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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Education Law for Virginia on
Q: Does VA law require a notary to sign when notarizing a document?

A document that I recently had notarized by Bank of America is being rejected by my university on the grounds that the notary hasn't signed it. While attempting to research this online, I have yet to find definitive answers.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Jan 26, 2023

There are seven (7) items required for the notary to state on each document being notarized:

1. The name of the county or independent city in which the document is signed

2. The date the document is signed.

3. The notarial statement – what is being notarized (i.e. a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Kentucky on
Q: What rights does the school have to call my child’s doctor to ask information about appointments, missed appointments

My child is on home hospital due to him being sick a lot. I found out that the school called my sons doctor questioning the home health reason and asked when his appointment was and the doctor openly told them that we decided that it may be beneficial for my son to see a therapist the doctor openly... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 26, 2023

None whatsoever. Absolutely none.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Education Law and Military Law for Nebraska on
Q: Under what circumstances might a person still be under the legal custody of their parents at 18 years old?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler
answered on Jan 26, 2023

If you live in Nebraska, the age of majority is 19 years old. Thus, an 18 year in Nebraska is generally still in the legal custody of their parents. One exception to this would be if the 18 year old is legally emancipated by court order.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan is it legal for a public school to release a minor child to someone they were distinctly told not to

He was released to his grandparents that work for the school district even after I told the high school staff not to it took me 3 weeks to get him back

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 23, 2023

Really depends on your legal status to the child, the other parent's legal status to the child, and whose been listed on the contact card with the school. It's unlikely you're going to succeed with a claim against the school; your bigger issue is within the family.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: ORC 4117.103 -volunteer at public schools When can a qualified volunteer be turned back by principal?

be turned away directly from the principle?

Arriving at my granddaughter’s elementary school for an approved PTO volunteering event at the requested time, Right away I was met with resistance. She began using her phone. She inquired to several ladies standing close by a loc of someone.... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Jan 20, 2023

The law does not require the schools to allow any particular person to volunteer and there are literally hundreds of reasons from the mundane (we have enough help) to the quite serious (this individual set fire to the building last time they were here) that someone might be turned away.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Education Law and Public Benefits for Oregon on
Q: I want to sue head start for kicking my son out because he has tourettes and called dhs on me 5 times before they kicked
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 17, 2023

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal. At this point, one option is to reach out to law firms to see if it's possible to set up a free initial consult to briefly discuss. In addition to your own attorney searches, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: Can the school search my child's locker with my consent or knowledge?

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My 13 year old sons person was searched, his backpack, coat, hoodie and locker. We were not notified. Then they find weed rolling papers. (Obviously he shouldn't have them) then they threatened to call the cops and said he'll have fun in juvie. He was so terrified that he... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Your primary issue needs to be resolving any school administrative action or juvenile action against your son. Yes, schools can search students' personal belongings and lockers. The appropriateness of other actions described should be discussed with a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for California on
Q: After the pandemic, a year in isolation, my child was diagnosed with depression.

After the pandemic, a year in isolation, my child was diagnosed with depression. When depression began to develop in several subjects at school, she received a very low score. During treatment, she managed to correct her grades. But the school refuses to change the grage. We are looking for a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 15, 2023

A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry for the hardship your child is experiencing. You could reach out to attorneys to discuss - there are attorneys who specialize in education law. However, one of the difficulties with such a case is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Education Law for Utah on
Q: Can you sue a school for not taking action after three separate assaults occur - including injuries/concussion
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 15, 2023

A Utah attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal with the assaults. It's possible you could - but more information is needed in terms of location and other details. You could reach out to local attorneys to try to arrange a free... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Family Law, Education Law and Sexual Harassment for California on
Q: Can a principal tell a teacher that there spouse is banned from attending any public events?I can't be supportive spouse

I wrote an email to both super attendant and principal about my spouse and another teacher being unprofessional.The other teacher texted my spouse if I was still his lady while getting herself involved in matters that were not of her own.She also would text him pictures of her kids and tell him she... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jan 9, 2023

Unfortunately you have no rights when it comes to how your wife is treated at work, and the employer may, if it wishes, exclude you from activities at the school or even exclude you from campus altogether.

