Thomas Richelo’s Answers

Thomas Richelo

Atlanta Construction / Development Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. Can I bring a lawsuit against my apartment complex for negligence?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. John Arnold Steakley
    3. Scott J. Klosinski
    3 lawyer answers

    I think you want to see if you can find a personal injury lawyer who may also know some landlord/tenant law, but the PI stuff is more important. Cases like that are almost always covered by some sort of insurance and almost always get settled. An experienced PI lawyer can evaluate the extent of your injury and perhaps give you a ballpark assessment of what you might get in a settlement. Whether it scars makes a big difference in the value of the case; a permanent facial scar can be something...

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  2. Who would you hire?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. David Edward Oles
    3. Darrel S Jackson
    3 lawyer answers

    If you think you'll end up in Atlanta, all three are good choices although the most selective school gets prestige points with some employers; then again, it can depend on the school attended by the person making the hiring decision! I you are likely to practice outside of Georgia, Emory would probably carry more weight. But, how well you do in law school should be of greater weight. Like college football teams, there tend to be a few great players everywhere; what the best football teams...

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  3. Can a funeral home be sued over a lack of headstone?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. L. Maxwell Taylor
    2. Thomas Richelo
    3. Drew Norman Early
    3 lawyer answers

    It seems that the funeral home was guilty of failing to follow up with you on headstone design two years ago. Now they have done that. You paid for a stone and you are going to get a stone. Now, it seems you want to sue over the fact that they were 1 1/2 years late in getting the stone done. What do you think the damages are? I don't think there's anything you could measure. Perhaps for their neglect they should give you a refund of $50, maybe $100. But as to whether you have a "right"...

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  4. I am the plaintiff in a simple battery case in which the defendant pleaded guilty.

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Jeremy Mathew Hayes
    3. Thomas Richelo
    4. John Arnold Steakley
    5. David Ian Schoen
    5 lawyer answers

    Mr. Ashman is correct that attorneys on contingent fee cases take a risk of not getting paid so they must consider collectability of any claim. One particular situation that might result in there being insurance coverage for the injury is if the defendant was somehow acting in the scope of his employment or during employment. For example, a reckless driver of a Fed Ex or UPS truck might create liability for the employer (in certain limited circumstances.) Generally, an attorney will...

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  5. I and my wife have separate business and we have been filling taxes together. But this year I have a court case against me & co

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Ashley Anne Digiulio
    2. Thomas Richelo
    3. Jeffrey L. Cohen
    4. Nathaniel Cade Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Under the facts you have set forth, your spouse cannot be liable for the debt you and your separate company have been sued for, and filing jointly doesn't alter that. However, you asked if it would "effect" [sic] her in any way; there are indirect consequences if one spouse files bankruptcy and the other doesn't. For example, it can result in her bearing the burden of joint obligations. If you are in litigation (and not represented by an attorney) you ought to get an attorney and have that...

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  6. A judge violated my 6th amendment right by refusing to inform me of the nature of the actions against me.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3. Christine C McCall
    4. Golnar Sargeant
    5. Jonathan R. Miller
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Yes, you need a criminal defense attorney and when you get one I would be surprised if he asserted that you have been brought before a court that is not a court of record. Lawyers spend a year studying the constitution in law school and then deal with constitutional issues throughout our careers. It is easy for someone without that training to misinterpret or misunderstand.

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  7. Can I get garnished from Florida employment when the Cos. home office is in GA and the garnishment originates in GA?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Kris K. Skaar
    3. Brett D Weiss
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, you need to get with a consumer debt defense attorney. In general, there are ways for a judgment in one state to support a garnishment in another state; given that your prospective employer has a home office in Georgia it may be that the creditor can collect from that company in Georgia. While considering when and how this creditor can possibly "catch" you, you probably need to address with your attorney how to deal with the debt itself so that you aren't being chased by it for years....

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  8. Should i wear a business suit to superior court (name change, pro se)

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Alfred Fargione
    2. Paula Jeanette Mcgill
    3. Thomas Richelo
    4. Drew Norman Early
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree that it shows respect to wear a suit, but if business casual is your ordinary daily attire it is also acceptable. As far as showing respect, your behavior is even more important. I'm disappointed with those who dress sloppily in court, but even more disappointing are those who don't stand when addressing the judge, those who don't say who they are when the judge is calling the case docket, those who have no idea that they are not the 'equal' of the judge and speak disrespectfully....

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  9. Is neighbor responsible for water flooding onto my property?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    2 lawyer answers

    There is a lot of well developed law in Georgia about water runoff cases; I've handled several over the years. The "upstream" landowner has a duty not to increase or concentrate the flow of water onto your property. You might consider taking pictures and video of your land to show it's slope, current dry condition, and other natural features. Then, consider talking with the builder. Make sure he is aware of your concerns and ask about his drainage plans. He may be able to show you that he...

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  10. How do I become a corporate lawyer?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Ashley Anne Digiulio
    2. Thomas Richelo
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    You have two good starter answers about pursuing a career as a corporate attorney. I assume you are relatively young and prepared to spend the time on years of education and then passage of the bar. That said, I think you ought to find some corporate attorney who does the type of work you want to end up doing and interview that person extensively. You can research the career on the internet, also. When considering a career, one important thing to do, before investing years of your time,...

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