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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Family Law for California on
Q: My husband past back in 2018 we got married in 2016. My question is if I can get any money from mother in law

I worked for her without being on payroll ... She sold the mobile home trailer park and she's only giving me a unlivable trailer old trailer that needs a lot of work done..

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Oct 17, 2021

You can do several things to recover money for work performed.

You could hire an attorney to make a demand and negotiate a settlement.

You could file an administrative wage claim with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

You could file a lawsuit, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: EDD sent me a letter for $704 to pay in full. They said I was overpaid. What can I do at 74 years young?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Oct 17, 2021

If you owe it, pay it. Perhaps see if you can negotiate payments over time. If you owe the overpayment, the EDD will proceed to get a judgment against you and start collection efforts. Any tax refunds will be taken. Interest will accrue, and attorney fees will be charged to you and added to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Business Law for California on
Q: I ordered an item online, then cancelled the order. The order was delivered to me, and my money was also refunded.

Can I keep it... with out getting in trouble legally?

Shawn R. Jackson Esq.
Shawn R. Jackson Esq. answered on Oct 17, 2021

... or you could do the "right thing" ... make a decision as to whether you want the item or not ... and notify the company ... and either pay for it or return it ... many companies are struggling

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: I called the cops anonymous for my underage cousin and they told him I probably called which endangered my welfare

My cousin is a psychopath I’m at my wits end having to deal with him being on drugs we believe heroin he cares for absolutely nothing or no one he’s dangerous I called the cops on him after he and his girlfriend also underage were fighting and screaming in the apartments besides this cousin I... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 16, 2021

more info is needed.

i would encourage you to make an appointment for a free consultation with a local lawyer........and to write out all the facts ahead of time.

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Is there a way to change a last name on tps approval notice
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Oct 16, 2021

There is not usually an option on a TPS approval. When someone naturalizes there is that option.

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Is there a way to change a last name on tps approval notice
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 16, 2021

No.

You may legally change your name by filing a petition with local civil court provided you meet the resident and other court imposed requirements for that name change pursuant to the local rules of civil procedure.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Jack and Jill transfer property to Jack and jill as trustees and then again as individuals to Trustees of later Trust

Jack and Jill transfer property to Jack and Jill has Trustees of 2005 trust later jack-and-jill transfer to Jack and Jill as Trustees of 2010 Trust which trust is the property in is any corrective action necessary where would the hang-up be at the title company the recorder the Assessor and does... Read more »

Jeffrey Louis Gaffney
Jeffrey Louis Gaffney answered on Oct 15, 2021

It sounds like only the first deed is valid. Jack & Jill were not the owners as individuals at the time of the second execution, that is, if the second transfer was as individuals as you imply.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on
Q: My roommate’s mother died recently. How can he find if there was a will or claim a right to the estate?

My roommate’s mother passed away a couple months ago. He and his brother are her only surviving family, but they are estranged due to my roommate coming out as a gay man. He believes that she had no will. When my roommate went home for the funeral, he discovered his mother’s home had been... Read more »

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 15, 2021

After a person passes away in California, depending on the value of the estate, the executor of his/her estate may need to probate the will with the local court. To start probate, an estate representative (usually the executor) files a Petition for probate of will with the local superior court in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I was assaulted by my significant other in my hotel room. I called 911& escaped.He lied. I was arrested for DV. Help?

My boyfriend was abusive & wouldn't leave my hotel room. I called 911 and ran to lock myself on the car. When he had spun & thrown me, he caught my broken tooth on his arm so it was bleeding. When police arrived at the room he lied. They came to the car and told me to get out... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 15, 2021

much more info is needed.

the police don't normally have 3 officers to take you down and normally do not shoot you up.

there is obviously much more to learn.

if you are being prosecuted, the court will appoint a public defender to represent you.

that person will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: Advice Needed: US citizen divorcing a UK citizen

I am a US Citizen who moved to Northern Ireland in November 2011 to marry a man I'd been in a long distance relationship with for three years. We married November 22, 2011 at a Council building in Larne, County Antrim. We lived together as a couple until July 19th, 2021 when we separated. I am... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Oct 15, 2021

It looks like you posted this question from Massachusetts, but posted for attorneys in California. Assuming that you are in California, as long as you meet the residency requirements, you can file here. The residency requirement for filing for divorce in California are that you have lived in CA... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: Should I get a lawyer for an interview with a Special Agent HSI?

