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  1. I am an Ohio resident who recently purchased a vehicle from a dealership in Michigan. I had been in contact with the sales person via email. He gave me information about a truck that seemed to fit my requests. I asked if the vehicle had an 8 speed transmission (the vehicle that I was looking at could of also had a 6 speed, the 8 speed was released that year and offers greater fuel economy etc.) The sales person confirmed via email that it did. I then haggled a bit on purchase price. I stated that the asking price was higher than average. He stated one of the reasons was the 8 speed transmission. I finally agreed upon the price and traveled the 3 hours to get it. The vehicle looked good and I purchased it. Since the newer electronic transmissions don't label the total number of gears on the gear indicator I assumed I had a 8 speed transmission. After more inspection when I got home I noticed it had the 6 speed an not the 8 speed. I immediately contacted the sales person. He of course apologized, claimed ignorance and said he didn't know what he could do. He eventually passed this along to his manager. She stated that the mistake was unintentional. She said the dealership would buy out my loan if I wanted to return the vehicle. I told her I was hesitant as I had already had the vehicle serviced as it was due. I also purchased and had an extra key fob programmed as it only had one when I purchased it. I asked if the dealership would refund me a portion of the cost of the vehicle as it will cost more to operate and is worth less having the 6 speed transmission. She said no, they would only buy out my loan and cover none of my expenses. She also said that it seemed to her that returning it would be a good idea as it has already cost me money and will cost me more because it is less fuel efficient. I have all of this in emails. I only wanted a partial compensation for not getting what I was told I purchased. I based this upon the extra operating costs per national average. Do I have any legal recourse?
  2. I moved into my current apartment 2 years ago and my fiance moved in with me in October (about 6 months ago). He just told me he's been cheating, is no longer in love with me, but wants to continue living with me until he can get his own place with this other woman. He pays half of the rent but all the other bills (electric, phones, and food) are paid by me. I've been told I need to legally evict him but I'm not sure how to go about doing that or even what kind of eviction I would need. I've been told by others that I can just tell him to get his things and get out. One issue is I have in my possession family heirlooms, they're not worth any money but he's aware how much they mean to me. He's also aware of where they are and he has access when I'm at work. My daughter also lives with me 5 days a week and I'm now concerned he could get it in his head to do something at night to either one of us if I serve him an eviction notice. he has a few misdemeanors but nothing that would indicate he's violent in any way so I don't know if I could prove anything. Please help.
  3. Apologies for the cross-post, I am just trying to get feedback from people most familiar with these situations. This is a topic that seems to intersect a couple categories on here: I am trying to remove myself from a domestic violence situation. I have lived in the same apartment for almost 6 years now. Long before I got involved in the relationship I am currently in with my abuser. It is my home, with all my possessions, and yet I feel like a prisoner. My "boyfriend" has extreme anger issues, made worse by conditions like PTSD and rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He is also an extreme alcoholic. He cannot keep a job, has no money, and relies on me to not be homeless. You would think a person in his situation would be grateful, but instead I frequently come home from work to irrational arguments that result in my life being threatened, my belongings smashed, and holes punched into my walls. After several incidents that caused me absolute terror, I was able to get a PPO on this nutcase that I live with. Unfortunately, I am too afraid to have him served, as he has repeatedly threatened to harm me or damage my career if he is put out on the street. While I can certainly change the locks on my apartment, this would not stop this psycho from busting my door down while I am at work, or seeking other ways to get revenge. He has trashed my car in the past, kicking dents in it and nearly breaking a window, and has made threats like "I will get you fired from your job". I have no access to a garage to safely store my vehicle, or even an alternative place to stay for a time (I have no family or friends in this state, and I have pets). My lease is up May 30th, and I was supposed to give 2 months notice that I would be moving prior to this date (so April 1st), which I have not done because I could not find anywhere else to live. I do not want to move...where I live now is the only place I can afford near where I work, and there are no nearby rentals with available units around the time my lease expires. I am worried I will have to renew because there are just no other options I can move to on such short notice. I have heard I can legally break a lease in Michigan if I provide a PPO, but I am unclear how this process works and who would be liable for the remainder of the lease, or damages to the apartment? My abuser is currently listed as an occupant, not a lease holder, as my landlord demanded I list him as an occupant so a background check could be done after a particularly explosive episode that scared several of our neighbors. He has damaged more things in the apartment than I can even keep track of, and I have attempted to fix these every time (things like holes in the walls and broken cupboards & doors) but I worry I will still be sued for damages despite this if I ever move out. The walls and carpet look rough by now, but I have heard after X many years, that stuff gets replaced/fixed anyway, and I have lived there 6 years now. I desperately need some advice: -Will breaking my lease with a PPO ruin my credit? -Who is responsible for the remainder of the lease terms if I break my lease with a PPO, if the abuser is just an occupant, not a lease holder? -Who is responsible for damages to the apartment? What is the likelihood of them seeking damages if I've lived there for 6 years and the walls/carpet were not new when I moved in? -If anyone has been in a similar situation, how can I keep this nutcase from harming me, breaking into my home, or destroying my vehicle once he is served? I know a violation of the PPO after being served will send him to jail for a bit, but probably not long enough for me to move, and being arrested will only occur *after* he has done something psychotic. This is what I am terrified of.
