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Q: Is it safe or normal to pay a lawyer a retainer fee over the phone if he agrees to take me in as a client?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 17, 2020

Only a California attorney could advise as to state rules on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general matter in any jurisdiction, it is very common to pay by credit card. It usually depends on whether the law firm accepts the form of payment, which many do these days. It is... Read more »

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Q: How can I cancel membership
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 30, 2019

Without knowing anything about what the membership agreement or circumstances involve, as a general matter, you could look to the terms of the agreement. Look at the clauses that govern termination or cancellation. Outside of the agreement, if there were any factors that you feel would undermine... Read more »

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Q: How can I find out why cops showed up at my brothers job asking if he knew where I was at?

I know I have an active arrest warrant out for me for a domestic violence charge I plead guilty to but didn't do my requirements

I know my bail is set at 50000

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Nov 7, 2019

Police are simply doing their job and conducting an investigation. They are allowed to ask family members about your whereabouts. I think its unfortunate that decided to attend your brother's workplace, it shows either bad judgment or deliberate desire to put pressure on you by embarassing... Read more »

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Q: Whats the best advice you would give to a high school student wanting to proceed into the field of law? (C.O or Lawyer)

I am contemplating between going to law school and become a lawyer or being a Correctional Officer.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 1, 2019

Those are very different fields. I suggest you speak with your career counselor. If you do not have one, reach out to local lawyers or the local lawyer bar association to see if they have mentor programs for highschool students. You can do the same for the field of correctional officer.... Read more »

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Q: Can a vehicle be towed from a street without notice or attempt to contact owner?

I just purchased a used vehicle and I had my vehicle towed to my friends house to do some work on it to get it ready to smog and get registered. My friend called me to let me know the parking maid and tow truck were there and towing vehicle. I did not and have not heard from nor been warned about... Read more »

William Jaksa
William Jaksa answered on Oct 14, 2019

Yes. Cities maintain the right to keep their street clear as they see fit.

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Q: Name used with false statement
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 12, 2019

It depends on the context of how the name was used. If it was done intentionally and with the aim of deceiving the other side in a matter, it could be considered fraud. It could further depend if the use was defined by civil statute or criminal code. This was not presented as a question, but if you... Read more »

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Q: What impedes judgement and decision making in the court of law?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 6, 2019

This is a concisely phrased question, but the answer could go on for pages. There are so many things that can do this. An important factor would be a lack of good evidence. Another could be that the evidence is false or misleading. Flawed analysis could be a factor, where even where there is good... Read more »

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Q: I was charged out of state tuition in January of 2018 when I was a in state student. I didn't notice till August that I

was being overcharged. I let Fresno state know that I was a California resident for years. They fixed my status and refunded me for the August semester but they refused to refund me for January's semester. They told me since that semester was over I could not request for a refund even if it... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 2, 2019

You may need to immediately file an administrative grievance with the school for the appropriate tuition adjustment. Note that the statute of limitations for complaints against public entities is very short, so time is of the essence. See: http://www.courts.ca.gov/9618.htm

More details are...
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Q: I wanted to know what do you recommend to do?

Okay there’s a story to my question, recently I lost my brother but before he passed away he had a surgery if there’s a way to prove due to the surgery he lost his life could there be a chance to take the hospital to court. After the surgery his health worsened and the hospital instead of... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 31, 2018

I'm sorry for the loss of your brother. Consult with a California attorney; you should be able to locate one who gives free consultations. Based on the limited facts, it's difficult to say whether the actions (or omissions of actions) on the part of the hospital/other medical providers... Read more »

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Q: is it legal for a cemetary to deface a headstone. Example, leaving tire marks on headstones.

leaving tire marks, removing items from headstones

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 22, 2018

If done intentionally it could be, but in some settings where there is overgrown grass, the operators of backhoes or maintenance vehicles might not be aware they are passing over a stone.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: I am in London. My mother is 80 and in California and not getting fair SSI. I would like someone to represent her .

She gets no income but social security are not taking this into account. She lives in her son's home and is being charged rent but they did not take the letter which was showing that. She is separated from her husband and they count his income.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 29, 2018

Try additionally reposting this question in the Social Security section. It would have a better chance of being picked up there.

Tim Akpinar

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Q: State Comp Ins fund send a letter on an old injury saying my file was sent to them for further case adjustment?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 11, 2018

You should repost your question under Workers' Compensation law in California, and hopefully one of the attorneys who practice in that field could see it.

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Q: recently my adult son past-away never married no children am i responsible for his medical debits at time of death ?

his work medical insurance said they were sending the bills to me.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Aug 21, 2018

Generally speaking, the answer should be no. But without further details or facts about whether your son was dependent on you at the time of his death, I could not provide a more certain answer.

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Q: I was given a RV to live in14 months ago and told to pay an amount for it when I could.now they say I'm in it illegaly

The trailer was going to be disposed of if I didn't take it and I've done major repairs to it to make it livable. Can they just take it back? It's my residence now, where do I stand with this.

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Apr 4, 2018

Your position should be that you own that trailer now because you did what they asked you to do, made it your home, fixed it up, and now it is yours. This is one area in which possession is 9/10 of the law. You are in possession, so stay in possession.

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Q: i will be 18 in 2018 & my boyfriend will be 17.if we have been dating for 3 years is it still considered statutory rape

My family keeps saying that when I turn 18, if I have any sexual relations with my boyfriend who will only be 17, it can be considered statutory rape, but I've also heard that if you've been dating the person for a certain amount of time that it doesn't count as statutory rape. I am... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 25, 2017

Sex with a minor is a crime. Consent from a minor is legally impossible. If both parties are minors, they may both be charged with a crime. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself.... Read more »

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Q: This 16 year old girls keeps tempting me on fighting me I don't want to fight her cause I'm 6 years older then her and i

Don't Want to hurt her since I've done mma .

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Mar 22, 2017

Hitting someone is a crime. Hitting a person under 18 is an aggravated assault and battery - a felony. Hopefully that will tempt you to avoid that person. You can file a restraining order against her if she pursues you, and you can contact the police if she's criminally harassing you. More... Read more »

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Q: How can I get a probono lawyer
Paul Stanko
Paul Stanko answered on Oct 16, 2016

Contact your local legal aid society or bar association.

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Q: I had my question answered already by forgot to ask for more details re my boyfriend moving in to my house.

We are having a baby in June and he will be moving in March. I am under the impression from what the lawyer said that my boyfriend will not have any rights to my house as long as I don't add him to title or we don't get married. Technically he will be renting from me (without a lease... Read more »

Richard Samuel Price
Richard Samuel Price answered on Jan 30, 2016

Congratulations on having a baby in June.

Your boyfriend will not have rights in the house just because he pays some bills, so long as you don't agree to give him an interest in the house and it is clear that he is a tenant. I've seen this get ugly when people aren't...
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Q: what can i do when the attorney send the check to a diffent address and it been many years ago and i just found out
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 10, 2015

Check for what? Were you expecting the check, and if so, why did you wait years for it?

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Q: I received my final endorsed papers. How long do I have to wait for final decree?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Nov 9, 2015

You have not given enough information here for an answer. You have not even said what kind of case it is. I hope you have an answer by now.

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