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My neighbor’s pit bull mauled my cocker spaniel puppy, and I am devastated. She had her pit bull euthanized, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that my dog is dead. I am planning on suing her for the expense related to its death, but my neighbor says that if I do, she will countersue for reimbursement for her dog! Can she do that? Please advise. — Sandy from Stockbridge, Ga.
I am so sorry for the loss of your puppy. How many pets and children do pit bulls have to maul before they are banned? To answer your question, your neighbor can certainly try to countersue for the reimbursement of her beloved “pet”; however, the chances of her winning the case are slim to none. She had a dangerous animal in her possession and should fully reimburse you for the loss of your dog, not the other way around.
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My roommate unexpectedly moved out before the end of our lease and left me to pay for her half as well. She won’t pay me back and says it’s because I “created a hostile environment,” forcing her to move. I think she’s full of it. Just because I like to throw a few loud parties doesn’t mean I created a “hostile” environment! What do you think, Nancy, do I have a case? — Owen from Overland Park, Kan.
This is a tricky one. Legally speaking, if your ex-roommate’s name is on the lease and she abruptly moved out without proper notice, then she is responsible for paying until the lease is over. However, if you did create an environment that made the tenancy uninhabitable for her, then she could argue that she had the right to leave and break the lease. This case would all depend on what kind of evidence she has against you. In any event, the landlord would likely hold both of you responsible for the lease upon any default.
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My ex-boyfriend owes me $3,250 for credit card charges he made and never paid for in addition to the 12.24 percent APR interest and court fees, which brings the total to $4,000. The account was under my name, but I allowed him to put his name on the actual credit card. He stopped making payments when he got a new girlfriend. I have a feeling she is encouraging him to stop making payments. I have the credit card statements, a copy of the credit card and a list of payments I have made, since he won’t pay. I’m worried that since his name was on the card, I won’t have a case. Help me, Nancy! — Stacey from San Francisco, Calif.
Here’s the problem. You two weren’t even married, and you gave him full access to your line of credit. It should be no surprise to you to see who is left holding the bag. Who knows what kind of damage this will do to your credit in the long run? I hope at this point that you have already canceled his card. If not, run — don’t walk — to the nearest phone and cancel it. That being said, it sounds like your ex-boyfriend has benefited from all of the women in his life taking care of his finances. It’s time for him to MAN UP and take some responsibility for his debt! If he doesn’t, you’re likely to have a case for small claims court.
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My ex-wife owes me for abandoning the home that we share with our 20-year-old son, despite the fact that we each pay a third of the rent and utilities. This is not the first time she has skipped out on our family, which includes our 23-year-old daughter who does not live with us. My ex-wife is claiming that she doesn't owe anything because she wasn't "living there permanently" and that I "need to be a man and pay the rent on my own." But the lease agreement clearly lists our son, my ex-wife and me. Both of our kids are upset because of her actions, especially because she left us struggling to make ends meet. She owes me for two months of rent and utilities. Help me, Nancy. -- Ken from Huntington, W. Va.
You poor thing. It's so hard to find a man who is a good father to his children, and it sounds like your ex-wife is taking advantage of what a nice guy you are. You say she has walked out on your family before. Even though your children are grown, they are still affected by their mother's inability to act responsibly. As you probably already realize, this only deepens their emotional wounds from childhood and makes it impossible for these young adults to have a healthy relationship with their mother. For your ex-wife, the first step in the right direction would be to pay what she owes and "man up" to her responsibilities instead of saying that you "need to be a man" and pay the rent! If you take her to court, make sure you bring your lease agreement since that will likely help your case. Best of luck to you, sir.
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