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  1. My sister and I were Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship on our childhood home. She took out a home equity loan against her share of the house and passed away with $12,000 still owed. I am now the sole owner. Am I responsible to pay the remainder of that loan in order to have full rights to the house? Can the bank force a sale of the house if I don't pay it?
  2. A home was purchased in Detroit. The previous homeowner was put into assisted living. Her caregiver wanted to rent the home so a year lease was written. (The 96 year old in assisted living still had her belongings in the home)The The caregiver becomes ill and passes from pancreatic cancer. The daughter of the tenant had permission to store her mothers stuff until the lease ended on May 31st. The daughter (Brittany) was served with a 30 day notice to quit and a letter stating the homeowner wanted access to take pics of the property on May 15th. Homeowner finally spoke with Brittany and she agreed to a meeting. No call. No show. The following day homeowner received a call from a woman named Katherine. She stated Brittany no longer had anything to do with the property and informed homeowners she was in charge. She did set up an appointment and of course no call no show. The new homeowner then knocked on the door and was charged by this woman and she threw hot coffee on them. 911 was called and she stated she was a cousin of the deceased but was moving and would be gone by the 16th of June and was not arrested for tresspassing accessed the property on June 18th to find the home was vacant aside from things that were to stay in the home. Locks changed. The neighbor called to inform squatter locks were changed and squatter stalked new homeowner while driving three cars boxed them in and assaulted again. This time punched and broken tooth. Homeowner filed emergency an eviction and hearing set for June 30th. Filed Brittany Ford and all other occupants. Brittany defaulted but Katherine showed up an hour and a half late and somehow retetained council under Brittanys name. It was 36th district court in Detroit and white people are the minority. In the eviction hearing the Judge refused evidence and violated plaintiffs rights, due process etc.. She was completely hysteric due to the way the judge treated her. She petitioned a higher court. They stepped in. Went over documents and escorted plaintiffs to the home where it was deemed abandoned. Again squatter is informed, shows up and is dismissed by police. They have possession all is ok until they are served on July 11th with a SHOWCAUSE TO PROVE WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR VIOLATING A COURT ORDER (the dismissed case) The allegations ranged from racial slurs to claiming property was still in the home. An alleged quote" YOU NIGGERS ARENT STAYING IN THE HOME " In court the Judge refused evidence AGAIN! Would not accept testimony proving innocence. The Contempt hearing was this past Friday the 4th. JUDGE adjourned until August 23rd however ordered homeowners to give squatter access on Sunday at 3pm. Homeowner complied fearing jail and squatter cleared the home. All homeowners possessions and prior homeowners possessions and family heirlooms. The squatters attorney attended. Homeowners were able to show the truth. The attorneys response "Oh Dear" as she watched helplessly as these people robbed them blind in broad daylight per court order... Then returned later, broke into garage and took everything in it. ANY IDEA WHERE TO START WITH THIS CASE? Who is liable?