  4. I am trying to remove myself from a domestic violence situation. I have lived in the same apartment for almost 6 years now. Long before I got involved in the relationship I am currently in with my abuser. It is my home, with all my possessions, and yet I feel like a prisoner. My "boyfriend" has extreme anger issues, made worse by conditions like PTSD and rapid cycling bipolar disorder. He is also an extreme alcoholic. He cannot keep a job, has no money, and relies on me to not be homeless. You would think a person in his situation would be grateful, but instead I frequently come home from work to irrational arguments that result in my life being threatened, my belongings smashed, and holes punched into my walls. After several incidents that caused me absolute terror, I was able to get a PPO on this nutcase that I live with. Unfortunately, I am too afraid to have him served, as he has repeatedly threatened to harm me or damage my career if he is put out on the street. While I can certainly change the locks on my apartment, this would not stop this psycho from busting my door down while I am at work, or seeking other ways to get revenge. He has trashed my car in the past, kicking dents in it and nearly breaking a window, and has made threats like "I will get you fired from your job". I have no access to a garage to safely store my vehicle, or even an alternative place to stay for a time (I have no family or friends in this state, and I have pets). My lease is up May 30th, and I was supposed to give 2 months notice that I would be moving prior to this date (so April 1st), which I have not done because I could not find anywhere else to live. I do not want to move...where I live now is the only place I can afford near where I work, and there are no nearby rentals with available units around the time my lease expires. I am worried I will have to renew because there are just no other options I can move to on such short notice. I have heard I can legally break a lease in Michigan if I provide a PPO, but I am unclear how this process works and who would be liable for the remainder of the lease, or damages to the apartment? My abuser is currently listed as an occupant, not a lease holder, as my landlord demanded I list him as an occupant so a background check could be done after a particularly explosive episode that scared several of our neighbors. He has damaged more things in the apartment than I can even keep track of, and I have attempted to fix these every time (things like holes in the walls and broken cupboards & doors) but I worry I will still be sued for damages despite this if I ever move out. The walls and carpet look rough by now, but I have heard after X many years, that stuff gets replaced/fixed anyway, and I have lived there 6 years now. I desperately need some advice: -Will breaking my lease with a PPO ruin my credit? -Who is responsible for the remainder of the lease terms if I break my lease with a PPO, if the abuser is just an occupant, not a lease holder? -Who is responsible for damages to the apartment? What is the likelihood of them seeking damages if I've lived there for 6 years and the walls/carpet were not new when I moved in? -If anyone has been in a similar situation, how can I keep this nutcase from harming me, breaking into my home, or destroying my vehicle once he is served? I know a violation of the PPO after being served will send him to jail for a bit, but probably not long enough for me to move, and being arrested will only occur *after* he has done something psychotic. This is what I am terrified of.
