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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: What type of attorney handles defamation in ga?
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Cory D. Raines answered on Mar 2, 2022

You should contact an attorney or law firm that handles civil law matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Collections for Georgia on
Q: Is a "professional parking management" company's fines enforceable? Not through a govt agency but a private company.
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Cory D. Raines answered on Feb 26, 2022

These fines are generally not enforceable like tickets issued by law enforcement agencies. However, failure to pay the fines could result in outstanding balance being sent to a collection agency, which could negatively impact your credit.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: Partner Financed vehicle, allowed me to make payments for 8 months. Without reason, came and reclaimed vehicle.

Refuses to return the vehicle and continue to deal, and refuses to give me any money back that have been paid into the vehicle. It was financed in their name. Verbal agreement on me keeping the vehicle and making payments.

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Cory D. Raines answered on Feb 26, 2022

Since there is no written contract about the essential terms of you all's verbal agreement, then much more information will be needed to better answer your question. Whether there are any written communications (text messages, emails, etc.) that indicate an understanding between you all. I... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: I got injury at a hotel when i was taking a shower and the showerhead bursted off the pipe hitted me in the head.I fell

backward causing injury on my left hip and back. Now I have problems with my vision and other problems. Because of problem with the paralegal at the law firm I had, claiming that she had sent me documents that never sent and claiming that she never received from the medical facility any of the... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Feb 26, 2022

Issues and miscommunication does happen, so if you are not happy with your current law firm, then you could always seek another firm or attorney to take over your case. If you elect to do this, then there are plenty of attorneys, including myself, who can speak with you about this important matter,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Georgia on
Q: When a plaintiff uses the Sherriff to serve a defendant and, garnishee, do they still need to file a certificate of serv

When a plaintiff uses the Sherriff to serve a defendant and, garnishee, do they still need to file a certificate of service with the court? The court has uploaded the sheriff's entry of service showing the dates the plaintiff and garnishee were served... Just trying to see if I need to... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 30, 2022

Good question. Like any other magistrate court claim, when you initially file suit and request the marshal's or sheriff's department to serve the defendant, you are required to fill out a form called the "marshal's entry of service" or something similar to that. Once a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Georgia on
Q: How long after termination does a ex employee have to potentially start a lawsuit against their past employer?
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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 29, 2022

Your question depends on what you plan on suing your employer for. The statute of limitations provides timeframes for when a lawsuit must be filed and failure to do so during that time will result in you being unable to file a lawsuit. The following limits are outlined in the Official Code of... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: The person permitted to drive my vehicle was unlicensed and got into an accident. What is the punishment for § 40-5-122?
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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 30, 2022

From a civil standpoint, there is a strong possibility that the other driver will file a claim against you and your insurance company for any property damage and/or personal injuries. If that claim can't be settled, the they have the option of filing a lawsuit against you. It is recommended... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: I was asked to go talk to a detective about the allegations that i stole jewelry. How can I maintain my innocence.

The prosecutors have no evidence besides the fact that I knew where the key was. (Under the front door mat)

They said I pawned it off. I have never been to any pawn shops ever.

Can I ask the detective to swab for fingerprints because I know I never touched it?

The... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

You need to contact a criminal attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: Is it illegal to serve process on a 15 year old?
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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Although it is not a crime to serve process on a minor, doing so likely goes against the procedures outlined in the Georgia's Civil Practice Act. Depending on the set of circumstances involved in the case will determine what procedure needs to be followed. If the lawsuit is against a minor,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Georgia on
Q: How do I file for a motion for dismissal of civil claim? Plaintiff has lied. Contract give us both same responsibility

He has filed a claim as if he had o responsibility, even tho our contract says different

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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Without more information on the circumstances surrounding the dispute, a complete answer cannot be given. However, filing a motion to dismiss can be done for a variety of reasons and is case specific. Therefore, It is highly recommended that you contact an attorney that specializes in civil suits.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: Am I entitled to my lost wages due to time off because of medical related to a car accident

I was passenger of the vehicle not at fault we were parked and parking spot at a convenient store. A commercial box truck slammed into us so hard they totaled the car we we were in. Me and the driver went to the ER my friend was off work 3 days with wip lash. During a MRI we found a brain aneurysm... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Under Georgia law, those that are injured through no fault of their own may be entitled to damages, which includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. The insurance company will be responsible for paying out these sums and will most certainly try to limit their... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law on
Q: Hi can i kick my housemate out?

