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  • Can a rental car company charge my credit card for paying a traffic violation ticket without informing me first

    I was charge by a rental company $520 for paying for a red light violation ticket. The rental company never informed via email or physical email. Is this right on their part ? Can i ask them to return my money back if i want to contest the violat...

    Paul’s Answer

    Hopefully it is not too late to contest.

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  • Do you have to use the original lawyer that set up the trust? What is the best course of action for to take?

    81 year friend is the trustee for her 83 year old boyfriend that recently passed away. She is very distraught and confused and does not want to go the lawyer that did the trust.

    Paul’s Answer

    No, she can choose a different attorney

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  • Is there a precedent for recovery for gross misrepresentation of square footage? What is the statute of limitation?

    2.5 years ago I purchased a home in the Bay Area (California) and only recently discovered the square footage quoted in the contract was grossly over stated (by ~50%) the actual living space. The garage was included in the square footage instead o...

    Paul’s Answer

    Yes, although sometimes "garages" have been converted to living space, but even then, likely not "permitted" living space. I have had these types of cases before.

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    Just bought new mobile home. The factory changed the plans, without notifying me. They put a window in, where it was blocked out on the plans. If they would have called me, I would have told them to move it down 7 ft. Additioally, they put it ...

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    Yes. Manufactured homes are in a unique category in terms of building codes and legal issues. You need a contractor/inspector and an attorney that know the applicable codes.

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  • My house is located 4 feet away from new construction job next door that caused damages to my property.

    My house has damages to the foundation walls, plaster walls inside and stucco outside, ceilings in bedrooms and living space. The house is 90 years old and the construction company was aware before start that my home has wood lath and plaster wal...

    Paul’s Answer

    You need to document all of the damage and have an expert opinion as to the cause of the damage. Also obtain repair estimates. The contractor should have insurance assuming the damage was caused by the contractor.

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  • A group of ordinary citizens wish to form a Farmers Co-operative and start farming.

    What kind of an organisation or business should the farmers form. They are interested in a non profit farming co-op in California.

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    There is "non-profit" or "not for profit" corporations that can be formed. It depends upon the intent of the organizers and for whose benefit the co-op is formed. More information would be needed to select the right entity, along with advice from a tax professional.

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  • Can I file an Answer on a lawsuit I was just made aware of before the default hearing next week.

    I was just made aware late last week that there is a pending law suite against me in California. I was never served personally but by publication and the Attorney on the Plaintiff side entered a default according to the Case Summary. There is a h...

    Paul’s Answer

    Not if a default has already been taken, the hearing is likely to prove damages - the amount claimed to be owed. You would need a motion to set aside the default.

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  • What is my right and what can I do when a license contractor working very slow and ask for a large sum of money?

    I hired a general contractor for a remodel job . the whole project is about $ 65k which include materials and labor with a payment schedule . he's been very slow and for three months not getting much done due to he's having a few jobs at the sa...

    Paul’s Answer

    I would need to see the contract. Also, if the remodel is on your residence, strict rules apply.

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  • I want to start a matchmaking business and only contract with a specific type of clientele. Is it legal and not discriminatory?

    I would like to start a personalized matchmaking business that provides services to a specific clientele. That clientele would consist of a certain religion, employed & those making above $75,000, men/women relationships only,those who will agree...

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    Yes, once you set forth the criteria, it is a voluntary business relationship. The clientele will agree to the contract.

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  • Can a licensed subcontractor hired by an unlicensed general contractor file a mechanic's lien against a property in california

    Can a licensed subcontractor hired by an unlicensed general contractor file a mechanic's lien against a property in california

    Paul’s Answer

    Yes, but you must comply with all of the notice and time requirements.

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