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  • Can someone press charges for tree damage done by a tree removal company

    Here's the situation, I was having a palm tree cut down that is 100% on my property, I hired a tree company to do the job but in the process a piece of the tree broke loose unexpectedly and damaged my neighbors fence. He is irate and says he is go...

    Steven’s Answer

    This is a civil matter, not a criminal matter.

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  • Am considered a tenant? What are my legal rights?

    Before I was kicked out, I lived with my brother and his wife in their home for a few years. I was not paying rent, but was allowed to stay while I did certain things around the house. Long story short, I didn't do these things often and got into ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Because you were not paying rent, you were a guest, not a tenant.

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  • Can a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim be brought against a school or its district?

    My ex intends to enroll our children in a school without my consent knowing entirely that I object to it. We share joint legal decision making at this time. The family court has stated it will not make rulings on school placement, so no relief can...

    Steven’s Answer

    As a practice matter, and probably a constitutional matter, you will not be able to hold the school liable.

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  • When

    a landlord has a ledger that doesn't match your payment ledger and sends an email stating you have 4 days to pay a amount of $2800 as unpaid rent or they are evicting you. I have a ledger that matches money order receipts for the past year of paym...

    Steven’s Answer

    The terms of the written lease continue on past its conclusion, unless there is a new lease. Hang on to your money order receipts in case the landlord tries to evict you or sue you for alleged damages. Know however that they can get you out with 30 days notice.

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  • Just what can I do to get my property worth $100,000.00 plus back. I live in another state and did at the time of suit.

    I settled a civil case two years ago. I was told by my attorney he would hold the evidence in my case until the court notified I could pick up my property. My Attorney sent me the clerks May 5, 2016 letter of notification that the Court had releas...

    Steven’s Answer

    If what you say is true, the attorney is out of line. Take it to the State Bar.

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  • Affidavit error

    MY attorney filed an affidavit that he wrote in my behalf that I specifically told him not to file because of spelling and grammar and errors, also the facts were incorrect. HE sent it to me an a email and I replied that we needed a extension be...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can always seek a new attorney, but know that that attorney is going to want to talk to your current attorney to get his point of view. You will also have to pay the new attorney for the time it takes him/her to get up to speed quickly, including doing work you have already paid the prior attorney for doing (assuming you're on an hourly arrangement). I won't give an opinion on what the current attorney has done for you without knowing all the facts.

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  • What can I ask/tell the judge to at least lessen the fees they are trying to tack on? They even said we stole the blinds.

    An agent in our apt complex signed a promise to pay because we were late on rent. They wrote up an agreement and signed it and we gave them $40 as a first payment. When we went to pay the next payment, they wouldn't accept it and said he voided it...

    Steven’s Answer

    Take the agreement and the proof of payment of the $40. That should constitute an acceptance of partial payment. Under the Landlord-Tenant Act, acceptance of partial payment blocks the eviction, although you will still owe the rest of the money and he can try again to evict you next month..

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  • If I am renting a room from the landlord and he lives at the same house. Can he enter my room whenever he likes

    If I am renting a room from the landlord and he lives at the same house. Can he enter my room whenever he likes

    Steven’s Answer

    Though the Landlord-Tenant Act is not as specific as it should be, I would argue he has to give you 48 hours unless he is doing a repair you asked for or there is an emergency.

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  • How can I secure legal representation even though I don't live in the area where the offense took place?

    I am considering litigation but having trouble securing legal representation. An Arizona landscape company charged my elderly parents $9,130 for trimming and fertilizing 12 trees! Originally the landscape company told my parents it would take 3...

    Steven’s Answer

    Maybe there are critical facts that I have not heard, but there is no cause of action for entering a bad deal, unless they were lied to in the process.

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  • What can we do to build a stronger case and prove they are the owners and responsible for their own property?

    My deposits is being held by my landlord because we had a break in and their property was stolen. I started a lawsuit for wrongfully withholding my deposit and my landlords response was that we are suing the wrong people because they aren't the ow...

    Steven’s Answer

    The decision does not sound right based on the facts you have given us, but I don't know what else is out there. See a lawyer.

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