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Rochelle S. Rabin

Malvern Business Attorney.

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  1. Pennsylvania Probate - Can an executor force the beneficiaries to sign a release in order to obtain distributions?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John B. Whalen Jr.
    2. Cynthia A McNicholas
    3. Rochelle S. Rabin
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5. James P. Frederick
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    As a longtime Pennsylvania attorney, I agree with Ms. Mcnicholas. I have never heard of requesting that anyone sign a release without giving them an attached informal accounting to review first. What we mean in Pennsylvania by an "informal" accounting is a proper document accounting for everything that has come into and gone out of the estate, and where it came from or went. The accounting is pretty formal looking when you see it; it's just that the term "informal accounting" is what we call...

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  2. DOES SOMEONE WHO BROUGHT AN IDEA HAVE A CLAIM TO MUSIC WORK?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Rochelle S. Rabin
    2. Ivan Jose Parron
    3. Bruce E. Burdick
    4. David M. Slater
    5. Russell William Kinsey
    5 lawyer answers

    You are making it sound like you'd be doing him a favor by having a contract. You should have had a written agreement (contract) in writing when the song was finished, after you knew who were the writers. (Whether or not he is a co-writer, I am not certain from what you wrote as it doesn't sound like he came in with anything other than an "idea," and other people did the writing.) So, the bottom line is to go see an entertainment attorney, someone who deals with the music industry, get some...

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  3. Insolvent estate??

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Rochelle S. Rabin
    2. John B. Whalen Jr.
    3. Lawrence S. Rubin
    4. Celia R Reed
    4 lawyer answers

    There is an order of priority as far as what you have to pay in what order in an insolvent estate. Depending on what the credit card bills are for, they may be the lowest priority and you may not even have to pay them if there's no money left after the higher priority stuff is paid. For example, higher priority is given to administrative costs, the family exemption (if he was not married at the time of his death and you lived with him in that jointly-owned home, please look into this -- it...

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  4. Is there a chance that my song can infringe on another song's copyright?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. William J Popovich
    2. Rochelle S. Rabin
    3. Pamela Koslyn
    4. Ivan Jose Parron
    5. Bruce E. Burdick
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm with everybody else -- you need to have a private consultation with an entertainment attorney who works with music, and he or she would need to listen to your song before anything else. It's really a whole lot better getting good legal advice now than getting sued by Lady Antebellum.

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  5. Can I legally sell a parody album online?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Ivan Jose Parron
    2. Frank A. Natoli
    3. Rochelle S. Rabin
    4. Bruce E. Burdick
    5. David M. Slater
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other 2 attorneys who have posted. Have someone listen to the songs and make sure they're really parodies. They may actually be commentaries on the Tumbler site, which may or may not be something you can do without asking them. Your title reminds me of an "unofficial biography." The fact that the real name of the site "Tumblr" is in your title may be the tip of the iceberg in taking this out of the realm of parody. (For a good example of parody, go to Bad LipReading's...

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  6. Would I get in trouble with the law if I viewed zoophilia pornography? Would I be tracked down and get a fine/jail time?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Rochelle S. Rabin
    2. John Michael Phillips
    3. Keith Michael Petrochko
    4. A.J. Arias
    4 lawyer answers

    We're getting a lot of questions in here from people who see pop-ups when they're on various porn sights. If the pop-up is accusing you of something and claims to be from the FBI, it's "ransomware." (You can look that up yourself.) If you're just asking about a warning on a site and you want to know whether viewing this type of site is illegal in Pennsylvania, then we need to change the subject of this question to Criminal Defense law so the criminal lawyers can weigh it. It got sent out as an...

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  7. Can an employer choose not to pay 30 employees their wages because he can't afford it?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Rochelle S. Rabin
    2. Edward Clement Sweeney
    3. Gary Roger Waitzman
    4. Christi Marie Wallace
    4 lawyer answers

    No, he can't choose not to pay his employees. You are entitled to your regular pay at your regular time, otherwise you have a claim with the state. Below is the link to a summary of the law, and you can find a link to a complaint form on there. Your employer will be in big trouble with the state if he doesn't pay.

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  8. My sister passed away in Nov at a va hospital. A will was found by a man that states all is left to him. Do I have any recourse?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Thomas J. Wagner
    2. Rochelle S. Rabin
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    4. John W Weaver
    4 lawyer answers

    You do need to have an attorney on this asap. It doesn't sound like a valid will to me, either, and someone from your family should step forward and apply to administer the estate because the next of kin will have rights over a stranger with a defective will. Further, this man needs to be prevented from getting her assets, and having someone else appointed administrator of the estate is a good step in that direction, although I imagine the man would have a hard time convincing anyone that he...

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  9. Hi. Can I work a second job if my contract with my current employment contract says this..

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Robert Bond
    2. Rochelle S. Rabin
    3. Edward Clement Sweeney
    4. Stewart C Crawford Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Without seeing the entire contract and the practices and policies referred to in the paragraph you quote, I cannot give you a definitive answer. However, there are two things in this paragraph that could help you: the part about "otherwise agreed by the parties in writing" and the part about "prior approval." Looks like if you get your employer's approval in writing, and you're not violating any policies, you MAY be able to work a 2nd job. But, again, this is just based on reading one...

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  10. Can viewing for 15 seconds a child porn site get you arrested

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Rochelle S. Rabin
    2. Benjamin G Kelsen
    3. Jason David Roth
    4. John J Zarych
    5. Raymond Andrew Grimes
    5 lawyer answers

    AVVO originally sent your question out to the entertainment lawyers, so I changed the practice area to "Criminal Defense," adding Child Pornography and Criminal Activities to the sub-heading. That way you will get answers from lawyers who practice in those areas.

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