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  • I would like to place a lien on a boat I built and delivered, and the owner is refusing to make final payment.

    We are a custom boatbuilding company, in business for 55 years. we are located in Maine. The boat is in Florida

    Thomas’s Answer

    Can we safely assume that the owner of the boat resides in Florida, not Maine? If so, although you can probably maintain a lawsuit in Maine because the claim arises out of a contract for work performed here, you will likely need a Florida court to enforce any legal remedy you obtain against the owner. Accordingly, you may be best served by hiring a Florida attorney to explore your legal options under Florida law. I wish you the best of luck with this case.

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  • I need a lawyer that can help sue greyhound

    I was in two car crash on one greyhound trip. By the end of the time I got to Boston I had lost my baby. I had miscarriage. Grey hound has yet to do anything.

    Thomas’s Answer

    First of all, I am really sorry to hear about this. I know it sounds offensive, but if possible, Greyhound will almost certainly try to claim that your miscarriage was not caused by the crash. You should contact a Maine personal injury attorney to discuss this matter as soon as possible.

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  • I need too know if i can still claim on an accident from 8-2014

    i got paid for my car around 2-2015..i was the last car too get hit in a pile of four cars i have had back problems before this accident..my problem is i am getting worse and worse and i dont know if i still have a legal case on them still

    Thomas’s Answer

    Yes, you still have a claim. Based on your short description, under Maine law the statute of limitations will expire in August 2020. Given that you have a pre-existing injury, your claim will likely be more difficult to resolve. You should consult with a Maine personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

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  • My husband died 9/3/13 from a fall. He was legally intoxicated. Life insurance didn't pay pay, is it worth using to collect?

    It was a $300,000 policy offer by one of our credit cards. I didn't know he was an alcoholic when I took this accident policy. Now they say it's excluded because of his intoxication. This all assumes that it hasn't been too long to try. I got t...

    Thomas’s Answer

    First of all, I am very sorry for your loss.

    Whether or not the insurance company has an obligation to pay benefits will likely depend on whether there is an express exclusion for death due to intoxication in the policy. Your remaining time to contest this issue may be short - you should have a Maine attorney review the policy ASAP.

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  • Can I be required to do work off the clock as a job requirement?

    My recent employer required bank runs at the end of each shift for us hourly supervisors. This was expected to do after we clocked out to leave the building. The banks were ten miles in the opposite direction of home. When I constantly brought thi...

    Thomas’s Answer

    A lawyer would need to carefully examine all the facts involved in this case, but typically you are entitled to be paid for all the time you spend working for your employer. Based on the facts presented here, you may also have a whistleblower claim with respect to your termination. Wage and hour/whistleblower cases can be fairly complicated. You should definitely discuss this case with a lawyer soon.

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  • Is it possible to be awarded money for punitive damages in the state of Maine? If so then what is the likelihood?

    A blasting company working adjacent to my home severely damaged the concrete floor and walls my brand new house. They took a video'(for my protection) which shows the new condition of my home. They refuse to allow us access to the video. They als...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Under Maine law, an award of punitive damages is only appropriate if a party proves by clear and convincing evidence that another party acted with malice or that this party's conduct is so outrageous that malice is implied. That said, if your foundation and walls were damaged, it sounds like your claim may well be worth enough money to justify filing a lawsuit. Depending on the additional facts of the claim, there may also be a legal theory under which you are entitled to recover your attorney fees. You should discuss your options with a Maine attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Where do I start?

    I am either looking for an advisor or legel help. My boyfriend owns a business and I do all the billing and paper work. We have a client who owes us over ten thousand dollars. I have given the client a 30 day notice which the 30 days passed on ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    If your boyfriend's client is ignoring your requests for payment, he should consider hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit to recover the balance due. Prior to filing suit, boyfriend or lawyer might do some checking to see whether the client has funds or assets to actually pay the debt if boyfriend obtains a judgment.

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  • $40,000 loan for a skidder under a un-notarized contract. Payments stopped, can the money be retrieved?

    My naive friend loaned $40,000 of insurance money from the line of duty death of his paramedic dad to someone he met last year for a skidder to start his logging business. The criteria of the un-notarized contract was a payment of $800 per week I ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Based on these facts, your friend would have a case and for this amount of money, it is absolutely worth it for your friend to hire an attorney to aggressively pursue repayment.

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  • Is there any fairness at all in our world?

    A person had my son arrested for trespassing. He had to hire a lawyer at an expense he could ill afford and went through a very trying time as he has never had trouble of any kind before. The person who had him arrested also had a restraining or...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Two things. First, from your account it seems that this 'person' is not afraid of your son if he is seeking him out, harassing him, etc. You might consider challenging the first restraining order on this basis. Second, sounds like your son needs a restraining order of his own against this person. You should discuss these options with an attorney soon, preferably before your son is accused of violating the current restraining order and ends up back in court.

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