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Daniel Todd Friedson

Daniel Friedson’s Answers

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  • I have 2 tall trees on the side of my home near the curb, am I responsible for the care of these trees or the city?

    Since the trees lean into the street, also tall enough to reach my roof, am I responsible if they do damage to my roof? If not then who?

    Daniel’s Answer

    Depends on who owns the property where the trees are rooted? Depends also on your local laws, for example, sidewalks are sometimes owned by the City, but the landowner next to the sidewalk may be responsible for maintaining it. Call the City, see what they say.

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  • Removing ex husband from Deed and Loan.

    Split up 5 years ago but never formally divorced. We have a 10 year old daughter together and are willing to work thru issues like this. We bought the home in 2006 and lived in it together till 2009 since then he has moved out and I have been pa...

    Daniel’s Answer

    Talk to your lender(s) first. Never change the person on the title to real estate without lender approval in writing. You will likely be in violation of your loan otherwise. That's a fast track to losing the house. You do not need your ex off the loan. You need your ex, who is also responsible for your daughter, to stay involved in providing shelter for her and you, the primary care giver. A divorce may be your best bet?

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  • Looking to protect IP property that has been developed within a software application. Should I Copyright the source code or??

    Have developed a Innovation Management software tool and have used 3rd party developers and I am now worried they may take the IP. I am looking for the best way to secure the IP and product.

    Daniel’s Answer

    Good contracts make good friends. You may want to put all 3rd parties under contract with a license to use what you developed and include a bunch of promises whereby they can not compete against you. Get a lawyer. With an attorney, determine if what you developed is better off as a copyright, patent or trade secret?

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  • My mother passed intestate, my home is deeded in both names, my 3 sisters are saying they are entitled to money when selling hom

    My mother passed intestate, also she left my dad 6 years prior and had rented a home, leaving the home to him but the home is deeded in my dad's and mother's name, my dad has copy of death certificate and has buyer for the home, my three sisters a...

    Daniel’s Answer

    You are wrong, in short. If Mom had no will, then a probate estate needs to be opened. If your Dad was married to her at the time she passed, then the Court will appoint him or someone to handle the transfer of the real property in his name. You siblings might be cracked to thin they are owed anything. If your folks were divorced when Mom passed, then there is a different answer and your siblings will need to sign off on the real property after the Probate Court determines, what if any interest they have. If they do have an interest, then the debts and maintenance of the real property are part of that. If the property is sold, most likely the proceeds will go to pay off debts and if anything is left, it will be distributed to the children equitably by the Court. Please hire an attorney.

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  • Can I earmark a donation for a specific purpose?

    I recently heard that when making a donation to a tax-exempt organization, in order the get a tax deduction, the donor cannot earmark the funds for a particular purpose. I don’t believe this is true as I have heard of it as a customary practice am...

    Daniel’s Answer

    It depends on what the earmark benefits. If it is for something general, but related to the operation of the charitable mission, then yes. If it is limited to benefit the donor, or the donor's friends or family, then no. Please consult an attorney before accepting. Also, when in doubt call the IRS.

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  • "Keep calm and carry on" Confusion over trademark?

    "Keep calm and carry on" seems to have been used to market a plethora of goods from t-shirts to mugs to apps. The saying has also been adapted to many different variations all using the same 'crown' at the top of the statement. I am aware that it ...

    Daniel’s Answer

    In short, it is important to distinguish between a mark or words used to identify the source of a good, like a trademark and a design on a shirt which may be a copyright. Flat out "word ownership" is often misinterpreted. There are word marks like "Just Do It" to identify and sell Nike products, and there are design marks like the swoosh symbol. Similar to your query, the words can be trademarked to identify a manufacturer, so can a symbol and both can be used and registered together. You should hire a trademark or copyright attorney before committing to using the words yourself.

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  • Is the police allowed to touch ur private area including sliding there hand in buttocks without a search warrant

    Going off hear say that you might have something but not a weapon

    Daniel’s Answer

    It depends on the circumstances involving the stop and the search. Necessarily in society there is a balance between public safety and each person's reasonable expectation of privacy and freedom from unwanted touching. However, you never know. Consult the Citizen Police Review Board in Pittsburgh to see if this particular officer may have a pattern and practice, and there is nothing wrong with reporting an officer if you feel they unnecessarily exceeded the amount of searching needed at the time. Please keep in mind there may be factors you do not know about that influenced the officer's decisions at the time. For example, if they had a report of drugs being transported in a container that could be hidden there, then that could be reasonable?

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  • I'd like to know the type of commercial relationship existing in a gas station. Is it commercial franchising with oil company ?

    Must the buyer have the licenses ? Thank you

    Daniel’s Answer

    Most gas stations are a franchise. The franchisor is what's on the sign, the franchisee may have kids in your local school? The US Energy Information Administration website is useful to learn more.

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  • Should it be the landlord or tenant's responsibility to maintain the sprinkler system to bring the building to code?

    We just recently rented a commercial space to put a fitness center. Aside from a few smoke detectors, there is no sprinkler system on the building. Is that something I can legally expect the landlord to install?

    Daniel’s Answer

    Depends on your lease. In commercial leases, the tenants are usually burdened with most of the responsibility. Have a lawyer look your lease over and tell you options from there?

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  • Can I Sell my condo to my boyfriend and still have my name on the deed?

    Want to get a lower mortgage rate, but my credit is bad. He has good credit

    Daniel’s Answer

    You will need the mortgage company's approval then work the details out as they give them to you.

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