Help Me Help You: A Checklist


Thank you again for those of you who have consulted with me on legal matters and/or referred someone to me for a consultation.  Time is valuable and in an effort to maximize the time set aside for a legal consultation I have created a list of documents and items needed for review in certain cases.  Please review the following and share with your family, friends, and colleagues.  Thanks in advance for sharing and I look forward to serving you in the future.

Warranty issues or Vehicle problems

  • Bill of Sale a/k/a Buyer’s Order
  • Retail installment sales contract a/k/a finance contract
  • Damage Disclosure Statement
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Buyer’s Guide window sticker
  • “We Owe” or similar documentation of any post-purchase vehicle work/modifications to be performed by seller
  • All other documents you received from seller at time of purchase
  • Advertisements or Internet listings about the specific vehicle you purchased
  • Work orders, service tickets, and other documentation of work performed on vehicle
  • Receipts for any payments for work performed on vehicle
  • Warranty agreements and vehicle service agreements
  • Vehicle owner’s manual and warranty booklet (applicable in case of a vehicle you purchased new a/k/a as first titled owner)
  • Completed Vehicle Problem Log

 

Failure to Disclose Vehicle Damage

  • Bill of Sale a/k/a Buyer’s Order
  • Retail installment sales contract a/k/a finance contract
  • Damage Disclosure Statement
  • Buyer’s Guide window sticker
  • All other documents you received from seller at time of purchase
  • Certified North Carolina DMV vehicle title history (or title history from another state if appropriate)
  • Documentation of previous vehicle damage (ex: repair invoice, repair estimate)
  • Accident/incident report(s)
  • CarFax or Autocheck report on vehicle

Wrongful Repossession

  • Bill of Sale a/k/a Buyer’s Order
  • Retail installment sales contract a/k/a finance contract
  • Receipts or proof of all vehicle payments made by you
  • Security agreement (typically gives seller and/or lender the right to repossess vehicle if breach of contract occurs)
  • Any certificates of repossession
  • Correspondence or notices from seller or lender regarding potential deficiencies or breach of contract by you
  • Documentation of seller or lender’s usage of a GPS tracking and/or shutdown device on the vehicle

Personal Injury

  • Accident report/crash report or exchange of information sheet
  • Copy of any automobile insurance policies covering you or your vehicle
  • Any medical bills, records, receipts, or other documentation you have related to your treatment
  • Names and contact information for all medical and healthcare providers you have seen and are currently scheduled to see
  • Any letters or correspondence received from any insurance company (auto, health, life, etc.) related to the accident/incident
  • Any pictures of your injuries
  • Any pictures of the damage to your vehicle or any of the vehicles involved in the incident
  • Any pictures of the scene of the accident/incident
  • Names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident/incident
  • If you have lost wages due to your injury, provide 3-4 pay stubs for the period immediately before the accident/incident AND at least 2 pay stubs for the periods after your return to work (if you have returned to work)

 

Debt Collection Problems

  • Name of the creditor or collector who has contacted you as well as the nature of the account(s) and account number(s) on which collection is being sought
  • Copy of all letters, emails, faxes, and other correspondence you have received from the creditor and/or any persons seeking to collect on the debt
  • Copy of all letters, emails, faxes, and other correspondence you have sent to the creditor and/or any persons seeking to collect on the debt
  • Statements, account histories, and other documentation you have regarding the account on which collection is being sought
  • Copies of any checks, money orders, or other proof of your payments made on the account
  • Copy of your credit report from any of the three major credit reporting agencies (for a free copy visit www.annualcreditreport.com)
  • Copy of all repayment agreements, settlement agreements, forgiveness letters, and other documentation of modifications made to your debt or debt repayment
  • IF YOU HAVE BEEN SUED: Copy of all complaints, summonses, motions, notices, affidavits, judgments, and other court documents you have received in your case
  • Recordings or records of any harassing phone calls or other threatening communications you have received
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