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Lynn Ellen Coleman

Lynn Ellen Coleman

  • Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy, Collections ...
  • North Carolina
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I offer personal, compassionate assistance with debt and consumer law issues.

Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Consumer Law
    Lemon Law
    Foreclosure Defense
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
  • Free Consultation
    I offer a free online or telephone consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Debit cad only for bankruptcy. Credit card (all major cards) for other areas.
  • Contingent Fees
    For certain consumer law cases only.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I offer flat fees, contingency fees, and hourly fees depending upon the nature of the case.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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  • English: Spoken, Written
St. Mary's University School of Law
J.D. | Law
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Trinity University
B.S. | History, Political Science
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Professional Associations
North Carolina State Bar
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National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Current
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National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- Current
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North Carolina Bar Association
- Current
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Legal Answers
101 Questions Answered
Q. Can I make Walmart pay for the repairs to my car?
A: You can try, but it is very unlikely Walmart will agree to pay the cost soon enough to get your car repaired - even if they agree. You will have to pay for the repairs yourself and then seek reimburement from them. The reason is because it is not crystal clear that WalMart is responsible. Your dealership will have to give an opinion that Walmart did something wrong which caused the problem. Just because things happen in a certain order does not mean that Walmart was negligent, especially when there was something wrong with the car before the oil change. Maybe Auto Zone's code reader wasn't accurate. Walmart wasn't asked to test the oil pressure before they changed the oil, this problem may have existed before the oil change. You have a duty to mitigate your damages for loss of use of the car, so you need to get it repaired as soon as possible and that includes paying for the repairs yourself. Walmart is also notorious for denying liability for anything. Lastly, even if their negogence contributed to the problem, if you were even 1% at fault in North Carolina, you can't recover anything for negligence. I hope this perspective helps you out.
Q. How far are towing companies allowed to have your car towed and impounded from the destination it was towed from?
A: It varies by city and county in North Carolina. Some cities and counties prohibit towing further than 15-25 miles.
Q. My car is collateral for a loan I have with one main financial company. Can I voluntarily surrender the car?
A: Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer this question in a public forum like this because a detailed analysis of your financial situation - income, expenses, assets, and debts - will be required. You do not want to expose that kind of personal information on a public forum. I can say in very general terms that OneMain is typically very generous with "refinance" options to lower payments on loans. Depending upon the term of the loan refinance offered, that may not be very smart. You can wait until the debt goes to a collection agency and work out a payment plan. That will hurt your credit because the collection account will show as a negative for 7+ years even if you stick to the payment plan on time and pay it off. You could also consult with a qualified NONPROFIT consumer credit counseling your area such as Family Service of the Piedmont. Nothing beats a personal consultation with an attorney over asking for specifics like this in a public, online forum that can be read by anyone - including your OneMain loan officer who might recognize you by anything specific you post on here. I'm not critical of you asking the question, but surely you must understand this forum has its limitations. We are only allowed to givegenral advice here.
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Contact & Map
243 West Mountain St
Telephone: (336) 993-5955
Fax: (336) 793-9102
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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