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2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for New York on
Q: I am going to arbitration and some legal advise.
David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin answered on May 5, 2021

I have handled more than 100 Arbitrations. Please call me at 212-244-8722. David@Relkinlaw.com. David H. Relkin, Esq

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Q: my car caught fire today at my workplace, I believe it was an electrical fire due to a recall on the 2017 NissnSen
Tristan Blain Morrison
Tristan Blain Morrison answered on Apr 28, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your car. If you were injured while working, then you have a workers' compensation claim. If the injury was serious, you should speak with a lawyer to bring your claim immediately. If you were not working, but you were seriously injured, then you will need a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Employment Discrimination for Ohio on
Q: Former employer's HR retaliated against me for reporting racism in the workplace. I later quit and HR denied benefits/UI

HR (and other supervisors) refused to do anything about racism in the workplace. They lied about company policy and my ability to resolve the issues on my own. And Later when I quit due to these and other conditions, they denied paying out vacation that I was eligible for and entitled to because... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Apr 28, 2021

Hi, more information is needed here. Complaints about racism in the workplace may be protected under Title VII. I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Colorado on
Q: Can I file contempt if my ex filed a motion without going to mediation first as is required per our divorce decree?

My ex husband filed a motion this week to modify medical decision making of our daughter. Our divorce decree states we must go to mediation prior to filing a motion but he and his attorney skipped this step. Could this be considered contempt?

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III answered on Apr 26, 2021

I do not think contempt is the right response. You could file a response pointing out the failure to go to mediation. The court is likely to order mediation in any case. You should get a lawyer to help you with this.

Q: Landlord owes us around 10k in repair credits, is dodging the subject, we owe him 6500 (2.5 months arrearages) severely

Harassing us,threatening, & bullying us. He breeched the lease in several areas, was supposed to supply electric to outbuilding, has not, refusing to pay credits when He either refused to do the work or sent his maintenance guy out here to start projects last May, & never returned. When we... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Apr 25, 2021

Make an appointment with Legal Aid to determine whether you qualify. Call your County Court House for information about contacting Legal Aid.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Connecticut on
Q: If my case manager was in love with me and I dropped her and she is now creating me problems and I have proof What can D
David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin answered on Apr 24, 2021

I can answer your problem with an experience of my own. A Case Manager refused to promptly supply a replacement Arbitrator. He simply became unavailable. Two weeks passed without any responses to my demand that he supply three new names for the parties.

Every Tribunal has an administrative...
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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Divorce for Florida on
Q: Live in Florida. Divorced in Florida 2014. My wife filed and didn't put her 401k down. Do I have still rights to it.

I left the house to her and car. 401k was built up while I was paying the mortgage.

She didn't list it on the divorce agree

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Apr 16, 2021

You need to look carefully at your marital settlement agreement. If you knew about the 401k when you got divorced then you had an obligation to bring it up. On the other hand, if she hid it from you then you might have a case for fraud. Finally, seven years later is a long time and may be held... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Ohio on
Q: My brother's wheelchair broke. I discharged him because of Covid concerns. The assisted living threw out his wheelchair.

I was not allowed to enter his building. He was discharged without all his possessions. They do not answer phone calls.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 16, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for the ordeal you and your brother experienced. You could consult with a local attorney to review the matter. It does not sound like something that would be handled on a contingency basis, so... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Illinois on
Q: Thank you. I do understand that to be true.... 1 family member however that is wanting to sell, does not want to...

Give up their mineral rights to the land... can they really have the best of both worlds & ultimately screw the other 2 family members.

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Mar 29, 2021

When it comes to selling and buying, most everything is negotiable. If they are not willing to sell 100% of their share, then the value of that share may be greatly diminished. The remaining plaintiffs could sue in court demanding that the sale include mineral rights, although nothing is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: So for the family members that don’t want to sell

Isn’t there any way to stop this?

It has been in our family a very long time & it is not divided up...

this isn’t right - there has to be away to stop it

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Mar 27, 2021

Those who don't want to sell can buy the fair market value of those who want to sell. Otherwise, there may be language in the will or trust which has provisions regarding the sale of items such as a specific number or % of beneficiaries required to sell assets.