  3. A home was purchased in Detroit. The previous homeowner was put into assisted living. Her caregiver wanted to rent the home so a year lease was written. (The 96 year old in assisted living still had her belongings in the home)The The caregiver becomes ill and passes from pancreatic cancer. The daughter of the tenant had permission to store her mothers stuff until the lease ended on May 31st. The daughter (Brittany) was served with a 30 day notice to quit and a letter stating the homeowner wanted access to take pics of the property on May 15th. Homeowner finally spoke with Brittany and she agreed to a meeting. No call. No show. The following day homeowner received a call from a woman named Katherine. She stated Brittany no longer had anything to do with the property and informed homeowners she was in charge. She did set up an appointment and of course no call no show. The new homeowner then knocked on the door and was charged by this woman and she threw hot coffee on them. 911 was called and she stated she was a cousin of the deceased but was moving and would be gone by the 16th of June and was not arrested for tresspassing accessed the property on June 18th to find the home was vacant aside from things that were to stay in the home. Locks changed. The neighbor called to inform squatter locks were changed and squatter stalked new homeowner while driving three cars boxed them in and assaulted again. This time punched and broken tooth. Homeowner filed emergency an eviction and hearing set for June 30th. Filed Brittany Ford and all other occupants. Brittany defaulted but Katherine showed up an hour and a half late and somehow retetained council under Brittanys name. It was 36th district court in Detroit and white people are the minority. In the eviction hearing the Judge refused evidence and violated plaintiffs rights, due process etc.. She was completely hysteric due to the way the judge treated her. She petitioned a higher court. They stepped in. Went over documents and escorted plaintiffs to the home where it was deemed abandoned. Again squatter is informed, shows up and is dismissed by police. They have possession all is ok until they are served on July 11th with a SHOWCAUSE TO PROVE WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR VIOLATING A COURT ORDER (the dismissed case) The allegations ranged from racial slurs to claiming property was still in the home. An alleged quote" YOU NIGGERS ARENT STAYING IN THE HOME " In court the Judge refused evidence AGAIN! Would not accept testimony proving innocence. The Contempt hearing was this past Friday the 4th. JUDGE adjourned until August 23rd however ordered homeowners to give squatter access on Sunday at 3pm. Homeowner complied fearing jail and squatter cleared the home. All homeowners possessions and prior homeowners possessions and family heirlooms. The squatters attorney attended. Homeowners were able to show the truth. The attorneys response "Oh Dear" as she watched helplessly as these people robbed them blind in broad daylight per court order... Then returned later, broke into garage and took everything in it. ANY IDEA WHERE TO START WITH THIS CASE? Who is liable?
  4. Purchased a fishing boat from a private citizen that was presented as everything working fine. After putting in water, found the motor would not run when put in gear. Also had fuel running from carb and several other issues. Spent over $550 to get this running properly and still not sure everything is right. Contacted seller and asked for some help with the repairs since he stated everything worked fine. He has been evasive and has changed his story about the boat every time I contact him. Last conversation he stated he was not going to help with the bill even after I asked for just half. Need any help with this situation.
  5. We own a home in Macomb County, MI. The city has the usual laws, such as no noise from 10PM until 7AM, trash, rodents, etc. February 2017, a rental house across the street saw new tenants move in and they immediately started running a car repair "business" in the garage, driveway, and front lawn. This has brought much unasked for traffic to our street and this type of business is illegal. They work on vehicles from 5PM until about 3AM, every day of the week. We have complained to the City, they state they are having trouble contacting the owner. They have fined them and the owner, but the fines have gone unpaid. We have called Dispatch on nights at around midnight when they have been using very loud car repair tools, such as air compressors, only to have them not show up or give them yet another "warning", but no tickets. They started a fire on the lawn 3 times by using a gas welder out in the open near the gas lines of the vehicles, the fire dept. came, still nothing has been done. Every single night this happens and has been ongoing for 5 months. It is bringing traffic, there is loud noise every night until well into the morning, the property looks blighted and like a junkyard, torn apart cars all over the front. There is no "quiet enjoyment". The City and police have done very little to enforce their own laws. I know this is nuisance and after hours noise, what do we do next? Send the owner a letter? Sue in small claims? When the City has sent the letter with notices and fines to the owner, who lives 4 hours away, he does not answer or pay the fines. But no one has moved to evict these people and running an auto repair all night long in front of a personal home surrounded by other homes is obviously not legal. Any ideas?
  6. So I have a very controlling mother who does big things without anyone knowing and is very good at getting what she wants and lying about it. I.e. getting married without anyone knowing, getting a boob job and hiding it for months. I am a single mother of a 2 year old boy and a 6 month old girl with absolutely no father involvement. She has been trying to get me to sign custody of my son to her for a very long time. Then when my daughter was born, she told me that I wouldn't be able to do it because I'm not a good mom. I have an apartment and I just started a new full time job at 10.25 an hour. Admittedly, I'm not the greatest. I forget dates, procrastinate, struggle with money management and lose paperwork all the time. My mother takes advantage of that. She will only help me if she gets my son whenever she wants. In order to prevent confrontation, I don't fight her on taking him. I try to get her to understand how it hurts me and is not good to alienate him from me and his sister but then she and my sisters start ganging up on me so I back down. Recently, my mom went to Vegas on Sunday while I was at work. (I work every weekend and she stays in Niles so she is supposed to pick him up from daycare on Friday evening and bring him home Monday morning which she has been bringing him to daycare instead to keep him away from me). I found out about her trip from someone else and that she had left my son with my sister, knowing that my car isn't meant for long distance. I finally got my sister to bring him home and in anger, she said something about how my mom got custody in berrien springs. How can she do that without my knowledge? (She is a licensed notary) Could I file kidnapping charges and have the police help bring him home? What can I do to regain authority over my son? It is killing me how my own family is trying to keep my son away when I'm trying the best I can. I am on the verge of giving up. If anyone can help me, it may give me hope.
