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L. Maxwell Taylor

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  • I would like to file a Grievance against an attorney to the State Bar. Are my concerns strong enough for me to pursue this?

    The complaint would be against the opposing attorney. For starters, the attorney violated Rule 1.7 Conflict of Interest. She represented my former friends and she herself is someone I knew, have been to her home for dinner, etc... and then she t...

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    The only part of this I am going to address is the general concept of conflict of interest. Lawyers, as a general principle, have a duty of undivided loyalty to their client. But merely knowing, or even having a friendly relationship with the opponent in a dispute, is generally not enough to constitute a conflict of interest. Generally speaking the lawyer must have advised or represented the opponent in the same or a substantially related dispute. One part of the idea is, you can't turn around and use information obtained from your former client to the disadvantage of the former client. Another part of the idea is, you can't represent both sides in the same or substantially related disputes. What you wrote above doesn't suggest that the lawyer with whom you have a beef ever represented you, so my question to you would be, if the lawyer never represented you, where's the conflict?

    Other lawyers may want to address other parts of your question; I just wanted to address the conflict-of-interest issue. Not legal advice as I don't practice law in North Carolina. It's just my two cents in light of general principles of law. Consult North Carolina counsel to obtain legal advice. I practice in Vermont ONLY.

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  • Seeking a Family lawyer to help with a on going DCF case details I feel like I'm being targeted..due to my past....

    3 out of 4 kids are in DCF custody and the 4th child is the one I'm fighting for...

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    Call the Lawyer Referral Service of the Vermont Bar Association, 1-800-639-7036. They can refer you to counsel who practices in the area of the law in which you need help, and who practices in your county. The deal with Lawyer Referral is that the first half hour of the consultation is to cost no more than $25.

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  • I just found a long blonde hair in my meat I purchased from walmart. what can I do?

    I just found a long blonde or gray hair in a pack of thin sliced chicken breast meat that I purchased from walmart. I am disgusted and literally threw up. Should I contact the company, do I have a lawsuit? What can I do about this. I am so upset, ...

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    Do nothing. Go on and live your life and do not think about this again. You found a hair in your food. It happens. Could have been a bug. That happens too.

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  • Are Appellate Judges employees of the State?

    Does any one of these apply to Civil Appeal Judges? If so, which one? Officer or employee of the state or of any agency or other entity of the state or any political subdivision of the state.

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    Yes, judges are state employees, and are employed by the judicial branch of government. But if you were thinking about bringing suit against a judge you should know that in almost all cases judges will be found to have "absolute judicial immunity" for their judicial acts, where those acts occurred in the performance of their judicial roles.

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  • I need a federal lawyer to help me bring a lawsuit against the Oregon Army National Guard.

    I believe this is going to take more than 800 characters to explain. In short, I sustained a deblitataing injury in training that is going to result in my being put in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. My objective is just to cause a change in...

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    You have to ask individual lawyers privately. They cannot initiate contact with you because professional ethics rules on solicitation prohibit them from doing so.

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  • After a co-worker told me that she and her friends always play World of Warcraft, does saying "You have a World of Warcraft

    orgy with your friends" to the same co-worker constitute sexual harassment and subsequent termination of employment? If I get terminated, is it considered wrongful termination and able to pursue legal action?

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    Both state and federal law prohibit employers from discriminating in employment on the basis of gender. Employers are prohibited from tolerating a working environment in which employees are subjected to unwanted sexual advances or a pervasively sexualized atmosphere. A single isolated comment is not enough to create a pervasively sexualized atmosphere. However, a private employer who terminates an at will employee because the employee made a comment which was objectionable probably does not violate the law, unless there's an employee manual committing the employer to a course of progressive discipline, which employer breached by terminating employee despite the progressive discipline procedure's existence.

    Not legal advice as I do not practice law in Oregon. Consult Oregon counsel to obtain legal advice. I practice in Vermont ONLY.

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  • Lawyer Charging Unreasonable Hours and No Retainer Contract was Given.

    First time I hired a lawyer. I gave a criminal defense lawyer retainer money while a case was pending investigation in worry. Pending completion of the investigation, it turned from criminal to civil so I no longer required the lawyer's services....

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    I don't practice law in New York, but $800 sounds unbelievably high to me. I have never heard of a lawyer charging anywhere near that much per hour.

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  • Driving on a permanently revoked license in Vermont. What are the potential penalties?

    Hi, a friend asked me to write. He has a permanently revoked license in the state of Florida due to Four DUI convictions. Vermont will not issue him a license as a result. He managed to get a friend to get insurance in his name so that a vehicl...

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    A link to the text of 24 V.S.A. section 674 is below. Your friend may want to take a look. It may or may not apply to his circumstance.

    Consult Vermont counsel in person to obtain legal advice.

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  • Workers comp settlement approval time frame?

    Once a settlement agreement is submitted to the dept of labor, generally how long does it take to get an approval?

    L. Maxwell’s Answer

    Not long. Usually within a week or two unless the person responsible for reviewing the agreement has some questions that require amendment of the agreement.

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