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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Indiana on
Q: Can the city decided to cancel the contract and do the demolition themselves.?

I have a contract with the city parks and recreation to tare down 2 horse barns, for the lumber. No cost to the city. I still have to pay my employees. No finish/completion date was set in the contract. Can the park superintendent decide to have city employees take the barns down an cancel the... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

An Indiana attorney could answer best, but you await an answer for four weeks. It could depend on the terms of the contract, particularly if it contained any provisions for cancellation. One option might be to review the contract with an Indiana attorney. COVID-related defenses have been used in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I get a lawyer to certify a copy of my passport?

I am trying to open an overseas bank account. I have been asked by the bank to provide a "certified" copy of my passport and driving licence. They require confirmation that 'the copy is a true likeness' of the original. Can you advise on where I can get this done? Is this a... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

A Massachusetts attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a starting point, you could contact the U.S. Department of State, the government agency that issues U.S. passports, to see if they might be able to offer guidance. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Land Use & Zoning for New York on
Q: I bought a house with a "friend", realizing too late I've been manipulated. Can I "break" our agreement?

I should have gotten a lawyer to represent my interests at the time, but our co-homeowner agreement seems very lopsided now. I don't want to sell or take on another mortgage, but I need some kind of relief from the onerous conditions she keeps imposing. These include limiting my privacy,... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

One option as a starting point could be to arrange a consult with an attorney to review the agreement. Without seeing that, it could be difficult for an attorney to advise meaningfully, solely based on general principles of contract law. Good luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for California on
Q: what shall I do about unclaimed property?

I was a member of a San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union(one was located on Naval Base S.D.) however, they were bought out by Wheelhouse Credit Union and they have no records of the cashier's check but the State does. Currently living in my home of record of Tenn.

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

A California attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. Most states have resources where people can search for their unclaimed funds online. Do a search for "unclaimed funds California." The search results should include official sites such as the State... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for South Carolina on
Q: Bf was in an accident, he was at fault we heard that the other party hired an attorney, no papers served yet.

my bf has a large amount of savings that he doesn't want touched, can he transfer those funds to me (girlfriend of 20 years) under just my name and not have it be an issue

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. As a general matter, if his vehicle was insured, that should be the primary source of covering the other side's claims for damages. A South Carolina attorney familiar with the operation of state laws for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Utah on
Q: I was in a severe rollover accident where a passenger in my car died and I had to be extricated. The EMS at the scene

did not assess me at all at the site of the crash despite having a obvious head injury, forced me to stand up immediately after being trapped upside down in the vehicle with major intrusion into the cab from the roof, used the backboard that they had with them to cover a barbed wire fence so that I... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

A Utah attorney who is familiar with standard operating procedures and protocols followed by first responders in such situations could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. To make a meaningful assessment, an attorney would likely need to know the EMS crew's account of events.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is a court appointed lawyer just as good as a paid one

My so cruzs primary parent was his dad I have visitation rights nd all that I .I had bad issues with the law and depression. I have been maintaining well now for a long time.i moved to N.C. to have a better life i was going to fight for custody as soon as I had good time without trouble or drug use... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

A Texas attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The short answer to your question is "yes." I know lawyers in the public sector who are exceptionally skillful advocates, bright, hardworking, and dedicated to their clients' interests. They would... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Car Accidents for Kansas on
Q: I was involved in a car accident in September... the other driver got cited for driving on suspended license and

Also got cited for no interlock device in the vehicle.... he was driving someone else's vehicle.

It was an uncontrolled/open intersection.. I got cited for fail to yield the right of way... what are my options.....can't I fight this

Can I sue him or the owner of the... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

As a general matter in most jurisdictions, those factors could be used to limit the potential damages of the driver who was in violation. It does not make them automatically liable - fault is still determined according to the interaction of the vehicles. In most jurisdictions, the penalty could be... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Products Liability and Environmental for New York on
Q: Can you make a anti viral incense

By mixing essential

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 26, 2020

In terms of offering it to the public, that could involve issues with regulatory agencies beyond the scope of this forum - health and safety, what would it contain, what would it aim to achieve, what are its risks, etc.

In terms of protecting your idea from an intellectual property...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Washington on
Q: Got a broken jaw, 22 months ago. Surgery was done poorly and now jaw is painful and does not work well. Could I sue?

I should have been transferred to different hospital, in Seattle. Waited a week for the surgery. Was later told surgery was done by an ear, nose, throat doc.

I saw an oral surgeon, who told me jaw was misaligned, and they could only fix it by breaking my jaw again.