•I am the only legal Tenant of the property as I signed the contract

I have an occupier living in my rental home. The person and I lived together for around a year but her name is not on the contract. She has not payed 3 weeks worth of rent and also rejected to pay the bills. Is it... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Under Georgia law, a renter may evict a roommate or other person whom is not on the lease. Before you can initiate eviction proceedings, you will need to give them written notice and they must refuse. Once this phase is completed then a dispossessory action can be filed at the county's... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Georgia on
Q: I had a the car accident that was denied the claim was denied because the police office wrote the wrong things on report
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Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

I hope you are feeling much better from the accident. Liability denials and refusals to pay damages are routinely issued by insurance companies. Each case is different and relies on the specific circumstances involved in the incident. This includes relevant evidence collected at the scene, what... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Georgia on
Q: My daughter got drunk and started trying to put her hands on everybody and busted my house window so I called the police

The police arrived to my home and stated to us that they were charging her with criminal trespass (family violence) which didn’t make sense . We questioned them howeever they booked her into the jail for smash and grab burglary , purchase of alcohol being a minor , and possession of marijuana... Read more »

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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

She will have to either hire a private attorney or be assigned a public defender to help defend these serious charges, which could and should have been avoided by not calling the police in the first place. Whether you want press charges or not against your daughter is out of your hands because now... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I am a small time handyman, I have a client that refuses to pay on a paint sizable paint job. What do I do?

My employee and myself were 3 days into a 4 day paint job. When at 3 am the 3rd day we ran out of paint. The client told us not to come back. Never paying us a cent.

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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

Great question. So long as there was a valid contract and you substantially performed under those contractual obligations, you will likely be entitled to payment and or damages for client not paying you.

Depending on the underlying facts, you could be entitled to damages as well as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law and Employment Discrimination for Georgia on
Q: Can I be suspended after 1 write up

I was written up for something I did not do and i refused to sign the write up. I questioned my general manager of how I could write him up and he suspended me for a week

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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

It is recommended that you check your employee handbook and other policies that you should have been given prior to your employment. However, Georgia is known as employee-at will state, which means you can be fired for any reason or no reason at all, so long as that termination does not violate a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Georgia on
Q: If you are licensed to carry in ga and you point a gun at someone and they take a warrant do you automatically do time
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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

This question is vague and without more cannot be adequately answered. However, licensed or not you do have the right to protect yourself from imminent threats of harm or danger posed by others. Specifically, under Georgia law, you may stand your ground and use reasonable force to defend yourself... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Legal Malpractice for Georgia on
Q: Is a cotingency fee contract a legally binding contract in georgia

Can a case be assigned to an attorney incorrectly in a law firm be terminated for that purpse alone

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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

Contingency contracts are on of many contracts that are legally enforceable in the state of Georgia. They are often seen in personal injury law matters and many of these contracts allow either the client or attorney to terminate or withdraw, respectively. However, the client may owe that attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on
Q: Can a debt collector put a lien on my home if my daughter is on the mortgage as well and the debt is not hers
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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 12, 2021

In Georgia, the creditor would first have to sue you in one of the state courts and then obtain a judgment against you. Then that creditor can record that judgment on any property that you have, real or personal property. This includes any property that is owned by multiple parties including that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Identity Theft and Small Claims for Georgia on
Q: If someone was arrested for using my card and I want to drop the charges will the arresting officer obligee

FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD 16-9-33

The woman charged was tricked into using it under instruction of her boyfriend who was responsible for finding my wallet

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Cory D. Raines answered on Oct 3, 2021

This depends on several factors. However, contacting the prosecutor's office and letting them know that you don't want her to be charged is a first step. You can request to fill out a non-prosecution affidavit, but ultimately it is up to the prosecution to determine if they will dismiss... Read more »

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