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Paul D Friedman

Paul Friedman’s Answers

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  • Can I get reimbursed by Medicare on charges paid to a non-Medicare approved hospital?

    In 2014 I was hospitalized for depression and substance abuse at Cottonwood hospital in Tucson. Cottonwood does not accept Medicare as they request all payment prior to and upon leaving the facility. Therefore they are not Medicare "approved". For...

    Paul’s Answer

    Medicare does not pay for Cottonwood deTucson. Therefore, Medicare will not reimburse any amount since it is not covered.

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  • Need an attorney for lawsuit against gila county guard for assault, got witness and video.

    Boyfriends in jail n needs a free consult. Female guard assaulted him twice in 1day. Got witnesses including staff member n video. Sargent told him to pursue this.

    Paul’s Answer

    Look on the "find a lawyer" section of this website for good sources of attorneys. Also, you can try the State Bar of Arizona's referral lists.

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  • How much time can a business owner hold onto a check for rent and does a business have a certain temperature to maintain

    I am self employed and rent a booth to do hair. The rent due every week or added late fee. The temperature in building is up over 80 degrees and refuses to turn on air. Rent covers electric, water, receptionist, towels, and the space. We have no...

    Paul’s Answer

    You can give notice and move if you feel the temperature is not adequate because the owner is paying electricity. The owner is not under any legal obligation to deposit your check immediately as you are responsible to make sure there are funds to cover the check.

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  • I received a Rule 26.1 from the Plaintiff. Should this be answered by me the Defendant?

    Lawsuit on a credit card debt, in which I am the Defendent

    Paul’s Answer

    You are required to submit a Rule 26.1, Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, Disclosure Statement to the adverse side. If you fail to submit one, the other side will move to strike your answer and seek a default as a sanction.

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  • What can i do about someone messaging me to report me for sending threatening messages to a number I've never heard of before?

    i have been getting messages from a number begging me and threatening to report me to leave them alone and stop calling and harassing them. i do not know who this is but there is nothing on my phone or bills of me contacting them just all incoming...

    Paul’s Answer

    Contact your phone service provider and let them know what is going on.

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  • Is it legal to refuse service to a customer because they are an employee of a competitor?

    I work for a title loan company. Our company policy doesn't allow employees to get loans, so I went to another local title loan company in need of a loan. I was told they would not give me a loan because I worked for the competition.

    Paul’s Answer

    Nobody is required to provide you a loan and they can deny your request unless it is because you are part of a protected class; ie: race, religion, etc. Likewise, you can elect not to do business with whomever you wish and can let everyone know your experience with this company.

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  • What can I do to keep from being arrested?

    On October 22, 2013, I was charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor for truancy. I have a warrant for failure to comply, because I didn't go back to the courts with my sons attendance records at the end of the school year. I recently got a ticket for sh...

    Paul’s Answer

    It sounds like it is time for you to contact an attorney since you already made a number of bad decisions. Also, please consider this is a public forum and any statement you make on this site can be used against you should the prosecutor look.

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  • Can a non-medical person violate the HIPPA act?

    My ex wife attended counseling with me that was in my name and covered by my insurance. This was with my regular counselor and a one time thing for her to attend. She then revealed details of the counseling session (in a negative manner) to a...

    Paul’s Answer

    No, it is not a HIPAA violation. No, she cannot be prosecuted for it. Yes, HIPAA applies only to healthcare providers; however, fiduciaries owe a duty of confidentiality. Since she was a participant, she can disclose anything she wants to anyone she wants if it does not violated spousal privilege.

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  • Can my boss legally have me not work in my field for 12 months, if I quit, get fired and laid off?

    I have been working for her for 3 months now and yesterday she gave me a contract that has a Confidentiality/non-compete.

    Paul’s Answer

    It depends on the circumstances. Arizona law allows for "con-compete" clauses; however, the provision must be reasonable as to time, distance and purpose. If it prevents you from totally working within your field and prevents you from making a living it is really questionable as to whether it could be considered reasonable.

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