A: She can certainly petition the Court for emancipation. There is no real bright line test, but the Courts have a lot of discretion in declaring a minor emancipated. Some of the factors include the minor’s living situation, consent of the parents and the overall situation or actions created by the minor or the parents.
Once emancipated, she would be able to move out, sign a lease and/or get loans. However, even though she would be acting as an adult, she still would not be able to do things like smoking, gambling, etc. That would have to wait until she is of the correct age.
When it comes down to it emancipation means that a minor has the same legal rights and obligations as an 18-year-old adult. If a judge were to find that she can support herself and it is truly in her best interest to be emancipated, it could certainly be granted/.
If she is interested, I would certainly contact an attorney that specializes in there area. Not sure how much push back there would be from the parents.
A: You should certainly demand a copy of the video. If there is no other eye witness and the video quality makes it difficult to identify the car and/or the driver, the prosecution has quite the uphill battle.
A: First, with regard to the inspector, you would need to look at the agreement and see if there is any language that limits the company's exposure. If there is nothing in there and the leak was obvious as to where the inspector should have known about it, you could bring a civil claim against them for damages.
With regard to the owners taking the fixtures and fans. The general rule of thumb is that if it is attached to the house, it stays. This again all depends on the what was agreed upon regarding the sale of the house and what was signed off on.
I would certainly contact a civil attorney to discuss your options.