Surgery was done... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 26, 2020

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks - but regardless, any attorney would need to review your file in greater detail, very likely with the guidance of a medical professional to make a meaningful assessment. Already having waited this long for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: I would like to sue my aunt for kicking me out without eviction, packing my things for me while I was out of town etc.

She is also trying to keep me out of the house. She says I violated the "no drugs" rule but I didn't and she has NO proof. She found weed in my MOMs room and is trying to use that to kick us both out. Where would I find a no fee lawyer with whom I could proceed to file suit with?

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 25, 2020

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. This doesn't look like a personal injury matter, where a law firm would handle it on a contingency basis with no fee up front. A closer category might be landlord-tenant or civil litigation, but it might be... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Is being terminated under a doctor's care legal

My wife is a health care provider and was grocery shopping for her client at HEB and had a slip and fall accident. She contacted her employer and went to there workmans compt doctor . We also hired a law firm for the accident and they told her stop seeing the work man's comp doctor and have... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

Something does not sound right here. A claimant with an open workers' comp claim does not typically get to decide whether or not they want to see their workers' comp doctor. If your wife is seeing an independent doctor for her third-party injury claim, that's fine. But that does not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Admiralty / Maritime, Constitutional Law and Military Law on
Q: Are you a BAR Member?

Do you answer to the British monarch

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 25, 2020

The maritime firms here practice in the U.S. mainly. There are online resources for finding UK maritime firms outside of this site. Additionally, some of the larger maritime firms based in the U.S. have international practices with offices overseas. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Kansas on
Q: Car accident 3 years ago. My car totaled, their car had hardly a scratch. Now, they are opening an bodily injury claim.

I stopped at a stop sign, I checked both ways, didn't see anyone coming, so I slowly turned right into the lane. My car was old and couldn't accelerate fast, anyway. The other car hit the front left of my car with their rear right side. My car's front bumper was on the ground and the... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 24, 2020

A Kansas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. This can happen, despite the superficial damage to their vehicle at the scene of the accident. The bodily injury claim was probably open for some time. If a settlement of $25,000 is reached, the next thing that should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and DUI / DWI on
Q: Vehicular homicide and first degree negligent injury. No priors. Chances of minimizing the sentence?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 24, 2020

A Louisiana attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. It could be difficult for any attorney, regardless of jurisdiction, to advise based on these brief facts alone. You may need to reach out to a Louisiana criminal defense attorney to discuss in greater detail.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: I was living in a house in authority of Jackson county apartment complex with a VAWA voucher And I am also fully disable

I had my home broken into repeatedly in my car stolen from the parking lot and now they’ve served me with addiction notice because I’m a victim again how is that fair ? I did file online a formal complaint with the housing and urban development and they called me to see if it’s their... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 23, 2020

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but you await a response for three weeks. Do you mean an EVICTION notice? Read it more carefully. If that's the case, repost this under Landlord-Tenant law and hopefully an experienced L-T attorney could offer meaningful guidance. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Estate Planning for New York on
Q: Was issued a speeding ticket while in city employee uniform & showed bandg. I work in the security deptmt of the MTA

Can I get the ticket dismissed as a city employee?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 23, 2020

It could be worth discussing in more detail with an experienced traffic ticket attorney. Overall, there is a high level of positive sentiment and appreciation toward public transportation employees because of the risks they face in providing all of us with vital services 24/7 and keeping the City... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can a person with a restricted licence drive a car while a license driver in passager seat?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 22, 2020

A South Carolina attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for a week. As a GENERAL matter in ANY jurisdiction, it could depend on the restriction. Nationwide, Departments of Motor Vehicles enforce different classes of restrictions, covering things such as hearing aids, shoulder... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law on
Q: If there's a complaint about noise at night, and nothing is done, is there ground for a lawsuit against the city?

My neighbors upstairs make noise at night, throwing and dragging furniture on the floor. They claim it's not them making the noise.

I lose sleep because of the noise, and as a result suffer dizziness and short breathing.

If I make a complaint, and nothing is done, is there... Read more »

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 22, 2020

Unless there are other details, this would not create the basis for a lawsuit against the city. It is not a Municipal Law matter; it is a Landlord-Tenant Law matter. You could repost in that category or reach out to attorneys who practice landlord-tenant law. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: Dear Landlady, Your reason for turning us out in the middle of winter, amidst a pandemic, in a miserable rental mar

If it s true we have to move so owner can move in...

If we're good tenants, why did she not offer her vacant house next door to us?

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Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 22, 2020

An Oregon attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. I'm sorry for the anguish your situation must be causing you, which is evident from your post.

Writing a public letter will not do very much for you. Reach out to one of the experienced Oregon landlord-tenant...
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