  5. I am hoping someone can advise me on what to do about being unfairly terminated due to false information present in a background check. I was recently hired by Speedway (the gas station) and started my first day last week. After 2 days of working, my boss told me he had to let me go, as he had been informed by General Information Services (GIS) that I had falsified information on my application. I was provided a copy of my consumer report and a letter directing me to contact GIS if anything was in dispute. I read through the report and noticed a couple of oddities: Under my SSN, it had a different name. I assumed this was what flagged my application for false information, and promptly sent in a dispute with proof of identity (copy of my social security card). Several days go by, and despite calling GIS and Speedway trying to verify this was the issue, nobody is willing to clarify or confirm, what was "falsified" on my application so I can properly address it. My attempts so far to resolve this, are speculative at best. Eventually I get ahold of an HR rep for Speedway that informs me I have already been terminated before my dispute has even fully been reviewed. He also tells me he cannot discuss why. I again ask him for clarification of what was falsified on my app, as everything beyond the SSN still looks correct. He tells me "you did not provide any information on your criminal history. That may be why." .....well, their application NEVER asked me to list any criminal history-it only asked if I would agree to a background check, which I did. I don't have any felonies, just traffic related misdemeanors and city ordinance violations, and these were disclosed during my interview. On my background check, under criminal history the applicant has provided, it states "Not Provided / Non-Applicable" so I am not sure why this would be considered "falsifying" on my application. Additionally, Speedway does not automatically reject applicants for having a criminal history that does not include felony convictions: The person that hired me was aware of my offenses, we discussed them in detail, and he chose to hire me anyway. At this point I am under the impression I am being terminated due to false information present in my consumer report that is of no fault of my own, as they have terminated me before even reviewing what I have disputed. I am getting the runaround from Speedway, claiming GIS makes their hiring decisions, and GIS is claiming Speedway decides who is hired, and I think that may be an effort to avoid liability and a potential lawsuit. I filed a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and now I am just waiting to see what happens since I don't know what else to do now.
  6. I had an affair 2.5 years ago and got pregnant. My husband knows and we are by the grace of God working through it all. We have just decided that it may be a good idea to get a DNA test in case the other man ever tries to get rights to our daughter who is now 1.5. My husband loves our daughter and doesn't want this to possibly come up in the future. We are praying the DNA results will come back in our favor and our worries will cease. But if they don't and it says my husband is not the father, what actions do we need to take to make sure the other party never has rights to her? Right now the other party has confirmed that he thinks it's best that he never tries to have any part in my daughters life, but you never know down the road... What if she has a bad accident and the other party all the sudden wants a say in the medical decisions? We want to be safe. Would my husband have to legally adopt her if the test says he is not her biological father? Would we need the other party to sign off on the adoption? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  7. A friend was charged with being here illegally in 2014 and the charges were summarily dismissed. He has now been detained on the same charges. Does double jeopardy apply?
  8. I finalized Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2016 after the full term by law (60 months) and I received tax document (1099C?) from one of the involved banks saying that I had earnings from them in the balance of what was owed. I did receive a form 4100R from them with a box checked off that says "Creditor agrees that the debtor(s) have paid in full the amount required to cure the prepetition default on the creditor's claim". Another box is checked also that says "Creditor states that the debtor(s) are current with all postpetition payments consistent with 1322(b)(5) of the Bankrutcy Code, including all fees, charges, expenses, escrows, and costs." Further more the Part 5 box section is checked off "I am the Creditor". Do I have to pay taxes on this amount or is it as I believe that this debtor has accepted the amount paid as in full and I do not need to include it as earned income with my Tax filing? 1322 (b)(5)
