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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I applied for covid-19 mortgage relief and now face property foreclosure. How do I avoid losing my home???

I was able to resume monthly payments, however, new mortgage service has denied me a repayment plan and refinance option.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Jul 27, 2021

You should have an immediate conversation with one or more bankruptcy lawyers. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed to give you up to 5 years to catch up your mortgage, all the while protecting you from foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Estate Planning for California on
Q: Mom has dementia. Husband refuses to pay for care. How can she have access to community property to pay for her care?

Due to Covid and mom's progressing condition, she is no longer living with dad in their shared home. Dad controls rents from RE rentals, and has made more money than mom. He will not pay for any care. My sisters and I are struggling to pay for mom's care. I have power of attorney to... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Jul 22, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I am not a family law attorney, but I can tell you this: Your mother owns half of the community property in the marriage and all of her separate property.

Community property is property that was earned during marriage (assuming there is no...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My husbands case was sent to NVC. Received 60 day period letter from NVC. Will we be getting interview by end of year?

03/2019 Pardon waiver approved

IR1- both in USA ( I’m a citizen asking for husband)

5/15/2020 Case sent to NVC and completed

5/28/21- received a letter from NVC that our case “ immigrant visa is documentarily complete at the National Visa center ...The next... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Jul 16, 2021

There is no way to know/predict for sure because it depends on how busy the Embassy is and how fast they are working on catching up with their COVID caused backlog. You can call the Embassy where the file was sent to see if they will let you know the date of immigrant visa documentarily qualified... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for California on
Q: Our executor has taken the insurance claim $$ we need to rebuild after storm. I purchased, paid for, & own the insurance

I need to know if she can legally do this. I bought the policy, paid for it, signed all the paperwork. It took us months to file the claim, and just as the check was issued she had her lawyer call to declare her as “the contact”. This would not have happened as it did if our agent was involved,... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Jul 13, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. If you have already demanded the executor repay the money she has inappropriately taken, you can have a lawyer send her another demand letter. But my guess is that you will need to file a Petition in the Probate Court. Once a probate matter has been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for California on
Q: At what point must I have a business license?

I am a website designer normally employed full time but since Covid I have been considering starting my own business. I would offers website design, graphic design, logo design and creation, marketing and social media management as well as ongoing site maintenance and management. Before I fully... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Jul 12, 2021

Once you market yourself to the world, you are in business and should have a business license. Check the websites of your city and your county to learn the requirements that apply to your jurisdiction. If you are working out of your home, your city and/or county may require a home-based business... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Can my employer force me to wear a mask and threaten termination if I have a medical condition?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 27, 2021

Your employer can require you to wear a mask. If you have a medical note indicating that you cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, that does not mean you get to take the mask off and work like you did before the pandemic. Rather, the employer as the obligation at that time to determine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: i was talked into applying for unemployment during the pandemic when they were giving extra money but i am on ssdi am i

commiting fraud and what can i do about it

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 9, 2021

Contact the EDD and arrange to give back the money you should not have received. If you did not qualify for UI benefits, that is your only option short of waiting to be the subject of a reimbursement action.

And do not think that blaming your conduct on someone else for talking you into...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Manager @ CA Regional RV Park covered up an employee Cov-19 OUTBREAK. Endangering 200+ residents. This can’t be legal!

Manager hosted internal company party while gov. ordinances, i.e. “no social gatherings” were in full effect. Masks not enforced. 9 employees contracted Covid-19 at this party.

Facility falsely reported only ONE Covid positive case.

Employees were laid-off for a month to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

you can always petition or sue for anything.......whether you can get a lawyer to take the case on a contingency AND collect anything is another story.

i would think contacting the owner of the establishment would make the most sense.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for California on
Q: How backed up is probate court to appoint somebody administrator?
James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Jun 8, 2021

It all depends on the court. The probate courts in San Francisco and Santa Clara County are not scheduling hearing dates for up to 3 months out from the filing of a petition for probate due to COVID.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My wife on a b/1b/2 visa got married to me a us citizen in California . Can she enter the United States again?

Before the pandemic started I got married to my wife in California. She currently is studying in Mexico and fully employed but I would like her to come visit me after the pandemic border restrictions are over. Can she still enter to the us without any problems? She has her visitors visa still... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jun 2, 2021

Your wife should carry with her significant documentation to show that she is only coming to the USA to visit and she intends to return to Mexico. Because she is married to a USC their is a presumption that she intends to immigrate and her visitor visa may be cancelled.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate, Contracts and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Can a person file probate lost will claim 10 years after they used same false documents in 2011 only to fail to show up

But took all assets and disappeared. Now back with same will after i paid off house and filed in blind behind my back duing lock down virus

Julie King
Julie King answered on May 26, 2021

It is difficult to know how to respond to your question without more information. Certainly, if someone has falsified a document and used it in court, there is no way a judge would allow the document to be used UNLESS no one testified or proved that the document was fake. On a different point, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can my apt manager keep the pool and playground closed,at the same time increase my rent?

