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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for a cop to follow me around after I recorded him, and write me up for a statute I didn't violate? help

I feel like my 1st amendment rights to freedom of press and speech are being attacked, I filed a complaint and the supervisor blew me off and said he won't argue the constitution with me, deal with the ticket in court. I don't feel I should be picked on by law enforcement when I am not... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 18, 2021

Without determining whether the police are right or wrong here, they are right about one practical aspect of the law: you won't win an argument about law or fact with the police on the streets; that is what courts are for.

Your first amendment right to watch the police while in public...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Collections, Legal Malpractice and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: A random lawyer sued me for debt that wasn’t mine and I thought it was a scam but I now owe him. Isn’t this illegal?

My fiancé got handed a random court case with my name on it stating I owed debt to places I’ve never been to or had accounts with so I thought it was a scam, but I just got another set of papers in the mail that state I now owe money to this lawyer for the debt and I don’t understand how this... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 16, 2021

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks, and those court papers your fiancé was handed could have relatively short deadlines by which a response is due. There could be a number of reasons for the court case, one being that someone made fraudulent... Read more »

Q: Is it fraud to skip over a named successor trustee, and instead nominate and fill the vacancy with an outside party?

The successor trustee who was handling the administration of my irrevocable trust died. My Aunt was named second as a successor but she declined.

The next successor trustee named in the trust instrument was a bank but the bank was never informed of this. My Dad's widow, (an omitted... Read more »

Jackie Marie Howard
Jackie Marie Howard answered on May 3, 2021

You said the fiduciary was court appointed. Did you get notice of the ex parte hearing? More facts would be needed to determine if you have any recourse. Seek counsel for a private consultation so that you can provide all the facts of your situation for a thorough evaluation.

Q: my car caught fire today at my workplace, I believe it was an electrical fire due to a recall on the 2017 NissnSen
Tristan Blain Morrison
Tristan Blain Morrison answered on Apr 28, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your car. If you were injured while working, then you have a workers' compensation claim. If the injury was serious, you should speak with a lawyer to bring your claim immediately. If you were not working, but you were seriously injured, then you will need a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: My lawyer withdrew from my case right before trial taking all my money .judge isn't sympathetic at all is this legal .
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 26, 2021

Yes, it is legal if the judge allows it. Is it ethical? Maybe. That depends on the lawyer's reasons for withdrawing. There was probably a Motion To Withdraw filed by the attorney and a copy of it will be in the court clerk's file. You could request a copy and check to see if the... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Employment Law, Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: Hired as an independent contractor, but now owner claims that I was a partner after trying to receive payment. Legal?

I was hired by company to run Tournament events. The company wants to contract me to run tournamemt events. With work product created, I provided the company with this service. After creating an FBN and EIN for the sole purpose of getting paid for services I provided, I asked for payment by giving... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 25, 2021

You are free to sue for your fees as an independent contractor, if that is what you were. Even as an independent contractor, if you created intellectual property during the course of those duties, that property would likely belong to the person who contracted with you to create it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: Afer a motion to dismiss another judges order , basing off of false statments and fetched reasoning gets canceled .

I won a hearing after the mother petitioned for an emergency pick up order. Judge agreed with mother and ordered, I apealed the decision based off of due process and my ability to not tell my side. the judge then recanted and called for a hearing. I won the hearing the judge determend the... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 22, 2021

You attend the hearing and testify if asked to do so. Otherwise, leave it up to your attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Contracts for Maryland on
Q: As a practicing physician contractor in Maryland, does my LLC need to be in Maryland?

I am a physician licensed in Maryland planning to do contract work with an employer in Maryland. The employer will be paying my LLC that I must set up. The taxes are lower in Virginia, so I would like to set up my LLC in Virginia. However, I am not licensed in Virginia. Do I need to set up the LLC... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 22, 2021

You are mixing up two totally different things: (1) the right of a legal entity to regularly conduct business in Maryland; and (2) which state you owe and pay income taxes. If it was as easy as where you organize your pass-through entity, everyone would create an LLC in the states with no state... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Florida on
Q: My injury case was settled but I never got my money part (maritime). I want to make a new case for Malpractice.

My injury case was onboard a cruise line ship and this case is on Brevard County Court.

For the new case I want to have for Malpractice occurred in Lantana, Lake Worth.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 20, 2021

There isn't enough information to form any judgment on what happened here in terms of the handling of the case. But as a GENERAL matter in maritime and other types of injury cases, there are factors that could sometimes delay payment to a plaintiff. Some of these are not within the control of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for Florida on
Q: Are there any legal remedies for a withheld judgement to be dismissed before it's time lapse?

A loved one received a withheld judgement for a misdemeanor for something that they didn't do. The accusing party filed a lawsuit the same day of the hearing. A couple of months in and during the discovery process, exculpatory evidence was provided that had been withheld from the criminal... Read more »

Henry George Ferro
Henry George Ferro answered on Apr 19, 2021

You typically must file your motion to vacate on newly discovered evidence within two years of the termination of the original case. Contact a lawyer ASAP...

