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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Entertainment / Sports, Intellectual Property and Public Benefits for Florida on
Q: Does our local Chamber of Commerce own our communities local "Pageant"?

We have a pageant that has been in our community for over 30 years! Its never been filed as an official entity or organization. It has always been ran by different volunteers within the community. I know for several years our local Chamber sponsored the pageant. Then there was a issue with... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Apr 1, 2020

You definitely need to consult with an attorney.

Anybody can own a pageant and call it anyway they want.

The question is whether it is exclusive, and if what you do, your work, is owned by somebody else.

Check if they ever signed or got a contract from somebody.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Health Care Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for California on
Q: Permanent resident can't receive CalFresh not cash assistance?

My GF has had applied for CalFresh assistance and just has received a phone call from the worker asking all sorts of questions.

According this worker, they expect that GF would supply details about how she had obtained the green card many years ago, along with detailed information about her... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Apr 1, 2020

She only needs to provide proof of lawful permanent resident status by way of her alien number. Perhaps, she can also show a copy of her ‘valid card.’ She has no other status, so other questions seem irrelevant, perhaps, unless this concerns more, which seems questionable.

Any other...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Public Benefits and Social Security for Florida on
Q: Which site is legitimate? I know there are many scammers. I need a lawyer so I can appeal a denied disability claim

I know legitimate places exist for this but I am seeing sites saying their lawyers will help me with this and they are only entitled to payment if we win the appeal but I'm skeptical. I do not exactly know what I'm talking about but that just doesn't sound like something a lawyer would do

I... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 30, 2020

You raise good points, but in the end, the only person who can ultimately make such an important decision is yourself. You will have to contact lawyers, and after speaking with them, decide for yourself who you prefer in terms of skill, experience, and your trust and confidence in them. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Traffic Tickets for Kentucky on
Q: Can I go to jail for not getting my license for court and they asked me to?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 26, 2020

Not likely due to the current external circumstances. However, once able, you should comply immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Public Benefits for Florida on
Q: I was denied for unemployment because I quit my last job......but....

The end of Oct 2019 I was forced to quit my job at Pollo Tropical in Sunny Isles due to being evicted, my car being totaled, and having to move to my mom’s in Hollywood. I had spoken with my employer regarding the strong possibility I would need to transfer because I was on the verge of losing my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 25, 2020

If you make your unemployment insurance claim, chances are that you will be deemed to qualify.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Can illegal immigrants apply for unemployment? If not, what other solution is there?

Due of the corona virus, people are being let off from work, including illegal immigrants. Because of this, can they apply for unemployment? If not, what other solution is there for them to receive money or aid from the government? What can be done when bills and rest must still be paid and food... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Mar 24, 2020

You will have to consult with a state unemployment lawyer or the California State forms. Some are disqualified because they use fictitious identities.

Many states treat unemployment insurance as an entitlement. That is, both you and your employer pay into the program. It is a form of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for California on
Q: Coronavirus: Postponing gym membership or do nothing?


William John Light
William John Light answered on Mar 18, 2020

Whether you have a right to cancel your membership is set forth in your Gym contract and Civil Code section 1813.80, and following statutes. The terms by which you might be entitled to a freeze on the membership are likely also specified in the contract. Whether the gym's current offer to you... Read more »

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Q: Can I deposit my Daughters $19K Jackpot winnings into her Special Needs Trust so that SSI doesn’t stop her monthly pmnt

She is on SSI and is Bi Polar. There is a Special Needs Trust set up for her. She won this playing Bingo and the Casino took all the taxes out and gave her $5,000 cash and the rest in a check because that is what she asked them to do. I found out about it and have all of it now and wondering what I... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 10, 2020

Yes if her special needs trust is a first party SNT; otherwise no. If it is not a first party SNT the best choice is probably an ABLE account if she is eligible.

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1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Have a situation where a buyers bank appraisal was lower than our contract price. The buyer had an appraisal rider

in the contract. They verbally agreed through their agent to honor our agreed upon contract price which happened to be 8K higher than their appraisal. We listed our house on Zillow so are in essence representing ourselves Should we require the buyers to sign an amendment stating that they agree... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Mar 9, 2020

If it's not in writing, it didn't happen. The terms of the contract changed if the appraisal contingency was not met and the buyers want to complete the transaction anyway. You should consult a lawyer to formalize the arrangement.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Can I file for TTD benefits while I work w/ a laywer to file workmans comp if my employer wouldn't report my injuries?

