property outright but via my IRA. A pipe burs...

    Constantine’s Answer

    It seems abundanly clear the pipe burst in your shower caused the water damage to the other units below! Safeco as your insurer has a duty to try and find coverage, not come up with technical ways to deny coverage! Go over the plumbing or repair paperwork with the HOA and get them to revise their documents to indicate the pipe break in your unit was the cause of the damage and have the unit owners resubmit their claims in a timely manner! If this doesn't work, then get a bad faith lawyer and see if there is a claim against Safeco for wrongful denial of coverage/bad faith. In meantime, you need legal advice on whether your IRA is exposed? Is there a homestead provision in AZ that protects a certain level of equity in your home if you file and record it with the county assessor as in CA?

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