Hello, I’m a student currently in OPT program and I got married to a US citizen 5 months ago. I never got DUI, nor in problem with the law. My visa has expired but I’ve never been off from student status.

I suddenly received a call in letter g-56 form for an interview with a special... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 14, 2021

Do not act without a decent immigration counsel advising you on your next move: you may be detained, and issued a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court for removal.

Definitely discuss your issues without any delay even remotely with a good immigration professional.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for California on
Q: How to fight title Fraud? What do I need to prove my claim and how do tell court that there is no lease agreement
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Oct 14, 2021

You have provided insufficient information to allow me to answer your question. I suggest you contact an attorney in your area and ask for a free consultation. Make sure you take a full chronology of your story, stating what happened, when, who was involved, and identify all witnesses, both good... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Defense and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: how long does it usually take to handle a stolen vehicle claim?

my car was taken from home 60 days ago. august 15th. they have had my vehicle in their custody for 60 days while im paying cash daily for a car rental and they will not/have not returned my calls or emails since on or about 9/14. my insurance which is full coverage (making payments) is paid through... Read more »

Neil Anapol
Neil Anapol answered on Oct 14, 2021

It depends. If the insurance company accepts the claim, and there is no dispute about the value of the vehicle, a few weeks at most.

If the insurance company suspects fraud and asks for your examination under oath, it could take several months, and the insurance company might eventually...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on
Q: why would probate judge give someone a chance to amend a petition for revocation for probate of will if the petition was

filed after a 120 days which is past the statue of limitations in california

Howard E. Kane
Howard E. Kane answered on Oct 14, 2021

The process for petitioning to revoke probate of a will in California is codified in Probate Code section 8270 et seq. which reads as follows:

8270. (a) Within 120 days after a will is admitted to probate, any interested person, other than a party to a will contest and other than a person...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: My neighbors and I share a backyard they have 3 dogs, and I have 2. Do we need a kennel license?

The property is a house that has been divided into two separate spaces. Half the house is there's and the other half is mine.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

In most locales, no, but check with the local animal officer who enforces animal protection codes. Assuming you aren't breeding. Or call your local Animal shelter or your vet.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Business Formation for California on
Q: too confusing for a civilian. Does this mean i can get my personal possessions back without needing to pay?

My items were burglarized, and i located them at a pawn shop, but i dont have the money to buy them back. They gave the THIEF ( im not calling them a defendant) thousands and the pawn shop is requesting i pay. I obviously want to prosecute, so does this mean i can get my belongings back without... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 14, 2021

more info is needed.

did you make a police report? contact the police to let them know you found the items.

they should be able to assist you too.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: I just learned charges of a Hit and run were filed against me in 2020. I set a court date but what now?

I don’t have an attorney, this is the very first criminal charge I have ever had. I don’t have any information On the other party whatsoever. What can I do? I plan to fully dispute these bogus charges..

Joseph Abrams
Joseph Abrams answered on Oct 14, 2021

If you have been criminally charged, you should immediately consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney, who can advise you on the best way to move forward.

- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: How can my undocumented Mexican worker in Baja drive me to chemotherapy at VA San Diego and back same day? Thank you

I am US citizen and a tourist here (6 months at a time as required. Legal address Ca.) During treatment cycle I cross weekly. Getting harder to drive myself and my "worker" also good friend. :)

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 14, 2021

He cannot not.

Find a USC or lawful permanent resident for that chore.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What are my options when my attorney ignores my calls for long time?

PI case. Can't reach my attorney in any possible way.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 14, 2021

much more info would be helpful

is it a so-so case, or a slam dunk?

if a good case with liability and GOOD damages make an appointment with ANOTHER local PI Lawyer who can sub in and the two lawyers would split the legal fees in some manner and it would not cost you anything....
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: What are my options when my attorney ignores my calls for long time?

PI case. Can't reach my attorney in any possible way.

Arkady Tselner
Arkady Tselner answered on Oct 20, 2021

I agree with Mr. Gribow but with one additional suggestion. Lawyers have a duty to communicate with their clients. So it's concerning that your lawyer is M.I.A. But, it is hard to know what is actually going on and whether there are personal or health issues causing the problem.... Read more »

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