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District of Columbia Questions & Answers

Q: How long can I stay outside the US if I am a Green-card holder?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Nov 15, 2017

Any trip outside the US every six months is a break of continuous presence. In addition, you must show be physically present in the US for at least half of the 5 years prior to applying for citizenship.

Even if you obey these rules, you run the risk of losing your permanent residency by being gone so long. The question of where you are really living will come up, and if you maintain the pattern of six months out and two weeks in, at some point customs officials may not let you enter. If...
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Q: Revive or refile?

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for District of Columbia on
Answered on Nov 8, 2017

The timeline for reviving an abandoned trademark is really quite short (generally only 2 months if you received the notice and a max of 6 months if you didn't, unless you can show that the abandonment was due to a PTO error). How long ago was the prior mark deemed abandoned? If it is still within the time frame, then reviving would be faster, cheaper and easier. However, depending upon how the mark was owned before, revival could then lead you to possible problems with your former partner....
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Q: I am an American citizen and want to trademark and artist's name in Canada - can I do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, International Law and Trademark for District of Columbia on
Answered on Nov 7, 2017

Yes, a US citizen can register a trademark in both the United States and Canada. There are international treaties that allow US trademark owners to extend their trademark rights to other countries and vice versa. You should speak with a trademark attorney on how to register your mark.
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Q: Submitting questions to the probate office of Superior Court of DC for my mom's estate

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for District of Columbia on
Answered on Nov 6, 2017

Your question was linked to the patents/invention section by accident. You may want to remove Patents from the topic list. Best of luck on your probate issue.

Kevin
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Q: Only child/Executor of parents' estate. Aunt offers to pay for an executor atty for my mom. How do I get her to cease

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for District of Columbia on
Answered on Oct 28, 2017

If you are the sole beneficiary in the Will, you might be able to handle it, but a legal consult can’t hurt. Sometimes, having a lawyer as PR is a wise choice, and lawyers can’t charge twice for their roles as PR and counsel. But, if you are worried about undue influence from your Aunt, it might be wise to consult a lawyer now.
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Q: Can a person be held libel for incorrectly identifying a person of a crime?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Libel & Slander and Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Oct 23, 2017

Was that by mistake of identification or had certain personal motives behind it? Mistakes occur and can be corrected anytime but motive to involve an innocent carry offence.
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Q: How do I get assistance with upstairs neighbor that is dropping heavy items, slamming doors and walking back and forth?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Answered on Oct 8, 2017

1. Walk upstairs, introduce yourself, and then politely discuss the problem assuming they don’t know they are disturbing you;

2. Get a lawyer to review all your condo docs to find all possible violations, and lay out a game plan to get rid of him:

3. Get a sound meter and determine whether the sound violates DC law.
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Q: I was fired in DC on 8/28/17 I had 98 hrs of vacation time. How can I receive compensation my accrued vacation time?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Sep 22, 2017

You can file a claim with the Washington DC Office of Wage and Hour Compliance. The website is https://does.dc.gov/service/office-wage-hour-compliance.
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Q: how much does it cost to trademark a name

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and Trademark for District of Columbia on
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

To obtain a trademark you will incur filing fees of $225 to $400 per class, attorneys fees, and search costs. The attorneys fees and search costs can very significantly depending on the attorney and the extent of the search. Many lawyers will provide trademark registration services for a flat fee upfront.
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Q: I'm 15 and pregnant and the baby father is 24 what could happen ? Can he sign the birth certificate?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Sep 6, 2017

Sex with a minor is 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This...
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Q: Is it a copyright infringement having a puppet sing a line from Whitney Houston song in a video for a nat'l contest?

1 Answer | Asked in Entertainment / Sports, Internet Law and Intellectual Property for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 31, 2017

It probably is. You should get clearance first. Best of luck!
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Q: To re-open probate what is bond or waiver of bond? What is certificate showing service on interested persons?

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 28, 2017

The certificate is a form that you prepare. Whether you are eligible to waive bond, and whether you qualify for bond are complex questions depending on whether or not there is a Will, whether the Will waives bond, and/or whether the Interested Persons each signs a proper waiver of bond or you conduct the probate with limited authority subject to later bonding. You can try to meet with the Deputies in the DC Superior Court to resolve these questions, but there is a good chance that you will have...
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Q: If there is no custody agreement, can grandparents refuse to allow father to see child? Mom is out of town.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

Is there a custody order from a court? 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education...
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Q: Can i withdraw my child from school?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 22, 2017

What do the court orders say about that? 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education...
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Q: I'm over 21 can I still get child support from my dad

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 13, 2017

What are the court orders re: support? 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education...
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Q: What can i do if someone threatens to expose my private convos with a partner? Sexual convos

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 13, 2017

You may need to file for an injunction and an action for invasion of privacy and potentially other torts. 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business &...
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Q: I was dating a woman 20 years ago that is in and from DC. Now a student from howard is contacting me saying im her dad.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 13, 2017

Child support payments are not ordered retroactively but rather from the time they're ordered. 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts,...
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Q: In conspiracy if ther is no verbal agreement between 2or more persons how can they be charged with conspiracy

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 13, 2017

This is too vague. 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does...
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Q: Me and my fiance what to file for full custody of our children how can we do this in DC

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for District of Columbia on
Answered on Aug 2, 2017

You file for custody in court. 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. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This...
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Q: In a minor car accident 6/14/17 in D.C. Other person is filing a lawsuit, letter from lawyer dated 7/24/17. Can she?

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Answered on Jul 27, 2017

Assuming that D.C. has the same statute of limitations as Washington (3 years) it would appear that it is outside the SOL. But most jurisdictions have rules that allow someone to file suit within the statute and have a grace period to find and serve the other party. From what you've provided, I can't say for sure, but that would be my suspicion.

In either event, let your insurance company know. They will have a duty to defend you in the lawsuit, and they will explore whether the...
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