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  • I plan to invest in a single family house investment, what is the best way to form a partnership?

    Would an agreement signed by both party sufficient? It should state that the title will be on both of us, the investment of bother parties, the responsibility of both parties and how the profit is divided when the project is done.

    Rabeh’s Answer

    I completely agree. You will need a partnership agreement, and depending on what is actually happening, an LLC may be the better vehicle for this project. Avvo does not allow us to offer our services when we are responding to inquiries in writing these posts, but anyone of us could help you get the partnership agreement or other documents drafted.

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  • What do I need to prove a violation of dr/patient privacy?

    I live in a small town. My doctor told my sister that he suspected I had a specific medical condition. I have substantial damages if I can prove there was a breach. Obviously, these breach(es) didn't happen in my presence, though my sister recentl...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    You cannot sue under HIPAA, but you can sue under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. A Los Angeles privacy law firm can help guide you further.

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

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  • Our dog bite a 3yr old child, parents have filed a claim with our home insurance and retained an attorney, what is our next step

    About a month ago we were having friends over for a BBQ. I was out of the house and my husband was home when his friends showed up with their 3 yr old girl. The mother proceeded to take her daughter out back without my husband and moments later ca...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    I am sorry this has happened to you. Do you have Homeowners' insurance? If so, let them know right away. They may be able to hire a lawyer and defend you. Otherwise, you will need to get an affordable defense attorney to assist you in this respect, and defend you from the claims.

    I represent individuals and families defense cases - as so many lawyers on Avvo. Feel free to follow up with any of us for assistance.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • In Target I tripped and fell with a transparent deodorant cap, I broke my foot, and hurt my back. Can I sue the store?

    I was walking on the personal health aisle, where the deodorants are, and I stepped on the transparent cap and I broke my foot and hurt my back (but there is no injury in the back, only pain due to the impact). They called an ambulance, they took ...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    I am so sorry this happened to you. You absolutely need to get a premises liability attorney involved to make your claim to Target.

    Stores like Target (or any landowner) are generally responsible to keep their premises safe for customers, including placing warning signs, if there are known defects, dangers, slippery areas, water, etc. individuals who injure themselves on teh property of others may have claims for "premises liability," which is a fancy word for a "slip and fall."

    You also need to consult with a lawyer to get you treated by a doctor who will see you on a "lien" basis. That way, you can get the treatment you need to see how hurt you are, especially because most injuries to ligaments and soft tissues manifest over time, and It is really important to follow your doctor's instructions and continue getting treatment. Insurance companies and big stores like Target love to say that victims "arent' really hurt" because they stopped treatment.

    Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and coudl either take your case or give you an overview of your options. Feel free to follow up with any of us lawyers off-line.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • Can a boss make you clock out and remain at his business on the off chance that he might need you later?

    My son is working for a family-owned restaurant. On an almost daily basis, the boss is requiring him to clock out when there's no one there (and sit around and not work) and then clock back in when people show up to eat. Technically, I think my ...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    This is NOT permissible. Your son may have wage, hour, overtime, off-the-clock, meal-period, and rest-break claims. He needs to consult with a labor/employment attorney and go over the specific facts, as he may have legal claims to pursue. Your instincts are right to seek assistance for him. There is nothing worse than an abusive employer.

    Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and could either take his case or give him an overview of your options.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to him.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • Employment Lawyer

    I was laid off from a company I worked for 10 years .. They offered me a severance package and health benefits for a month . How do I negotiate a better severance package for my years of service .?

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    I am really sorry to hear about the lay-off. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality of the employment world today. Your instincts are right to try to negotiate a better severance.

    You need to get an employment lawyer involved who can represent you negotiate better terms. The Company probably isn't going to give you more than a month otherwise.

