Zachary James Levine’s Answers

Zachary James Levine

Glendale Business Attorney.

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  1. Can a potential client require you to sign a contract that states you only have 15 days to invoice a project?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    The short answer is yes, contracting parties can make all kinds of rules and restrictions to govern their deal. Another questions, however, is will the court enforce such an agreement? Unless there was some type of undue influence or deception used during the negotiation/signing process courts will uphold most contract clauses unless they are so one-sided as to be oppressive. Since you're aware of this provision in the contract in an advance of signing and have had time to consider it and...

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  2. How can a superior court judge put you in jail for attorney fees?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    It sounds like your friend was held in contempt for violating a court order.

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  3. What is the proper form and procedure to sponser someone to come to the U.S.?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    2. Christina Joan Murdoch
    2 lawyer answers

    You may want to contact someone local to assist you with the preparation of documents because the process involves much more than just one form or application. The I-130 is the Petition for an Alien Relative, which begins the process while the I-134 is just an affidavit of support, which is required as a supporting document for some applications (others require the I-864). A U.S. Citizen can file an I-130 petition for: Their husband or wife; Their unmarried child under age 21 Their...

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  4. Does my brother have the right to sell all of our late mothers personal property and not pay her bills, if he is sole heir?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    I am sorry for your lose and for the situation you now find yourself. The executor of an estate is required to pay most of the bills left by the decedent as long as there are assets in the estate. Certain assets, however, are exempt from debt collection. Without more details about the specifics of your mother's estate the answer to your question is "probably not." Some or all of those bills probably have to be paid out of the estate. You and your brother should collect all the assets and...

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  5. If I am 19, I am a legal adult, right?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    At 19 you are an adult and do have rights but there may not be anything wrong with the family you worked for talking to your parents instead of you unless they disclosed private information. If there is something they want to resolve they might not get very far if your parents no longer exercise control over your decisions but that doesn't prevent them from trying with your parents instead of you. With respect to the credit card company it isn't completely clear to me what they were contacted...

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  6. Are fantasy sports sites that charge you to play and give a monetary prize to the winner considered betting sites?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 does not classify fantasy sports sites as "gambling." The rationale seems to be that while you are paying a fee with the possibility of winning a prize your chances of winning are based more on your knowledge of the team and individual players (leading you to select certain members for your fantasy team) than on pure chance. However, if you were to select a "fantasy" team that consisted of all the current members of a real team there really...

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  7. Am I liable for paying these fees?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    If the only error on the form is the middle name and you knowingly signed the agreement to pay fees then there is most likely nothing you can do to rescind the agreement.

  8. I paid an web designer to develop a website. I can't reach him and he wont return my calls or emails. Legally what can I do?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    If the designer has breached the contract by missing the project deadline then you can send a demand letter asking for a refund or completion of the site. If you don't receive a response (and I'm guessing you won't at this point), you should consider filing a small claims action. If he doesn't attend the hearing then you will be awarded a default judgment. Unfortunately, you will still need to take additional steps to enforce your judgment but it may also be possible to sell your claim to a...

  9. My ex wife appeared at my daughters T-ball game and proceeded to announce my membership in Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Zachary James Levine
    3. Vincent T Lyon
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming that you are (or were) a member of AA, and that your ex wife read accurately from the divorce decree (even if selectively), then you are not going to have a claim against her for defamation. In general, truth is an absolute defense to any liability for defamation. What you may want to consider is whether her actions made private facts about your life public, and if that disclosure lead to some harm. If the divorce decree is public record then there isn't much you can do about that....

  10. Non-refundable deposit?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Zachary James Levine
    1 lawyer answer

    Security deposit laws vary by state but in many states even a "non-refundable" deposit must be refunded minus reasonable costs to repair any damage done by the tenant above and beyond normal wear and tear. I suggest you contact a local attorney who gives free consultations and ask about the deposit laws in your state.

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