  7. I, We had an agreement with our nephew that he would purchase our 30' Travel Trailer. The trailer was to be paid for and moved off our property. He has paid $250ntowards the trailer, but in the mean time has squatted on out property. He is putting us in the poor house. I want to know if we can have his things removed, so that we can sell this trailer. Our neighbor is a Disabled Veteran, but he refuses to get help and has ruined many relationships. Can you give me some advice? Thanks, Norma Johnson
  8. This is a complicated question, so I'll enumerate the facts and identify opinions. We're looking for legal opinions, but any additional ethical opinions are welcome as well. My sister is the state-appointed legal guardian for our mother. We volunteered at the court hearing. My sister and I both share in the making of decisions for our mother, but only my sister has the legal authority. Guardianship was instigated by the State, who determined that she was a risk to herself and others due to her alcohol drinking habits. She was calling EMS 3-5 times per day to help her get up from falls, to get her off the toilet, and perform other tasks she was too weak/drunk to do herself. However, the State never used the term "alcohol" or "alcoholic" in their suit or determination. The reason for our mother's guardianship is "Impaired Judgment." The State doctor's report diagnoses her with "Dementia." Personal Opinion: Through research into mental symptoms, we believe that our mother is suffering from "Alcohol Related Dementia." This differs from regular dementia in that memory is not affected, but judgment, problem-solving and risk-assessment are highly affected. But, an MD has not confirmed this diagnosis. Our mother's quality of life is dismal, at best. She is mostly blind and unable to read anything, which was the greatest joy in her life. She is mostly deaf and can only listen to the TV with high-powered headphones. She is post-polio, which places her in extensive pain which cannot be regulated by pain medications. She is a life-long cigarette smoker, but is forbidden from smoking in her apartment. We have spent 5 years trying to add enjoyable pursuits to her life, to no avail. Though she is well cared for by the staff, she consistently declares that she is ready to die. Her one consistent request/demand has been to be allowed to drink alcohol in order to assuage/escape the boredom/despair of her current life. To date, we have denied that request because: A> She is taking drugs that warn against drinking alcohol with their use; B> Her past behavior indicates that she will overindulge and require greater and greater amounts to reach her goal; C> In her inebriated state, in the past she has been abusive by phone and in person to family members and caregivers. Despite these reservations, my sister is now contemplating allowing our mother to have a bottle of wine per week. Her reasoning is that our mother's quality of life is so bad, the introduction of alcohol would be both moral and ethical. The Assisted Living facility has approved this action, as they do not have any doctor's orders on file prohibiting our mother's consumption of alcohol. Based on this scenario, two questions: If our mother is hospitalized due to alcohol consumption, can my sister be charged with neglect or some other crime? If our mother dies, and it turns out to be due to alcohol misuse or overconsumption, can my sister be charged with neglect or some other crime? Thank you!
