Legal

Ask a lawyer and get answers to your legal questions

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My stepson is a drug user...we have no idea where he is. His…

Customer Question
My stepson is a...

My stepson is a drug user...we have no idea where he is. His car has been sitting in our driveway for over 2 years. My husband's name was on the loan, and we have since paid it off. However, the title is in my stepson's name. We have no idea where he is, so there is no way to get the title transferred. Can we call the local police and have the car towed since it has been abandoned?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

Ohio...2011...I called the Title Bureau and they said there is nothing we can do with the title.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

No...like what?

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

We just want the car gone. We have already paid $11,000 to pay it off, so my husband's credit wouldn't be affected. Because of the situation, the car is a constant reminder of the drug use and likely death because of it.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Legal
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Legal Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
11/17/2017
Lawyer: Barrister, Attorney replied 8 months ago
Barrister
Barrister, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 42,522
Experience: 17 yrs practice, Civil, Criminal, Domestic, Realtor, Landlord 26 yrs
Verified

Hello and welcome! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney and will try my best to help with your situation. There may be a slight delay in my responses as I type out an answer or reply.

.

Do you have keys or a way into the car so you could move it?

.

.

thanks

Barrister

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Lawyer: Barrister, Attorney replied 8 months ago

Ok, then what I would suggest is to move it out to the nearest public street and park it. Then call the police anonymously and state that it looks like a car has been abandoned there as it hasn't moved in several days. They will come out and tag it and if it hasn't been moved in 48 hours, they will normally tow it from the street at the owner's expense..

.

.

thanks

Barrister

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Would anything come back on my husband because he was on the loan? We did pay the loan off, and the title is in my stpson’s name.
Lawyer: Barrister, Attorney replied 8 months ago

No, if he was just a cosigner or guarantor, but not on the title, then he is clear. It is the title owner who is the legal owner of the car, not the cosigner.

.

.

thanks

Barrister

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Would we be able to call the local police and have it towed off our property, since it has been abandoned without our permission?
Lawyer: Barrister, Attorney replied 8 months ago

No, they won't tow items off public property.. It has to be on a public street to be considered abandoned. You would have to go through a formal eviction action of stepson through the courts, get a judgement against him, then get a writ and have the sheriff show up to execute the writ. Then you could have it towed away..

.

Much easier to just move to public street and call in a complaint..

Ask Your Own Legal Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Barrister Your Own Question
Barrister
Barrister
Barrister, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 42,522
42,522 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 17 yrs practice, Civil, Criminal, Domestic, Realtor, Landlord 26 yrs

Barrister is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

24,657 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

INFOLAWYER

INFOLAWYER

Attorney

22,408 satisfied customers

Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses

JPEsq

JPEsq

Attorney

2,132 satisfied customers

Experience as general attorney, in house counsel, SSDI, Family Law attorney, and law professor

Law Educator, Esq.

Law Educator, Esq.

Attorney

44,066 satisfied customers

JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law

Ellen

Ellen

Lawyer, Consultant

8,238 satisfied customers

25 years of experience helping people like you.

Guillermo Senmartin

Guillermo Senmartin

Lawyer

300 satisfied customers

Principal Attorney at Guillermo J. Senmartin, P.A.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

17,183 satisfied customers

Multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation and administration.

