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  • Housing Rental Late Fees

    I am on a fixed income and get paid 7 to 10 days after the first of the month by the government. The rent is due on the 1st. Can the landlord legally charge me a late fee?

    George’s Answer

    Late fees must be "reasonable" in relationship to the rent and the cost to the LL in the rent is late. For example if an apartment rents for $1,500 a month a $10 per day late fee, might be reasonable, but a $100 a day would not be. The late fee charge has to be in the rental agreement and cannot be arbitrarily set by the LL. You probably are eligible to get a free legal consultation from the Housing Justice Project.

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  • After the 60 day limit can I return a car I purchased that the dealership hasn't send me a title.

    I have a Vehicle Ownership Transfer Agreement that states- This Certificate of Title or Manufacture's Certificate/Statement of Origin is either in seller's name or properly assigned to seller ( only if licensed dealer ) and shall be in sellers pos...

    George’s Answer

    You should mail a registered letter to the Dealership informing them that you have not received the title and giving them 10 days to get it to you. You should then consult a local attorney about the possibility of rescinding the transaction, if that is what you want to do.

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  • What is the liability of a small corporation if they knowingly allow an employee with an alcohol problem to drive a company car?

    We have a salesperson that has a alcohol problem and has been reported to management on four different occasions seen operating his company vehicle while drunk. Management says its been "addressed". He continues to work here. He also does not have...

    George’s Answer

    State case law varies, but I think that, under the circumstances, most lawyers would advise the company not to let the employee keep driving the company car. I can see the possibility of the company being sued even in an accident where the employee was strictly on personal business.

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  • Recently Got Fired. They Said That They Fired Me Because I did not get all of the things done on my "List"

    When I Was "Trained" I Was Told That I Was To Clock Out At A Certain Time. 9:30 On Weekdays And 10:00 On Weekends. Sometimes The list Would Be Very Long And I Would Be Pretty Busy During My Shift (I Was The Only Worker During The Shift), So I Woul...

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    If you have a claim for prohibited discrimination you still can be discharged for poor performance unless you can show that you were treated differently because of discrimination. If other employees were not terminated for not finishing their "lists", that would be an important factor.

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  • Does a lender making commercial loans ONLY need to be licensed in Nevada?

    If a lender makes commercial mortgage loans (not for personal, family, or household use), and that is the only type of loan they do, are they required to be licensed by the state of Nevada? The statutes are confusing about "mortgage banker", etc.

    George’s Answer

    You also need to know what the consequences of not being registered in NEV are. The lender may only be subject to a fine and the loan obligation may not be invalidated. Consult a Nevada lawyer.

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  • Can I sue a City of Seattle Municipal Court employee for torts?

    An accounting manager at the Seattle Municipal Court failed to prevent their contract collection agency from attempting to collect a debt that was not owed. The contract between the City and collection agency stipulates: "The Contractor shall a...

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    You may be able to sue, but you have to show an amount for Damages. Since the judgment was vacated, the damage claim may be very small. Washington does not allow punitive damages. Figure out what the mistake cost you in real money (not emotional pain and suffering unless it made you go to a doctor) and find a lawyer that would be willing to take your case and has experience with claims against the city.

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  • Is dumpster diving illegal in Kennesaw, GA or any other city in Georgia? This question is just for Commercial not private.

    Dumpster diving from store merchants, not priviate neighborhoods.

    George’s Answer

    If the dumpster is on private property, the "diver" may be trespassing. There are legal consequences for being a trespasser. A local lawyer should be consulted.

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  • How must papers be served in snohomish county for superior court for a restraining order a hearing for parenting plan?

    some guy has been trying to serve me papers for a week I keep missing him he apparently got pissed off cause he couldnt find me and was at my moms house and she shut the door on him so he just threw the papes on the mat and left.(I dont live there)

    George’s Answer

    I would add to the answer above my specific advice that you consult a local family law lawyer and at least get some opinion about what is going on and get some guidance about how to approach the hearing, if you are going to represent yourself. If you can afford to hire the lawyer to represent you at the hearing, definitely do it.

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  • Is it possible to receive a K 1 with out getting the income show on the K 1?

    I am a shareholder of a private company and am receiving a K1 for the last 2 years without receiving the income stated on the K1. I am paying taxes on that income without receiving it. I this legal?

    George’s Answer

    Yes, it is legal and quite common if the accounting is right. The company is keeping the money for business reasons (I presume) and may be investing the money in assets. In the future if you get a distribution, you will not have to pay taxes, because you already have. If you have any reason to suspect that the bookkeeping is not accurate, you should consult with a lawyer about inspecting the books.

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  • Can I sue for nonpayment of what previous employer owes me?

    My previous employer took $25 out of each of my pay checks for liability reasons of the equipment they loaned to me. I had signed a contract at the start of employment that stated they would pay me back every cent of the escrow they took out of m...

    George’s Answer

    Many jurisdictions have substantial penalties for not paying wages owed. You should contact a local lawyer and see if he/she will take your case. The other way is to bring a Small Claim Court suit. You normally can do that without a lawyer.

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