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  • LEGAL CORNER: If my landlord posted a 5-day notice to vacate do I have to have all my stuff out in 5 days?

    LEGAL CORNER: If my landlord posted a 5-day notice to vacate do I have to have all my stuff out in 5 days?

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:38:17 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: My landlord posted a five-day Notice to Vacate on my door because I was a little late with the rent. Does that mean I have to have all my stuff out in five days? Proper procedure must be followed.  When the tenant breaches the lease agreement (i.e., fails to pay rent), the landlord must first deliver a written Notice to Vacate to the tenant.  This notice gives the tenant five days, not counting weekends or h...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. QUESTION: My landlord posted a five-day Notice to Vacate on my door because I was a little late with the rent. Does that mean I have to have all my stuff out in five days? Proper procedure must be followed.  When the tenant breaches the lease agreement (i.e., fails to pay rent), the landlord must first deliver a written Notice to Vacate to the tenant.  This notice gives the tenant five days, not counting weekends or h...

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  • Legal Corner: Does reduced rent absolve my landlord from paying for repairs?

    Legal Corner: Does reduced rent absolve my landlord from paying for repairs?

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I've been crossing over my neighbor’s land, with their permission, for several years to get to the highway. A business recently purchased the land, and it appears they are building a fence across the area I normally cross. Can I enforce the old agreement with the new owner? Normally, verbal agreements regarding immovable property are not binding. So, any verbal permission can be withdrawn. But there may be other legal grounds ...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I've been crossing over my neighbor’s land, with their permission, for several years to get to the highway. A business recently purchased the land, and it appears they are building a fence across the area I normally cross. Can I enforce the old agreement with the new owner? Normally, verbal agreements regarding immovable property are not binding. So, any verbal permission can be withdrawn. But there may be other legal grounds ...More >>
  • Legal Corner: Does Louisiana or Texas have a law against commercial drivers having loaded firearms in their commercial vehicles?

    Legal Corner: Does Louisiana or Texas have a law against commercial drivers having loaded firearms in their commercial vehicles?

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Are there laws that require vehicles that drive on public roads to have their tires covered by fenders? There seems to be a lot of jeeps and trucks running with either no fenders or their tires hanging well outside the fenders. These vehicles are throwing rocks and debris and are a hazard to others on the road. 32§364. Fenders and mudguards A. Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, when operated upo...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Are there laws that require vehicles that drive on public roads to have their tires covered by fenders? There seems to be a lot of jeeps and trucks running with either no fenders or their tires hanging well outside the fenders. These vehicles are throwing rocks and debris and are a hazard to others on the road. 32§364. Fenders and mudguards A. Every motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, when operated upo...More >>
  • Legal Corner: My son started working at a local fast food restaurant 5 weeks ago and has yet to be paid

    Legal Corner: My son started working at a local fast food restaurant 5 weeks ago and has yet to be paid

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I have 5 kids. I have joint custody of them. The father is to meet me every weekend. I haven't seen my children in over 3 years. I’ve brought the father to court twice, and he does the same thing. I’ve spent a lot of money bringing him back and forth to court. It’s to the point where I spoke with the Allen Parish School Board Director because the father told the principal he did not want me on school property. Is th...

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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: I have 5 kids. I have joint custody of them. The father is to meet me every weekend. I haven't seen my children in over 3 years. I’ve brought the father to court twice, and he does the same thing. I’ve spent a lot of money bringing him back and forth to court. It’s to the point where I spoke with the Allen Parish School Board Director because the father told the principal he did not want me on school property. Is th...

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  • Legal Corner: What rights do adopted children as adults have in Louisiana to opening their sealed adoption records?

    Legal Corner: What rights do adopted children as adults have in Louisiana to opening their sealed adoption records?

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
    Source: KPLCSource: KPLC
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: What rights do adopted children as adults have in Louisiana to opening their sealed adoption records? In Tennessee, an adoptee can request the records, but in Louisiana a judge has to approve. Is this an old, outdated law? No, it is a current and a common law. There are a small number of states that allow adoption records to be opened simply after the passage of time. Louisiana is not in that minority. In Louisiana, you need either:...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: What rights do adopted children as adults have in Louisiana to opening their sealed adoption records? In Tennessee, an adoptee can request the records, but in Louisiana a judge has to approve. Is this an old, outdated law? No, it is a current and a common law. There are a small number of states that allow adoption records to be opened simply after the passage of time. Louisiana is not in that minority. In Louisiana, you need either:...More >>
  • Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Legal Corner: Can my unpaid medical bills lower my credit score?

    Monday, August 7 2017 12:58 PM EDT2017-08-07 16:58:16 GMT
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    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
    Submit your question to news@kplctv.com. Question: Our family home is now in a flood zone. Our neighbor across the street flooded during Hurricane Ike, but we did not. Our neighbor who flooded is not in a flood zone. What can we do to lower our flood insurance cost & correct the elevation with our flood zone. It makes no sense! There are many ways property owners, businesses and communities may mitigate, or reduce, their flood risk and receive additional consideration to help re...More >>
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  • UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with Oakdale church burglaries

    UPDATE: Arrest made in connection with Oakdale church burglaries

    Friday, August 18 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-08-18 20:02:47 GMT
    Justin Townley (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)Justin Townley (Source: Allen Parish Sheriff's Office)

    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the recent church burglaries in Oakdale, Sheriff Doug Hebert said Friday. Last week someone burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cross Memorial Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, making off with property including sound equipment and musical instruments.

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    The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in connection with the recent church burglaries in Oakdale, Sheriff Doug Hebert said Friday. Last week someone burglarized Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cross Memorial Methodist Church and First Baptist Church, making off with property including sound equipment and musical instruments.

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    Suspect in Sulphur drive-by shootings arrested

    Suspect in Sulphur drive-by shootings arrested

    Friday, August 18 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:48:37 GMT
    Ramiro Barrera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)Ramiro Barrera (Source: Sulphur Police Department)

    The Sulphur Police Department has arrested a suspect in a pair of drive-by shootings that occurred Tuesday, Aug. 15. On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the area of 1030 Mildred St., as well as the 400 block of North Claiborne Street, in reference to shots fired, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police spokesman.

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    The Sulphur Police Department has arrested a suspect in a pair of drive-by shootings that occurred Tuesday, Aug. 15. On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the area of 1030 Mildred St., as well as the 400 block of North Claiborne Street, in reference to shots fired, said Mel Estess, Sulphur Police spokesman.

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  • Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Elizabeth boil advisory lifted

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:22 PM EDT2017-08-18 16:22:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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    The water boil advisory for the Village of Elizabeth has been lifted, city officials announced Friday morning. The advisory had been issued by the city on Wednesday. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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