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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can a company who files me as "1099-Misc/Independent contractor" online legally refuse to pay me?

I work on a "Q&A website" that pays people to ask questions, who at the end of year sends a 1099-Misc form, classifying me as an "independent contractor". I currently earn 1K every month on this site. I've earned 6K up to this point throughout the year. Per their guidelines, they can ban people... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 25, 2020

Lawyers who like good reviews apparently like to answer questions about the future; I am not one because no one on this planet can predict the future. The short answer to your questions is yes. Whether you will win is unknowable.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: how can make estate agencies to stop selling my home with their predicted price on their own sight

I own property with area avarge sale price 75000 dollars. The government assignment value is 22000 dollars

Real Estate agencies more than one forcing me to sell it cheep as less than 10000 dollars by listing it on their own site without my permission

How can I stop them... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 25, 2020

Nobody can force you to sell your house. If a realtor is offering your house for SALE without your permission you should file a complaint with

the Rhode Island Board of Realtors and also the Rhode Island Department of Consumer Protection.

However do be sure they are really listing...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Texas on
Q: In TX if file bancruptcy 7 will they sell my shop's equipment?

I am living on ramen, bypassing medical, letting people go, in order to keep that place open. I was told by someone that I should file for bancruptcy because would be same initial hit to my credit score if I did debt consolidation/settlement....but if they take and sell my mechanic shop's... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 24, 2020

Depends on the fair market value of your tools and equipment and your state or federal exemptions. You should consult a competent bankruptcy lawyer who can examine your complete financial situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Business Law for Ohio on
Q: What is the legal liability of the Employer knowingly participating in a scheme to prevent court-ordered child support?

The employer allows the employee to circumvent paying child support by paying the employee through a corporation designed to defraud the Child Support system.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 24, 2020

Talk to the local prosecutor's office. It would be their decision whether to to investigate.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: If I own a bar in Florida, can I buy liquor from my rep in bulk and store it at my house?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 24, 2020

Although I do not have any Florida court cases nor Florida statutes to cite to you in support of this opinion, I still will advise you not to try to evade any Florida law by storing liquor in any place not zoned for the sale of liquor. If you want to check me and my advice out you should call the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Some individuals in the State of Ohio are incorporating in an attempt to avoid paying back child support. Is this legal?

The newly formed corporation now bills the employer and gets paid because the money goes to the corporation and not the individual. Child support is not aware of the new arrangement and thus the individual has been paid with no child support being deducted. Is this a legal way to avoid paying child... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 24, 2020

Child support will still be owed, and the person can be found in contempt for non-payment, and the court can impose sanctions in that person. The person to whom it is owned should use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney to file with the court seeking to have the person held in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Health Care Law, Personal Injury and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: My mom had a heart attack and has been in the hospital over a month and her job wont respond to calls

trying to get my mother medical and financial assistance but her job refuses to answer or take calls from us or the hospital

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 22, 2020

I'm sorry for your mom's heart attack. Contact the hospital administration where your mom is staying. The billing and collections department could try to investigate what insurance programs she may have coverage under. If her workplace did not provide insurance, contact the social services... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for Texas on
Q: How does a non-profit change leadership and what happens to the EIN when a new owner comes and the old leaves?

I am the founder of a Texas non-profit corporation (Corporated in the State of Texas) and also Chairman/CEO. I applied for the EIN being used under my own info (Name, SSN) on the IRS site. I’m stepping down completely from operations due to conflict of interest with the board and need help in how... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jan 22, 2020

Non-profits don't have owners. They a board of directors and officers. When you applied for the EIN you listed yourself as a responsible party that can be changed by filing a form 8822-B or by filing Form 990.

You can't establish a non-profit under your SSN so you may have an unqualified...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Hello, I dissolved a corporation back in September and I'm not receiving notices from the Calif. Franchise Tax Board

Hello, I dissolved a corporation back in September and I'm not receiving notices from the Calif. Franchise Tax Board that I owe in excess of $900 for back "taxes" in 2018, which I think is the $800 annual fee. Am I still responsible to pay this? or can I ignore these notices since the corporation... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jan 22, 2020

Generally you're not personally liable for the franchise fees.

It may be worth having a professional take a look and write a letter to the franchise board.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts on
Q: I am currently employed in a private corporation and I am planning to resign in two weeks will that be ok?