  9. Several questions. My sister in law is the successor trustee of my deceased father in laws revocable trust. There are 10 beneficiaries (including her). Does she have absolute control? What if the other 9 beneficiaries don't agree. What if something is not specified in the trust and everyone agrees on how to divide it up except for her? I have looked up the 5 things that a trustee can't do on FindLaw website and she does at least 3 of the 5 (Self Dealing, Hostility Toward Beneficiaries and Good Cause) with possibly all 5. Another thing is that one of the beneficiaries has the checkbook for the life insurance money. All, including her, agreed that that person would hold on to the checkbook and write out the checks when everyone agreed with making the payment, and she could sign it. Now she says she HAS to have the checkbook. The other 9 do not trust her. They don't want to hire a lawyer to take her out as trustee, as they are afraid of the cost. Would it be best to try to just fight her and make it go to probate court? Also, just to add how bad she is, she took the cross my father in law requested be buried with him. We found out and all she could say was "I changed my mind" when it wasn't her decision. She also wants all the property and the house and thinks she can get it as she is the trustee and she is the only one to make the decisions. She has said that the trust says the personal items gets divided 7 ways (7 siblings but my husband is deceased so his 4 children get his share) and that the money is not personal. She also has said that divided 7 ways does not mean equally 7 ways! My father in law had several "notes" written and that he had discussed with everyone on what he wanted done when he died, but he never changed his trust, we think that she purposely didn't talk to him about changing it because she knew what was in the trust (we didn't) and she wanted everything to benefit her. We know the "notes" aren't legal but she's picking and choosing which "notes" to agree to do (which usually benefits her), if it doesn't benefit her she says the "notes" aren't legal (which we do know is true) and she doesn't have to follow them. They want her to not be able to do anything the trust doesn't specifically talk about without the majority agreeing.
  10. Hi there. I'm reaching out to ask for some legal advice regarding a 3 year old misdemeanor charge of Retail Fraud 3rd degree. I know that in Michigan, I can try to have this expunged after 5 years, which I plan to do. I would like to get into the Behavioral Health field, and know that this requires starting out as a Behavior Tech in most cases, and other than the misdemeanor, I have all of the qualifications and more (because of my college degree and experience). However, after applying for one job working with adults with disabilities, they sent me a letter saying I was rejected based on my background check (I always include this information). They did not make it clear whether this was their business policy or if it was the state law, and that because of this offense I am unable to work with people with disabilities. Through my own research on this topic, I have not been able to find a clear answer. Any help would be appreciated.
  11. Arresting officer was himself arrested on several felony charges just days after I took plea deal. Back in February of 2017 I pled guilty to ‘disturbing the peace’ which was reduced from a Domestic Violence charge that occurred November of 2016 in Michigan (and is/was complete BS to begin with!! I have the entire incident audio recorded to show that.) Just a couple of days after taking the plea deal the officer that arrested me was himself arrested on several felony drug charges (See link below). I wasn’t too worried about a disturbing the peace charge at first however this is really the only thing on my record and it seems to be causing issues with my employment search. The only reason I took the deal in the first place was because the court dates and everything surrounding the incident was having an impact on the job that I had at that time (and strongly feel was the underlying cause of losing that job). Giving the circumstances is there any chance of anything being done with having the disturbing the peace charge public record? Wanted to do a little research before contacting an attorney. I sincerely appreciate any input anyone can give regarding this. http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/02/police_officer_accused_of_stea.html Charges Advance: http://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/charges-advance-against-former-coloma-twp-cop/article_449eef3c-2dcd-5b0e-aac8-2d4498c7aad9.html
  12. I had an accident on 6/25/2017 and I want to ask if I will get anything if I make a claim. I was driving north on I-75 north right before exit: livernois Ave When I encountered black base of the orange barrels-only the black base, the cone was not on top of it, one side of my car got over it and my car started to drift. I tried to control it but I couldn't and it hit another orange cone then after two another drifts I hit the right barrier of the road. The black base I drove on was positioned in the middle lane, which it suppose to be in the left lane just like all other cones, not in the lane where cars are passing. Luckily I was not injured only few scratches from the air bag, but my car got wrecked. That what happened in details. However, I did not take any pictures of that barrel that cause me the accident since my car was blocking one of those driving lanes on the freeway, and I had to wave to cars to slow down and switch the lane until the cops came. Also, I only told the police officer that my car hit one of those barrels, started swiverling and hit the right barrier, but I send an email to the county after 2 hours from the accident. I could not speak to them since it was sunday. So, will I get any thing if I claim on the county that is responsible of that construction on I-75? Looking forward to hear from you.
