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George E Meng

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  • Checks written to a friend for future service that was not fulfilled

    I wrote my friend two checks for a total of $40 for services that she told me she would do: buy some stamps to send some mail for me ands pick up and pay for my prescription meds. She did neither but deposited the checks. Is there anything I can d...

    George’s Answer

    I assume this is a Maryland situation. This is why we have small claims court. You can file a small claim against her for return of the money and costs related to the lawsuit. Whether or not you prevail on the claim is up to the judge who hears the case.

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  • Can I recover attorney's fees if the plaintiff filed a motion that had no legal basis, as stated by the judge?

    I went to small claims court, and plaintiff won his original amount PLUS attorney's fees and court costs. The trial wasn't just so I appealled and was given a "fairer" de novo trial. The new judgement said I wasn't responsible for attorney's fees ...

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    If this is a Maryland case, theoretically it is possible. See Rule 1-341 which reads: "In any civil action, if the court finds that the conduct of any party in maintaining or defending any proceeding was in bad faith or without substantial justification the court may require the offending party or the attorney advising the conduct or both of them to pay to the adverse party the costs of the proceeding and the reasonable expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the adverse party in opposing it." Be aware however that judges are very reluctant to find bad faith or lack of substantial justification.

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  • Are there any dangers to prank calling?

    So... I enjoy prankcalling. I do it to blow off some steam (don't ask). Can someone please let me know if I can get in trouble or jailed for a few innocent prank calls to the same person? I basically left funny voicemails with songs and silence......

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    Judging by the numerous questions on this site about people wanting to sue people for everything under the sun, the only safe answer to your question is "Yes". We've gotten to the point where if a person has anything bad happen in their life, they think about suing somebody else. So you call somebody, they laugh so hard they lose their balance, fall down, hit their head on the table, end up with a subdural hematoma, have to have surgery to relieve the pressure, suffer some brain damage, and have $50,000 in medical bills and sue you because you made a prank call.

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  • Can a relative receive proceeds from an estate even though he is not named in the will.

    My brother died several years ago and left his estate to my nephews. Situations keep arising where assets in the estate remain but wern't included in the will. Organizations locate me as the nearest living relative. In some cases I have received p...

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    Often there are assets such as life insurance where there is either a designated beneficiary or the contract provides for a beneficiary other than the probate estate. These assets legally pass outside the provisions of the Will.

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  • If heir propery was left by will to a sister who died first who gets the proceeds

    My aunt had a will, it stated that if she dies, her sister would be next in line, but her sister died before she did. It was heir property. Does my aunts exector have to distribute the fund through probate court? And will the fund come to me, due ...

    George’s Answer

    I am assuming this your aunt was a Maryland resident and Maryland property is involved. As Mr. Fromm wrote the first step is to review the Will. There's a good chance it includes a provision that if the sister (who I take it is your mother) does not survive than the estate goes to the sister's heirs. From what you wrote, I assume you are the only heir. All distributions called for by Wills go through probate. I suggest you at least get a copy of the Will and call or see a lawyer for a consultation.

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  • My attorney has settled an automobile accident for over a year. Everyone has been paid. All docs signed.

    For some reason the attorney and the administrative assistants in the office will not send me my settlement check. Every time I call, the state that its on its way, and to wait another week. This has been going on for a year. I believe that this a...

    George’s Answer

    To a degree, I disagree with the answer provided by Mr. Adams. If there were unresolved issues, I would expect the attorney's explanation to be that there are unresolved issues. Here, you say that for over one year you have been told that the check is on its way. If that is actually what is happening, or if there is some question about what is happening, I suggest you write a letter to the attorney demanding either that the check be sent or that an explanation for why it is not being sent be provided to you in writing. I would set a deadline of two weeks. Assuming this is a Maryland lawyer, if you do not get the check or an explanation, I suggest you consider filing a formal complaint with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission.

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  • Who will inherit the home of deceased father who has been married for 9yrs but have kids thats not between he and his wife?

    my daughter dad passed away and the house was in his name only. She asked for signatures from me and the other mother who share a child with him but now I see that she have the house in her name and he is down as the seller who sold her the house...

    George’s Answer

    Your question has inconsistent facts so can't be answered as as. But, I will make an assumption that you are saying that as far as you knew the house was in his name when he died. After he died it was discovered that the house had been transferred by him (or at least the deed says that) while he was alive. I also assume he died a Maryland resident. When a person dies in Maryland without a Will survived by a spouse and children, his estate after probate is divided between the spouse and children. But probate only affects things owned solely by the person who died. So, if he transferred the house before death, if he named a beneficiary on his pension or life insurance or 401K or had accounts joint or with pay on death beneficiaries those items would not be subject to probate. Now, if the deed is fraudulent for some reason than the deed would be no good and result in the property being subject to probate. However, it's a long stretch to get to the result that the deed is no good.

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  • I'm interested in knowing my rights to challenge my dad's Will.

    My dad died on 02/29/12 and a Will was provided to me by my stepbrother.My dad was married to my mom from 1971 until her untimely death in 2004. I'm the only child born from this union. while reveiwing my dad's Will, he left nothing to me but eve...

    George’s Answer

    My advice - find a lawyer and get a consultation. Don't think twice about it. There are strict time limits involved and technical issues that might be difficult. While there is an answer to the question you asked, there is a good chance you should be asking other questions. Based upon what you've written it seems to me that the question of why you are not mentioned in the Will must be explored. In Maryland, there is no requirement that a person leave anything to a child. Your father, in a valid Will, could have left his estate to anyone he wished. That is, in a valid Will. That's the issue I think you must explore with a lawyer

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  • Is this a traditional ending in contempt of court case

    7. Plaintiff denies the allegations set forth in paragraph 7 of defendant’s petition for contempt. WHEREFORE, the plaintiff requests that the Court deny the request to find plaintiff, in Contempt of this Court’s Order and that this court provide...

    George’s Answer

    Yes. Typically one ends with a request that the contempt be denied and that is followed by a catch all clause.

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  • How do i get a lawyer for a civil suit

    my ex has filed a million dollar civil suit against me - two weeks ago. I have met with my divorce atty who does not handle this,. he says he has friend whom h is trying to get in touch with - a good litigation lawyer. In meantime I have just...

    George’s Answer

    Look on this website for a lawyer with the experience you need. Evaluate the lawyer's rating and other factors important to you and then call the lawyer. You'll find that most lawyers will take your call and discuss your situation. Many lawyers, if they cannot help you, will refer you on to someone who can.

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