If your wife has an issue she should report it to the principal or the district HR...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Michigan on
Q: Our public school for some reason had a clickable icon on a teachers classroom computer that said our daughter was

Adopted without our permission. Our daughter didn't know(7th grade) and the teacher didn't know what the icon was for. She opened it up and before she could close it our daughter saw it said adopted. We had a meeting with principal and he blamed it on secretary. Is there lawful action to take?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Jan 5, 2023

A most unfortunate way for your daughter to find out; I'm sorry. I'm not sure there is any lawful action you could take against the school or teacher, for what sounds to be an inadvertent action. I think you did the right thing in meeting with the principal to express your concerns.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: Was hit in high school by driver I walking n park lot. 1992 I was 15 yrs old. My parents sued but wrote letter to Judge

And became trustees of my settlement. I lost my right foot it was screwed and bolted on and I had 4 back surgery since then. I never got a penny. My dad has property and Maks $ of me now while I'm on SSD AND FOOD STAMPS. WHAT CAN I DO

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Dec 26, 2022

Because you were a minor at the time, someone(s) had to be trustee(s) until you would turn 18, unless some other legal arrangement was made for them to be trustees until a later age. In the meantime, the trustees had the duty to spend the money for your benefit, so the first issue is: did they do... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Contracts, Education Law and Internet Law for Missouri on
Q: This is a pretty difficult case. It includes 5 people, and the ultimate lawsuit is against ASU. I said no to arbitration

The case starts with discrimination and a huge negligence issue all the way to the Dean of that building. Then the VP of Student affairs emailed me several times (she didn't know I was cc'd) with three employees I don't knit l know, misrepresenting themselves as the President of ASU.... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 24, 2022

All I can discern from your post is the your child was the victim of some sort of discrimination based on sexual orientation and that you cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour to represent her. I suggest you contact some attorneys who handle discrimination matters and see if anyone would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for Arizona on
Q: This is a pretty difficult case. It includes 5 people, and the ultimate lawsuit is against ASU. I said no to arbitration

This is a pretty difficult case. It includes 5 people, and the ultimate lawsuit is against ASU. I said no to arbitration

The case starts with discrimination and a huge negligence issue all the way to the Dean of that building. Then the VP of Student affairs emailed me several times (she... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 24, 2022

Obviously a case of this nature is not something a novice attorney ought to be handling. And, of course, it would be foolish to bring without an attorney at all.

There are a few attorneys who regularly sue colleges and universities for discrimination. Occasionally, advocacy groups fund...
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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Kentucky on
Q: My school forced me as a (13 year old student) to give them access to my personally paid for laptop by threatening me

My school forced me as a (13 year old student) to give them access to my personally paid for laptop by threatening me with harsh consequences without consulting my guardian,Is this illegal?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Dec 22, 2022

No. Unfortunately it is not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Personal Injury for New York on
Q: My 13yr.daughter was assaulted by another student who hit her in the head with a cast. Can we sue the school & child?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 19, 2022

This may be more a personal injury law question than one about educational law. I'm sorry about the assault on your daughter. I hope she is okay. These scenarios are fact-intensive and require examination of school's supervision and other factors. I recommend you reach out to law firms to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law and Federal Crimes for Pennsylvania on
Q: As a minor in Pennsylvania I was charged with a misdemeanor of an non weighed amount of narcotics on school property

What could I be charged with and sentenced to?

Charles A. Pascal Jr.
Charles A. Pascal Jr.
answered on Dec 18, 2022

If you are charged as a juvenile, your most likely outcome is probation.

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Consumer Law and Education Law for New York on
Q: Can you sue a person who works at health care center on campus for delaying service intentionally? Thank you.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 14, 2022

It could depend on the extent of damages resulting from the delay in providing medical care. If the ensuing damages are not significant, many law firms would be unlikely to handle on a contingency basis. Good luck

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for North Dakota on
Q: You My son is 12 years old he is in special education in school another student brought a ninja throwing star to school

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My son is 12 years old he is in special education in school another student brought a ninja throwing star to school my son bought the ninja throwing star from his friend and was caught with the ninja throwing star later that day I am told there will probably be legal charges at a police... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne
answered on Dec 10, 2022

At worst it will be a juvenile case. You should likely speak with a lawyer if that occurs.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Municipal Law for New York on
Q: Aren't each township in each state supposed to inform the drivers that there is a school nearby by displaying signs?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 6, 2022

In New York State, guidelines for displaying signs in school zones are found in NYS DOT regulations. See the link...... Read more »

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