Long story short:
Former landlady has refused to return our security deposit.
She gave us a bogus list of reasons and stuff she had to do (copy of a check to a contractor without listing what he did, charging us for stuff like changing the lightbulbs, etc.).
Legally, she would've had to give a *complete* list within 30 days; she gave us this crap with the lightbulbs three months late.
Legally, we can file suit and get three times the deposit, plus expenses.
I sent her a certified letter telling her this, including a copy of the statute, saying we'd rather not sue, and won't if she'll just give us our money.
She refused it at both her home and work addresses.
Big problem: Adam's Googling says I have to file the lawsuit in person.
Big question here: Is there a statute of limitations? Because if I have to file within a year, I need to get down there before Oct. 24.
Big question here: Can I have a proxy file the lawsuit? Attorney? Friend with power-of-attorney?