Theodore B Godfrey’s Answers

Theodore B Godfrey

Reisterstown Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. My employer is forcing me to participate in a "bait and switch" scheme. If I sell the "bait" I will be fired. What can I do?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. Howard Benjamin Hoffman
    2 lawyer answers

    I cannot advise you on a course of conduct other than to document everything as best you can. An employer may fire a worker generally for any reason in Maryland, but firings in contravention of a clearly defined public policy, such as consumer fraud/deceptive practices laws, may allow the worker to sue for wrongful termination. The wrongful conduct by the employer may, or may not, assist you in an unemployment hearing, and may or may not allow you claim against the employer for money damages...

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  2. Request for validation to a debt collector (I think I am not responsible for the debt) - what to write?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Mark William Oakley
    2. Theodore B Godfrey
    2 lawyer answers

    You should take the letter to an attorney in Rockville and have her review it. You may have rights under the FDCPA to challenge the debt collection. I suggest contacting the Bar Association of Montgomery County soonest for a referral. Good luck.

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  3. I am an au pair. Do I need pay taxes?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. John Adam Wetenkamp
    3. E. Martin Davidoff
    4. Henry Daniel Lively
    4 lawyer answers

    If you lived in Maryland, you probably need to file Maryland taxes as well. Maryland generally uses the federal definition of adjusted gross income. As an au pair, your earnings are somewhat limited so your tax burden will probably not be very high. In addition, it is important that your household employer remit social security taxes for you unless you are exempt from them which is pretty unlikely. Good luck to you!

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  4. Does ex have any legal rights to enter my home if I have her belongings? Can I legally dispose of her belongings?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. Brandy Ann Peeples
    2 lawyer answers

    It is unclear legally that you are able to dispose of her property. She may have a limited form of tenancy in the property if you have allowed her to enter and make it her home - even if you had no agreement with her. If she is no longer a tenant as a matter of law, it is hazardous for you to dispose of her property. The idea of putting it into storage and providing her access to the unit may be reasonable, but you absolutely should consult with counsel before acting. I do not advise you...

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  5. Can I be charged with a crime If a person approaches me looking to buy drugs and I refer him to a drug dealer?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. William Lawrence Welch III
    3. Robert C. LeBrasseur
    4. Mark M Cheser
    4 lawyer answers

    Not only might you possibly be charged with dealing dope but you might also be charged as an accessory before the fact for the robbery. You should not talk to the police except upon advice of your attorney whom you now need to hire. You should NOT discuss this case further here as police and prosecutors can read this as easily as I can. Seriously, you need to go radio silent here and call the Bar Association for Prince George's County and get a lawyer. NOW (i.e. start of next business day.)...

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  6. Can I terminate my partner in unregistered LLC partnership?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Thomas C Valkenet
    2. Theodore B Godfrey
    3. Bryant Keith Martin
    3 lawyer answers

    This post, sadly, is exhibit A in the argument against do-it-yourself legal work. Really, this is a disaster. I beg you to call the Montgomery County Bar Association tomorrow and ask for a referral to an attorney. You are almost certainly not going to be able to dig out of this one without an attorney. I have seen this scenario many times: half-steps towards organizing a new business without sufficient thought as to the duties and rights of the equity holders, and no effort to register...

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  7. Firing an attorney

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. William Lawrence Welch III
    3. John C Belcher
    4. Joshua Sachs
    5. Jonathan Scott Smith
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I am not your attorney. This is NOT an attempt at legal advice. You should be EXTREMELY careful about disclosing the specifics of your case online if you are facing criminal prosecution. Changing attorneys does not generally in itself invalidate an offer. On the other hand, an offer not accepted may be generally revoked at any time. This is not legal advice. I am sorry to hear that you believe your lawyer told you (or told someone) a lie. May I urge you in the strongest language...

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  8. Found a clause in my lease. Curious how/if it can help with breach of contract. (This question is a continuation of 2 others)

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    2 lawyer answers

    Maryland courts have generally imposed a strong duty to mitigate damages on landlords. If the dispute is current and the landlord just signed up a new tenant, the landlord arguably has 2 more years to mitigate damages before he/she/it stops getting rent coming in. The costs of mitigation (e.g. extra advertising, extra credit checks, etc.) may fall upon you, perhaps. I agree with the prior attorney from California: no substitute exists for a professional and methodical examination of the...

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  9. My friend is 16 and pregnant by a 28 year old. I keep trying to tell her that he will get charged but she says they are "legal"

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. John C Belcher
    2. Theodore B Godfrey
    3. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4. William Lawrence Welch III
    4 lawyer answers

    An important question is whether she was 16 when she got pregnant, i.e. did she just turn 16?

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  10. Help on shoplifting and giving false infomation

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Theodore B Godfrey
    2. Mark William Oakley
    3. Marc Gregory Snyder
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the comments of the prior attorney. There is an argument in favor of running out the statute of limitations clock on this, which is one year. Since you are no longer a juvenile, you should not discuss this matter with your mother but consult an attorney independently. It's not a crime to lie to a store security officer, but if you are convicted the lie will aggravate your punishment. If you are 21 and stealing minor items from a store and manufacturing fictions about your...

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