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Is it illegal for my grandma to keep my mom away from me wen I did not do nuffin I have no stay away no nuffin

Yes my grandma is 83 years I’m 28 my mom is 57

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Apr 5, 2021

Since you are over the age of 21 you can see your mom unless there is some sort of court order that prohibits that.

3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Do my lawyer have the right to give me my documents on my case with index # etc?? Do They the right to hold my money

How do I find out how much my settlement was? How much a lawyer to suppose to charge? Do I pay for filing and paper work out my money? Why my lawyer Got more of the money then I did. 33.3% I thought was of fee. She had it in her savings for 1yrs b4 I received anything, also he lean me a few... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 3, 2021

It's difficult to comment on the award and fees without knowing what your arrangements were. As a general matter, if there were claims from public agencies such as Medicaid/Medicare that demanded reimbursement on payments they made on your medical treatment related to an accident, that could... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Attorney after falsified the Plaintiff declaration, he has filled it with the court, for a lawsuit of 25,5 Millions

Attorney after he falsified the Plaintiff declaration, he has filled it with the court, knowingly that declaration is false, for a lawsuit for 25,5 Millions, by using a false declaration.

Without falsification of Plaintiff declaration, this lawsuit couldn't be filed.

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William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 31, 2021

Get an attorney and present your evidence to a jury at trial. The judge cannot decide whether the declaration is false. The Plaintiff says its true. The jury gets to decide.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Legal Malpractice for Missouri on
Q: Can your wages be garnished without going to court?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 30, 2021

Generally, no, but I'm not sure if you are seeking to collect money owed or if a private party or the government is garnishing your wages.

Ronald J. Eisenberg

Schultz & Associates LLP

640 Cepi Drive, Suite A

Chesterfield, MO 63005

Direct: (636) 733-6647

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: Is it ethical in an Unlawful Detainer case for the plaintiffs council to dismiss the case without the courts clerk stamp

The plaintiffs attorney dated and signed document, missing stamp.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 27, 2021

That's how it works. Plaintiff's counsel dates and signed the Request for Dismissal, then it is delivered to the Clerk to be stamped. Presumably, Plaintiff's counsel has served you with the unstamped copy, and you will later be served with the stamped copy.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Legal Malpractice for New Mexico on
Q: Had accident in Tx 08/19. Live in NM hired lawyer in NM it’s been over a year now attorney said I don’t practice in Tx.

NM Attorney said take final offer or find TX attorney cause he’s not licensed in TX. Just found this out after one 1/2 year of waiting for a result. No communication from the attorney. I have done all work on providing him with medical documentation. He’s done nothing. No communication and no... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 21, 2021

A Texas attorney/New Mexico attorney could advise best here, but your post remains open for two weeks. Regardless of whatever it was that caused the lapse in communication here, you should move without further delay to sort this out. Is your attorney under the impression you moved on and retained a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Legal Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: In order to have somebody legally incapacitated, does a physicians exam need to be done for that specific reason?

Can a physician use an exam from 7 months ago, that was performed for another purpose, to declare somebody incapacitated

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Mar 19, 2021

I dont know what purpose you are looking to have someone viewed as incompetent or incapacitated, but it sounds like it is either an estate issue or a medical malpractice issue and in either setting, you should meet with a certified specialist by the NJ Supreme Court. When running a google search,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Legal Malpractice for Ohio on
Q: Me and my ex share a kid and she is forcing me to get the covid vaccine if I want to continue seeing my kid. Is it legal

She already didn't let me see him for over two months because our Governor had the stay at home order in Ohio and now she is forcing me to get the vaccine if I want to continue seeing my son. I wondering if all this that she is doing is actually legal.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Mar 15, 2021

If you were not married to her, and if no court has granted you any parental rights, then she has sole custody and gets to determine who gets to spend time with the child, or even deny time completely. You could apply to the court for parental rights, but a judge might agree that she can refuse... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for California on
Q: What is the proper Bluebook citation to the rules of professional conduct in California
Kenneth Sisco
Kenneth Sisco answered on Mar 8, 2021

Here is a link to the Rules of Professional Conduct, via the California State Bar.

http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Conduct-Discipline/Rules/Rules-of-Professional-Conduct

Good Luck.

Ken Sisco

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Legal Malpractice and Social Security for North Carolina on
Q: Can the mother of my children be my legal guardian and representative payee?

I am legally declared incompetent and my mother is my legal guardian and payee. We are awaiting a hearing. DSS attorney will be present.

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Mar 4, 2021

Legal guardians need to be a responsible adult. If the judge is convinced the person you request is responsible and they have your interests in mind, that change should not be a problem.

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