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Margaret Mitchell

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  1. I was hospitalized in May of 2013. I have no insurance. My bills (about 10 different ones) are $30,000. I send each mo $50.00

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Lu Ann Trevino
    3. Dwayne M Farnsworth
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    4 lawyer answers

    See if you can reach an accord for a lesser amount. Very often if you make a more aggressive payment plan hospital's and physicians will cut a deal.

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  2. If a client doesn't pay me, can I let the world know?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Andrew Mark Jaffe
    3. Andrew Endicott Schrafel
    3 lawyer answers

    I think you are taking an incredible risk. What happens if the client was unhappy with your work and thought you were in breach? An angry plastic surgeon has a lot more money to hire a much better lawyer than you and a defamation law suit could bankrupt you. You need to spell out remedies in your agreement. Furthermore, word of mouth is loud in a small professional group. This might work the first time but if you piss off the wrong people in the community you might find you lose a lot of...

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  3. Eviction case - turn off electricity - illegal?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Walter Wilbur Beuhler
    2. Cheryl Rivera Smith
    3. Margaret Mitchell
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    Yes. You cannot turn off the utilities. This is governed by the Texas Property Code section 92.008: Sec. 92.008. INTERRUPTION OF UTILITIES. (a) A landlord or a landlord's agent may not interrupt or cause the interruption of utility service paid for directly to the utility company by a tenant unless the interruption results from bona fide repairs, construction, or an emergency. (b) A landlord may not interrupt or cause the interruption of water, wastewater, gas, or electric service...

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  4. Can my place of employment have me take 2 days of a swimming pool certification course and not pay me for my time there.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Kathryn Mary Holton
    2 lawyer answers

    I would need a lot more facts to answer this question. If the course is a prerequisite for you employment, for instance if certification is in your job description, then they may make you taking a course a condition of continued employment. Chapter 61 of the Texas Labor Code, (all Texas statutes are available on line through the Texas Legislature's website), governs under state law. Under Chapter 61 (5) "Employment" means any service . . . that is performed for wages or under a contract of...

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  5. I'm currently indispute with landlocked property in mcfaddin Texas. New owners has blocked our only way to get to our property.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Gary T. MacInnis
    2. Margaret Mitchell
    3. Giacomo Jacques Behar
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    These are very involved issues. The first thing I would do is contact the title company when you bought the property because if you have to sue for access they may be obligated to pay the legal fees. Contact them immediately so they cannot argue insufficient notice. The road question is complex and withiout a title search I would not know if you had a right by title to get access. If the big property is not in the chain of your title, your case is weaker ON THAT THEORY. As to a...

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  6. Average fees for selling a home through a real estate attorney?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Mark Allen Land
    3. Edward James Kazaleh
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    If it is a simple case then $500 is the least you should expect to pay for preparing the deed and general consultation, A board certified real estate specialist will charge more. CAVEAT: You often get what you pay for. I would talk to the title company for a referral. Better yet, go to a hungry realtor and bargain down to a small fee for a "one time showing" and have them go to the title company. This is a lot of money to put on the line. If something goes wrong it would be vey expensive....

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  7. Is it a letter by an attorney helpful to give to a job interviewer for this agency?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Kathryn Mary Holton
    3. Mishka L Marshall
    3 lawyer answers

    I think such a letter will only draw attention to the crime. You should proactively and truthfully answer any questions put to you and volunteer the information at an appropriate juncture. Even better would be letters of references from people who can vouch for your current character and skills relevant to the position. As a sidenote one of them can say they are aware of a minor past indiscretion and that they know you have learned from your mistakes. To their personal knowledge you are...

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  8. Four Corner Laws

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Patrick Begley
    2. Margaret Mitchell
    3. Robert Neil Newton
    4. Romy B Jurado
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    Contract provisions are initialed to bring attention to that provision. Usually it is a provision that is important and addresses important rights, for either party. When you initial it a provision it is considered "conspicuous" and you are charged with a higher standard of understanding if there is ever a contract dispute. If you are unable to read and understand a contract please consult someone who is able to do so. Your own real estate agent should help you. If you are not a...

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  9. Signed a written contract for a sibling to invest couple thousands of dollars for me, can I get court to void contract?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    2. Mark Allen Land
    3. Thomas Gerard Pye
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    Unless the contract says that it is for a certain term, or has specific provisions regarding termination, you can end it. Furthermore, if the sibling is not living up to their obligations, they may be in breach of the contract themselves. Their breach may provide you grounds for termination. To give a more definite answer I would need to know the terms of the contract and circumstances surrounding its formation. If the contract is silent as to important matters, it could be voidable as it...

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  10. My ex landlord is trying to keep my security deposit; we never received notice of charges or our deposit within 30 days.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Margaret Mitchell
    1 lawyer answer

    The thirty days to return your security deposit or give you it back does not start until the landlord has, in writing, your forwarding address. So make sure you had given that. It also sounds like this is normal wear and tear and not subject to the deposit. So if you have complied with the notice requirements and you did not get the written response you can file in small claims court after making a written demand. You should shop around for a lawyer because you are entitled to recover...

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