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David Michael Lawler

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  • I have a Lawyer ready to finalize my will. She is trying to charge me $2250.00. That seems very steep to me. ???

    I have a wife and 5 contigent beneficiaries, one requiring a trust to be managed by two of the others.

    David’s Answer

    That is actually ASTONISHINGLY low. If you want lawyer quality services, they aren't free. You want cheap, go with Quicken Willmaker

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  • In Georgia, how long does the tenant have to move out if the landlord wins the dispossessory at the hearing?

    What are the minimum number of days a judge will allow the tenant to vacate the house once the hearing has taken place? There was a 12 month lease, but it has expired and a hearing has been set. The tenant paid all rent on time except the last mo...

    David’s Answer

    The judge will give them 7 days from the hearing... No more, no less.

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  • How do I file a law suit against a painter who is not living up to his warranty.

    The painter gives a 10 year warranty the house was painted in 2011. I called about repairs in summer of 2012. It took 8 months for him to come and repair and he did a crappy job. Bubbling etc. On invoice it states he sanded and primed wood and pee...

    David’s Answer

    Not a real estate question. It's contracts/civil litigation. I will re-categorize it for you.

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  • Is homeowners insurance required in the state of Georgia?

    I'm asking because I was wondering if I need it if I buy my house in full.

    David’s Answer

    If you have a mortgage, your lender will require it. Otherwise, not required.

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  • Do I need a real estate property liability atty?

    i had a horrible fall on the property of the owner of the building that I had been renting a month to month office space since 2008. I fell due to the negligence if he not up keeping building maintenance, lighting, no kinds of signs nothing that h...

    David’s Answer

    That is a Personal Injury question. I will re-categorize it for you.

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  • How can land be transferred from a "multiple owner" status to a sole individual without signatures from the "multiple owners"?

    My grandfather and his brothers and sisters bought 30+ acres of land in the 60s. They built our neighborhood after building our houses and sold off the lots not being used by family. There is a central shared 7 acre lot with a pond they built in t...

    David’s Answer

    Go talk to a real estate litigation attorney. Your fact pattern raises more questions than can be answered in this forum. There would be significant research required to give you accurate advice.

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  • Will I have to do jail time for driving w/ a suspended license? (GA)

    I was arrested a day ago in Georgia for driving with a suspended license and tags. I know the judge doesn't care, but I had no idea my license was suspended. My DL and tags are SC, but I work in GA and stay in SC with my mom on the weekends. T...

    David’s Answer

    If your evidence convinces the judge that there was no lapse in insurance AND you had no knowledge of the suspension, you should be okay and the Driving While Suspended charge dismissed.

    But to make sure your ducks are in a row, it's best to have an attorney assisting you. I strongly recommend Rixk Ryczek in Lawrenceville.

    BTW, insurance covers you state to state, so there is no need to have policies in various states.

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  • I am a subtenant living in a shared apartment with the tenant at will. 3 months ago, my epilepsy got outof control and caused me

    to lose job and fall behind 3 months in rent. the TAW has to care for me now. our landlord filed an eviction and in court, i asked judge togive us the tenant at will 60 day notice. he said he doesnt care about any law, he wont let us steal from ll...

    David’s Answer

    Based on the facts you stated in your paragraph above, the judge enforce the law, not ignored it.

    You can be assured he does know the law better than you and better than the tenant at will. There is no legal excuse in your scenario for failure to pay rent. It is a sympathetic situation, but not a legal justification. Inability to pay the rent due to job loss, poor health, etc. is not a defense to eviction.

    The landlord is not obligated to honor a sub tenant lease that he is not a part of.

    You will need to find a new place to live.

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  • Can you pay someone to babysit for $6.00 an hour...my son-in-law wants to pay my son that rate for babysitting his son...

    is this legal to do....I told him he had to pay $7.25...

    David’s Answer

    Minimum wage does not apply to occasionally hiring a babysitter.

    However, as a parent, you should know that the going rate for a good babysitter is WAY more than $6/hr.

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  • Do I need a family law attorney?

    My son's bio dad has lots of children and has signed over his rights to some. I have been with another man since I was 4 months pregnant, he has provided for and taken care of my son. I've contacted the bio dad and he has no interest in my son. Th...

    David’s Answer

    I could sign birth certificates all day long. It doesn't render me a biological or legal father.

    Additionally, a bio-dad can only "sign over" his parental rights in an adoption scenario.

    Don't do this kind of thing in a half-baked fashion. Figure out a way to afford competent counsel.

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