Our contact says "your appointment is at will and either party can terminate the relationship at any time with caused on both parties" does that mean I can go at my will anytime?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 19, 2020

Since the contract mentions “cause” being required the answer is maybe. Hire a good employment lawyer to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Business Law on
Q: We have LLC In California. We are 4 members in LLC. Now we have dispute. 2 members are on one side having 33.3% .

1.in this condition how the matter will be solved and make us more powerful as per state law.

2. In original LLC we had equal rights as a members. But the ist party change the SOI declaring himself as owner of the company without informing us.

How can we protect our rights and what... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jan 18, 2020

This does not appear to be an immigration question. Please elaborate?

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Tax Law for New York on
Q: New York notice for additional sales tax owed plus interest and penalties going back to tax year 1999.

Operated a auto repair shop in NY in 1999. Had CPA do my taxes and paid what he said that I owed for sales tax tax for year 1999 which was around $500. Later got notice that I owed more than I had paid so I contacted CPA and he said he would take care of the issue. Had unfortunate events occur in... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 17, 2020

You are going to need a New York attorney. The fact that you may now be in Florida is immaterial. So ask in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > New York > Tax Law.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: Am I required to charge myself rent if I operate my business out of the building I also own outright.

I outright own a commercial property that I operate my corporation out of. Am I required to pay myself rent?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 16, 2020

No, you can't deduct "rent" which you pay to yourself, for income tax purposes.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Kentucky on
Q: I would like to publish a certain type of ad for my website, but I want to know if it falls under false advertisement.

I sell magnetic therapy bracelets online. They are not proven to have any benefits with studies, but I want to run an ad that has a picture of a bracelet and also a before/after of a woman who lost weight. Does this fall under false advertisement and can I get sued.

Nowhere in my website or... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 16, 2020

If you are going to run the ad, you should put the disclaimer on the ad that you set out above. That should protect you from any claims of fraud.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Florida on
Q: What are the regulations regarding the use of terms like: architecture, architectural service, architectural designer...

I am not a licensed architect but did graduate from a NAAB certified architecture school. I plan on doing some small freelance work as a side business, so I was wondering how to market my services. Can I call myself an architectural designer? Can I have a website titled: "my name" architecture?... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 14, 2020

Rather than spend several unproductive hours researching all the many professions to see if there is some legal prohibition to using certain terms that could mis-lead the public I will advise you to Google each term you are interested in and then click on the many organizations that turn up in each... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can an employer, deduct the cost of a drug test a a physical from your paycheck, because you left the company?

Worked for. FedEx Contractor for 2 weeks was offered a job elsewhere to start immediately, better hours, money, benefits, I took it.

The FedEx Contractor said we would get paid weekly, never recieved my first check during my 2 weeks. In the 3rd week (1st week at the new company) still no... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 10, 2020

Yes, this is perfectly legal, and in fact is done all the time to discourage people who waste an employer’s time and money.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: Would Sonic Drive-in be considered a place where the public congregates?

My local Sonic has no restroom for the public, and even denies access to their employee restrooms to their paying customers

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 8, 2020

They are not required to provide a public restroom, nor are they required to permit a private person to use an employee bathroom unless several conditions are met pursuant to TCA 68-15-303.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for New York on
Q: How to sue casting website in theatre for damages of restraint of trade by stopping ad, relying on false information.

Small production company with known reputable owner relies on its contract with major casting website to gain actors for play. Website employee arbitrarily suddenly cancels contract denying production company information with actor’s contact info that applied for positions causing immediate... Read more »

Mathew Paulose
Mathew Paulose answered on Jan 7, 2020

Greetings. This is a service contract dispute. The dispute will be governed by the contract. You need a lawyer to review the contract and determine your rights and remedies. For example, if there is a paragraph or clause in a contract that dictates when and why one party may terminate the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Business Formation and Business Law on
Q: I am an international student on a F1 visa, can I work on it as a part time employee on my cpt
Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 7, 2020

If you are otherwise eligible, yes. You should speak with your DSO to confirm this.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Nebraska on
Q: I am a white man from Omaha, who was recently threatened to be killed with a machete or corn knife by a black man.

He lunged at me and started to swing the machete in a menacing manner while saying “I’m going to kill you.” If I understand the NEBRASKA laws correctly this is the crime of a terroristic threat and additionally, very likely a hate crime. What procedure should I follow in regards to this incident?

Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Jan 6, 2020

Terrorist threats is a crime. You can call the non-emergency law enforcement phone number and request to make a report. It would then be up to the county attorney whether to file criminal charges based on that report or not.

If you are in fear that this person may come after you, can may...
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