The pool has been open a total of apprx. 2 1/2 mo. Since my 4 children and I moved in April 6th 2019. The pool man comes like clockwork every week to maintain the pool.The playground has been taped off since the beginning of the pandemic. There are no plans of reopening. My rent has gone up 3 xs.... Read more »

Alexander C. Safarian
Alexander C. Safarian answered on May 24, 2021

It depends on what your lease says about the amenities. Typically, amenities are not included in the lease and would have no bearing on your rent. You can ask your landlord about this and see what their position is.

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, Consumer Law and Contracts for California on
Q: Purchased vehicle sans title, 11/28/20 dealr convince me was coming mail, tags title never came.

Dealer is blaming the DMV for no tags...it's getting an obvious lie. Dealer puts me off his tag title company and him leave me stranded with expired tags and have excuses "it's Covid" and "it's a gov van".

Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman answered on May 21, 2021

Seller must, by law, deliver "marketable title." Failure to do so is actionable. Contact the DMV Investigations unit and open an inquiry. Also, seek out a consumer protection attorney for more input.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: I am a federal government employee. I am being forced to wear a mask because I will not get the COVID-19 "vaccination"

Wearing the cloth masks required do not prevent the COVID-19 virus from being breathed in. What legal grounds justify I wear something that does not protect me

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 18, 2021

As an employee you must comply with the dress code and uniform requirements of your employer. If the your employer required you to wear foil hats to prevent alien intrusion into your brain, you wear the aluminum hat. That is the nature of the employer-employee relationship. You do not get to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Am I entitled to COVID sick leave pay if I was dr-exempted from work but I quit 2 wks BEFORE the new law came out?

i was off work accordingly to my doctor's exemption note from 1/21/21 - 2/11/21. I went back to work from 2/12/21 until about 3/10/21 which was my last day. The new 2021 covid law came out 3/29/21. Do I still get paid for my sick covid?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 17, 2021

That is unlikely. The new law would have covered you if you had to miss work due to doctor ordered quarantine but because you quit before the law went into effect, you are not going to be eligible. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I’m being terminated at my job because I got a covid19 test at a medstat clinic for taking time off with flu-like sympt

I’m being fired because I didn’t inform them medstat had made me take a Covid test. Took my test 3/16, informed boss of positive results 3/22 when they came in.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 7, 2021

You have asked no question. If you are wondering if it is lawful for your employer to terminate you because you did not disclose that you were having flu-like symptoms until 6 days later after you got the test results, the answer is yes. In this pandemic, employers have the awesome responsibility... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my manager for hipaa violation?

I took a covid test and my manager sent me a text saying she “snuck on the covid site and seen my results” without me asking her to do so.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 4, 2021

No. HIPAA is a medical provider and insurer statute, not an employer statute. However there are laws that protect an employee's medical privacy. That said, in today's climate there is nothing unlawful about an employer knowing your status as infected or not with the virus. Anyway, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Landlord ?: can I technically give “1 day leases” with 0 tenant/landlord obligations to have a gathering during covid?

Technically couldn’t I give unlimited leases just for one day to have all attendees be considered “household members”

William Stanger
William Stanger answered on May 3, 2021

The one day lease isn't the problem. A contract (including a lease) is not valid if it has zero obligations. You are also limited in the number of legal tenants to two per bedroom. Further, it seems likely that such a lease would be deemed to have an "illegal purpose" and be void... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Neighbors turning on double flood lights which trespass directly into my second floor apt, all the way to my back wall.

I had a problem ten years ago, and now it is happening again with new tenants in this rental home property across the street. I alerted said neighbors to the issue, they explained homeless are trespassing onto the property. They turned on porch light and shut their gate for a few weeks. Now, the... Read more »

William Stanger
William Stanger answered on May 3, 2021

Depending on where you live, it may be a violation of a local law and contacting the City and waiting would be your cheapest option. I would also expect that you have a claim for private nuisance against the neighbor, and you could seek an injunction, but that would be expensive.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: Can I pursue federal court case against many neighbors engaged in harassment/threats of violence to family and I ?

Things started with neighbor whom moved out with harassment towards my family and I. A friend living across street from him then continued to do the same to us depriving us of peace in our own home. This is 24/7 and has been ongoing for over a year at least. Things have escalated, they’ve... Read more »

John Karas
John Karas answered on Apr 22, 2021

In order to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court, there has to be "diversity of citizenship" (meaning you live in 1 state while the defendants live in another). The amount of damages also has to be in excess of $75,000.

From what you've described, you have several...
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