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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice and Public Benefits for Iowa on

Q: What kind of lawyer do I need if an inpatient mental health facility violated their policies?

I placed my teenage daughter in an inpatient mental health facility that had strict guidelines regarding who could contact her and how. She was not allowed to have contact with anyone that I, personally did not put on her list, which was password protected by a password I chose. She could not... Read more »

Erik Luthens answered on Jun 26, 2019

Did you have a written agreement between the health care facility and you? If so, are the conditions / terms which you assert were violated specifically delineated in the agreement? How have you and / or your daughter been damaged by the health care facility’s breach of the agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Civil Rights and Public Benefits for New York on

Q: If someone form the streets, were to come up to you and hand you something. Then say it cost 20$ are you obligated to

pay them, even though they didn't tell you anything about the price when handing it to you?

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 15, 2019

No. But give it back.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Michigan on

Q: What is the definition of family in michigan?

If I live with my girlfriend and her kids do I count as part of the family? For section 8 housing HUD calculations...I take care of her kids while she works but my landlord says I have to do community service if I am not working (which I can't as I take care of homeschooled children all day).... Read more »

Brent T. Geers answered on Jun 6, 2019

What defines a family varies. A common definition - the one I suspect may apply in your case - is that "family" has blood or legal ties to each other. You have neither.

The reason being is that the state sees your situation as having it both ways: by virtue of you living together, you're...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Mississippi on

Q: How do I appeal a court case?

The judge did not even let me explain my side of the story. He automatically sided with the plaintiff without going over any evidence that I brought to court to present to him. I feel like I was discriminated against, but I have no idea why.

Timur Akpinar answered on May 27, 2019

A starting point could be to contact an attorney in Mississippi for a brief consultation to review the decision and the grounds for appeal. As a general matter, keep in mind that the period in which to file appeals is generally short (in the order of days with many matters). Also keep in mind that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Arizona on

Q: If a party is working for a state agency can they still get state assistance

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Usually most state jobs would pay enough to make them ineligible but if working part time they might be eligible for certain programs like food stamps etc depending on family circumstances.

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Tennessee on

Q: I was just denied after my hearing should I keep fighting or start over

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

Consult your local Legal Services Legal Aid. Usually it's worth an appeal but I'm not seeing any details and it's best you get with legal services.

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law, Government Contracts and Public Benefits for Georgia on

Q: how do I be a part of the senate in the state of Georgia in 2019?

I am a 29 year civilian ga resident in the state of ga.

I will be 30 years old in the next two months in August. What do I have to do? I have been a local resident in the city of Decatur for 10 years.

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 23, 2019

in most states you petition to get on the ballot. Contact the Ga.Secretary of State's office. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith and Public Benefits for Washington on

Q: My husband is disabled, receives Medicare with prescriptions cov. with Cigna. Five reimbursement checks bounced. Help.

Cigna did not coordinate their benefits with Nathan's primary insurance coverage through Regence. Cigna did not cover any copays for 3 years. We didn't quite understand the magnitude until speaking to our pharmacy and doing some investigating. We spent hours and hours collecting print outs from... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 9, 2019

If you have received bad checks, you can recover from the company issuing the checks the costs of collecting the amount of the check, including attorney's fees, interest on the amount of the check which accrues at the rate of twelve percent per annum from the date of dishonor; and three hundred... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Federal Crimes and Public Benefits for New York on

Q: Who to go to for former corrupt customs admin decades ago with valid evidence of drug smuggling operations whistleblowin

Friend worked for former border patrol, customs enforcement and secret service for Carter and Ford and has photos and documents of his involvement in drug enforcement operations, and a former boss was suppose to turn in narcotics and arrest those involved yet turned around and gave it back and did... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 6, 2019

Unfortunately--even if everything you said is 100% true--there is nothing anyone can do about it today. Why? Because of the extremely, long period of time that has elapsed between the time of the drug-related issues (late seventies) and now.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law, Public Benefits and Social Security on

Q: can i use any small content of a book(any quote) in social media post??

this will be for a transformation purpose in people's thinking and mindset and i may also earn some money in that process..

Peter N. Munsing answered on May 1, 2019

Only if you quote it and note where it's from such as:

" Keep lookin, and you'll find, you'll find, what you need " Blodgett, Martha, How I Hope to Get Rich Someday, Putnam (1998)

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California on

Q: Do you have to get drug tested for all 3 years on probation?

For California San Mateo County

Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 29, 2019

more info needed.

everything is controlled by the judges orders or terms and conditions.

you should pose any questions like this to the lawyer who represented you on the case as s/he will understand the sentence.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Texas on

Q: Are there protection laws for back pay or funds received from SSDI that a person took and invested ?

