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Ezra N. Goldman

Ezra Goldman’s Answers

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  • Is a 17 year old allowed to have sex with a 23 year old legally in Michigan?

    I am a 17 year old female living in Michigan. I understand that the age of consent is 16, but would a 23 year old get in in trouble for having sex with me, even if I gave consent? Because technically I'm still minor. So, I'm asking, what's the old...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Yes, it is allowed. That is what "age of consent" means.

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  • Will I be able to attend a college if I file bankruptcy against them?

    I thought I had student loans to cover a semester in school and didn't with fees I now owe them $12,000. I am considering filing bankruptcy but only have 2 classes left to finish and still want to complete my degree. Can the school deny me registr...

    Ezra’s Answer

    I agree with Marlo but I would like to add advice that I think no one will dispute -- don't file bankruptcy over $12,000.00. It will haunt you well into your working career and although it seems like a lot of money to you now, I know many many lawyers that carry that much in credit card debt every month. When you are 40, $12,000 won't seem like that much money but a bankruptcy you filed as a 20-something might. Good luck.

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  • Hurt on the job, can I somehow get back that wages I lost due to the injury?

    A strap broke, due proven unsafe and unchanged working conditions, and a 4X4 hit me in the face; fracturing my jaw. I was off work for 6 days (no pay) I was told to go back to work for 1 day (no workman's comp until 7), then surgery to fix the fra...

    Ezra’s Answer

    If your employer has workers comp insurance, you are out of luck. If he does not, then he loses the benefit of the "exclusive remedy" provision of workers comp.

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  • Are laborers entitled to prevailing wages?

    If you are a laborer (not licensed in any construction field, but do grunt work for those who are) for a roofing company who is working on a public school, are you entitled to prevailing wages? Or is it reserved for those who are licensed in the f...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Prevailing wage only applies to workers on government projects. Are you on one of those?

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  • Where in Michigan my I look up actual cases involving color of law violations?

    I would like to know are these cases public record and how did others get their issues resolved with people who have authority over them without further incident.

    Ezra’s Answer

    Law students spend three years learning how and where to do legal research. One can not expect to learn how to do it in a brief email. That said, go to a law library and examine the treatises.

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  • Can I be terminated for consuming one beer while out to dinner during a company training program?

    I am 22. Transportation from location of training to/from restaurant was not provided by the company, nor was the meal paid for by the company. This event took place during a 2 hour dinner break, for which I was not compensated. The company policy...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Yes. The point you may be overlooking is that there is no such thing as a right not to be terminated (with some exceptions for discrimination against protected classes); they have as much right to fire you as you have to quit. Could you have quit if you wanted to?

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  • I need a Consumer Fraud Protection attorney.

    Short of it they took my money for a year. Sued by 2 creditors. Hired their attorney. We never meet, made court appearances twice never showed up for either. Ended in default judgements. Unbeknownst to us they didn't inform us what happened & st...

    Ezra’s Answer

    If you feel they didn't live up to their end of the contract, you can sue them to recover the money you spent. It is also a little disturbing that you hired lawyers to come to court and they didn't show, resulting in default judgments. You should take some action on that as well.

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  • File a complaint with the Michigan BAR or take the issue to court?

    My ex-wife, who is a Lawyer in Michigan, is refusing to pay on two student loans I cosigned for while married. Sadly, I completely missed adding these two loans in the dissolution of marriage...my fault. She has blocked my calls and will not ret...

    Ezra’s Answer

    Don't waste your time going to the bar - not returning your ex's calls is not an ethical violation for their purposes. Registering the foreign judgment here will not help you because your judgment does not mention these bills. You may have to sue her for contribution on this debt.

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  • Do I need to file harassment charges?

    My brother, who is 14, was riding his legal dirt bike In our backyard. Our neighbor came into our yard and addressed my brother without consent from my parents or any other legal guardian, and spoke to my brother telling him that he had to get off...

    Ezra’s Answer

    There is no one with whom you can "file harassment charges." If you let him call the police next time, they may write one of you a ticket.

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