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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Q: I want to sponsor my parents, I turn 21 in July. We currently live abroad, do I need to move back to the US?

I am a US citizen turning 21 in July and want to sponsor my parents, do I need to move back to the US to do so? Also my parents were denied a tourist visa twice, so the process will need to be done from the Uruguayan Embassy

Al Parsad
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answered on Oct 19, 2022

Eventually, you'll need to come back and establish democide in United State before the start of the second step in your process, which will be done at the Uruguayan Embassy. For the first step, however, here is the link to State Department's website with instruction on "Filing... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Missouri on
Q: What can I do if a raise I was promised was given to me months too late?

I was promoted in January 2022, with this promotion came a raise. However I found out recently, I was not given the raise until the middle of the year. I was promoted in January as scheduled and did all the extra work that came along with my new position, and I was doing it for minimum wage for... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Oct 19, 2022

Unfortunately, federal wage laws only protect against minimum wage and overtime pay violations. However, you should discuss this issue with your manager or human resources department if you have not already - they may agree to reimburse you for the difference in pay since you were promoted.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Business Law and Construction Law for Missouri on
Q: 1 cnt diceptful business practices and 1 cnt stealing. 1st offence. not guilty Whats going to happen. Can I beat it
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 18, 2022

No one here know the facts, the evidence, and how testimony will be viewed. Until a jury renders a guilty verdict and it is upheld on appeal, anyone can theoretically beat any charge.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Missouri on
Q: need cases to cite concerning no contact order violation because they got married and now he's being held wo bond

there was a call for domestic violence my friend went to jail and subsequently bonded out and there was a no contact order in place, he then got married to the alleged victim and now he's being held without bond due to the no contact order being violated

Cynthia W. Trice
Cynthia W. Trice
answered on Oct 17, 2022

Hi,

I am sorry but I only practice family law. Your question is a criminal law question. Despite the fact that your friend married the victim, whenever you have a question related to someone being sent to jail, and a bond, it is criminal law, not family law. The only exception would be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: How can a judge enter a default judgment in custody case 5 days before pre trial conference?

My son started a custody case 6 months before he became extremely disabled due to MVA on New years eve. His attorney dropped his case for non payment while we were waiting on social security to start. I have guardianship and conservatorship of him now. Received a notice of court date for ptc for... Read more »

Cynthia W. Trice
Cynthia W. Trice
answered on Oct 15, 2022

Hi,

I am sorry that your family is experiencing something like this. It appears to be very strange that a judge would just enter a default judgment so abruptly like this. Are you sure that a court date or two was not missed? Normally, the court gives pro se litigants (individuals proceeding...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Missouri on
Q: Can I use the New Yorker logo on top of an original design on clothes to sell on Etsy? Other well known names?

What are the rules regarding using a copyrighted name for small business commerical use? I'd like to be able to put albums, song names, or use images from movies on clothing items - obviously with an original twist of my own, but I'd like to stay in business, too.

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Oct 12, 2022

These are sort of complicated and not so easy to answer questions which would require more details from your side so we can provide you more case specific answers.

In general - you can not use copyrighted logos, names, designs and so on without the consent of the copyright owner in...
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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Insurance Bad Faith for Missouri on
Q: Health Insurance misleading or non-responsive to q's

My health insurance company continually refuses to answer direct questions I have re: claim denial. Specifically, what codes were used. In addition, they also provide false/misleading answers to questions re: claims, my policy. My Q: what laws could they potentially be violating with this tactic?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 10, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. In terms of the codes you mention, the billing companies for the medical providers that treated you input those. You should be able to see those line-by-line on your bills, which you could request copies of from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: What is everything I should know about representing myself in a criminal case in municipal court in Missouri?

Lots of details, so bear with me please. About a year ago a neighbor tried to forcefully enter my home and I used physical force to remove the individual, after which, the individual called the police and I received a ticket for misdemeanor assault with their reason being they had marks on them and... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 4, 2022

"Everything you should know"--all you need to know is that you should hire an attorney to represent you. Or you should ask the Court to appoint an attorney to represent you --the Court would question you and make a determination if you are indigent such that appointment of an attorney is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law, Environmental and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: Franklin County, MO, municipality is negligent in maintaining alternative sewer system, creating health hazard.

