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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Maryland on
Q: Does hicks rule apply only in circuit court or also district court
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on May 7, 2021

The Hicks court opinion (from which the "rule" gets its nickname) only applies to the circuit court criminal rule of procedure that contains the 180 day trial deadline limit, and there is no corresponding 180 day deadline for trial in District Court, so no, the rule only applies in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for New York on
Q: If you could do your life over, knowing what you know now, would you still become a lawyer?

Is the law profession overcrowded?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a lawyer?

If I was your child, would you advise me to become a lawyer?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2021

Many professions are crowded today - but that doesn't stop people from going to school to better themselves. Learn what you can by researching online or at local libraries. Contact law school admissions offices. If there are law firms in your area that would allow you to do an internship... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: I am a nurse in assisted living . I was told today if I don’t take the Covid Vaccine I will be fired , is this legal?
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jan 20, 2021

Generally, yes. There is precedent for a general requirement to get vaccinated. Many healthcare providers require flu vaccines. Schools require children be vaccinated against a host of diseases. But they have to offer exemptions for those with legitimate medical or religious reasons not to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Michigan on
Q: If we pay rent and lived here for 9 months can he legally evict us without court eviction notice?

My boyfriend and I lived here for 9 months helped fix up the house and get new appliances. There has been altercations where he thinks I need to do their dishes cause I'm currently unemployed from Covid19. He also gave us an eviction notice he downloaded and printed off from the internet and... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 21, 2020

A landlord-tenant relationship can be formed as you are describing your current situation: you pay $300 a month, and he lets you stay there. When that is established, the legal process of eviction is the remedy. That starts with either a 30-day or 7-day "notice to quit"; in rare... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for California on
Q: I pay a monthly booth rent at a salon in CA thats under mandatory shut down because of the coronavirus.

My question is- Is it legal for the owner of the salon to still charge me booth rent for a space in the salon when I’m not allowed to use it because of the shutdown?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Aug 4, 2020

What does your agreement with the salon owner say? It would seem improper for the salon owner to collect rent from you and not provide you with the access that you bargained to pay for, even if the failure to provide access is because of Government orders to shutdown. That is not your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Ohio on
Q: Can my employer refuse my unemployment / FMLA due to Covid-19?

I was off work for a total of 6 days. I started showing signs of Covid-19 and sought out medical attention. I was turned away from my family doctor because I had several symptoms of Covid-19. I took an online health screening that advised me to get tested and quarantine until testing was done. I... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Jul 21, 2020

FMLA does not provide for paid leave, so that's out. As to unemployment, that is filed with the state, and they make that determination. Did the state give you a reason as to why they refused unemployment compensation? It sounds like you just voluntarily left the job.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Maryland on
Q: My work closed march 13th covid Boss paid reduced pay through June 15 Said we cant file unemployment until june 16

Unemployment said since we did not physically work the mo eye was a donation and we still can get unemployment because it is considered special pay but boss said we cant file until june 15 even though work stopped march 13 due to covid

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jun 21, 2020

You should not rely on the non-legal opinions of your employer for the legal interpretation of when and if you are entitled to unemployment benefits. You may be entitled to partial benefits if you worked but your hours were reduced from full-time, or your pay was reduced. You would be entitled to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Hawaii on
Q: I was planning on getting married may 2, 2020. We decided to postpone it due to corona virus. We did put a deposit down.

I asked for a refund, officiant said it is non refundable. I just want to know if there’s a way to get it back.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 25, 2020

A Hawaii attorney could answer best, as your options or remedies could involve state law. But you await a response for three weeks. These situations, as a general matter, will be determined by the terms of the agreement - definitions, contingencies, handling of deposits, etc. Without seeing the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for California on
Q: Is it safe or normal to pay a lawyer a retainer fee over the phone if he agrees to take me in as a client?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 17, 2020

Only a California attorney could advise as to state rules on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general matter in any jurisdiction, it is very common to pay by credit card. It usually depends on whether the law firm accepts the form of payment, which many do these days. It is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Maryland on
Q: My brother died a couple weeks ago. I was his beneficiary. How do i go about closing his accounts out? Bank,CC,Car loan

Would like to pay off what ever he owed. he had a savings but i don't know how to go about access it. he bought his car in FL but its with me in MD and i don't know if he owes money on it or not and how do i return the tags? if he has no money do i owe for him being the beneficiary? I... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Apr 18, 2020

You cannot do anything unless you are the Personal Representative of your brother's estate. You become that by petitioning to open an estate for your brother in the jurisdiction where he resided at the time of his death. In Maryland, that would be a county (or City of Baltimore) Register of... Read more »

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