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  • I countersued the bank and the judge set a rely date for the bank to respond which they missed...now what?

    Key points. I was sued by the bank for the balance of a short sale. I responded pro se with an answer, affirmative defenses and counterclaims. The plaintiff motioned to dismiss all of my affirmative defenses and counterclaim. The judge den...

    Stephen’s Answer

    I'm not sure why they didn't respond. My guess is either you failed to serve them with your affirmative defenses or they viewed them as legally unimportant or meaningless.

    I think you know that handling this pro se could result in a huge bunch of money being owed to them. You really should get a lawyer who handles real estate litigation.

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  • Will a ticket be dismissed if the d.o.b is incorrect

    I got two to ticket from animal control but my d.o.b is incorrect on both of them are they legal tickets or can I get them dismissed

    Stephen’s Answer

    Seriously? Um, no. Not a chance. As long as you can be identified properly, that minor error won't result in dismissal.

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  • Do I have a case for a lawsuit?

    I tried a Sleep Right product that opens the nasal passages to aid better breathing. It is an intra-nasal product with vapor inhaler. Long story short, I used the product twice and wound up with burns on the inside of both of my nostrils that scab...

    Stephen’s Answer

    First, it'll be hard to prove you used the product exactly as directed and/or that the product caused your "injury." Even so, it is an express side effect of this product. Finally, the damages are minimal to none, so it's not worth much, if anything.

    I would not bother.

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  • How can I file a diminished value claim?

    A semi truck bumped into my car while I was sitting in traffic - minor damage occurred. His insurance doesn't feel it needs to compensate me for my vehicle now having a diminished value when I decide to sell or trade it in.

    Stephen’s Answer

    You really shouldn't bother. Best to file a claim with your carrier and take what you get. You can. It's hard to prove.

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  • Can you ask for court supervision once you pay a speeding ticket?

    My daughter (who is 19) received a speeding ticket in Ohio, she lives in Illinois. She just went ahead and paid the fine. She received a letter today from the Illinois Secretary of State that if she receives another citation in the next 24 month...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Not if you've paid it already. Follow the analysis of Mt. Harvatin.

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  • Okay now let me be clear that these tickets are from another town red light photo tickets

    These are tickets from a red light saying that I didn't make a complete stop I believe I believe I did a complete stop before I made the right turn it's those type of tickets Dallas and I got 45 days to comply or they suspend my driver's license

    Stephen’s Answer

    You better enlist the help of a traffic attorney before it's too late!

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  • Looking for the right traffic court lawyer in Joliet/Shorewood area

    Got caught on my bike on 55N going 122 on a 65, got let off on a sign off bond and have court sseptember 9th. As much as i reasearched what i was doing was either a class A or class B misdemeanor for speeding. please contact back suggesting good l...

    Stephen’s Answer

    We cannot solicit. Use Avvo find a lawyer tab to locate several.

    Also bad idea to post your personal information.

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  • Can I Sue A Retail Store For Harassment?

    I was followed around major department store yesterday. A woman who evidence suggests is an employee there did a poor job of pretending to be a customer. She had clothes from the MEN'S section of a popular brand draped over her arm as if she was p...

    Stephen’s Answer

    Honestly I don't see a realistic action. Damages would be nothing and proof next to impossible.

    Not saying this doesn't happen and shouldn't.

    Perhaps there's a class action against this retailer. Try Googling to find attorneys handling it.

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  • I am on workman's Comp, I would like to quit due to safety and received offer for better job. Can I do this with a case open?

    I have hurt myself at work (not first time, Osha would have field day!), I am now on workmans comp for the first time with them (before they did not want anything filed, they just paid your medical bills under the table until ADP stepped in). I ha...

    Stephen’s Answer

    First of all, you should have a lawyer. WC never treats you seriously and you never get a fair (or any) settlement wit joy one.

    Second, you can always take a new job without impacting your receipt of TTD. There can be issues with restrictions, but that's to be discussed with your
    Lawyer.

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  • Can the cop use the amount of people I had in the car against me in court, even though my ticket doesn't say so?

    I got pulled over for having too many passengers (5 in total, one unbuckled in the trunk) however, my ticket says nothing about having a passenger without a belt, just the fact that I have a GDL and can't have 4 passengers. Because the cop refused...

    Stephen’s Answer

    If your license specifically forbids you from having more than 4 passengers, I guarantee having 5 will be used against you. In the TRUNK? Seriously?

    I suggest you retain a traffic lawyer. It will not go well unless you are represented.

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