  9. I was divorced 14 years ago and recently my ex-husband's behavior (excessive drinking, marijuana use, visitation cancellations, etc.) has made our 15 and 17 year old not want to have much contact with him. I tried to encourage the kids to maintain a relationship with their dad based on their needs (i.e., around their schedules - maybe not going for an entire weekend, or not spending the night, dinner out, etc.) to try and build that relationship back up. In December he and the kids had a verbal argument and my ex didn't attempt to have contact with them for over two months (nor they with him). Now he is threatening to take me back to court for contempt of the visitation agreement (e/o weekend) - he has hired a collaborative attorney and we are planning on getting "family" counseling and a mediator to work through these issues. There is a lot more to this story, but my basic question is this...how much say in the visitation arrangements will the children (15 and 17 years of age) have. The issue is really between them and my ex, however I understand they are still minors in the courts eyes so decisions will fall on me as well. The kids both want to have a voice in this. Currently they want nothing to do with their dad, however I hope to have their wounds healed so they can have some kind of relationship with their father. My concern is he will push for the e/o weekend thing (which, prior to all of this, he tended to cancel one weekend every month) and my kids will be forced to go to his home which may do more harm to them than good. Any advice or feedback will be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  10. There are two children in my family, my father passed unexpectly and I am certain he would have changed his will had he known he was ill. My dad in a fight years ago disinherited my brother and I, then he slowly moved away from our mother although still providing for her. He died a very very wealthy man, he left only 2 of his 4 grandchildren most everything. We found out he had a mistress and another child who get a large chuck of money as well. My father was a very angry hurtful drunk, my brother and I firmly believe he was influenced by the two grandkids to cut us out of the will. Now our mother is barely alive and they are rapidly influencing her as well, she no longer speaks to me and she has been brain washed by these kids. My brother is the father of all 4 grandkids and he also agrees they have manipulated our parents to leave the entire estate to them. I had no idea my father did this, he changed his will cutting me out from inheriting over 7 million to a couple hundred thousand in the past 5 years, I was speechless, I would understand if we didn't have a relationship but we did. I found out in 2012 he hired a new attorney who told him to divert all his assets away from our mother (they were married 50+ years and were still married at his death. So my mother wont even get half of the estate......she is lucky to get 500k. Is there anyone who can give me hope ? or do I just walk away, the kids have become so aggressive and nasty towards us, they are in their 20s, they think they're all that and more, they find this funny and put me and my brother down constantly which shows me they planned this all along. As of today they have raided my fathers estate stripping most of the "toys" approx. 2 million of toys, by the time we contest this there will be nothing left except stocks bonds and property. Anybody up for a good fight ? There should be some kind of law to at least protect my mother so she could leave her kids something but what my dad did was truly disgusting. I am the only one in our family that ever tried to keep our family together, often defending who ever he hated on that day. In the end it cost me millions.
  11. How long will the courts give me to get clean from marijuana while on bond
  12. Quick question At the end of March 2016, my child was removed from my home by CPS. In October 2016, my parental rights were terminated. (This all stemmed from lies my daughter told which led to a criminal case in which I was found not guilty.) The family court ruling is under appeal. Because my parental rights were taken until October, am I able to claim my daughter on my taxes for the 2016 tax season?
  13. back in June 16 of 2015 my father in law and mother in law signed the POA over to me. we had them notarized. then on July 15, 2015 i had to go in front of a judge because the home my father in law was in said the POA wasn't legal and i believed them. so the judge granted me conservatorship on July 15 2015. after the fact i talk to a lawyer and he said the my POA was legal. today i went back in front of the judge with the POA i already had to get the courts out of my father in law business like he ask me to do. the judge said he couldn't do it because he had a letter from my father in laws old home he was in saying that he was incompetent. i have a notarized letter from all 3 of my father in law son saying that they want me to have full say so about their dad like it was before July 15, 2016 when i went to court. i have my father in laws medical records from that same home and i done have one that says in he is incompetent. now the judge is saying he is hiring a court appointed attorney for my father in law. what does that mean.
  14. Hi. I am a person that has two dogs that I breed and sell puppies from. I also donate many of the puppies to disabled people to be trained as service dogs and other people as well. My question is do I need some sort of business license, tax ID number, or anything so that I can write off the puppies that I donate? This is not a business that I live off of. It is just something else that I do, mostly to help others. I would appreciate it if I could know for sure if it is legal to write off the cost of the donated puppies on my taxes. It cost me a lot of money to breed and take care of the puppies until they go to their homes and they are definitely worth a lot of money, but I am not in it for the money I am in it to help people. Please let me know so I don't get into trouble with Uncle Sam. Thank you so much!
  15. Loaned money for quit claim deed on house, filed the deed, court evicted people, did a title search and found a mortgage on property. What are my rights ? Can I rent it ? Can I sell it ?
