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  • Slip and fall at university

    The day began with a lot of slips. There was a lot of black ice and ice everywhere. While walking by the university parking deck, I saw a guy getting carried away on a stretcher. I believe it was due to him slipping on ice. Then that night, ...

    Mark’s Answer

    Hi there....I'm a New Brunswick, NJ attorney, and I know Rutgers very well. I sympathize with your situation because public institutions throughout New Jersey are, unfortunately, very often poorly maintained. I'm concerned that you say your face was swollen like a balloon -- you might want have a further examination, just to be sure.

    You have two years in New Jersey to make a claim against Rutgers. That's the statute of limitations. If you don't settle your case or sue them within two years, you'll never be able to collect on your hospital bils, or any other financial claims you may have.

    You also must file a Notice of Tort Claim right away, because Rutgers is a public university. A lawyer can help you with all of these steps...and I'd be happy to do so. If you need help, feel free to call. (732) 342-9292.

    The fact that you saw another guy who slipped on the ice could also provide evidence of the university's prior knowledge of a dangerous condition -- a condition they negligently ignored, leading to your eventual injury.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    (732) 342-9292

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  • If you don't work over time and get fired can you stll get unemployment benefits?

    If you don't work over time and get fired can you stll get unemployment benefits?

    Mark’s Answer

    Yes, you can get unemployment benefits if you satisfy the requirement for getting such benefits. The requirements are usually based on the length of time you worked on the job, and the reason you got fired. If you got fired for wilful misconduct you may not get any benefits, but if you got fired because of a layoff or because you refused to commit an unlawful act, you may still get benefits. Working overtime is usually not one of the requirements.

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  • I have a business partner that is running the business into the ground trying to get me out all the while behind my back he is

    negotiating with an investor to come in and invest into the business. What can I do?

    Mark’s Answer

    You need to immediately take action, if this is actually happening. You may need to seek injunctive relief to stop your partner. You may want to consider a compulsory dissolution and liquidation, or a receivership action. You may want to sue your partner from breach of fiduciary duties and for usurping corporate opportunities. There are a number of different directions you can go...but you should act before it's too late. Please call me if we can help you. We have several offices in Orlando.

    Mark S. Guralnick, M.B.A., Esq.
    (407) 425-9700

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  • Summons/ Notice to appear for pretrial conference.

    This morning (1/19/11) a process server came to deliver a summons/ notice to appear for pretrial conference. We didn't sign for it. It is dated and signed on 1/3/11. I don't see anything telling me to resp in 20 days, just tells me I have to appea...

    Mark’s Answer

    Fax me the papers to 1-800-613-2585. Then let's talk by phone. Call my Orlando office (407) 425-9700. I'll try to point you in the right direction.

    MARK S. GURALNICK, ESQ.

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  • I injured my hand at work

    my hand got caught between two rollers. the machine has a wire you can pull to stop the machine, but your hand could be injured before you pull the wire. is it considered unsafe.

    Mark’s Answer

    You may have a product liability claim, both in the form of a Workers Compensation case as well as a case against the makers of the machine and the rollers. You would need a safety engineer or other kind of mechanical expert to determine if the particular machine was considered unsafe. What you say captures my interest. If you'd like to discuss this more, please contact me.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    1-866-337-2900

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  • Are there any good attorneys in Livingston who are practicing Consumer Fraud Act?

    If they are familiar with EPA's RRP (Repair Renovation and Painting) rules, it will be the best.

    Mark’s Answer

    I'm familiar with the RRP Rule as well as the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule. We have offices in the Livingston area. Can you provide me with some more details as to why feel there is a case of Consumer Fraud. Send information to msg@guralnicklegal.com

    Thanks.

    Mark S. Guralnick, Esq.
    Certified Civil Trial Attorney
    (973) 682-9999

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  • I have discovery packet doesn't have my blood results can i ask for a dismissal? Accident was on 11-6-2010 Is this the norm?

    What should i do?

    Mark’s Answer

    Not clear on what kind of case you're involved in. I'm going to guess that you're representing yourself in a drunk-driving case, and that you've received the police or prosecutor's discovery package. There's no blood results. If this is the case, it's unlikely that you will get a dismissal, especially if there was an accident. But you may be able to file a motion to compel production of blood results....or you may be able to block the blood evidence from being admitted into evidence at the time of trial if they weren't disclosed to you initially in pre-trial discovery.

    You really should seek legal counsel to assist you in this kind of case.

    We handle Cumberland County. I'd be happy to help you.

    MARK S. GURALNICK
    (856) 983-9900

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  • By the time I received my unemployment denial, the time for appeal had already expired.

    I was granted unemplyment...received some money and the employer subsequently appealed and won forcing me to pay back the money that I had already received. I appealed this decision as soon as I got the denial letter. The problem is that i recie...

    Mark’s Answer

    If the amount of money is worth the effort, then you should file a Petition to accept the appeal nunc pro tunc (now for then), which means to accept a late appeal. You can explain your circumstances. We can help you with this, but again you'll want to consider what it's worth to you.

    Mark S. Guralnick
    (201) 804-9000

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  • Are stepchildren "legal dependents?"

    My wife and I have been together for 8 yrs, 6 of which we've been married. I have not adopted her two children from a previous marriage. They do not see their natural father(do not know where he is) and they are financially dependent on me. Curren...

    Mark’s Answer

    Technically, they are not your "dependents," even though you may qualify for certain dependency exemptions. However, the law recognizes a number of other kinds of relationships, such as grandparents, stepparents and "psychological" parents. A few case precedents in these areas have obligated non-biological parents to support children, but generally speaking, they are not your "legal" obligation.

    Every case is very fact-sensitive. If the children are financial dependent on you, as you say, certain obligations may arise, by operation of law, that would require you to continue providing shelter, food or other support -- at least for a period of time. If there is a situation brewing that causes you to ask this question, you should contact me or another attorney for a more specific evaluation of your circumstances.

    MARK S. GURALNICK
    (201) 804-9000
    (973) 682-9999

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  • Alimony reduced

    We came to a settlement agreement between ourselves. After we sold the house she would get 90% and I 10%. I agreed to pay a certain amount for 3 years then it would be lowered for a total of 13 years. Also she added that my life insurance should ...

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    • Selected as best answer

    If you're self-employed, and you're not paying yourself, then it certainly sounds like an alimony obligation is unfair at this point. It sounds like you are stuck with a long-term obligation, and yet nobody is analyzing the real numbers. We would be happy to crunch the numbers, examining present and future value of alimony and house proceeds, etc. I think if a judge saw the real numbers, it might persuade him or her to take another look at the situation.

    Our law firm is based in Burlington County. I wrote a book entitled the Portable New Jersey Alimony Handbook. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss this further.

    MARK S. GURALNICK
    (856) 983-9900
    (609) 720-9700

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