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Scott E. Chapman

Scott Chapman’s Answers

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  • Can the tenant sue me even if I had sold my share of the business 2 years ago?

    In 2010 I opened a restaruant with my cousin and i signed a personal argeement with the tenant, but after 3 months business was doing good and my cousin was being shady n screw me over n gave me no profit That was gained. I got a lawyer n sold my ...

    Scott’s Answer

    I believe you mean the Landlord...but that's an understandable confusion. You need to hire a lawyer immediately. If your name is on that lease, you will in all liklihood be liable. However, you do have some recourse, most specifically against your cousin, if your lawyer was good enough to include 'imdemnification' language when he took it over. Unfortunately this will costs money. If you do nothing or try to handle this yourself, it is more than likely that you are looking at a very large judgement against you from the landlord. That what you would pay a lawyer would likely pale in comparison to the judgment. If you own any assets at all, they would then start to go after your assets. It is important to defend yourself. You may be able to get out of this case very easily via a motion...it depends on the specifics. You can also very liekly find a lawyer that will take payments with very little up front...I know our office will often do that. Best of luck and consult a lawyer immediately, time is of the essense.

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  • Suspended from work because of a Facebook posting

    My husband works for a sports radio station. He was recently suspended for posting his opinion of a football team on Facebook. His post did not mention the station he works for at all, and he was not to only employee of the radio station to post ...

    Scott’s Answer

    Locally, here in NV, the law has not developed for real clarity. However, it should be noted that several courts have ruled that personal opinions about social issues are not terminable offenses, especially when posted on social media sites with an expectation of privacy (depending on your settings). Commenting on a football team would not be a suspendable offense unless the employer clearly outlined such in a social media policy and it was violated. Unless such a comment was extremely vulgar and brought illrepute upon the employer somehow, I can't see how suspension could be supported. Now, the key issue here is 'damage', though. Were you suspended without pay? or did this harm your reputation? If not, it is not really relevant or actionable. Make sure to seek advice from a lawyer in Las Vegas.

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  • What are some key points good and bad that I should be on the look out for if Im researching attorneys to consult with.

    I understand the getting stats is not probable, not necessarily helpful and that a face to face meeting is best. I also understand that getting an attorney who's deals specifically with your kind of case is crucial. So what I'm asking is, how do ...

    Scott’s Answer

    You really do need to meet with the attorney before hiring, at lease via the phone. Ask detailed questions and if they have an answer for everything, that can actually be a red flag, if you questions are extremely specific. The answers to most legal questions that have a lot of detail usually require some sort of research on specific points. If the attorney is answering with general legal trends and then informs you that they can look into you specific situation, that is a smart lawyer. Certainly, it is not 'tell-all' given that some attorney are highly specialized in specific areas. The next thing to look for is how prompt they return contact. If they are prompt in returning your contact in the beginning, they will likely contine that trend as your attorney. Of course, make sure you look for lawyers in your jurisdiction. Best of Luck!!

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  • Is there a procedure to being kicked out after live in in a motel for 7 months?

    i been staying at stay suites for 7 months so far and i have paid late fees more then three times and i have paid change of lock fees more then 5 times.is it legal to lock the room and continue with this late fee payment after paying so much...

    Scott’s Answer

    Yes there are specific procedures. You need to contact an attorney in Las Vegas to discuss your options. The law is fairly intricate as staying over in a hotel is a big deal here.

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  • Can i press charge for difamation

    a guy post a ad on craig list with photo seeing that i was wanted for questioning in the arrest of a guy name angle for slandering gay men across the area he ask for my info..... to be honest i dont know any guy with that name, he its claming th...

    Scott’s Answer

    Your options are limited. I would do nothing. If you are sued you will need to act, but otherwise, just try to keep a record of anything that may relate to this. Defamation is a crime in some jurisdictions. You can contact an attorney in your area to know more.

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  • Looking to hire a lawyer for blog site . Not sure what type of lawyer would be best?

    I have a blog which provides information on braces. I have a terms of use and disclaimer that need to be reviewed. I also am looking to promote the site by using search engine optimization. I would like the lawyer to draft a contact to protect ...

    Scott’s Answer

    I agree with my collegues. However, there is a new company out there from Scottsdale, AZ that provides this service in a very cost effective manner. Follow the link below. I've heard great things about them. Using a traditional 'law firm' is going to be quite expensive just for a Blog.

    There are self help sites too (see below).

    Good Luck

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  • Car dealership shared my personal information via social networking site.

    I contacted a car dealership about a car I was interested in purchasing. They proceeded to share my intent to purchase and my personal information (including my town and the info on the vehicle I was interested in purchasing) to a non-involved thi...

    Scott’s Answer

    Practical often outweighs vengence. What they did was ethically wrong, but without viewing their Terms and Conditions, I don't know if you consented to it. Most people don't read them. So, more information will be needed to determine if you have a cause of action for the disclosure of your PII.

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  • Is the viewing of a website with lolicon images illegal in the US. No downloading or storage of images, just viewing the webpage

    No downloading, just viewing on the webpage.

    Scott’s Answer

    In short, this practice should be avoided at ALL costs.

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  • I live in a house owned by a woman. We had no lease n she evicted me due to a non payment which we also had an agreement.

    I'm moving out anyways but she did not give me 30 day written notice. She is now changing the locks in 3 days. I can't move into my new place for 4 days in the afternoon. She has to work that day and said I can not retrieve my personal belongings ...

    Scott’s Answer

    If this is a lease agreement that is verbal and month-to-month, you are allowed time to terminate the lease and retrieve your possessions. If she does not grant you access or tries to stop you from getting your belongings your only option is through the courts. If you call the police they will have no idea what is yours and hers. I would suggest getting your stuff out now to avoid theft and legal battles. If she keeps some of your personal possessions you can report this to the police as a crime and pursue her civilly for the lost property. Generally speaking, you have remedies, but they are time consuming and costly. Your best option if you have no written contract is to get out ASAP. Best of Luck.

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  • Recording or screenshotting someone while on webcam

    Is it illegal for someone to record or screenshot a webcam conversation or webcam feed they are viewing on there computer of somone who is dressed or undressed? Also if the user terms of a site say you can not invade someones privacy does recordin...

    Scott’s Answer

    It depends on if the person showing the feed had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Were they just feeding to one person or to a whole group. Copyright is your bigger issue, though. The feed may be copyright protected and copying it and posting it may be a violation of copyright law. I would be more concerned of that.

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