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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Q: Got a notice from the State of Michigan Unemployment Department- please help!

I got a letter from the Michigan Unemployment Office saying a “question of eligibility and/or qualification has been raised on a claim in which you are an interested party”. The dates they want proof of income on range from 3/2020 all the way to 5/2021.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 23, 2021

You really need to speak to a lawyer soon, and preferably before you respond to the request for information. Whether criminal charges arise may depend on intent.

Just remember: there's an old tale that says it's not the act itself that gets us in trouble; it's often the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Q: I wasn’t able to legally work for the last 5 years and I am a us citizen. Am I owed money by the government?

Hi, my name is Anonymous and I wasn’t able to go to college, nor was I able to get a job due to the fact that I didn’t have a social security number. My father used fear to scare my mom into not giving me my birth certificate (keeping me out of the system or far away from hospitals). He passed... Read more »

Joseph Korsak
Joseph Korsak answered on Oct 19, 2021

You are leaving out important facts. What was the legal bar to your employment all that time? You could have picked up a SS number on line if you needed one. What opportunities did you miss? Were you a government employee?

Q: Will I need to report to jury duty in Mississippi if I am stationed out of state as an active duty soldier?

I am an Active duty soldier who is stationed at Fort Drum, NY. I was informed by family I have a notice to show up to court on Oct 18th for jury duty but I am in NY at the moment. Am I exempt, or is there a way I can be exempt?

Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon answered on Oct 13, 2021

You should be exempt from jury service; however, you will need to make sure that you contact the court and provide them with paperwork reflecting that you are on active duty.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Puerto Rico on
Q: my grandmother is elderly she's in a wheel chair barely moves do to her conditions and weight.my grandfather was her

caretaker. He just passed now my uncle has her but is not taking care of her properly. What can I do? I am located in CT and she is located in PR

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon answered on Sep 29, 2021

As part of the process to legally incapacitate an elderly citizen who can no longer care for him/herself, the Puerto Rico Civil Code requires that the candidate guardian reside in Puerto Rico. During the court process, any and all close relatives who can be considered for the guardianship must... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: I will be going before an Administrative Law Judge for Social Security disability benefits. Any clinics around to help?
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Sep 15, 2021

There may be a local law school with a clinic for disability benefits so you could call around and ask. If you are concerned about not having money to pay a lawyer you don’t need to worry about that. You don’t pay up front and the attorney only gets paid a percentage of your back benefits if... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Public Benefits for Kentucky on
Q: I have a court hearing coming up that says "Show cause deferred/installment payment". What does this mean?

My restitution on this case is over 33,000 but I have paid over 9,000 on this cause in the past 3 years. Will the judge put me in jail because it's not paid in full by the time I go to court?

Leland Hulbert
Leland Hulbert answered on Sep 11, 2021

It depends on the judge and it depends how much you have been paying lately. Normally judges will be lenient if you’re doing the best you can but if you refused to pay or haven’t paid a lot in the last few months they could give you an ultimatum and say you have to pay X amount with a a certain... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Maryland on
Q: Can I sue president of my organization if he goes contrary to our constitution to remove members who do not support him?

We are a membership organization of about 20 members. The president who goes contrary to our constitution removed about 9 members who oppose his leadership style. We have funds that belongs to all of us and we all need to affect the use of this fund even if we exit the organization as he wants. Our... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Sep 3, 2021

Take the organization constitution to a lawyer to review, and evaluate your legal options, as well as actions you can take under the constitution, such as calling a special meeting, holding a new election, removal of the president, etc., whatever the provisions allow. Recourse to the courts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Health Care Law and Public Benefits for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can family have a say in an elderly person's need to move to a care facility? This person is of-sound mind;

She lives in filth, doesn't eat, can't clean herself and sits and sleeps in her own feces and urine.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 3, 2021

I would approach an elderlaw attorney who is certified; the area office on aging can be of help.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Do I have to sign the case # HF06254872? I felt harassed as her lawyer just attached 271 sanctions. I live in Chico.

It is related to CalPers retirement which we signed agreeing to keep my and she keep her pension in a divorce case 11 years ago. I was served by her son in law, but I still did not sign as I do not know what they wants from me except for my signature for??? I just am afraid that she will go... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Jul 30, 2021

As we have no idea what you are talking about and no idea what it is you are being asked to sign it's impossible to respond to this question meaningfully.

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Public Benefits and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Does the State of Illinois have to purchase my daughters entire property?

