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Eric Charles Lewis

Eric Lewis’s Answers

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  • Are online payment convenience fees for rent allowed when not specified in the lease?

    Eric’s Answer

    I don't see any problem with that as long as there are alternative forms of accepting payment that are not associated with any charges, like sending them a check or money order. If you want to pay online, you have to pay per their terms.

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  • How can i get discloser?

    Eric’s Answer

    You would probably need to open a probate administration in court under court supervision to get all the documentation and make sure proper distributions are made by a court-appointed personal representative or executor.

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  • Can I sue carmax for changing a legal document that says not to alter?

    Eric’s Answer

    Nothing you have described is unlawful or legal cause to sue for anything. The language regarding alteration has more to do with whether or not the lender will honor the document. If you signed the paperwork, you agreed to the alterations, in addition to what the monthly installment payment would be. Certainly, they provided you with a copy of the Truth in Lending disclosure that shows what the payment would be, how long it would be, rate of interest, and what you would ultimately pay in total.

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  • How can a defendant lawyer claim to dismiss for lack of service when the law suit was filed through the clerks office of the co

    Eric’s Answer

    Filing a lawsuit with the clerk's office has little to do with the actual service of process. The Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure are very specific about how one needs to serve the lawsuit to get a court to have legal personal jurisdiction over a defendant.

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  • Will transferring your joint tenancy interest into your trust sever the joint tenancy and then make ownership tenants in common?

    Eric’s Answer

    So, it depends on what Person 1 actually does. If Person 1 creates a trust and conveys a deed in the name of the trust, then yes, it would sever the tenancy. If Person 1 just creates a trust that conveys "any and all interest they may have" and does nothing to the deed, then the deed remains in tact and if Person 1 dies before Person 2, Person 2 gets 100% of the property. If Person 2 dies before Person 1, then Person 1 gets the entirety of the property or it goes to the trust, depending on how specified.

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  • How can I keep my house?

    Eric’s Answer

    If I recall correctly, you may be able to pay past-due property taxes through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan of reorganization. That would enable you to stretch out the payments over at least 3 years.

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  • Do I really lose all my lawsuit?

    Eric’s Answer

    Not enough information provided to say for sure, but what you describe is fairly common. When someone files bankruptcy, that person agrees to pay non-exempt money and assets to the appointed trustee for the benefit of the creditors in the bankruptcy case. If the injury was caused before the bankruptcy case was opened, it doesn't matter when the lawsuit was filed or when it actually paid out, it would likely be property of the bankruptcy estate to be administered by the trustee for the debts you included in the bankruptcy. If the money is more than enough to pay the claims in the bankruptcy, you may get part of it after the costs of administration and payment of claims are made.

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  • I cut small images from used books I bought (mostly Peanuts) & paste them onto wooden blocks to sell as toys. Is this legal?

    Eric’s Answer

    Legal? Probably not. The images are protected by copyright and using them for monetary gain is not fair use that would protect you from a copyright infringement claim. Look inside the first couple pages of any book and you'll find the copyright that protects the intellectual property of everything in the book.

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  • I bought a car for $4000 and put it in her name, she signed a hand written agreement to pay me at least a $100 a week.

    Eric’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Rafter. You don't have a security interest in the vehicle itself, so it's her car. But you may be able to prevail for the breach of the agreement that you had. But since she's moved out of state, getting jurisdiction over her could be problematic. Good luck.

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  • Paid bankruptcy lawyer $1700 and paid the 300 filing fee to the court but never ended up going thru with it should i get $ back?

    Eric’s Answer

    What kind of lawyer would do that much work for $300?

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