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Michael Ryan Juarez

Michael Juarez’s Answers

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  • Husband swallowed metal from food that was served, it looked like a piece of the fryer basket, do we have a case?

    We were eating at Outback. He has abrasions in his throat from the metal. Management took the blooming onion and his meal off the bill to compensate.

    Michael’s Answer

    You have a case with a high probability of settlement. To maximize that settlement follow the advice of Attorney Philips and have the damage documented by a ENT doctor and retain an attorney.

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  • How to react to claim adjuster's letter?

    This winter I was hit by a car on a pedestrian walk while visiting Los Angeles. As I'm a foreigner, and didn't have any time till the end of July to search for a local LA attorney who'd agree to represent me distantly - gonna send out emails t...

    Michael’s Answer

    Dear Unrepresented Claimant,

    I would keep the lines of communication open. Send another email referencing the harsh letter by date and inform them to keep the claim open while you retain an attorney. Good luck. I think most attorneys would jump on your case given that you have done a portion of the work.

    Your Welcome,

    Mike J.

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  • How long can I have a visitor in my house I rent

    I recently got a 3 day notice stating my boyfriend was living with me and is not on the lease he only stays 2-3 times a week if that . I stay with him the same. he has not moved in and I don't have a lease with my landlord. In November 2012 my roo...

    Michael’s Answer

    Landlord may make guest restrictions to prevent guest from becoming full-time residents but if the restrictions cannot be so invasive that they infringe on your privacy rights. 2-3 times a week is not a full-time resident.

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  • How many years should you live in a unit to receive a 60 day notice?

    i have lived in a apartment complex for 4 years in 2 different units. The current one being a year and a half should i get a 30 day notice to vacate or 60 day?

    Michael’s Answer

    A 60 day notice must be given if the tenancy is a year or longer.

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  • If I receive a large personal injury settlement and my attorney doesn't file a lien, can I go bankrupt and keep all the money.

    I have a settlement in principle in place for a large sum that is necessary for my future support. I owe my attorney for his services but have a dispute as to what I owe and he has no lien in his agreement with me. All the medical bills and concei...

    Michael’s Answer

    It may be considered an abuse. I suggest you try arbitration to resolve your fee dispute.

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  • Can the landlord keep an early termination fee if it is not in the original lease?

    We terminated lease early, in lease it stated that we had to give 30 day written notice, we did. Said nothing about a termination fee in lease. When we turned in our written notice we were told to sign a paper or we would still be liable for the l...

    Michael’s Answer

    It sounds like you signed based on additional terms stated verbally at the time of signing. To win you will have to prove what "she" said and that you complied with the terms she stated. Get the lady's name and position. To get the $500 back you will need to file a small claims suit. Before filing I would demand they honor the verbal agreement or face litigation.

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  • 3 day notice amount of rent $2675 is correct however I wrote two thousand eight hundred & plus late receivd demurrer HELP

    on court date will I be able to show evidence she is 3 mos.past due #1 ground - amount written out is incorrect amount of past due rent in $'s is correct & late fees added but separate # 2 states the amount is overstated. As of Oct 7th she was $26...

    Michael’s Answer

    Yes the judge should allow you to present your evidence. However I suggest retaining a LL/T attorney to represent you at the UD hearing. Entering evidence and making a supportive legal argument is procedurally and substantively complicated.

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  • Asking for a stay of eviction?

    My landlord won a judgement against me bc I did not receive the UD in time to answer. It's getting close to moving day. But I still can't find a place that fits my budget and caters to my arthritis. Yesterday I got an email requesting the full mon...

    Michael’s Answer

    I would pay February's rent on the condition that the landlord provide you written confirmation that you will be allowed to either, stay the entire month of February or receive a prorated reimbursement based on the actual amount of days you resided at the residence.

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  • How much is my case worth for inhabitable dwelling?

    I live in a rundown home. I have confirmation from the department of Public Health of Los Angeles that there are 6 major violations including infestation of rodents and roaches, damaged walls and flooring, hanging door plus the kitchen drain line ...

    Michael’s Answer

    Retain an attorney asap. Present him with your proof and the confirmation from the dept. of PHLA.

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  • My landlord says I have to pay an extra 200 utility bill. My utils are included in my rent according to the lease.

    I have a one year lease that includes utilities. The landlord says this extra is above and beyond normal expected use and he will serve me with a 30 day notice if I refuse to pay this he insists this is my responsibilty. Then he emailed me an adde...

    Michael’s Answer

    Your LL is trying to renegotiate the lease terms. If you do not agree with the addendum do not sign it. That being said, you should go about using utilities in a reasonable manner, do not waste them just because they are included. If your landlord attempts to evict, you can defend with the lease and proof that you are using the utilities in a reasonable and necessary manner. Good luck.

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