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Jonas A Jacobson

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  • Do I have an actionable case for Defamation?

    I am a principal at a middle school. A teacher who recently resigned after being placed on administrative leave has been in contact with his former 7th grade students (about 20 that I am aware of) via social media. In these exchanges he has made...

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    You can pursue it. However, be cognizant of the fact that you would have to pursue the teacher for any damages that you received. Sometimes, in these cases, you can seek a retraction as a part of the case. Truth is an absolute defense to defamation; and defamation is a disfavored remedy. ...that said, a principal job is a very good job. If your work performance is being threatened by what this teacher is doing, it may be wise to stand up for yourself...

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  • Do I have a case?

    Back in June 2014 I was employed by a temp agency in Lynn MA to work for a party tent rental company. While on the job at Boston City Hall a 500 pound tent tie down fell on my foot. I immediately called my boss and told him of the situation and pr...

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    I think you have a worker's compensation case - and maybe a third party case. I can discuss the case with you, and refer you, if you want. But hire a lawyer.

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  • Can someone answer a Google question PLEASE !!

    The Ma DA's office is compelling Google to turn over company emails. My question is this, below is the request. Judging below, does it sound like Google will give up my exact home address? "SUBSCRIBER INFORMATION" IS DEFIN...

    Jonas’s Answer

    In Massachusetts the term "compel" has a specific meaning (a motion requiring production of the relevant records has been filed following the issuance of a valid subpoena, and Google has failed to produce them). I am not clear whether you meant that this has happened, or whether you meant that the DA has simply sent a subpoena to Google. Assuming the latter case, you can hire a California based attorney to attempt to "quash" the subpoena.

    But look: if the DA is involved, that means there are criminal charges pending. And if they are looking at your Google search history, then these are probably pretty serious charges. The DA does not have resources to waste on this kind of thing unless they really mean it. You need an excellent Massachusetts based criminal attorney first and foremost. I would suggest you delete this question (if that's possible) and address all future questions about your case to the excellent Massachusetts criminal attorney you should hire. I am not a criminal attorney, and would not handle your case - although I could make a referral.

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  • Can I require my ex to "bank" visitation time?

    My ex has visitation for 7 hours on sundays. He wants to take her on a holiday that does not fall on a sunday. I want him to give up a couple hours each visitation prior to the holiday so that he has visitation "banked". Can I require him to do this?

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    This seems excessively acrimonious.

    Is it really worth it to have a "bank" of visitation time? If you're comfortable with your ex husband taking your daughter on a holiday, why not just let them go? Particularly if your daughter wants to go on the holiday, what could she possibly gain from your having a "visitation bank"? Isn't that really about your relationship with her father - and not about the child at all? I think a Court would see through that idea for what it is.

    It seems like you're focused on the fight you are having with the child's father. Focus on what's in the best interests of the child.

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  • I own a 2 family house w/ my ex girlfriend.What can I do to save the house and possibly get the whole thing in my name?

    I own a 2 family house w/ my ex girlfriend. I moved out and am now renting the 1st fl. while she resides on the second fl. She continues to reside there but has NOT made a single payment for the house in about 9/mo. While I have paid, in full, for...

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    You ought to file a petition to partition before she files for bankruptcy. You should also explore a refinance of the property. Probably, the best bet for you is to sell the Property. I posted a link below to an article I wrote on the issue.

    Get on this ASAP.

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  • Is it still worth going LLC for an Online Photography Business?

    I have decided to step up my Photography Hobby to a small business. It would be just me. I love capturing moments with my camera, and have been doing it for the past 10 years. Until, I have seen it only as a hobby, but numerous people who have see...

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    You can register as a d/b/a with your local city hall. You'd still need to fill out Schedule C. ...what you really need to do, particularly if you are doing weddings, is to get a very good agreement spelling out the services you will provide. Spend the LLC filing fees on that, instead. You'd also be well advised to copyright your work. Spend the LLC filings on copyrighting what you've made, and on a terms of service for your website, granting license to use the photographs in ways you decide. Finally, there may be software that watermarks your photographs - consider investing in that software so your photos are harder to steal.

    An LLC has a number of advantages - but you ought to be making a reasonable amount to justify the cost (although the filing fee is probably tax deductible, check with your CPA). If your hobby/business isn't going to earn you $500.00 worth of tax liability over and beyond expenses, and you won't have any employees, why bother?

    If you want help navigating the maze of copyright registration, or in crafting a terms of service for your website, feel free to get in touch.

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  • Need a lawyer to file charges against mortgage company for reneging on a loan commitment

    received the loan commitment and on day of closing were told that they were going back on commitment they wanted more documents on house, since all docs have been given to bank we are 3 weeks passed closing we have been given excuses such as its o...

    Jonas’s Answer

    The bank no doubt has language in its commitment letter stating that it can request additional documents at any time, and so on. Unfortunately, the bank will likely make an issue of your attorney's performance, in the event your deposit is lost. ...that said, if you provided all the material documentation prior to closing - and the bank is now requesting additional documents, I think you should be able to force the bank to close.

    If you really want the property, your choices are to (a) file a lawsuit, naming the seller, and the bank, preventing the seller from selling to anyone else until the bank comes through with the cash; the other alternative is to (b) lose the house (I can't see how you should lose your deposit, if there is a "mortgage contingency" in your P&S, but I would need to see that document (and the Appendix to know) and then file a claim against the bank for the value of the property over the purchase price, plus your actual damages. If you did lose your deposit, you would pursue the bank for that, as well.

    I handle these kinds of claims, if it comes to that. I hope - for your sake - that it does not. My website is linked below, just in case.

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  • I owe back taxes on my house, $28,000,no mortgage, city taking my house, in 2 weeks, anything i can do to stop it?

    i got a 30 day notice thats up at the end of this month, i have 3 children, 2 in college, 1 disabled, i need help.

    Jonas’s Answer

    You need to speak to an attorney right away. The end of this month is coming up quickly.

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  • Is it possible to reclaim a property that was foreclosed on in the state of mass.8 months ago

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    Jonas’s Answer

    I have done this for clients in the past, but it is certainly an uphill battle. Moreover, you're going to need a little luck. I do offer a no fee initial consultation, but could probably figure out whether or not it made sense to discuss this with you further on the telephone.

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  • Establishing myself as the father after another man has signed the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity in Massachusetts?

    I recently moved back to MA and my ex-girlfriend had expressed the possibility I may be the father of her 4 year old daughter. We took an over the counter paternity test, and I am the child's biological father. The man she was dating at the time o...

    Jonas’s Answer

    I would say that this is the kind of circumstance where you need to hire an attorney. If two lawyers can fight about it, if either the mother, or the legal father tries to stop you - you will probably lose if you are pro se (unrepresented by a lawyer).

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