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I bought a Mac Mini back in October of last year for $550 through craigslist. I do a lot of videography and already have an amazing home computer for all my main editing needs. I bought this mac mini for occasional travel shoots and if I need a temporary editor to help me out for a week or two.
My 15 year old brother was talking about how he needed a new computer back around December and because I only use it a few weeks out of the year I told him he could pay a total of $300 and I'd let him use it and have it majority of the time but that I would need it later this summer for a Hawaii shoot and possibly a couple other occasions. He agreed.
So far, he has only paid $200 and will not let me have access to it for the trip or let me use it at all. This is most likely coming from my parents who are upset about some Student Loans that they cosigned on that I wasn’t able to make payments on for a few months last year. I have stayed current with paying my loans since. I am now out of a computer to help me with a very important business videography shoot where I can't bring my main computer to because of flights and mobility reasons. I have filed a small claims against my parents and would like to pay back the $200 and get my Mac Mini back completely or have the ability to use it like it was agreed upon. What are my legal rights, if any, to get this unit back?
When I went to the court they made me white out my brothers name because he was under 18. How does that work into this? The mediation is this Monday and I just want to walk in there knowing that I have a confident plan and know what I can ask for and if I have legal grounds to ask for my property back?
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