An individual received SSDI,(not SSI) along with back pay, after a long struggle with the Social Security Adm., in mid-spring of '18. Upon receiving the back pay, this person, who doesn't have a 401k, nest egg, family support...etc., decided to invest a percentage of the money into stocks & such,... Read more »

Roy Lee Warren answered on Apr 16, 2019

THANK you for an excellent question. I believe you and I would get along great. The situation of which you speak is one of the more ridiculous scenarios of SSI in my opinion. However I am sure it makes sense to those that wrote the law. SSI benefits are based on need so if the person that receives... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Arizona on

Q: Does Az.District Court Judge have a deadline to approve a fee waiver? We cannot "Serve" defendant until it is approved.

Timur Akpinar answered on Apr 5, 2019

An attorney would likely want to see additional details here, possibly including pleadings, orders, agreements, and other related paperwork.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Public Benefits and Family Law for Wisconsin on

Q: Just clarifying that if my dad loses his assistance thru inclusa as per STATE STATUTE 55.02(2) and SINCE HE IS in prote

SINCE HE IS IN PROTECTIVE PLACEMENT that according to the statute he is to be taken care of by the county and or state funding. In the least restrictive place. ( he is in assisted living can from nursing home ) he is totally self dependent and does not need nursing home care. I am worried that... Read more »

Brady R. Henderson answered on Mar 18, 2019

Both Wisconsin law and federal law provide a right for a person being cared for due to a disability to be given the least restrictive placement. Sometimes court battles arise because that person, the person's guardian or family and the state disagree as to what placement is required. If you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Election Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Oklahoma on

Q: If you reside in the zipcode of a city in Oklahoma, and not in the city proper, do you get a vote in city elections?

There is a Mayoral election upcoming and there is a lack of clarity on who is allowed to vote in it.

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 6, 2019

Check your city's municipal code. Your city's municipal code will tell who can vote in city elections, and who can't.

Some Oklahoma cities publish their codes online at

See if your city's code is there.

If your city's code is not on municode, contact your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Public Benefits for Colorado on

Q: Can you change your mind the next day and ask the courts if you could remöve your name off the contract?

Landlord would not downsize me to a one bedroom. My section 8 voucher was lowered from a two bedroom and I couldn't afford it and I fell behind in rent . furthermore, the contract states I must vacate after paying incorrectly charged costs 28 days they want $1500 and no money to move with and my... Read more »

Donald C Eby answered on Feb 6, 2019

You can file a motion for reconsideration or request the court to reject your stipulated settlement agreement.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Public Benefits for California on

Q: Doctor punched my infected kidney & nurse gave me a shot in but cheek which paralyzed me for 3 days after hitting nerve.

This was at a urgent care. Is that medical malpractice and can I file a law suit with the info given?

William John Light answered on Jan 22, 2019

It is highly unlikely that you were "punched" by a doctor in the course of medical treatment, unless you were being uncooperative and a danger to yourself or others. If that actually happened, contact the Medical Board.

If your complaints of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense, Landlord - Tenant, Public Benefits and Social Security for Virginia on

Q: Term life ins policy owner/beneficiary, effect me if I choose to rent subsidized apartment housing, State of Virginia.

I'm low income on SSD (not SSI), I can't afford market rent. I'm owner of & been paying on a Term Life $15,000 policy for 13 years on my ex & need the proceeds to pay off bills so I can maintain my regular monthly expenses. My concerns are that if I choose to rent subsidized apartment housing that... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof answered on Jan 18, 2019

I regret that I do not handle insurance policy maters. Sorry.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Insurance Defense, Probate and Public Benefits for Florida on

Q: How can I get a lawyer to assist with getting homeowner's insurance to respond after Irma damage and or management?

It has been over a year already since Irma hurricane and my mother has yet received any services for the damages. Her case remains open but my day to day concern is that her inside roof is falling and at any time can collapse. The insurance tell me you need to contact your property management and... Read more »

David M. Goldman answered on Jan 7, 2019

Consult with a property attorney who deals with hurricane damage.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Wisconsin on

Q: How to get Driver's License extension when on STEM-OPT pending?

Currently on OPT-EAD (Expired in October 2018). Applied for STEM-OPT extension in September 2018. Recently moved to Madison,WI. Out-of-state driver's license expiring in December. Local DMV rejected to renew my driver's license with I-797C Notice of Action(Receipt). Need to commute daily to work.... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler answered on Dec 28, 2018

Some of these issues are best considered before a job or internship is accepted in a less immigrant friendly state like Wisconsin. I strongly recommend an appointment with a competent and experienced immigration attorney to consider all of your options. Good luck.

The above is general...
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