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Joy M. Vega

Joy Vega’s Answers

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  • Can I be sued?

    Joy’s Answer

    If a written or verbal contract was agreed to and established the terms for the sale and purchase of the car, that contract would govern this dispute. A copy of the contract needs to be provided to an attorney for review before your questions can be answered. When you contact an attorney, you should also be prepared to tell that professional about any representations made to you about the condition of the vehicle that ended of not being true.

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  • Requesting court hearing transcript

    Joy’s Answer

    If you are represented by an attorney in this matter, you should speak with your attorney about getting a transcript of the hearing. Transcripts are typically requested from, and produced by the court reporter present at the hearing. Most courts also make an audio recording of hearings. You can ask the court clerk, in the court administration office, for assistance in getting either the audio or written transcript. You may be required to submit a written request for what you want. There will be a fee associated with getting the transcript.

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  • Discovery answer.

    Joy’s Answer

    As a pro se litigant (i.e. representing yourself) you are expected to follow the same rules of civil procedure that your attorney was bound to follow. Included in those procedural requirements is the duty to answer discovery requests. If the discovery requests seek relevant and non-privileged information, you need to answer them. If they seek information that is protected from disclosure by a privilege (e.g. attorney-client, accountant client, husband and wife, etc.), then you need to bring that to the Court's attention in your response to the Motion to Compel.

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  • Hi I need advice because an attorney has been trying to reach me at work but wont state why.

    Joy’s Answer

    Do not give out your social security number or any personal information. The second part of your post appears to indicate that you may be served with legal process (i.e. a summons and complaint) in the near future. There are no restrictions on where a process server can serve you with legal papers. While it is probably not ideal for you to be served at work, that would not be against any law. You may want to talk with whomever is in charge of the reception area at your work and make clear to them whether or not they are authorized to accept/sign for legal papers on your behalf. Do not go out of your way to avoid getting served. Your best bet is to accept service with dignity, and immediately seek legal counsel to help you in answering the complaint.

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  • Does my family have a right to live without fear or possible harm due to lack of judgement from police and newspaper?

    Joy’s Answer

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    You should talk with a civil rights attorney immediately and provide a succinct summary of what happened. There is probably more to the story that would be helpful in analyzing your situation.

    As a thousand foot overview: A privilege (i.e. legal protection from disclosure) against disclosing the identity of an informer does exists; however, it is the law enforcement agency that holds it - not your husband. The privilege is typically invoked by the prosecuting attorney in order to not have to disclose who the Confidential Informant ("CI") was. So, this privilege may not help your husband in the current situation. Secondly, some courts have found that the state (here, ISP) has a responsibility to not create danger for certain types of citizens (including CIs). But, again, more specifics need to be known in order to determine if any legal claim exists.

    Further, the possibility of legal recourse in your situation may very well depend on the confidential informant agreement and ISP's policy regarding confidential informants. Additionally, if you have any idea or proof as to who the leak was and why it occurred, that could increase the success of any legal claim you may have.

    Idaho has some short (i.e. 90 days) deadlines that must be met in order to pursue legal action against a government agency. Do not delay in contacting an attorney as the passage of time will negatively impact your rights.

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  • Can I sue the County for Negligence?

    Joy’s Answer

    A review of all the documents related to your inheritance needs to be done by an attorney in order to accurately answer your question. However, it is most likely that any action would be against your mother for breaching the duties of trust and loyalty that she owes to you as trustee and/or conservator of your inheritance (if she was, in fact, obligated with those duties). Depending on what the governing documents say, the bank may be liable for releasing money that was not used for your care. As the beneficiary, you are entitled to access to information regarding any trust account created on your behalf. However, you may be required to submit written requests for information - not just calling the bank.

    Do not delay in contacting an attorney for assistance with this matter, as the passage of time can negatively affect your legal rights and the status of your inheritance.

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  • What can we still do to prove our innocence? And what can we do since we are both from different states?( Idaho- California)

    Joy’s Answer

    Your policy of insurance should explain what, if any coverage exists for this situation. If you believe that your own auto insurance policy covers this then you should mail a written challenge to Geico regarding its denial of coverage.

    However, typically, where another driver causes an accident, you should make a claim to that driver's insurance company - not your own. The guy who backed his vehicle into your vehicle should be paying for the repairs to your vehicle. This will only get done if a claim is made to his insurer. Geico may or may not do this for you. And, since this guy is now claiming that you are at fault, it may take some time and effort to obtain a favorable result.

    Further, if the responsible driver does not have car insurance, then your own policy insurance should kick in - if you have uninsured or underinsured coverage. If Geico continues to deny a valid claim, you may have a legal claim against Geico.

    You should not delay in seeking legal assistance with this matter, as the passage of time will negatively affect your legal rights.

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  • What's my rights when doctor makes a joking racial comment?

    Joy’s Answer

    This is not a civil rights matter. There is no government agency acting to deprive you or your son of any constitutional right. Further, you have not been "damaged" in any way that would lead to a successful legal action. I suggest that you explore other avenues of response, such as using a different pediatrician, online reviews of the doctor, etc. You may also consider enlightening the doctor about her insulting ways through a well worded letter, wherein you can tell her that you will not be using her services anymore and that you will not be referring her to others.

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  • Need a 1983 civil rights lawyer!

    Joy’s Answer

    I suggest that you contact the Virginia State Bar. There may be a lawyer referral program that can direct you to local attorneys who represent plaintiffs in prisoner rights cases.

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  • Can I file a lawsuit against the police department?

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    You should contact a local attorney immediately, as the passage of time will negatively affect your rights. Most states require a notice of tort claim to be delivered to the government agency that would be the defendant in your lawsuit. In Idaho, the time frame for serving the notice of tort claim is 180 days from the date your potential claim arose (i.e. the day you were pulled over). If you want the opportunity to pursue potential claims, you cannot let deadlines like this one lapse. Georgia law may also require you to file a complaint with the state's human rights commission within a certain amount of time.

    Also, a local attorney will be able to fully evaluate the strength of your case and advise you on whether or not you should proceed.

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