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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 Consumer Law and Entertainment / Sports for New York on
Q: Lost racket at sports club,found by employee, left in their office and then disappeared from there. Can I take action?

I left my racket at a sports club of which I wasn't a member. The coach picked it up and confirmed by email that he had it and had left it in his office. Then the COVID crisis hit so I was unable to visit the club to pick it up. The staff member was furloughed and never returned. Now the club... Read more »

Gregory J. Tarone
Gregory J. Tarone answered on Jul 10, 2021

Yes, you can bring an action for replevin to return your personal property to you. That email acknowledging possession is an indication of having possession of your chattel. Assuming the coach is an employee, the owner of the club is responsible also, so sue them both. If the racket is worth less... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I live in Virginia and I want to evict someone from my house. They have no lease agreement and do not pay rent.
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 9, 2021

Arguably, no notice is required if there was never a tenancy created, but to be safe, you could give a 30 day notice and then if they don't leave, you could file with the court. The eviction process is a bit complicated due to covid, so if you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: I am in a custody battle, with potential trial in August. My fiance and I are getting married

I left my ex when he was cheating again and he then moved in, knocked up and married the other woman. 50/50 verbal agreement was working the best possible. 1 year later I took my ex to court because he began withholding our children from me when I told him I was in a serious relationship. We have a... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Jul 9, 2021

So, domestic abuse is a serious allegation and you have not stated the outcome of the charge(s) either. The Court would need to find that there is no risk to the children from being around this individual despite your romantic attachment and the Court could potentially grant father custody. Having... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Wisconsin on
Q: If a will is signed by the testator on one date and the witnesses on a different date is the will still good?

will created and signed in California for a now Wisconsin resident

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Jul 8, 2021

That depends on certain situations. In general, for a will, the witness must be present when witnessing the signing and also sign indicating that they witnessed the signing. However, during the Pandemic, the Governor of Illinois issued and executive order (2020-14) which allowed for the use of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Arizona on
Q: The person we had TEMPORARILY caring 4 our dog as we searched for a place to live, is trying to keep him. What can I do

Someone had been watching our dog as we looked for a place to live. Among other things, the pandemic prolonged the time it took to do so (4 months). Right before we were to contact the guy to get our dog, he randomly texted and said he killed the dog and threw him in the fire. Devistated, we... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 2, 2021

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as merely requesting a civil standby. I have not filed a case like this personally, but I believe you should be able to file a case in justice court instead of at the superior court level since all you are seeking is possession of the property (dog). The fees will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Can force majeure be invoked if there is no longer a state of emergency?

I signed a contract for a hotel for my wedding block last June 2020 (height of the pandemic).Wedding is Oct. 2021. The contract that I signed states that with 20 rooms booked, I will get a free shuttle service and if the rooms aren't booked then I can upgrade or receive a discount for one of... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jul 1, 2021

Yes, I believe you are on very strong grounds for several reasons. Although noted stated in you query, I am basing my response on the assumption that the agreements executed were prepared by the facility. Therefore, if there is a question of interpretation, the court will decide against the drafter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: My father got covid in jail! Can I sue the jail? Or state?

My father test positive for Covid! 2hours after he was released from county jail! He was wearing the same mask he got booked into jail with. 18days with the same mask! I asked and requested that he get a new mask or if I could bring any in. SEVERAL TIMES!!! Was told “I’ll get him one” spoke... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 1, 2021

You can sue anyone for almost anything but that doesn't mean you can win. A lawsuit like this would never be a matter of Criminal Law even though it involves the administration of the county jail. This would be a matter of Civil Law and may need to include some sort of Civil Rights argument... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: How do I go about evicting a tenant that has not paid rent in 2 months
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jun 30, 2021

You have to provide notice and then give them a chance to cure by paying. If they don't and if they don't apply for rental assistance then you can file with the court. I'd strongly encourage you to hire a lawyer to assist with the eviction process because it has been more difficult... Read more »

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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 Car Accidents for New York on
Q: I got into a car accident due to a manhole in nyc with no cover. What do i do now?

The accident occurred in october 2020, i submitted 2 auto body quotes, made a police report, and walked in person to assure that everything was done correctly, i received a letter the beginning of this year that they are still investigating even though there were 3-4 of us who hit that manhole in a... Read more »

Michael Bersani
Michael Bersani answered on Jun 26, 2021

Lawyer up quick! Your statute of limitations is only 1 year and 90 days, and you were supposed to file a notice of claim within 90 days of the incident. Your lawyer can make a motion to late-file the 90-day notice of claim, but if you blow the statute of limitation, your goose is cooked!

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: please see below

I have a house in NJ and a squatter living in there. I tried getting the squatter out but could not because of Covid laws. I sued in civil court and won a judgement of $14000 against the squatter.

