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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Federal Crimes and White Collar Crime for Texas on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit to have a fraudulent W-2 revoked?

Can I file a lawsuit to have a fraudulent w-2 revoked?

I am an independent contractor.My life line during the pandemic depends on gig worker assistance. A company fraudulently re-characterized me as a w-2 employee after I terminated all business relationship with them due to consistent... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 24, 2021

I don't know what claims you could make yourself, but you could report the situation to the IRS. If they claim you were a W-2 employee, they should have been paying payroll withholding, and weren't. That can result in a 100% penalty against the company, and against anyone who had... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: What's the best way to approach the situation without breaking court order?

The parents are unmarried & recently separated. I want to make sure that the baby has same amount of time with each other. Because of the pandemic & the winter we are enduring. The father thinks I'm using it as an excuse to alienate. But he works (he has had the past week off cause of... Read more »

Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Feb 19, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question! I would recommend that you reach out to a local attorney in your area soon so that the attorney can learn more about what is going on and advise you as to how to proceed.

The title of your post says "without breaking a court order" -- is there...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Can police legally unlock and search my glovebox without a warrant

I was recently stopped for an expired registration which if I'm correct right now is not even stoppable offense due to covid-19 and subsequently pulled out and surendered marijuana from my person to the officer he then without saying anything else to be watching his car got gloves one over to... Read more »

Brian Foley
Brian Foley answered on Feb 12, 2021

You're best legal challenge would be the reason for the initial detention. In Texas a police officer has to have reasonable suspicion that a traffic violation has occurred to pull over a vehicle. If the only reason the officer had to pull you over was the expired registration sticker it may... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My son has 2 boys 9 and 10 years old. He and the mother were together for 4 years. He paid everything including ins.

insurance and her mothers rent and taxes. They split and she only allowed him 1 hour on Sunday to see them and only what she said they can do. Now its at 2 hours but he has not seen them in 10 months. He try to call them at the assigned time she gave them but has instructed boys they dont have to... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Feb 10, 2021

Your son needs to hire an attorney to file a suit affecting the parent-child relationship. This will give him an enforceable order regarding visitation and child support. If the mother does not follow the court's order the Judge has the option to give your son extra visitation days to make up... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: What does my Appeal mean?

I received both ruling. I am not sure if I will get unemployment benefits after my appeal. That is what it says and I am not sure what exactly does it mean.

Valid Claim:We affirmed the previous ruling.

Separation from work : We reversed the previous ruling.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 3, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a GENERAL matter in ANY type of case, if an appeal contains multiple elements, courts could rule categorically on them, denying some and affirming others. A Texas attorney who works in Employment Law would have the... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Social Security for Texas on
Q: Hello, I applied for disability and now it has been 11 months and I haven’t heard anything back from the state.

Do I need a lawyer and how much will it cost?

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jan 28, 2021

Your 11 month wait for a disability decision from Social Security is about what I have been experiencing with my clients' cases since COVID. You can either call Social Security and ask about the status of your case or you can go to My Social Security and check for updates online.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: I contracted covid and was out of work. I want to know about the ffc act Trump put out for employees who test positive.

Do you have to have PTO or are they supposed to still pay you.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 27, 2021

The mandatory provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act expired on December 31, 2020. Therefore, if you contracted COVID-19 and were out of work after that date, then your employer would not be required to provide paid sick leave under the Act. However, if this occurred in 2020,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: If father's POA isn't responding to healthcare providers how can I get it revoked?

My father, who has previously been diagnosed with dementia/alzheimers, is recovering from covid and is having complications. He seems to be having stroke or heart attack symptoms after testing negative and the nursing home he is in isn't fully equipped to handle his recovery in my opinion. The... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jan 12, 2021

The only way you can obtain power of attorney to act for your father is if he is capable of giving it, and does so. A guardianship requires court action, after proof that your father is unable to make his own decisions. (BTW, "Power of Attorney" refers to the document, not the person,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: My step daughter’s mother tested positive for covid. If the child is negative does she have to stay with her?

My step daughters mother and her boyfriend tested positive for COVID. My stepdaughter who lives with them majority of the time tested negative in which my husband and I suggested she not stay with her mother if she is negative. But her mom refuses and says she will quarantine with her. She... Read more »

John J. Pfister Jr.
John J. Pfister Jr. answered on Jan 1, 2021

This is a unique problem related to the COVID situation. The Texas Supreme Court has issued a general order that parents are to follow the underlying order regardless of lockdowns and school closures. If a parent wants to deviate from the current order - for any reason including a positive COVID... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Employer let me go after telling me to quarantine and test. Results were negative and let go day 13 of 14 quarantine.

I was informed I had been exposed to the virus. When I told employer they said go home and quarantine immediately for two weeks and get tested. After receiving negative results I contacted immediate supervisor via text. After no response I contacted the owners wife via text stating when I would be... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 30, 2020

It sounds like your employer may have violated the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Subject to some exceptions, employers with less than 500 employees are required to make 80 hours of paid sick leave available for full-time employees, and the equivalent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Social Security for Texas on
Q: I am 56 and lost my job of about 30 years because of a work injury that left me with a permanent weight restriction.

