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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: How can I find out the name of an insurance company for a certain business.

In October of 2019 I took my vehicle to an express lube to have my oil changed and the the person who put the oil into my vehicle overfilled my engine with 4 quarts more than it should have held. The extra oil caused my engine to shut down and the engine had to be replaced. The owner of the express... Read more »

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George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

This information is not always publicly available. You may be able to obtain insurance information from the DMV if it is a licensed shop.

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: We are doing a private home sale in New York. Can we ask the buyer to provide mortgage down payment information?
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Yes, the amount of the down payment should be included in the offer. It will also be included in your real estate contract. You should retain the services of a real estate attorney in your area.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for New York on
Q: Child support arrears after seven years is six fugures. 7 years on public assistance. Will they modify

I’ve never been able to afford the order. They never modified the order even though I am in the system on public assistance in the same state

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

You can only modify child support going forward, arrears will not be retroactively adjusted. Nobody will make a court application for you. Make an application to modify support if you cannot afford it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for New York on
Q: Should I sign the waiver of statutory requirements and beneficiary receipt/release?
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

You should seek the advice of an estate attorney. This question cannot be answered without a careful review of the case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: How do you prove that my children's father's income has increase almost 50%?

He claimed at our first hearing that his income was $300 a week (2007), when I asked if he got any pay raises he always said no. I have had several people report to me that is income is now $450-$500 a week plus his employer is leasing a couple hundred acres from him. He has also sold all live... Read more »

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

File a petition to modify the child support order. You can call witnesses and your attorney can subpoena his employment records and the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: My mom has custody of the grandkids but my sister came and took them and won’t bring them back now what????
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

You should call the police. You can also file a petition for habeas corpus.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: Can i sue my employer for using offensive language

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George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Depending on the language used, you may be able to bring a Human Rights claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for New York on
Q: If a deli sold me counterfeit tobacco smoking products willingly , can I sue ?
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Yes, you can sue. Depending on the value of the items it may not be worth your time and would likely be a losing proposition.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for New York on
Q: Arears after 6 years was 5 figures. I’ve been on public assistance for 7 years, will they reduced it to $500

What proof do I need to show I never could afford the big amounts they claimed I owed? I was in the nyc shelter the whole time.

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

What kind of arrears are you talking about? If it is child support or spousal support arrears, you cannot retroactively modify those.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: If an individual is being financially abused by their spouse, is there legal action they can take against them?

The individual being financially abused is currently abusing illicit substances, does not have a job, and does not have access to their finances. The individual has children with their abuser. There is currently no physical or sexual abuse.

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

You can file a petition for spousal maintenance and child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Social Security and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: is my wife entitled to any part of my Veterans Disability & Workers Compensation?
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Are you divorcing? Please re-post with more details.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Building has a reported Covid19 & tenants are unsafe. I want to understand how we move out and not continue our lease.
George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

The lease may have an early termination clause. You should thoroughly review the lease to see if it provides you with any options. Try talking to the landlord, maybe they can correct the safety issues.

Generally, a lease cannot be terminated just because someone in the building is...
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2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law for New York on
Q: Can a emergency room denied you to be transferred to a different hospital

I was just release the hospital do not have all the equipment to test and see what is going on I ended up back into the er and ask to transfer me to a different hospital base on that factor. The er doctor agree there something more wrong with me. And that they did not have to equipment to help me.... Read more »

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George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, commonly known as EMTALA requires anyone coming to an emergency room to be treated regardless of ability to pay. EMTALA requires the hospital to treat and stabilize you. If the patient has been stabilized the hospital is permitted to discharge the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Internet Law for New York on
Q: User data

I own a .com cosmetics website where users leave their personal information including age range, skin tone and skin concerns (acne, eczema etc) and they have an option to show or hide this information on their public profile. Giving them an option to hide this information is enough not to violate... Read more »

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Privacy laws are complex, you should consult with an attorney specializing in this area. You will also need an attorney to draft the website terms and conditions.

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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: What happens a husband takes Out 401k funds prior to divorce being filed (at age 60-NY)

What happens if my husband and I separate and he purposely Files for divorce at the age of 60 and withdraws his 401k funds in case I later file for divorce?

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 30, 2020

Whether the funds are held in a 401(k), a bank account, or cash they remain a marital asset subject to equitable distribution. A Court would certainly frown upon this type of behavior and would likely hold the husband liable for any early withdrawal fees, penalties, and additional taxes incurred.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: What do you do if a sibling won’t sell a house that was left to 2 siblings. The house has no mortgage.

The 1 sibling has always lived in the house & continues to but won’t sell the house or take a mortgage to give the brother his share. Currently a lawyer has been working on this close to a year with no resolution

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 29, 2020

This situation can be resolved through a partition action. These types of cases can certainly take over a year, especially with the current court closures due to Covid-19.

Is the lawyer representing you or the other sibling? If the lawyer is representing you, they should provide you...
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3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: For a family court case if the mother is a resident of NY and father KY can the case be brought to NY??

The court case was started in KY because of ex husband. My lawyer in KY is not contacting me when court is in session. They have not put my daughter on the custody or support case (born Feb 2020) and my ex husband is lying to the judge about the circumstances of myself and my son moving back to NY... Read more »

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 29, 2020

It seems that a custody and child support case for your daughter is not pending in Kentucky. If this is correct, there is nothing stopping you from filing in New York. Typically you would start with a custody petition and file a child support petition. The custody petition generally would be... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can you modify child support with an active Supreme Court divorce/custody case when you lose your job?

I've been paying child support and when I lost my job I paid what I could from my savings until depletion. I fell into arrears and took out a loan to catch up with child support but not sure I can keep doing this without income. Can I modify child support while my case is still active in... Read more »

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 29, 2020

The simple answer is yes, you can certainly make an application to modify a child support order during the pendency of a divorce. Stating you lost your job is generally insufficient to obtain a modification. You should consult with the attorney representing you in the divorce.

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2 Answers | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for New York on
Q: How much would a lawyer charge to apply for state teacher certification in all 50 States. What is the time frame?

I am interested to know if someone can apply for teacher certification for me in all 50 states. I have an Advanced Professional Certificate in Two Subject Areas, and an Administrator Credential. I have 15 years of teaching experience, could someone do this? If so could you give a rough time... Read more »

George E. Patsis
George E. Patsis answered on May 29, 2020

This is generally not a job for an attorney. Attorneys can charge upwards of $400.00 per hour. Is there a reason that you believe an attorney should be involved?

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