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How can I safely and legally find 800$ in a week?

Ok, so...long story short, I am really having a hard time making rent for reasons outside of my control. It's due in a week, and despite exhausting every venue I can think of I can't come up with that money. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Jun 23, 2014 - 27 answers

Do I have this small claims case in the bag? Or not?

Do I have this small claims case in the bag? Or not? I lived in an apt with roommates. The original people on the lease all moved out except for one... and all the other people that moved in with that one person thereafter were roommates who gave security deposits NOT to the building, but to the roommates LEAVING the apt. Here's how it would work. Whenever person A wanted to leave the apt they would get their security deposit returned when person B MOVED into the apt and gave THEIR security deposit to the person moving out. So whatever damages might have occured during a roommate's stay the person responsible would still be the original roommates that inhabited the apt because it was their checks the building was holding as a security deposit. [more inside]
posted by manderin on May 5, 2014 - 16 answers

What's my recourse?

I hired a marine contractor in Rhode Island to build a pair of centerboards for my boat ($12k). They were delivered 3 months late and didn't fit. I was very clear about the dimensions, yet the builder's designer altered the shape without consulting me. They've admitted fault in emails and in person, apologized, yet won't make the situation better. They offered a refund if I pay shipping charges to/from, customs and excise, and any damages. I don't feel I should pay $2k out of pocket and end up with nothing. What do I do to get justice? Report them to the Better Business Bureau? Hire a lawyer? Go to court or arbitration? Say mean things about them and buy a voodoo doll? Am I entitled to damages beyond the $12k? Any advice welcome.
posted by karst on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers

What do I need to know about filing a car insurance claim?

In November I purchased a 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon. Two days ago it was hit in the middle of the night. They drove off at the time, but came back the next morning and gave their insurance information. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Won by default in small claims against ex-landlord. How to collect? (NJ)

This is a follow up to this question. I sued my landlord in small claims court (NJ) because I never received my security deposit (after breaking the lease 1.25 months early, but someone else moved in 1 week after I moved out). He did not show up to court on the court date, so I won by default. I now have to contact him within 7 days to ask for the money. What should that letter look like? How do I actually get money from him? [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Sep 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Etiquette of homeowners insurance and accidents

My friend Stan (very) recently moved to the USA, and has already had a run-in with his health insurance that we are not sure how to deal with. Stan's new boss Joe invited Stan's family over for an afternoon, and at some point Stan's five year old fell and cut his arm on a rock in the garden. [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Aug 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Landlord from hell saga continues...

Building off of the landlord theme from today...I posted about this 5 0r so months ago. We assembled our paperwork, took advantage of some pro bono consultations, and then filed in small claims. But they were unable to serve her and last week I discovered that she's libeled us on the website www.terriblerenters.com. We're seeking an experienced counsel, but in the meantime need help thinking this through. [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on Mar 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Call the town now or wait for insurance?

During a windstorm, a tree fell on our detached garage last night and destroyed it (no cars were in it, but the roof is completely caved in and the walls are buckling). We live adjacent to a public high school, and the tree was/is on the school's property, not ours. I filed a claim with our homeowners insurance already and asked if I should call the town directly or if the insurance folks should do it. The call center person I spoke to recommended that I wait. The claims adjuster is supposed to call "before tomorrow evening." I'm feeling antsy. Should I just go ahead and call the town? Would I be letting myself in for any potential foul-ups in reimbursement (either from insurance or from the town)?
posted by dlugoczaj on Jan 31, 2013 - 6 answers

False damage claims a motel far from our home?

We were falsely accused of a damage claim at a motel far from our home. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Oct 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Where's my money, auction house?

What additional steps should I take to get money an auction house owes me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it legit that I should go to small claims court?

I've been asked to testify at small claims court for a car accident I was in 3 years ago in which another person was at fault. Is this normal? More inside. [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on May 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Faux Lawyer on the Loose

Any tips on filing (and winning) a case in small claims court in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by ecourbanist on Jan 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Car accident and uninsured, complicated situation. What to do?

Got in a car accident two years; car rental, uninsured. Complicated situation, car rental company wants $35K from me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 27 answers

The hospital where I was born is trying to screw me.

We live in California. My wife had to go to the ER in my Virginia hometown last year. She gave them her insurance info. Four months later, they sent an enormous bill for a small amount of care. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Jan 9, 2012 - 13 answers

Airlines vs. Manufaturers

Airlines Vs. Manufacturers - help me find information on claims made. [more inside]
posted by devonia on Dec 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Serving Papers To Larger Corporation. Who Do I Serve It To Locally and Where Can I find Them

Filing a case in California Small Claims court versus large corporation on East Coast. How do I find a local representative to whom I can serve the papers. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Tips on collecting after small claims court victory

Need tips on collecting small claims judgement in Texas. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Sep 14, 2011 - 2 answers

Getting the most out of my auto insurance claim

My car is less than two years old, but has had a string of very bad luck. Help me figure out how to best handle my problems through my insurance company. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Jun 8, 2011 - 7 answers

How do you get jobs or work as a contractor for insurance companies?

