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Everyday Law: Shipping Goods Purchased Online, by Mail, or by Telephone

It’s shopping season, and many of us will probably do at least a portion of our holiday shopping online, via telephone or by mail this year. With the short period of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the great demand for certain products (think “Tickle Me Elmo” or anything Frozen...

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Ask the County Law Librarian – Solar Panels and HOAs

Q. I recently submitted an Architectural Modification Application to install solar panels on my roof. The application was approved but with a caveat that said, “Every effort must be made to reduce/minimize visibility of the panels from the streets.” This is ridiculous. If you can see the roof from...

Ask the County Law Librarian–Traffic Ticket in “Collections”
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Ask the County Law Librarian–Traffic Ticket in “Collections”

Q. I have traffic tickets that have been turned into “Collections” in Sacramento County.  I cannot get my driver’s license back until the tickets are paid in full. There are attorneys out there that say they can get it back for you. Well, they say there is a 99% chance. I was wondering if I could...

Ask the County Law Librarian – When One Parent Wants to Move
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Ask the County Law Librarian – When One Parent Wants to Move

Q. I have a shared custody agreement with my daughter’s father, a 60/40 arrangement. Our custody order states we cannot move out of Sacramento County. How would I go about relocating with my daughter without committing a crime if her father won’t agree to the move? -Wendy Cases involving custody...

Ask the County Law Librarian: Water Conservation
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Ask the County Law Librarian: Water Conservation

Q- I am a new resident to the area, and driving in my neighborhood I notice that almost every lawn is brown! I hate it, but I figure if everyone is doing it there must be a reason why. Can you shed some light? R. J. A- With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, in January...

Ask the County Law Librarian – Homesteads
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Ask the County Law Librarian – Homesteads

Q: A friend said it was really important for me to put a homestead on my house, but couldn’t really explain what it is. Could you direct me to more information about a homestead? – Jeannette A: California law (Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) 704.710 et seq) protects a certain amount of a...

Ask the County Law Librarian – Motorcycles and Lane-Sharing
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Ask the County Law Librarian – Motorcycles and Lane-Sharing

Q. I moved to California about a year ago from the Midwest, and I’ve noticed something that, to me, seems pretty dangerous. When I’m driving, whether in town or on the freeway, motorcyclists will often pass me by slipping between my car and the car traveling next to me! At first I thought I was...

Ask the County Law Librarian: Danger from Unsound Trees
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Ask the County Law Librarian: Danger from Unsound Trees

Q- I am a renter on one side of a duplex, the duplex next to me has a tree in their backyard that is over grown and the branches cover my entire backyard. It canopies over 3/4 of my yard. I’ve contacted my landlord but he ignores my requests. I’ve contact the renters in that duplex but...

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