  16. Hello, I have been a single mother for 17 years now, my daughters father left us when she was born, 2 years later he wants to be in her life, ok so I let him, I was going through a divorce he would not help me babysit so I had to move 50 miles away, ok time going on he would see her every other weekend till she hot 13 she started high school and she started and was in cross country and he blew her off for 3 years. Mind you I have full sole custody, all he has is parenting time. I wrote letters and letters to the court about this they never did anything, now she will be 18 in 7 weeks and he keeps going to the court and lying and saying that I won't let him see her at all. They will not evern listen to what I have to say at all. She was in the hospital for wanting to kill herself due to being depressed because her father blew her off for so many years. The court would not hear me or even let me speak. He has never even been there when she was sick or school activities he did not want to be bothered with it. Now he goes to the court every week and lying and they are harassing me threating me and my daughter that we will go to jail. All I am trying to do is help her be a responsible adult. I only make 1000 buck a month and this just isn't right help can they really do this to us? I want to change my number. Thanks Kristie L.
  17. My daughter has always had issues. But over the last 5 years they have become overly concerning. Abuser of drugs, cares more for strangers than her family. Has put this son in horrible circumstances his whole life. She's taken to suicide attempts, I'm not talking a couple I am talking probably over the last 2 years. More than 25 times. She has been in jail 2 times for aggravated assault. The first was against b/f. THe 2nd against b/f and minor son. She took a plea deal and dropped the one from her son?? Lovely huh.. Brought it down to one count against b/f. 1 yr probation $$ and therapy.. since this time she's tried suicide 2 times. In 2 months. I have the child in question. He doesn't want to live with her.. THERES a lot more to this story. I need to know cut and dry what to legally do. I am low income and really need help. She is not by no means a good mother. Horrific hoarded, filthy apt. She wouldn't even get him up for school. Left it up to b/f. I can not send him back. I can not give her any more chances. Please help. Thank you
  18. Hello, I am wondering if it is possible I can sue my ex in small claims/civil court for not getting the kids 50% yet i paid religiously the 50% obligation on the honor system. Meaning i paid her 50% yet she only saw the kids 10%. I paid nearly all the daycare costs too. I have full documentation to prove this too. FOC is currently in place after the official divorce. They are helping engorce the divorce decree snd she seeing the kids now. However, Iam looking to possibly recoup the 40% of funds I paid for 6 months prior to the divorce, yet she didn't get the kids. Is this possible? If so what do i file? Thanks in advance!
  19. The police came to her house while I was there. Asked to search the room she rented and she told them NOT without a search warrant. They proceeded to threaten her with trashing all her things, destoyig the home which would've resulted in her becoming homeless. After about a hour of them threatening among other things she let them. They seized many things among items that she owned. Then after I refused to unlock my phone for them to go through they arrested me on unrelated traffic warrant and after taking me to jail got her to unlock my phone. Then 4-5 hours later after all that got a search warrant for residence and my phone. I refused to make any statements without an Attourney present. All the stolen property was not at my residence or in my physical possession. I have multi felonies, she never even had a speeding ticket. Can they do all that or any and what should I do? I haven't been charged but was printed on b&e of motor vehicle(felony) & rec&conc stolen property (felony).. Nothing was in value over $999. Therefor all under well under $1000...Please help in any way. Advice etc.
  20. I am renting a home from a friend and her husband (he is the landlord). Actually this is the second home rented from them. Bad mistake. The scenario. We began renting a home from close friends a year ago. It had been un-oocupied for several years. Just a verbal agreement and how much rent to pay. With promise to make repairs and upgrades. Great we move in. Over a year after request to make minor repairs they go unwarranted. He forgot or didn't have time. No problem. They were not that bad that we could not live there. Some were but that's a different story. Just under a year later,they moved from their home of 15 years and ask us to move into it. Great. Same rent; no problem. We move. This is a house that I frequented but never pried; I did not know what could be hiding behind curtains and furniture etc. So we move in to find all the secrets they hid, bad windows (no interior windows), no gutters, basement stairs hazardous, faulty wiring, crack in the foundation, moisture issues in basement, leaking faucets, falling plaster bits, the list goes on and on. These are problems they know about but never disclosed to us. There is talk of us buying the property. It is in an area that has major renewal and gentrification. We are setting up an inspection. I requested a statement that they are and have been our landlords for the past two years and that we pay them rent etc. I spoke with my friend and she mentioned her husband is writing up a lease. My question do we have to sign a lease? with out an inspection? Do we have any rights without a lease? Should they have to make any repairs prior to a lease? Should we buy... as is? Help we need some advice.
