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My car was stolen...

My car was stolen and then it was found and impounded. when I called to find out the fee to retrieve the car I was told it had been picked up. well, I am the legal owner. my signature was forged.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

California

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

Yes. the car was reported stolen. so they must have went to one of those check cashing place to get tags.....oh and, the car is registered to my father who passed awy.

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

They also stoled another and hacked my bank account

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Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Thank you for your patience. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

This to me sounds like a classic case of negligence because they let your car go without verifying whether they actually had the proper owner of the vehicle. Negligence simply means that there was a duty that the other party owed and they breached that duty in some way. What is most important is that it is proven that the defendant breached their duty of care because that is what mostly determines whether there is a cause of action. Basically, the question is, “Did the defendant’s actions fall below the standard of care for a reasonable person in a similar situation?” If the answer to that question is yes, then there is negligence and you are entitled to damages. Damages can be difficult to calculate, but if you click here you can use a calculator help you understand. Chances are that whatever it costs to get your car back you could potentially be compensated for.

What other questions did you have for me?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Will you take the case?
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago
Hi I wish that I could, but my plate is a bit full. Have you considered the lawyer referral service for your state?
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Would this be a civil case?
Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 8 months ago

Yes, it would be a civil case. If you're looking for an attorney, you will want to look for someone who is involved in civil litigation because they may be the best help for you.

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