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Judy A. Goldstein

Judy Goldstein’s Answers

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  • The cabinets in the kitchen and bath are 10 years older then unit they showed me. Plus we found mold. Do I move in?

    I am supposed to move in to a unit today in Illinois but when I walked in to the unit, the cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms are completely different then the model unit. This was not disclosed. The cabinets are about 10 years older and so ...

    Judy’s Answer

    Rather than negotiate a rent reduction, decline the unit completely Mold is not something you want to bargain over. The landlord did not offer you the same thing you were assured you would get. The better approach might even be to find another place to live since they are alaready starting out in a shady premise.

    Lesson learned: Also look at the actual unit you are offered.

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  • How do I get guardianship of my 11year old niece who has been homeless for over a year n says her dad has sex and dose hard drug

    My brother and his11year old daughter have been homeless for over a year she says he is doing drugs and having sex in same room I found them living in abandon trailer took the girl she has bits all over her called Dcfs they said they don't step in...

    Judy’s Answer

    You need to file a Petition for Guardianship ASAP. If your niece is 14 or older, she should join you in nominating you to be appointed. Do not allow the girl to be removed from your home. Get into court ASAP. If DCFS get involved, your niece could be taken from you and placed in foster care. Speak to a lawyer who handles guardianship cases in you are.

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  • Can I take my stepdaughter on a cruise?

    My husband is the custodial parent and has agreed for his 16yr old daughter to travel on a cruise with me and his stepmother. His ex is trying to deny the trip as it says she must give consent. Can she really stop the trip? We have a week until ...

    Judy’s Answer

    If you are taking the child out of the country, her mother's permission or a court order may be required. Check with the cruise administration for their requirements for traveling minors. . You should speak to an attorney as soon as possible since you have already waited until the last minute.

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  • What are my options? (Tenant Related)

    Covered under Chicago Ordinance. Windows in apt are old/outdated and doesn't retain heat or AC. I've asked for them to be replaced and my LL has said unless it's broken he's not replacing them. This causes the winters to be extremely cold and...

    Judy’s Answer

    You may have some options. Speak to a landlord/tenant attorney who handles Chicago ordinance issues or go to the Daley Center and discuss your concerns with the help desk personnel available for tenants.

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  • Will trespassing be on my permanent record? How long could it be there for?

    I recently was with my friends at a park, and went to an abandoned park rangers office and looked inside of it just for curiousity. We broke nothing, or even opened any doors (the garage door was open). This place was previously broken into times ...

    Judy’s Answer

    If you are in juvenile court, your parents can hire private counsel who is experienced in the juvenile system or a special public defender will be appointed to your case. In the meantime, do not discuss this matter online or anywhere else in public or in private, even with your friends, and speak only to your attorney

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  • Child support

    Is it illegal for my ex husband to do work and have his pay made out to his wife. Examples he is running a youth wrestling club on the website and his linked in he is the president of this club an it is for profit ant it's cool owned by his wife a...

    Judy’s Answer

    It is not illegal, but it will take a talented attorney to investigate and show evidence that the income is your ex-husbands and not his current wife.

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  • Do I need to respond to 214 request, if a motion to dismiss is pending? I am currently not "party" to a complaint.

    Complaint filed, but judge has not ruled.

    Judy’s Answer

    If you are not a party to the action, a SR 214 request is not the proper method to seek information from you. For that reason alone you can disregard and me not even consider the motion to dismiss.

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  • Can I sue for breach of contact when the agreement was via text messages?

    One May 10th, my niece who lives in Chicago and a person I had always trusted text me she was in trouble and that her car had been booted for unpaid traffic tickets. She needed to borrow $600.00 to pay the deposit. She agreed to repay me when sh...

    Judy’s Answer

    You can file in small claims court, but must be prepared to appear in court. If your niece cannot afford to pay you right now, what makes you think a court order will make it any better? Giving her more time may result in a more satisfactory outcome and retain the family relationship. Besides, filing in small claims will cost you almost as much as you are owed. It is your decision how to proceed.

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  • I hired an attorney to file my chapter 13 bankruptcy. I paid the requested $500 and now the attorney won't return my calls.

    I met with him a week ago today, a Saturday. I paid the fee by check which he cashed Monday. He told me he would file the case that Monday provided I sent him all the requested paperwork and took the credit counseling course which I did. After he ...

    Judy’s Answer

    If you are uncomfortable with your attorney, hire new counsel immediately. Your new lawyer will know how to address the issue of refund if available. . So far you have paid a very small retainer. It may be time to cut your losses, especially since your matter is time sensitive.

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  • What can I do?

    I am 70 yrs old and live in CA. My daughter goes college in Chicago, IL. She got collision. I am the owner on vehicle title. Vehicle is registered in CA. She bought her own insurance in Chicago to cover herself while driving there because she...

    Judy’s Answer

    You should not speak with any adjuster without first seeking legal advice. If the coverage was purchased by and for your daughter, that carrier will address her collision. The carrier will also provider legal representation if and when needed and you can speak with that lawyer.. Your daughter should file a claim, regardless of fault, with her carrier. She should also complete the motorist report given to here by the police officer or trooper who investigated her accident. You probably will not need to travel to Illinois anyway but a notarized letter will not likely be of any value.

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