< Previous | Next >

Related Legal Questions
I also purchased a car from condor capital years ago right
I also purchased a car from condor capital years ago right before the lawsuit against them. It's been sitting in my driveway for years and now the city is forcing me to either license it or remove it.… read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,066 satisfied customers
I have a car in my driveway with a engine. I have ask the
I have a car in my driveway with a blown engine. I have ask the owner to move it but they tell that the it used for a title loan. What can I do it has been sitting in my driveway for 3 months. … read more
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
44,066 satisfied customers
We bought our daughter a car in 2011. Just found out it was
We bought our daughter a car in 2011. Just found out it was towed 19 days ago. Our daughter is addicted to drugs and has no money to get her car out and won't talk to us. We want to recover the car. W… read more
Dimitry K., Esq.
Dimitry K., Esq.
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
17,183 satisfied customers
I bought a trailer that sits in a trailer court. The man who
I bought a trailer that sits in a trailer court. The man who owned the trailer has been deceased for over 3 years. When I purchased the trailer there was a car sitting under the carport. The trailer c… read more
Irwin Law
Irwin Law
Juris Doctor JD
7,175 satisfied customers
I have an abandoned vehicle in my driveway. My sons friend
I have an abandoned vehicle in my driveway. My son's friend left it here several months ago. He has made no attempt to recover the car even though I have spoken to him several times. He has moved out … read more
Barrister
Barrister
Attorney
42,522 satisfied customers
Florida abandoned auto possession: A Florida condo owner
Florida abandoned auto possession: A Florida condo owner dies leaving both his estate and his unit underwater and an auto in the building in his name which has some equity. The owner dies while owning… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
37,040 satisfied customers
how do I sell an abandoned vehicle from a declined a/c repair
how do I sell an abandoned vehicle from a declined a/c repair that has sat in my driveway since 2008 in Texas, with no title and no contact information on the previous owner from Illinoise?… read more
Andrea, Esq.
Andrea, Esq.
Attorney
Post-Doctoral Degree
10,512 satisfied customers
We were selling a car for $2500 and had someone interested.
We were selling a car for $2500 and had someone interested. Because the car needed some work and would need to be towed he talked us down to $2000. He gave us $500 to hold it and asked that we not sel… read more
Joseph
Joseph
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,245 satisfied customers
GETTING TITLE ON AN ABANDONED CAR IN OHIO. We live in OhIo.
GETTING TITLE ON AN ABANDONED CAR IN OHIO. We live in OhIo. Niece parks "her bosses truck" in yard last August. Takes plates and registration. Now refuses to respond. We think the owner in in Californ… read more
JB-Umphrey
JB-Umphrey
Attorney & Counselor
Juris Doctor
606 satisfied customers
Hi, my boyfriend filed for bankruptcy in Kentucky- chapter
Hi, my boyfriend filed for bankruptcy in Kentucky- chapter 7 and it was discharged around Sept 2011. He moved in with me at the end of Oct 2011. In his bankruptcy, he relinquished or surrendered his v… read more
Alex Esquire
Alex Esquire
Managing Attorney
Doctoral Degree
153 satisfied customers
I live in NYS and recently bought a used car from a small dealer
I live in NYS and recently bought a used car from a small dealer in PA. The title and original bill of sale have since been lost. I contacted the dealer immediately, they gave me a run around and said… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I purcahsed a used car on apr 07, 2011 and the motor went out
I purcahsed a used car on apr 07, 2011 and the motor went out on apr 09, 2011. I returned the vehicle for a refund and was denied. The dealer also gave us a warranty that would cover the motor but the… read more
FLACORPLAWYER
FLACORPLAWYER
Doctoral Degree
1,750 satisfied customers
Location-Southern California. I surrendered my car to Volkswagon
Location-Southern California. I surrendered my car to Volkswagon Credit in Jan. 2010. The car was picked up by a towing company. Volkswagon has been trying to collect on its own and through collection… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
37,040 satisfied customers
our stepson abandoned a vehicle in our yard we do not know
our stepson abandoned a vehicle in our yard we do not know where he is. we have the title how can we sell it… read more
Legalease
Legalease
Attorney At Law
Doctor of Law w/ highest honors
15,719 satisfied customers
We own a rental house and we had to evict a family. They left
We own a rental house and we had to evict a family. They left a broken down car in the driveway . We have contacted the man two times about getting the car off of our property but as of today (5/24) i… read more
dkennedy
dkennedy
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
27 satisfied customers
If someone abandons a motor vehicle on my private property
If someone abandons a motor vehicle on my private property in Virginia, do I have any right to seize and sell the motor vehicle?… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
37,040 satisfied customers
How do I get an abandoned vehicle out of my backyard
My ex-husband's car was stolen out of my driveway in mid-June while he was visiting the children. The car was recovered by the police two weeks later and was inoperable. I let him tow the car back to … read more
P-Leagle
P-Leagle
Tax Accountant
Bachelor's Degree
576 satisfied customers
My husband is driving a car which I am paying the car ...
My husband is driving a car which I am paying the car insurance, tickets and regristration for. The title of the car is on my name. How can I get the car back from him. We are living seperate but it i… read more
Kelly Spurlock
Kelly Spurlock
Bachelor's Degree
304 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x