The municipality signed an agreement with the original property owners in 2004. That they were installing a step septic tank system on their properties, that the village owned, was part of the village sanitary sewer system, would maintain, repair, and service. The system on our property was... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 1, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. This is a complex matter. Evaluation of the septic system could involve the expertise of civil engineers and wastewater experts. Assessment of contamination could involve sampling and lab analysis conducted by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Constitutional Law for Missouri on
Q: If a cop gave me a printed out ticket but never asked me to sign it is the ticket valid it's on his vehicle camera

I got the ticket in Missouri but while in his vehicle when he gave me the ticket on camera he never asked me to sign it on any of the signature spots is the ticket valid he didn't sign the printed out ticket anywhere either

Andrea Rogers
Andrea Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2022

Yes, the ticket is valid. It makes no difference if the police officer didn't sign the ticket or if you didn't sign the ticket. After the police officer issues a ticket to a driver, the prosecutor has to approve the ticket, and then it goes to the court clerk to be filed on Casenet.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Missouri on
Q: my mother passed, do i need to go through probate if i am on all her bank accounts, she lived with us , we`re co owners

she has a will , but no other property

Lloyd M. Nolan
Lloyd M. Nolan
answered on Sep 19, 2022

If you are a co-owner of the accounts with a JTWROS (Joint Tenants with Right of Survivorhsip) designation, then those accounts pass directly to you and no probate is required for those accounts.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Missouri on
Q: Am I able to sue or do something about a fall in that city? I broke my foot and hurt my arm from a dark hole I fell into
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 18, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It could depend on the total circumstances, whether the fall was the result of poor lighting, engineering defect, negligence in maintenance, etc. The best way to answer your question would be to reach out to Missouri... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Missouri on
Q: Suing a Scammer

I was asking my scammer lives in the us but lives in another state but can u sue a scammer I've been told by a another attorney that it would have to be civil lawsuit. it happened in august of 2018 and they said the statue has likely ran out in the state of Missouri. they said missouri has... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Sep 18, 2022

The statute of limitations would depend upon the cause of action, i.e., type of legal claim. If you wish to sue for fraud and if Missouri law governs, the you've got 5 years under Mo. Rev. Stat. 516.120(1), with the possibility for it to be extended dependin upon when the fraud was discovered.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: I purchased a house in MO, after moving in I found out that the inspector didn't do his job, who should pay for repairs?

House was fully remodeled not up to the code.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Sep 18, 2022

The issue of whether you should pay to repair your home is different from whether you might be able to pursue a claim agains the seller or home inspector. I assume you are referring to an inspector whom you hired. Home inspection contracts are generally terribly one-sided in favor of the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Missouri on
Q: can a warehouse make you wear a ponytail if you don't work around or pass thru any machinary
Ronald J. Eisenberg
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Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Sep 18, 2022

Unless the employer is discriminating against a work based upon the worker's being in a protected class, yes. It's no different than the employer mandating the an employee wear orange shoes with polka dots--odd and perhaps not rational--but not unlawful.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: Vehicle has been left at my house over a year, it can I charge storage fee? Loan is over 10 years old, get lein release?

The vehicle has been left at my house over a year, I'm asking bout storage fees, but there is lein for default on the loan. The loan is over 10 years old. What options do I have as far as getting lein released to register the car or atleast get storage fees. But I don't want the debt or... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Sep 16, 2022

If there is a lien on the vehicle, you should first contact the lien holder and see if they would be interested in releasing the lien based on the age and abandonment of the vehicle. If they are unwilling to do so, your best bet is to tell them to come pick up their vehicle. I am unaware of a way... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Does he have any rights to my house? Should I file a lien and how much does that cost?

My house was getting foreclosed on. My dad and brother came together and got me enough money to not lose it. I am in the process now of getting my ex to sign the deed papers to get his name of it so I can make sure he is not entitled to anything nor has any say so. My kids father has not lived... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Sep 16, 2022

There are a lot of moving parts here and a lot at stake. Respectfully, with all the people and assets involved this is not an issue that can be resolved in an online forum. I strongly advise you to seek the advice of an attorney to sort it all out.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: sentenced to 5 Years Doc, SES, 5 Years of Probation in Missouri does that mean they was sentence to prison
Steve D. Hardin
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Steve D. Hardin
answered on Sep 16, 2022

It means that the defendant was sentenced to 5 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, that the execution of the sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on 5 years of probation.

In other words yes the defendant was sentenced to prison but no they will not be going...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I sue Amazon for publishing my book without my knowledgel?

I was told about a year ago that my account and book were removed from Amazon and I found out today they still had my book in their online book store. What are my options?

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa
answered on Sep 15, 2022

I would have to see the agreement you signed with them. I would also have understand how they communicated to you that your account and book had been removed.

Based on this information, it may make sense to develop a litigation strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: Is there a distance requirement the state must maintain? As in a minimum distance for brush and tree limbs from the side

Brush blocks the view of a driveway in a 55 mph zone

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 11, 2022

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. You'd probably get the most reliable guidance from an attorney or lawmaker familiar with the specific region. The requirements you describe are often governed by local ordinances, in addition to any state... Read more »

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