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Michael Charles Doland

Michael Doland’s Answers

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  • Can my attorney give me my settlement in cash?

    After the settlement check clears through my attorney's escrow account.. Is he allowed to give it to me in cash or does it have to be another check? If he gives me a check, then I have to wait another 10 days for it to clear through my bank, and I...

    Michael’s Answer

    You are much better off with a wire transfer from the attorney, a cashier's check from the attorney but not "cash".

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  • WHEN CAN THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BE BREACHED "AS REQUIRED BY LAW?

    I am trying to learn the meaning of the condition "as required by law" that is contained in a settlement agreement confidentiality paragraph. It reads: "This agreement is confidential as to fact, terms, and amount except as required by law". W...

    Michael’s Answer

    If you are later subpoenaed for trial or a deposition, that would be "as required by law".

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  • Is it legal for someone to take a picture of me in a supermarket and then post it to social media site without my consent?

    iam a male and the photo was taken sneeky from the side as i was bending down and my under was exposed

    Michael’s Answer

    If you're in a public place, almost certainly yes.

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  • Is this a legal binding contract?

    my friend wrote me a note saying he oblicate himself to deliver a car to me and value of car not to exceed $12000.00. So 3 years passed yet he has not kept his promise to delivering a car to me.

    Michael’s Answer

    It may be. What did you give of value (known in law as consideration) ? A deposit? A promise?

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  • Lawyer and witness lied during Hearing.

    During a California non-binding, Labor Arbitration Hearing the lawyer for the employer (a government agency) and a management employee both lied several times and on the record. Can they be charged with perjury, using the official transcript of th...

    Michael’s Answer

    • Selected as best answer

    Under the correct circumstances witnesses or parties can be charged with perjury. In nearly 4 decades of legal practice in Los Angeles I have never heard of a perjury prosecution in a non-criminal matter.

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  • Are avvo reviews true, can i trust all those reviews?

    I hired lawyer and based on this website it makes it sound like i got the lawyer of the year. that will explain all the money i sent on him. i have a jury trial coming in one month and i just want to be sure i am in good hands. Thank you

    Michael’s Answer

    Like everything you hear or read, sometimes you can rely on it and sometimes not. Good lawyers can do bad in one case and bad lawyers can win cases.

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  • Is it legal for my boss to cut my hours because she is mad at me?

    I was in a car accident while on the clock doing and found out after that my boss didn't have the proper insurance coverage. I told my director I would no longer use my personal vehicle or drive because I didn't want to be held liable. She got rea...

    Michael’s Answer

    In an "at will" employment state like California you have no protection regarding your hours and can be fired for no reason (just not be fired because you belong to a protected class, like race, religion, national origin, etc.) You may want to speak to a workers comp attorney about the employer's duty to carry the correct insurance if you are/were required to use your car on the job and any mileage reimbursement rights you may have had.

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  • Should I file in small claims court?

    My sister and I recently moved, and out old property management is trying to keep all of our security deposit plus charging us. I believe it is way beyond reasonable wear and tare and we are being overcharged. We have pictures from when we moved i...

    Michael’s Answer

    Your posted facts indicate that a small claims court action would be justified.

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  • How can I get my personal belongings back from a "friend?"

    I asked a "friend" to lock some of my valuables in his gun safe while I was out of the country for 6 months. I had no reason to suspect he would be so difficult upon my return.

    Michael’s Answer

    You can sue for the value of the items in small claims court.

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  • I seem to need an attorney to recover Restitution in Sacrameto CA . Owed to me for five years. Two individuals have paid $0.

    Two claim Unemployment, can not pay. Over $10,000 each plus interest.

    Michael’s Answer

    Don't know why this is criminal defense.
    If you don't have a judgment, you cannot execute on the judgment.
    You are better off suing in small claims court, even for a smaller amount ($7500 max), but without liability for attorney fees, but if there is no money, judgments may only be worth paper.

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