  21. So this is a little long of a story - back in May, a group of us signed our lease with a landlord, and we've had quite a few problems since. There are 5 of us, my SO and I in the basement, and the other three all upstairs. My SO and I are extremely frustrated with the circumstances, since we pay 2/5 of the rent and live in the worst conditions in the house - the basement has flooded a multitude of times, once a pipe burst in the main part of the basement, the landlords came to fix it. Another time, the furnace flooded part of the common area of the basement, and they came to fix it later that day. We've since had flooding in the spare room that we were using as an office space, to the point that we had to empty out most of the room and there constantly two large puddles in the room. Our roommate has been the primary contact between the landlord and the tenants, and she notified them a month ago of the issue, but nothing has been done. When I recently asked her about it again, she said that it was up to us if we wanted it fixed, because the landlord said they would have to tear out our shower from the bathroom we have in the basement. On top of the flooding, we believe there is mold growing in the walls of the basement, since we have both experienced a severe decrease in our health since moving in, but we haven't had the money to go see a doctor because 3/4 of our income is going towards the rent and utilities for this basement. We also recently discovered that the roommate who has been doing the primary communication with the landlord, the roommate who gives them the rent every month, has paid them in cash every month since May, and has not received any sort of receipt for the payments. This is on the roommate, but now, technically couldn't the landlord just argue that we haven't been paying any rent at all, and evict everyone if they wanted to? I've looked up as much as I possibly could on landlord and tenant laws in Michigan, but everything has made our situation look pretty bleak. Is there anything that isn't found as easily, anything that could possibly help in this situation? Thank you for your help!
  22. Hello, My deed states that the street I live on is a Dedicated Private Rd. What does that mean exactly? Issue: I live in a neighborhood that has a homeowners association. They widened the road and took off about 3-4 feet of the property line. They do not have easement rights to my property. None, zippo, 0. The neighbor hood is a very old neighborhood established back in 1925. None of the roads in the area are 30ft wide. They claim they have the rights to widen the road and access my property. The street does not have engineering specifications at the county or township level, because of the private road status. The street I live on has been about 18 ft wide (rural, no traffic, only 2 other houses) since time begin. Advice?
  23. I have a rent to own property in Detroit, Michigan. In Late July, the landlord called me and told me that if i can come up with x amount of dollars by august, I could have the deed to the house, and that he put in writing on how much i need to pay in order to get the deed in the mail slot at the property. On August 12,2016, I went up to the office with the paper showing how much i needed to bring along with the cash. When I arrived I talked with one of the staff members and she told me that, what was on the paper was how much i owed on rent I failed to pay (mind you the landlord didn't tell me anything about i missed any payments.) She called the landlord, and I spoke with him and he raised the price and said give me what you have now plus $500 for the deed, etc. So I asked her to print out my Paperwork on all that I paid on since I got the property in September of 2015. On the paperwork, it showed i missed April and may of 2016 and July and august of 2016. I didn't pay July because I thought i paid it the week prior to the first of July and somehow the money went back into my account and nobody told me anything. And I didn't pay august because i was paying the x amount for the deed. so i asked the office employee where was April and May rent and she said, "well we talked on the phone back in February and you told me I could put towards the back taxes." I replied I never authorized any payments to go towards my back taxes. and she got irate and said, "You know what your wasting my time," and i replied, "fine take me to court. Can the Landlord do that? What should my next step be?
  24. My step dad has been my dad and in my life for 27 years. His father, my step grandfather passed away. I took 3 days bereavement pay under grandparent, per my Cba from work . Upon receiving my paycheck, my bereavement pay was missing, when asked why I had not received my pay I was told because he was not related to me. My Cba states: To provide proof of relationship to immediate family as follows.... Grandparent. 3 days... However, the obituary states me as a granddaughter... I provided said obituary but someone told my Human Resource I am not related, so they refuse to pay me. Do I have any legal rights to this bereavement leave?
  25. I recently opened a retail business. Before opening, I paid 1/2 deposit for a sign. The sign was not ready when needed, and when it was finally ready, it was damaged. Because of the prior delays from this company, and the fact the my business was going to open in a few days, I took the sign and told the sign business that I would not pay the remaining 1/2 until I received a replacement, undamaged sign. The sign company never replaced the sign. Do I have the right to not pay the final payment because I didn't get proper quality?