How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by rwmacy on Oct 12, 2010 - 1 answer

In mid-sept I will go to court in San Francisco as a plaintiff in a small claims case that I filed.

In mid-sept I will go to court in San Francisco as a plaintiff in a small claims case that I filed. [more inside]
posted by uhom on Aug 31, 2010 - 5 answers

They said they'd "take care of me"... what does that mean?

Someone hit my car and left a note, I have their insurance info and have started a claim with their insurance company. What can I expect? (Michigan, USA) [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 14, 2010 - 8 answers

Auto insurance company is being shady.

Auto insurance company is unfairly trying to charge multiple deductibles. What is the best approach for solving this problem? [more inside]
posted by rjacobs on May 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Sosumi...

Can you contract away your right to sue over unrelated future claims in a settlement? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable on Apr 14, 2010 - 9 answers

He overtorqued my nuts!

Lugnuts-filter? Tire changer place torqued my nuts well past 200ft-pounds (spec is 73ft-pounds). 3 lugs are stripped, 4 nuts are cross-threaded beyond use, one lug nut is missing, and one lug sheared off entirely. What will I need to win in small claims court? (photo link within) [more inside]
posted by lothar on Feb 13, 2010 - 22 answers

Insurance is good and I'd like to keep it.

Is filing too many claims always a death knell for your insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Landlord, give me my money back!

My previous landlord never returned my security deposit ($1,650) last autumn. I live in Chicago. Do I get an attorney (and if so how do I choose one) or do I take it to small claims court myself? What are the pros/cons of either approach? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Feb 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Small claims court question.

A small construction company did work for a customer. Customer refuses to pay citing not 100% happy. Company disagrees greatly and believes job was well done and customer is being very unreasonable. Company has detailed photographs, a signed contract and wants to go to small claims court to resolve matter. How do we word the answer to the following question? The plaintiff claims you owe $XXXX For the following reasons: How would the hive mind word this? Thanks.
posted by CFMartin on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance?

Should I file an auto insurance claim on what appeared to be a fender bender but now involves engine overheating? The person I rear ended didn't see a need to claim since his car was fine so I don't have any info on him. [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween on Feb 9, 2008 - 12 answers

How to get paid?

I have a friend that's a handyman (paints, small repairs, lawn care, etc) and is having trouble getting paid for some of the work that he's already done. Some of his customers owe upwards of $1000, but others owe smaller amounts. He has taken some of them to small claims court and won, but the court told him that they do not enforce the decision. What is the cheapest, easiest way for him to collect the money he is owed?
posted by GernBlandston on Dec 8, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I get money from a shady business?

A shady business, a surprise firing, thousands of dollars up in the air. What have I gotten myself into? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Getting at assets and telephone records after winning lawsuit?

Lawsuitfilter: I've won a small claims lawsuit. They've failed to pay up. How do I find their telephone provider (and other details) so I can get at their assets? [MI] [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Apr 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Apartment Exit Strategy, Part 2

Bob the Asshole, my old landlord, kept my security deposit. [more inside]
posted by LordSludge on Mar 1, 2007 - 31 answers

Roommate vs roommate security deposit: strong small claims case?

Mass. SecurityDepositSmallClaimsFilter: Buddy's ex-roommate withholding security deposit for no good reason, what should he do? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on Feb 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Who do I sue?

I was hit by a bus while my car was not moving. Who do I sue in small claims court, the driver of the bus, or the private company that owns the bus? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker on Dec 27, 2006 - 16 answers

Why do they do this, and how do I deal with it?

I had an insurance adjuster come by my house to look at damage caused by a recent hail storm. During a follow-up phone conversation, she mentioned that the checks would be made out jointly to me and my mortgage company. Why do they do this? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Jun 16, 2006 - 9 answers

Which court do I sue in?

My understanding is that to sue in NYC Small Claims Court, the defendant must live, work, or conduct business within NYC. If the defendant does not live, work, or conduct business within NYC--though the claimant does--what's the proper court for a Small Claims Court type of lawsuit? And this might solve it, too: If the defendant bought something from a store in NYC, is that conducting business?
posted by whitebird on Jun 15, 2006 - 9 answers

Small Claims Court

Can anyone give me some advice before I file a small claims court lawsuit against an Auto Service Center. [more inside]
posted by gummo on May 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Damaged Luggage and the TSA

I recently flew domestically in the US and had luggage damaged by a TSA inspection, anybody have a similar experience? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Apr 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Homeowner's Insurance

Following up on yesterday's "I was robbed" question, I now ask a question about homeowner's insurance, claims, etc - please come inside. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Sep 10, 2004 - 8 answers

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