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Thomas Richelo

Atlanta Construction / Development Lawyer.

Contributor Level 13
  1. Damages exceed rejected settlement offer

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Ashley Anne Digiulio
    3. Timothy George Kerrigan
    3 lawyer answers

    Georgia has some strong exceptions to the "American rule" but you really need a lawyer to understand them and, if applicable, to pursue them. Your post states as a fact that Plaintiff's claim was frivolous and that the Judge has ruled. Is that really so? If the judge has pronounced plaintiff's claim to be frivolous, that might be a real boost to your changes to get attorneys' fees. If that's just your opinion, then you have an uphill battle.

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  2. How can I get rid of a collection (that should not be)? Can I ask for compensation?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Daniel Tam
    2 lawyer answers

    What an attorney should advise you to do depends in part on how much they are trying to collect. If it is a nuisance amount, it might be sufficient to just tell them one more time that you did not authorize that account and then put them to the proof. If the amount is more than a nuisance, you may need an attorney as an advocate to make your case more effectively. Unfortunately, based on what you have said so far, you probably have no basis for seeking compensation from them. Unless...

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  3. Does a person have a right to be heard in court even if they can't pay the court filing fees?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Rixon Charles Rafter III
    3 lawyer answers

    Your post is unclear. It sound like you have applied for the forms for waiver of filing fees but your forms are not being accepted. You should be able to find out from the court what is wrong with the forms you have filled out and returned. Your other issues don't matter until you get past the filing fee issue.

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  4. Can someone explain the immigration reform to me?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. David Nabow Soloway
    2. Thomas Richelo
    3. J Charles Ferrari
    4. F. J. Capriotti III
    5. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm glad you asked this question. Since this is a legal site for lawyers to attempt to answer legal questions, my first comment is that the others are correct that no law has been passed yet. This is part of the legislative process, and what comes out at the end (if anything) may be quite different from what the proposed bill looks like now. This is also a process where you can learn a lot about the governmental system by following this issue over time. As I am sure you have heard, many...

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  5. Can I sue my college for relocating me to another dorm room without a warning?

    Answered 12 days ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. Carl Andrew Botterud
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of my colleagues from Pasadena. You really don't seem to have a problem that would give rise to a legal claim that you could sue on. And, frankly, some of what you have written is self-contradictory. "remove me without a warning"? If there were no warning, how would you know it's contemplated action? Also, if there's only a few weeks left to the school year, then it seems wherever you might get placed is only going to impact you for a few short weeks. (On the other hand,...

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  6. How do I get my roommate out? She's not on the lease.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. L. Brown Bivens
    2. Thomas Richelo
    2 lawyer answers

    As noted, the ideal situation would be to have her on the lease and have landlord consent. She might still be considered a subtenant, in which case you would have to give her the proper legal notice before evicting her. If she has paid at all, as you imply, that is going to look like more than just a guest. One thing you might try is a positive incentive: If she really is just a pain in the neck, tell her if she will move out promptly you won't pursue collecting the rent she owes. If...

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  7. Legal Expert / Opinion to review WA MU home mortgage loan documents.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    1 lawyer answer

    Instead of posting like this you should try the Find A Lawyer feature on this site. Your current post doesn't ask a specific question. A better test of whether any particular attorney can help you is for them to know about your legal issue in some detail.s

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  8. What is a reasonable amount of turnaround time to expect from an attorney for composing a warning letter?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Samuel Solomon Bruner
    2. Thomas Richelo
    2 lawyer answers

    One of the first things a good attorney should do with a new client is discuss the timing of what needs to be done. Let's recognize that you got this attorney started in the middle of the holiday season. That being said, if that letter was the first thing you expected to be done, then the lawyer should have asked about the timing issue; you shouldn't have had to ask. If he or she had said "I can't get to this until mid January" then you would have known you needed to go to someone else....

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  9. What happens if a detention order is issued by DeKalb County Juvenile Court for deprivation.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Samuel Eugene Thomas
    2 lawyer answers

    Detention orders are a very serious situation. For the welfare of the child and to help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities, you need to consult with a family law attorney who practices in DeKalb County.

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  10. Why would a attorney leave the law firm and not tell her client.

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Thomas Richelo
    2. Scott Benjamin Riddle
    3. Samuel Cohen
    3 lawyer answers

    I've seen this happen before and it's a warning sign that something is going wrong with, or for, that attorney. It could be depression, addiction, dishonest conduct, financial problems, medical problems or a host of things. But good attorneys know they are required to stay in contact with their ongoing clients and a professional move is usually attended by announcements and change of address notices. Without those, it suggests the move may have been involuntary. But I'm just listing...

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