  13. I moved into a rental home on April 10, 2017. I went to City Clerk and was informed that a certificate of occupancy has not been issued. The building inspector came yesterday and passed the plumbing repairs that were needed and approved the LL for a certificate of occupancy. The LL informed me today that he was terminating the lease because I used foul language on the phone when I called to complain about the water running down the wall and that I did not list my girlfriends name as a "person living in the leased premises" under paragraph 5. A. of the lease agreement. It sounds as if the LL is retaliating against me for contacting the city building inspector. I have paid 3 months rent on time. Are the reasons stated a legal basis for terminating the lease? Am I entitled to my security deposit? What recourse do I have since I have no place to move and only 30 days to find a place? Lease Pg 1.pdf
  14. My son was backing out of our driveway and he misjudged where the car in the road was parked. He did hit it. The officer gave him a ticket with the violation number 257.6271 violation of basic speed laws. Is this the right description for this. When i looked up this number there were two other bolded items that are more relevant. Does the ticket need to state onenof them or is the number what they go by?
  15. my son that's 13yrs old has been kicked out of school for the rest school year for recording a fight on his phone talking bout they charged him with disorderly conduct of school property I need help cause they trying to download the video from his phone and they want give me his phone back.please help im in a bind I don't know what to do
  16. i am in the process of buying a house. upon original walk thru and pics on zillow, it has stainless steele appliances. today after appraisal done and pics with it there is a brown antiquated fridge and black stove. what can i do about this if any thing
  17. My boyfriend gave me a used generator because he got a new one and attached a cord to my house to use with the generator when we lose power. I have had this for two years and now we are breaking up. He says I have to give this back to him now. If I refuse can he legally take it from me?
  18. I have been in a year long battle with my daughter's father. He went from seeing her 3 times a year to wanting full custody of her. He lives in GA and I live with her in MI. We established paternity in IN. I have had full sole custody of my daughter since birth. During this year, I have been faced with police at my home on 4 occasions, CPS cases (3 in IN and 1 in MI - all unsubstantiated), had the door to my house kicked in (no valuables were stolen, only personal information for myself and my kids) and 9 scheduled court appearances (most of which he did over the phone). I found out that he had applied for RSDI (veteran's survivor funds from Social Security) benefits as the payee for my daughter in 2013 and received a lump sum payout in May in the amount of $3200. In order for him to avoid penalties, he needed to have custody of my daughter or prove that he spent that amount on her within the last 3 years (which he had not and is also roughly $2700 behind on a $15/wk support order). He launched a vicious attack on me (all the way from GA) by implementing a witch hunt meant to make me look like a drug addict, negligent, mentally ill woman in a domestically violent relationship. CPS and the police proved that I did not fit that profile. My children and I required therapy from the ordeal after being stalked, stigmatized and displaced. My children were traumatized by the possibility of being separated from me and each other. I went into depression because of the heavy toll that it took on my life as I had to quit my job and stop going to school for my doctorate because the stress was too high. What are my options to gain a remedy for the actions that he took to try to gain custody? I am in the process of obtaining a restraining order for emotional abuse and using our child to abuse me. I just want to see if there is any way that I will be able to gain my quality of life back by eliminating his harassment as part of my reality. From 2009 until last year, I hadn't been to court one time. I raised my daughter without her father's help and she hardly knows him. The time that it has taken away from my work, school and home life is something that I no longer want to tolerate since he lives 17 hours away and has never been present in our daughter's life since the beginning.
  19. Back in 2011, I took out a payday loan to cover expenses not covered from my financial aid for school. A few years ago I paid all my payday loans off. Recently I received a call from a paralegal telling me that a bank on behave of a payday loan will pursue federal charges against me because they think I fraudulently took money from them with the intentions of not paying them back. I know I paid off all my payday loans. My question is, It it legal for them to pursue charges against me and is this legal?
  20. My sister is the executor of my grandparents trust. she has been stealing. She hired an attorney to help her find assets and get everything put into the trust. The attorney is paid through the trust. We asked him questions but he said he works for our sister not the heirs in the trust. If the trust paid him, doesn't he work for the trust and the heirs in the trust?
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.