    What you need to try to find, when hiring your employment lawyer, is one who will do it on a contingency basis calculated "net" of the already-offered severance. Most clients are reluctant to get attorneys involved when negotiating severance agreements because of the chunk that will be taken out of attorneys' fees - they think that if they can get 1 month on their own, there is no sense in getting a lawyer, if fees will eat into that. Unfortunately, this leaves clients with no representation, and at the mercy of the employer who has already laid them off. If you are shrewd in picking your lawyer, however, you will find a lawyer who will only ask for a contingency net of the severance -- meaning, their fee will only come out of what additional amounts they can recover for you. If they can't recover more for you than you could do yourself, then you are not out of pocket.

    Another option is to pay on an hourly basis as one of the other posters mentioned, for legal advice up front. This is worthwhile to do, simply to negotiate a neutral reference letter by the company, so that you will be OK when you leave and look for other work.

    Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and could either help you or give you an overview of your options.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • Is it too late to hire an attorney?

    It's been almost 10 months since my car accident. The insurance company gave me an offer but it isn't enough to cover medical bills. It doesn't seem like they will increase their offer since it was a soft tissue injury and there were no fractures....

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    No it is not too late - you have 2 years in California to file a lawsuit for a personal injury. I am sorry you are going through this, but it is not surprising. Insurance companies love to low-ball victims of car-accidents. Studies consistently show that victims of car accidents get more for their injuries with lawyers than without. I agree with you that it is worthwhile to see if you can get representation.

    Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and could either take your case or give you an overview of your options.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • Were my rights under HIPAA violated and do I have any legal recourse?

    In February 2013, a coworker recommended a chiropractor to me that is a long time close friend of hers. The women who work in the office are also close friends with my coworker. I saw the chiro twice. My coworker casually mentioned to me one day t...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    I am sorry this has happened to you. Most people do not know this, but you actually cannot sue under HIPAA. You CAN, however, sue under California's HIPAA equivalent. There are some exceptions that authorize healthcare providers to share information, but generally, without authorization, they generally cannot share your confidential protected medical information with others. You may also have claims for negligence, arising from breach of the California Health and Safety Code regulations, invasion of privacy, and public disclosure of private facts, depending on exactly what was shared.

    I would urge you to contact a Los Angeles privacy lawyer. Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and could either take your case or give you an overview of your options.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • I fell while at the casino didn't report it didnt know it was so bad I'm in alot of pain! june 23, 2013 I saw a Dr. what now?

    [personal information omitted]

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Sandra,

    Before you do anything more, please take a moment and see if you can take your personal information off of this post - there are all sorts of internet trolls that you would not want your contact information in the hands of.

    Then, I would strongly suggest you contact a personal injury attorney to help you with this. Your situation is not uncommon - most injuries do not become "immediately" apparent.... they take time to manifest.

    Your lawyer will be able to shepherd you through the process of getting treatment and making your claim.

    Avvo forbids us from posting responses that offer our services, but many of us do work in this field and will be able to take your case or give you an overview of your options.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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  • Should i handle this on my own or should i get a lawyer - do i have a case?

    I'm in California and slipped and fell at a walmart as i was leaving-i slipped on a chocolate candy wrapper that was on the floor. Their claims department called me two days later to confirm and i told them i had fractured my elbow. They said th...

    Rabeh’s Answer

    Dear Poster,

    You absolutely should get an attorney. An elbow fracture is a very serious injury! Studies consistently show that injured individuals with lawyers recover more than those without. This is a terrible accident. There is nothing worse than being injured by the carelessness of others.

    Avvo does not permit us to say in these posts that we are available to offer to work on your case, but many of us do work in this area and represent numerous clients who have been the victims of similar situations.

    Take care, and I am sorry this has happened to you.

    Rabeh

    Rabeh M. A. Soofi, Attorney
    SOOFI | Legal Counsel
    5670 Wilshire Blvd. – 18th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (213) 632-9390
    (213) 986-3450 (fax)
    rsoofi@soofilc.com (email)
    www.soofilc.com

    ATTORNEY ADVERTISING MATERIAL. Please know that I am providing you with general information, not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist until a written agreement is signed by both parties. No promises, guarantees, or representations are made about the outcome of your case - lawsuits are unpredictable by nature and each case is unique.

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