My father got in trouble with the law and notarized a car title over to my brother before going to prison. For two years, my brother never did anything with the title or saw the car. My father then wrote to my brother telling him he needed to go get the car out of my father and stepmom's garage because the two were having marriage problems and my father was worried that she would destroy the car. My brother and I got a 30 day tag and took the police and title to pick up the car. My brother then transferred the title fully into his own name and then signed the car off to me as he was having severe financial problems and wanted to keep the car in the family. My father heard and started harassing me, demanding I switch the car over to his (my father's) name. He has been threatening me and making my life difficult enough that I'm worried I will lose my job if I don't transfer the car back into his name. My father is now saying that my brother and I were never supposed to switch the title but that he notarized it only so that my brother could hold the car while my father was in prison. My question is: Am I legally obligated to do anything? Isn't the car officially in my ownership now? Please advise. -- Robert from Elizabethtown, Ky.
When your father transferred title of the car to your brother, he gave that car to your brother. Your brother legally held title to the car. Then, when he transferred title to you, you became the legal owner of the car. You have to get your dad to stop harassing you. You can go to court and file for a restraining order, or you can sign the car over to him. Dad can say all he wants now, but there was nothing in writing saying there was any deal about what would happen with the car. He gave your brother total control over the car. Everything depends on how much you want the car and what you are willing to put up with to keep it. You should check out the DMV regulations regarding cars and gifts to make sure you have everything in order if you want to keep the car. Here is the link: www.dmv.org/ky-kentucky/title-transfers.php#Gifting-a-Vehicle.
Two of my friends were going to move into my apartment after suddenly breaking their previous apartment lease. After they moved all of their things into my place, they had a small disagreement with me and decided to leave and not come back. They left all of their items and have not made an effort to come back to get anything. I contacted them via Facebook but was blocked shortly after. I have no way of communication with them now. Can I get rid of all of their things in my apartment? Am I legally obligated to do anything if they refuse to contact me? -- Kelsey from Newport, Ky.
I have scoured the Kentucky landlord tenant laws and cannot find anything that addresses this issue. I do have a link to a website that sets out the rules in 37 states. Many say you have to hold on to the property for 30 days. You should try and give notice to your former friends that you have the property and that 30 days from the date of the letter you will sell the property, give it away or dispose of it. My concern would be if you got rid of it, and then they came back to sue you. Depending on how much they left, you might want to store it, and, if they want it back, then they have to pay you the storage fees. I would also advise you to take inventory of what they left and take some photos of the property as well.
(Jackie Glass is a lawyer and former district court judge from Las Vegas, Nev., who is the new host of CBS's daytime legal affairs program, "Swift Justice With Jackie Glass." Visit www.SwiftJustice.com for more information, and submit your legal questions to Jackie by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter at @theJudgeGlass.)Copyright 2012 by Tribune Media Services, Inc.