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Lorna Leigh McMillion

Lorna McMillion’s Answers

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  • Is it possible I can go to juvenile home for this? What's the laws against this and what is the worst punishment I can get

    Lorna’s Answer

    Bullying is not something courts take lightly because so many kids have actually committed suicide because they felt bullied. Michigan has adopted laws now about bullying. One is called "Matt's Safe School's Law." That law relates to school policies, so depending on your school's policy, you can get in trouble at school for what you said, and it's likely she could get in trouble at her school, too I know you've said you felt she was bullying your brother and his friend, but retaliating can also make you look like a bully too, especially because you are older.

    There are criminal laws about bullying, too, so you need to be very careful about what you say. I can't say you won't get in trouble at all. I deal with teenagers a lot who are in our juvenile detention facility for things that don't seem like that big of a big deal at the time. And even being detained for a small time is really tough on them.

    I'm providing a link for you where some Michigan attorneys have written about the Michigan bullying laws.

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  • In TX: I keep children 50% of time, could my child support be modified or lowered?

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    The grounds for modification in Texas require a "material and substantial change" in your circumstances. This could mean new jobs for either of the parents, new marriages, loss of employment, a new disability, etc. So it would help you to walk through this with an attorney to go over these circumstances (your ex going back to school, actual visitation consistently differing from the decree, etc.) in detail with you to see if it would be worth your time and money to seek a modification.

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  • What can i do?

    Lorna’s Answer

    You can contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. They'll contact your employer to try to work something out. If after two weeks the employer has done nothing, the Department will open an investigation.

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  • Is there anything I can do to avoid paying theses fees. Does a call give the apartment the right to take action against me?

    Lorna’s Answer

    In Texas, this is going to be governed by your Lease Agreement. If you were not allowed to sublease, then you were in violation by letting your friend stay there. If there wasn't anything in the Lease Agreement, then you have other options.

    But even if you did violate, there will likely be terms in the Lease Agreement about how and when they must notify you and how many days you have to leave. You should contact an attorney to go over the lease with you and advise you where to go from there.

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  • How can I make a filing to force the judge to clarify, add new facts and new arguments (also add for appeal).

    Lorna’s Answer

    To the "clarification" part of your question, the way to ask a judge clarify what he did is to file a Request for Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. Note that he isn't required to respond. The request has to be filed within a certain timeframe.

    The post-trial process can be complicated, so make sure you have a good New York attorney to assist you.

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  • Should I name my business after my artist name or give my business it's own name?

    Lorna’s Answer

    My thoughts:

    -It's not uncommon to have two entities for two distinct lines of work. You could also form just one entity and register a d/b/a for your LLC if you want one entity that functions with two names.

    -What you need to think about is that the LLC is "limiting your liability" -- protecting your personal assets or any assets not owned by the company from being fair game if you get sued. I would think about your potential liability for each of these lines of your work and whether you would want to insulate one business from the other if a legal problem comes up.

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  • How do you register a US LLC company as a foreigner, and what would be the pitfalls to look out for?

    Lorna’s Answer

    One of the best states in which to incorporate is Delaware. As one of the hubs for corporate registration, it is familiar with international residents seeking to incorporate in the US.

    Incorporation is relatively easy. You file the documents, pay the incorporation fee, and get your Employer Identification Number from the IRS (attorneys can help you do this for a relatively small fee). You also need to hire or designate a registered agent.

    The potential pitfalls are that it is hard to open a local bank account if you are not present to open it. So oftentimes foreigners will have to fly in just to open the bank account.

    The big downside is that as a single-member LLC you are double-taxed on your "income." You're taxed on your company's profits and you're taxed on the income you pay yourself from your company. It would definitely help you to speak with a small business attorney or tax attorney to help you navigate these waters.

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  • Can we still get paid the remaining balance due if contract was breached by customer

    Lorna’s Answer

    Depends on what your contract says about what happens when there is a breach. Service contracts can be a little tricky because sometimes they are based on client satisfaction. Also, courts like to use a lot of words like "reasonable" to determine if you were doing you work quickly enough.

    Texas is a 'four corners' state, though, which means judges will try as best they can to do whatever the contract said as long as it's not illegal. For the best advice, you should find an attorney in your area to review the contract terms and the amount of money left to be paid to see what your best course of action would be to get paid.

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  • California attorney practicing in Texas.

    Lorna’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. The requirements in Texas have a lot of hoops to jump through, but the general rule is that if you've been practicing for 5 years or more in another state, then you can apply for admission without examination. Here is a link to the Q&A from the Board of Law Examiners to help get you started. http://www.ble.state.tx.us/FAQs/FAQs.htm

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  • Can I dispute the settlement amount they want to pay me for my car somehow?

    Lorna’s Answer

    Yes. You can reject the offer. If the company treats you unfairly after that, you can hire an attorney to help negotiate or you can also call the Texas Department of insurance at 1-800-252-3439 for additional information.

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