I am going to file for SSDI. Should I apply for unemployment so that I can have income while waiting to hear if I qualify for SSDI? I think I may qualify with a grid rule. I received Workman's Comp for 2 years.

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Dec 24, 2020

Yes, you can apply and receive unemployment benefits while you apply for SSDI benefits. It is a practical approach. Be aware, however, that there is a contradiction in getting both benefits since unemployment requires you to be ABLE to work and actively look for work, and SSDI approval requires... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: House rental lease ends jan 31 realtor wants to show house now with covid spikes can they legally show the house
Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Dec 22, 2020

This is a question coming across a lot of lawyer's desks, but there doesn't seem to be a strict answer yet. Maybe you and your landlord can agree to only do virtual showings. Check your contract to see if it says how and when they can show the house.

You may want to hire an...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Texas on
Q: Been in bankruptcy since 2018. Since covid I am to the point of being worse then broke. How do I talk to get out of now

Bankruptcy since 2018, never missed a payment. Been doing it successfully, but since covid and working directly with covid patients I cannot get extra work since I'm constantly exposed. So I have not been able to get extra work. Now I cant pay my insurance, pay my utilities or my gas to keep... Read more »

Sean T. Flynn
Sean T. Flynn answered on Dec 15, 2020

If you have been in bankruptcy since 2018 it sounds like you filed under Chapter 13. A chapter 13 bankruptcy can typically be voluntarily dismissed at any time. Although before you dismiss you might explore seeing if you can modify your plan and possibly lower the payment. Under the CARES act, you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Please explain me how is it possible , that judge make rulings against petitioner in Domestic Violence Case?

Judge made rulings (eviction) against petitioner in domestic violence case without any filed legal actions in court (cross- complaint) against petitioner . How often judge made rulings and charges against petitioner without filed legal actions(cases) in court?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Dec 5, 2020

In general, a judge might deny a petition that was somehow defective. For example, if the court lacks jurisdiction, or the petition did not state a cause of action, or that it didn't show that the petitioner was entitled to relief.

Evictions are paused in some jurisdictions because of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: ex is trying to take me to court for paternity year later but she admitted to being married & cheating. What can I do?

Ex is trying to take me to court for a baby I didn’t know she was having in 2019 and it’s been over a year I just got a letter about court during the pandemic. what can I do to have the case dropped?

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Dec 3, 2020

You should hire an attorney to assist you.

If you do not answer the lawsuit timely she will get a default judgment against you. Which means she gets what she is asking for.

You need to get a DNA test to see if the child is yours.

If the child is not yours the case will be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: Is a court appointed lawyer just as good as a paid one

My so cruzs primary parent was his dad I have visitation rights nd all that I .I had bad issues with the law and depression. I have been maintaining well now for a long time.i moved to N.C. to have a better life i was going to fight for custody as soon as I had good time without trouble or drug use... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 27, 2020

A Texas attorney could answer best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The short answer to your question is "yes." I know lawyers in the public sector who are exceptionally skillful advocates, bright, hardworking, and dedicated to their clients' interests. They would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Texas on
Q: My husband's dad died & his brother,the executor will not give him a copy of the will or probate info. Now all dads 2mil

His dad,worth about 2 mill plus property etc is suddenly been moved into his brothers name and is there laws against this. If hes executor, isn't it his responsibility to provide probate details? . My husband is a jr & he was in the will for sure. His brother wont give him a copy of the... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Nov 26, 2020

A Will has no legal effect until it is submitted for probate. It then becomes a public document. Check with the local probate court. If the Will has not been submitted for probate, hire a local probate lawyer to review the "deeds" and file an application to determine heirship and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: If I have a contract to buy a house in Texas and the owner dies before deed is prepared by title company, what happens?

Because of COVID 19 it is taking a long time for paperwork to be prepared. My contract is good though end of this month. What happens if he doesn’t sign extension before he dies?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Nov 23, 2020

If the Seller dies before the extension is signed or the sale closes, then you won't be able to close until someone is appointed by the Probate Court to act for the Seller - either an executor of the will, or administrator of the estate.

If the closing date has already passed, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Hello, I recently got covid. My job did not pay me, although I am a full-time employee. Is there anything I can do?

I'm not qualified for paid sick days until I complete a year with the company. I've been with them for a total of 9 months.

William S 'Bill'Hommel Jr
William S 'Bill'Hommel Jr answered on Nov 19, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave if you contract the virus. If you have been with the company for at least 30 days prior to taking the leave, you should qualify for the paid leave.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: My wife works at a large hospital scheduling appt.'s. Can they force her to screen incoming patients for Covid-19?

She is concerned about contracting the virus and endangering her children and elderly parents. Her job roles only include interaction with patients at check-in from behind protective glass with a mask and scheduling appointments over the phone. No additional compensation is offered and if she... Read more »

William S 'Bill'Hommel Jr
William S 'Bill'Hommel Jr answered on Nov 19, 2020

If an employee contracts the virus or is seeking a diagnosis regarding whether they have the virus, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers with up to 500 employees to provide paid sick leave for any time off taken up to 12 weeks. It sounds as though your wife works for a... Read more »

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