When the court clerk called the squatter to make sure she got the court summons she told the... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 25, 2021

The first thing that you should do is proceed to enforce collection of the judgment. The procedure involves utilizing the services of a Court Officer. You may wish to begin by either doing the necessary paper work yourself, retain a credit adjustment company, or retain the services of an attorney.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Texas on
Q: is it true that you have to be inditied before able to get a speedy trial for a felony

I’ve been on bond for a year and have not been indited ..or no court date or anything, been asking my “paid attorney”for a speedy trial since day one,because of my innocence. But I do think he knows the law very well. Keep saying cuz of covid but I’m going through a divorce and I’m going... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 22, 2021

It is true that the right to a speedy trial does not attach until the case is indicted. It is also true that there is no right to a speedy indictment. However, you can usually force an indictment by demanding an Examining Trial to determine probable cause. This is only a good idea in rare... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: Per MD Code Real Prop § 8-203.1 can a landlord refuse tenant to be present during move out inspection due to Coronavirus

To be more specific, the property manager will not allow me, the tenant, to be present during the move-out walk-through inspection due to covid. Thank you

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander answered on Jun 22, 2021

Just seeking a bit of clarification here:

Are you asking if the Landlord can choose not to come or asking if the Landlord can refuse to allow the Tenant to be present?

For the former, you could allow an agent to take the place of the Landlord to conduct the walkthrough. For the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Education Law for New Jersey on
Q: I'm looking for help with my daughter's virtual high school attendance...

She was given a school-issued Chromebook in September, when she started high school. Due to the pandemic, I kept all 3 of my kids virtual. Her particular Chromebook would not stay connected to my home wifi and she would use her personal laptop to log into school. On the days she used her laptop,... Read more »

Amber Forrester
Amber Forrester answered on Jun 21, 2021

You didn’t specify, but if you’ve got a court date, I assume you (and your daughter) are facing a truancy charge. That can be treated as a disorderly persons offense (NJ’s term for misdemeanor), and while the fine is low, it’s still not something you’d want to have on your background,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: Hello, I had immigration problems with the USA back in 1980. Can I do 1 stop in the US if I need to travel to Canada?

I am a Canadian citizen and stuck where I'm at during covid. In order to go back home to Canada, I must do 1 or 2 stops in the US. I am nervous I might have some problems traveling back to Canada but need to come back home in Canada to visit my doctor and refill my medicine. Back in the 1980s... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jun 19, 2021

You may be allowed to travel but you may be denied entry to the terminal beyond the boarding area. It is also possible there will be no questions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Florida on
Q: Waiting on EAD it’s been 10 + month, can I use my Oder Of Supervision document instead to renew DL?

I have a Florida DL for more than 35 years, Had a green card, broke the law and now have an Order of Supervision indefinite. Each year I report to ICE, apply for EAD renew and than get DL. I know the law chances all the time but since COVID. I sent for my EAD back in March 2020, still have not... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jun 19, 2021

What documents are required in order to renew your license is a question for the DMV. Your EAD may be automatically extended based on USCIS actions taken during COVID. More information is needed. I suggest you consult an experienced immigration attorney or do your own research and/or contact the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Maine on
Q: I was subpoenaed to testify over a year ago, court was cancelled due to covid. Now it's on docket for next week

And I havent been subpoenaed again, but lawyer called and said I had to go.

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III answered on Jun 18, 2021

As a general rule, since you have already been subpoenaed, the subpoena would apply to a rescheduled court date. You could always call the Clerk of Court and ask them the same question.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Feb. 2020 moved into apartment complex owner “westside lakeshore LLC” covid happened. Covid paper work submitted.

Pr county website he has seen, No order/ judgement taken. I received notice of termination of month to month tenancy. On June 4th it Says rental of property has to be surrendered by 6/30/2021. This paper is not from a lawyer, court or service processor? Is this legal.

They... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Jun 17, 2021

You are a month to month tenant, which means that the LL can terminate your lease with 15 days notice. You are not being evicted, so Covid has nothing to do with it. A landlord's notice that your tenancy is not being extended another month is not a document that comes via the court system. Its... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Hi. Thank you In advance! Can I be evicted currently?

Landlord states I’m past due and owe 3200. last payment was 3000$ with stimulus money. I have three minor children, one of whom is diagnosed with a disability and receives SSD. Is the moratorium still valid on non payment due to COVID-19 hardship? I am SE EMPL, receive unemployment, have applied... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 17, 2021

No, I don't believe the moratorium is still in effect. Basically, having already given you notice, what the landlord needs to do is file a complaint with the court and schedule a hearing. At or before that hearing, you must deposit the past due rent and other charges with the court. If you... Read more »

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