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  • I have a corporation in California I owe tax money on it I want to start a new company in a different industry in a different

    State will I get in trouble for it. I use to do travel but I don't do that anymore and I want to start an elecrtronic company in delaware

    Francine’s Answer

    However, while I agree with attorney Dolan, I also say, wouldn't it be better to tend to your existing responsibilities before incurring new ones? Yes, you can start a new business even though you owe back taxes, and likely other debts, on an old business. However, the fact that you have stated that in a non-private venue, perhaps the authorities may one day catch up with you. An argument can be made that what you want to do is illegal and unethical.

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  • My mother has her Will stating her remaining children will inherit her home and belongings.

    She is worried that because she utilized state assistance when her children were young (medi-cal, food stamps, etc..) that the state will take her assets despite her final wishes stated on her will.

    Francine’s Answer

    I understand the concern your mom has, which is why she might want to consult with an estate attorney now. One substantative consult (one where she can actually get legal advice from a lawyer she has retained) will probably help to allay her fears. Now is the time, while she still has the capacity to make whatever changes might be necessary.good luck to your mom.

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  • Refund for garage sale item?

    I sold a car dvd player for $25 at garage sale. The gentleman who bought it came back 3 days later wanting his money back saying it didn't work. It was used 3 times for 3 trips and worked beautifully, last trip being 2 years ago. Am I required ...

    Francine’s Answer

    This is not the forum where a lawyer can assess all of the facts, nor offer you legal advice. You say it worked, they say not. You might consider consulting with a lawyer who can assist you in gathering and understanding ALL of the relevant facts. One final thing, sometimes it's not worth the grief and the cost to fight over $25. If they sue you, you will end up paying a lot more.

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  • Is It illegal to copy off a website and add the content to my website and linking the original site?

    So Im creating a website where i manually collect all of the accredited reviews on cars and post them on my site and the idea is to let my website be a " One stop for all Auto reviews" for example: You come on my website and find t...

    Francine’s Answer

    Linking to a website does not subject you to liability for copyright infringement. That being said, when you cut and paste content that may be protectable from someone's site, you risk having a problem. You might want to consult with a copyright lawyer who can counsel you based on the specific facts of your situation. Not all content is protectable. The website content might not be original, it might not fall within the realm of copyrightable content. Speaking with a competent copyright lawyer can help you sort through the facts.

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  • Time Warner Cable is charging me $8.50 a month in late fees. I live in N.C. Is this legal?

    I want to know what the state regs are on this subject

    Francine’s Answer

    The answer is yes, Time Warner (or any business) can assess late fees against your account if they give you notice and you are late paying your bill. So if you were late, then yes, they can. It is in the terms of use. if you were late.

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  • What kind of attorney(s) do i need for this?

    I wrote and recorded an anthem song for Nike. I'm working on the music video. please recommend me the best copyright attorney for my work. Now here are the technical questions: What kind of an attorney will I need to represent me and schedule a bu...

    Francine’s Answer

    I'm a little confused. If you say that Nike only accepts patentable ideas, then your music will not be accepted regardless of who represents you. The protection of music is a copyrightable issue; patents don't protect music. That being said, you might consider speaking with a Copyright IP/Entertainment attorney, who can assist you in sorting through your issues before you approach Nike. Good luck!

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  • Can I get money back from personal training sessions which expired?

    I had no idea (should have read the fine print) that these personal training sessions I purchased over a year ago had expiration dates. Now, I have lost these sessions and the PT company will not give them back to me. It was never explained to me ...

    Francine’s Answer

    A strong argument can be made that you, as an adult, had a responsibility to read the contract before you signed it. Not reading a legal document before you signed it is not generally grounds for canceling a contract, unless you are a minor. You might want to consult with a Massachusetts business attorney for advice you can rely on.

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  • Is a verbal contract a binding contract? In other words are verbal contracts valid contracts?

    My doctor told me that my fee was $75 from here on out. Now i am paying $250. I am low income, disabled and need the medication he prescribes and he is the only doctor in my area that prescribes this medication. I have to go to him but cannot affo...

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    While oral agreements are enforceable in most jurisdictions, they are very hard to prove. It always comes down to "he said, she said." Plus, as was stated, there could have been a modification and it too, could have been oral -- on your part. There are so many exceptions to legal rules. To be safe, you might consider consulting with a Michigan business attorney. Good luck!

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  • I received a gift certificate for a local businesses. The certificate was purchased two years ago and expired a year ago.

    I contacted the business and they are giving me a hard time, saying that they since it is expired there isn't anything they can do. I thought it was illegal now for gift certificates/cards to have an expiration date under five years. This certific...

    Francine’s Answer

    I would consult with an Arizona IP or Anti-trust lawyer who understands sweepstakes, contests, and other trade promotions, e.g., gift cards. This is a specialized area and while there is the Federal Card Act, which provides some protection for consumers (no expiration for 5 years, no dormancy fees for 12-months), many states, have gone far and beyond those minimal protections. To my knowledge, Arizona has not gone that extra mile. Arizona law does provide that an expiration date and any fees must be visible on the card at the time of purchase. But, there is no limit to the amount of fees that can be charged. Consult with an Arizona IP or Anti-trust lawyer who can counsel you accordingly.

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  • I am joint owner of a 3 family home and would like to change deed to sole ownership, how is this done and what is the cost and ?

    My sister and mother are the other owners named in the deed and they don't want the property any more. They want me to stay with the property legally.

    Francine’s Answer

    As has been stated, it can be done, but all parties must sign the deed and agree to the transaction. Plus, all parties must have the capacity to do so, and not agree to this modification while under duress. One more thing, if the house has been used to fund a trust, then other issues need to be addressed. You might want to speak with a NY real estate attorney, or if a trust is involved, an estate lawyer.

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