David Philip Shapiro’s Answers

David Philip Shapiro

Bethesda Tax Lawyer.

Contributor Level 3
  1. What will happen if my boss only paid me under the table because he doesn't have payroll? he payed all his employee that way

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Jody R. Pollara
    2 lawyer answers

    While your question could bring up a number of issues … and problems … the real issues for you probably are whether your employer is 1) complying with applicable wage and overtime laws, 2) complying with applicable unemployment and worker’s compensation laws, and 3) properly withholding state and federal taxes for you and your fellow employees. Of course, there are a number of other issues that are involved, such as whether your employer is paying you at the right time, etc., but those issues...

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

  2. Trying to find an attorney in my area with very specific legal expertise in music/media law. How do I find that individual?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Jan Ingham Berlage
    3. Daniel Mark Levine
    4. Kendra L. A. Stephen
    4 lawyer answers

    You probably are looking for a lawyer with experience in "intellectual property" (or "IP") law and technology law and who has worked on matters involving "musical works" and technology or possibly "artistic works." You can search Avvo or Google. Talk to a couple of people before you make a decision and make sure that you include in your initial discussion that you have questions that are specific to musical works as intellectual property. Good luck!

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  3. I work for the Federal Government. I was injured on the job. Is the DOL required to keep my original pay rate?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Jody R. Pollara
    3. Joseph E Maloney
    3 lawyer answers

    As with most legal questions, the answer to your question is “it depends.” The world of employment law, perhaps more than any other area of the law, is very, very fact dependent. For your question, the things we would want to know include: 1) Was your injury of the type that you should have been provided with up to 12 weeks of medical leave to recover and return to your prior job or a job of similar substance and pay? 2) If you did take medical leave, are you now able to perform the...

    2 lawyers agreed with this answer

  4. What type of lawyer is needed? Please see details

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Christopher Edward Ezold
    2 lawyer answers

    This sounds like a very difficult situation for you and your friend and, while, complicated, help is available. Unless there is family to represent your friend, which sounds unlikely if she is a ward of the State, you may need to "petition" the Court to appoint a guardian for your friend. If, like you, your friend is in Montgomery County, you can go to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, in Rockville, and speak with the Clerk at the Family Law Department (the phone number is 240-777-9426)....

  5. Am I responsible for medical bill estimate goes from $150 then they tell me to pay $1300+ after I received service/products?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. David Philip Shapiro
    2. Jody R. Pollara
    3. Andrew Giles Freda
    3 lawyer answers

    This is a difficult question to answer because we need more information. For example, do you have insurance (private, Medicare or Medicaid)? If you do have insurance, was the service covered by your insurance and did the provider (i.e., doctor) participate with your insurance? Typically, when someone gets an “estimate” for a medical procedure, there is an assumption that the person is uninsured or that the procedure is “elective” and, as such, not covered by insurance. In such cases,...

  6. With a chronically ill patient who has the right to make rehab decisions - her parents or her children

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. James P. Frederick
    2. Stephen R. Geringer
    3. David Philip Shapiro
    3 lawyer answers

    You ask a difficult question. Not only because of how difficult this is for your roommate’s children and their mom, but also because the answer to a question like this is very fact specific. To point you in the right direction, however, your question probably has less to do with health care and health care facilities (at least for the time being), as is more related to your roommate’s children’s mother’s ability to take care of herself and to be her own best advocate. This sounds like a...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

301-968-1644