After an incident at work over the holidays I saw my DR & found out I have bilateral carpal tunnel w/severe damage in my right wrist. She advised me not to return to work until after seeing an orthopedic specialist for possible surgery. I told her that I couldn't afford to & she agreed to write a... Read more »

Steven Sigmond
Steven Sigmond answered on Mar 4, 2020

Yes, you can.

As long as you've reported the work-injury to your boss right away (and you have), you have up to three years to file a workers compensation case. Your employer can't file the case for you. All they can do is turn the matter over to their insurance company or not....
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits on
Q: i was fined 500 rs by railway court judge for traveling in ladies coach of emu, will it impact for getting gov job ?

8 years ago, I was fined Rs. 500 by a railway judge for travelling in the ladies coach of EMU Delhi. They noted my name and addresses from my ID. Will it cause any problem in getting a government job in India now?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 3, 2020

This is something that must be posed to an attorney who practices law in India, or at least to someone who is familiar with the retention and use of records for government employment. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: U.S. Citizen receiving food stamp and medicaid. How does that affect AOS for her husband?

I am student here in the US. I will be getting married to my Girlfriend in a month. She is a US citizen and receives food stamp and medicaid. How does that affect my AOS based on new public charge rule. I have never taken any public benefits nor I am a beneficiary in any of public benefits.... Read more »

Drew Elesh
Drew Elesh answered on Feb 29, 2020

Under the new public charge form you will have to disclose those public benefits . It is one of many factors .

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for New York on
Q: Can an organization use a Established nonprofit’s name with no relation to it in a marketing campaign?

It would be used in a campaign to bring legislative awareness to a cause no related to the nonprofit with the name.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 28, 2020

It could depend on the context. If the organization alleged that such use adversely impacted its reputation or other interests, it could object to the use or bring legal action. There's no way to predict what an organization would do. One option is to consult with an attorney familiar with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for New Jersey on
Q: I went to a restaurant to eat and asked for a virgin drink and gave it to me with alcohol? Can I sue them for that ?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 18, 2020

You could consult with an attorney to see what they say, but it does not appear that there were damages of any kind that resulted from the mix-up. Unless it triggered something of a medical nature or some other form of significant damage, the remedy under most circumstances would be to replace the... Read more »

Q: What is appeal? If sentenced can you still get one?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2020

You include four categories for your question, but do not include Criminal Law - although you mention the word "sentencing." If your matter involves sentencing, a criminal defense lawyer should be advising you. As a general matter in virtually any context, appeals are governed by short timeframes... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Public Benefits, Social Security, Family Law and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: My sister has dementia and no funds other than social security. We are out of Florida and cannot help financially.

We have no idea of any financial particulars other than she has no outside income other than social security and we are not in a position to help

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 9, 2020

Unless someone in your family steps up and gets involved you and the rest of the family might not like the outcome of this situation. Take up a collection and go find out what needs to be done.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: Would Sonic Drive-in be considered a place where the public congregates?

My local Sonic has no restroom for the public, and even denies access to their employee restrooms to their paying customers

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Jan 8, 2020

They are not required to provide a public restroom, nor are they required to permit a private person to use an employee bathroom unless several conditions are met pursuant to TCA 68-15-303.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Public Benefits for Tennessee on
Q: Can the state of Arizona put a hold on my TN DL 20+ years later?

In 1997-1998 I received a speeding ticket in Scottsdale AZ while I was attending school . I paid the ticket before graduating and moving back to my home state of CA at the time . Now 20+ years later and a resident of TN for 10+ years the state of AZ has placed a hold on my license in TN and I... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 4, 2020

Unless you have a paid in full receipt or a certified copy of the dismissed Citation, you will have to pay AZ, and copy TN DOS with your payment. That is a cheap amount of money to reinstate a TNDL.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Public Benefits for Florida on
Q: How do I file a response to a motion from DOR for ridirection of payment?

I received a motion that my very bad attorney said nothing about and that was on the 5th and I went into the hospital for cancer surgury right after. My ex has been fraudulently receiving medicaid benefits while she has been running a lucrative side business and I have the PI reports. I have never... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 25, 2019

Even if your attorney has moved to withdraw, she is still obligated to respond to this motion until her motion is granted. Condition your consent to withdrawal upon your being given sufficient time to find another attorney and for that attorney to respond to the pending motion.

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