2 Answers | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Real Estate Law and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Inherited undivided interest in a large amount of land, that has mineral rights. Can one of the family members force the

The other family members to sell the land? This land has been in our family for an extremely long time & some don’t want to sell.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Mar 27, 2021

Those who want to sell can file a lawsuit for Partition. They will win. This will give the court the power to sell the property at auction and divide the proceeds among all the owners. An auction sale is not likely to bring in as much money as a regular sale.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: My partners ex wife is abusive and not doing whats best for their children and attacking mine.. what can I do??

Unsanitary living situation

Child neglected and used as pawns

Threatening texts,phone calls and emails. History in van nuys court house

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

You can certainly get a restraining order against her as to your children. Suggest you consult with a local family law attorney ASAP.

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: What happens if a mediator sends your documents of your visitation custody agreements to a third party, someone’s email

Someone received the email and notified me that they got sent my private documents

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

Possible violation of your right of privacy by the mediator. Court appointed mediator? You need to report this to the Court it is a big deal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Medical Malpractice for California on
Q: Why do lawyers not take medical arbitration, unless there is complete paralysis or loss of limb.

Is there a amount that is minimum for lawyers to break even on a case.

Gerald Barry Dorfman
Gerald Barry Dorfman answered on Mar 19, 2021

The short answer is that the medical industry convinced the Legislature to pass laws stacking the deck in the industry's favor and against patients and their attorneys. Even without special laws, these types of cases require a great deal of time and financial investment. Virtually 100%... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: Can you increase the amount of damages requested after the initial filing in an arbitration

Initial filing was limited due to misunderstanding the limits in the arbitration.

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Mar 19, 2021

Possibly. Insufficient information to determine. The sooner you ask to increase and notify the other side, the better.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: I was fired because i was pregnant, my lawyer wants me to settle for 100k. Should I?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Mar 14, 2021

That is a question you should discuss with your lawyer. You can ask him/her to give you a legal analysis in writing of all the reasons why this should be a good and reasonable offer, given the facts of your case. This is, of course, something you should have discussed with your attorney ahead of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Florida on
Q: Florida: can a lawyer that did a closing for the other party 10 years ago still represent me in a mediation

The closing was on a property unrelated to this case. We are a couple not married owning a house together and I hired a lawyer for a demand letter and mediation since I want to sell and the other party wants an uneven split of proceeds. However this lawyer did a closing for the other party years... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 12, 2021

I believe the lawyer can represent you if the lawyer gets the informed consent of both parties to the mediation.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get my earnest money back in Texas?

On Feb 27, we went to see some home and we stop on Perry Homes. The seller told us the prices where going to change soon. She ask us if we had an agent and since we didn't she told her friend who is an agent an was there. He said we could sell our home and get more 100k and we where pressure... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 24, 2021

Whether you can get the earnest money depends on the terms of the contract you signed. Take it to a lawyer for review.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Family Law and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: Sibling dispute over a widow dad. What paperwork I file in order to be able to get our dad some time of the year?

My dad has 2 daughters from ex and 2 daughters from 1st marriage to my mom. Mom passed away 10yrs ago and he hasn’t remarried. He had a brain aneurysm and is on a wheelchair and can’t speak. He only says my name, aha & no. His other 2 daughters took him out of the nursing home we had him... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 23, 2021

Isn't it obvious? You write that "he doesn’t have an appointed guardian. " So file an application to be appointed guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Florida on
Q: Can I sue hotels.com for booking a room in a hotel that doesn't exist for about a year?

I booked and paid for a hotel and the reservation was guaranteed and confirmed. When I got to the hotel, hotel was not operational for about a year. No substitute was offered

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin answered on Feb 14, 2021

I haven't consulted hotels.com's terms and conditions on their website, however, a contract cannot exclude gross negligence (which is the case most likely) or fraud (which would have required them to have actually known the hotel was not operating) without a knowing waiver.

I have...
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