Case Number: 2016-005054

Client needs an attorney’s assistance regarding a real estate dispute her father was involved in at time of his death. The client has been caring for her 2 minor siblings since their father’s death in November, 2016. Client’s father signed contract for deed with Real Estate Company in August, 2013. He gave a down payment of $25,000 to purchase condo with total price of $120,000 to be pay in full with monthly payments by September 1, 2018. Father agreed to be responsible for taxes, HOA, liens, trash and sewer but on November 2015, Real Estate Company stated he was delinquent and added $10,436.26 to his principal balance which increased his monthly payments. Real Estate Company later contacted him to cancel contract and have him sign new “leasing” contract. He requested a copy as he was interested in leasing instead of purchasing, but he did not receive a copy. The payments are current and his daughter needs help getting out of this “contract for deed” and getting the $25,000 down payment back. A pro bono probate attorney is assisting client in being appointed as administrator to the father’s estate so she can proceed with this matter.

Case Number: 2017-001792

A 72-year old Spanish-speaking senior took her car to an auto repair shop in February, 2017 and was deceived as to repairs and cost of repairs. She received an estimate for $1,091 for a laundry list of repairs and was told to return in two weeks. When she returned for her car, she was presented with a larger bill for $2,521 for new repairs that were not authorized. The client demanded an explanation and was told to pay $1,000 and the remaining balance would be waived; she paid the additional cost. When she experienced more car problems, she took her car back to the shop and they told her it was her problem and they would not work on her car again. She took her vehicle to another shop, where she was quoted for $2,829. The estimate shows $1,829 of the quote is for repairs that the former shop was supposed to complete. The client would like her money back from the first repair shop or she would like the first repair shop to pay the full $2,829 for the repairs she needs due to their negligence.

Case Number: 2017-001731

Client took her car to an auto repair shop in November, 2016. The repair shop told client it would take a couple weeks to get an estimate for the repairs. A few weeks later, she contacted the shop and was given excuses as to why the estimate was not yet complete. They said they would give her more information in a couple weeks. She never received an estimate, but in January, 2017 she received a lien notice from the repair shop. She called the shop and was told she just left the car at the shop so they moved forward to lien. They gave her an estimate of $4,000 and told her to ignore the lien notice. She paid $2,000, to start the repairs. A month later, the shop told her the car was ready and she owed $2,500. She was able to borrow the money from a family member who took out a payday loan, but when she got to the shop, they wouldn’t accept payment. They shop told her she now owes $3,850 and has to pay in cash, only. The client is convinced the shop is simply trying to steal her car and would like assistance to get her car back from the shop. Legal Aid Center will provide a sample Complaint that was prepared for a client with a similar issue against the same repair shop.

Case Number: 2017-001057

Single mother needs assistance to get her security deposit returned. Client moved into apartment in December 2015. Her lease expired December 31, 2016.  In March 2016, client encountered problems with disruptive neighbors who played their music loudly, had children leave dirty diapers at her door and ring her doorbell and run away. Client made complaints to the Management, but problems persisted for next several months. On November 1, 2016 client gave Management a 30 day Notice to move out and a forwarding address. Management attempted to evict her at that time, but Judge denied request. Client requested her security deposit and a breakdown upon moving out. She received neither. In January, 2017, Client received a notice from Debt Collector for $2,600. She contacted Management regarding collection notice and again requested the deposit breakdown. Management stated they didn’t mail deposit breakdown because they did not have forwarding address, however, client provided them forwarding address and had mail forwarding with USPS. Upon receiving the deposit breakdown, client sent an email disputing the charges. Client also sent demand letter for her deposit. Client claims that (1) she left apartment cleaner than when she moved in, (2) Management did not provide deposit breakdown before sending to collections, and (3) Management breached contract by not ensuring quiet enjoyment of apartment. She would like her deposit returned.