The State has offered to purchase a portion of the property. This would include a majority of the septic field. She has nowhere to replace it. They did not have any compensation for this item listed on their offer. Would that make her property inhabitable and what are her options? Do they have to... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jul 27, 2021

Your daughter needs to make an appointment with an experienced real estate lawyer to discuss this. Make sure she brings to the appointment a copy of the offer the state made.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Public Benefits for Texas on
Q: I used trial size Biotin shampoo and conditioner on vacation and my scalp is itchy and burning since, is this a symptom?

Bought travel size biotin shampoo and conditioner for my vacation in California June 18-28th and used over there. My scalp has been itching and burning ever since although I have not used since I returned and am now using my regular shampoo and conditioner I continue to have itchy burning scalp.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 16, 2021

You would need to talk to a dermatologist, not an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: I was an apprentice for a shop for 3 years and was about to receive my piercing license but the owner and I had a disput

They did not allow me to obtain my license. This was 2011. What do I need to do to obtain my legal license for piercing? I do not want to go through an apprenticeship again since I still hold the knowledge. Hope you can help!

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 13, 2021

You must contact the Regulatory Agency in Nashville that handles such a License. They are the ones that issue the License.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for West Virginia on
Q: The procedure for filling suit against west Virginia governor Jim justice for ending unemployment benefits early

There is a group of us that are in need of representation in west Virginia to file suit much like Indiana for the reinstatement of unemployment benefits

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 1, 2021

contact the West Virginia State Democratic committee. If any of you are in a district with a state rep or state Senator who is Democratic, see if they can suggest someone.

Q: Can congress form a city in a state by overriding state and local government
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 26, 2021

This question could be beyond the scope of this forum. Congress does have certain enumerated powers granted under Article I, which include collecting taxes, paying debts, providing for the common defense and general welfare, borrowing on the credit of the United States, regulating commerce, etc.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Public Benefits for Maryland on
Q: Employer claiming breach of contract on bogus claims and withholding wages. How do I proceed?

After submitting a two-week notice, my employer claims I have breached my employment contract on largely bogus claims. He has also withheld a previous paycheck. I was given an impossible number of tasks to complete during my final two weeks, and he is claiming not completing these tasks is a breach... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 21, 2021

If you are an employee, you can file for unemployment comp alleging a change in work conditions.

As to at will employment--that's what everyone is. He can't withold wages for work done. Take his advice and call a wage-hour attorney,

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Public Benefits for Maryland on
Q: Can HOA starts making rules for no smoking but specify to start on one building first?

All owners of this building are non smokers. There are smokers in all other buildings. All buildings are stand alone. Thanks.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 18, 2021

It doesn't make sense but If you are a non smoker the next issue is are you harmed? Courts have a doctrine that they don't look at theoretical , abstract concepts of harm.

However start by asking them why, get as much on the record as far as their reasons. Look at the HOA...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: So I am a tannate at a local apartment complex and we are getting fined and asked to take down patriotic flags. Thought?

Can they do this? this is the terms of the lease

"1. No signs, notices or advertisements shall be attached to or displayed by Lessee(s) on or about said premises.

2. Nothing shall be placed or kept on the outer sill or on the outside of any window and nothing shall be thrown... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 17, 2021

File a protest, and also notify the press, the American legion and the Tennessee Civil Liberties Union.

If enough press is thrown on this, could make them back down.

Note however patriotic would be the American Flag. Signs promoting one candidate or belittling another are not in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant, Municipal Law and Public Benefits for Georgia on
Q: What do I do when my HOA acts in an inappropriate manner?

1. HOA pools are defined as public in the department of public health document regarding pools. Public pools are smoke-free. But my HOA refuses to uphold a non-smoking rule.

2. The board member in charge on the grounds has a maintenance company and performed a job for the HOA. Conflict of... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 16, 2021

If the HOA is not policing itself, then you can either vote the Board off and correct it, or you can consult with a HOA attorney in your area, obtain your options and then decide how to proceed from there. If there are other members of the HOA who are like mind with you, then y'all may be... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for California on
Q: I am the vendor in a bankruptcy case and the pay out was to commence on 2021/25/05, and the judge approved my paperwork.

Sent in claims paperwork and it was accepted and the asking of the funds was on the 25th to cover the prior court date asking amount.

Tristan Brown
Tristan Brown answered on Jun 3, 2021

Hello,

Given the information provided, I am unable to determine what information you are seeking. Please provide some additional information if you are seeking an answer or solution on this forum.

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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for California on
Q: Struggling with my spouse. Two kids and I am trying to get government assistance with a full-time gross income of 35K.

I can't afford a unit to live alone due to the prices in our area and is it ok to live with him in our apartment now but as a Single Mom?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 2, 2021

Contact legal services or Catholic family services. The problem is that the "standard of need" tends to be artificial, and out of date. You need to find out what is available for you in terms of pulbic housing, housing assistance etc.

If you think it stinks, then work with...
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