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Scott A Sheldon

Scott Sheldon’s Answers

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  • My daughter is being bullied on Twitter, her h.s. said if it was summer or after school, they can't legally do anything.

    Is this true? I took the proof to the school and since it didn't "happen" during school hours, there is nothing they can do. We live in Illinois. What recourse did I have as a parent to stop this? They said they would call the girl in, but cou...

    Scott’s Answer

    If she doesn't want to get bullied on twitter, get her off twitter. Problem solved. No cops or school officials needed.

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  • Can I sue wall mart for leaving plastic water bottles under the sun in the garden area. shelfs while the temperature was 100 deg

    pictures taken on my phone.

    Scott’s Answer

    For pain and suffering suffered by the plastic bottles?

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  • Squatters rights

    my fiance & i moved into his mother's house. she is in an assisted living home. no one has been in the home since feb 2013. however, his sister has begun harrasing us about it. we've only been there a week. i lost my apt and thats why we are ther...

    Scott’s Answer

    How can you obtain consent from one who is incapacitated? She's not capable of making decisions re her affairs and assets but can consent to you living in her home (an asset) which must be sod to pay or her continuing care in assisted living? Are you surprised the sister is harassing you? She should be asking what she can do to evict you from her mother's property. Sorry to be harsh but I'm answering based on your own facts. If she is truly incapacitated, you should consult a family lawyer to initiate guardianship proceedings.

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  • I am 17 year old and have a 1 month old baby. What are my custody rights as a mom?

    i am 17 years old and have a 1 month old baby with my 17 year old boyfriend. we want to live with his family because my parents wont let him live in my house. we are starting our senior year of high school in september. if we break up while me a...

    Scott’s Answer

    If he's the father, he's entitled to the same parental rights as you absent a court order indicating otherwise. No matter what the status of mom and dad's relationship is, each parent is entitled to shared joint custody. In other words, you can't break up with your boyfriend and prevent him from seeing the child, custody and shared parental decision making simply because you broke up or your mad at him. Unfortunately, this happens all too often and fathers need to press the issue in court just to see their child. Before you make any quick decisions, put the best interests of the child first. Children benefit from having a mother and father involved in their upbringing.

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  • Property Taxes

    IF one stops paying their mortgage and the bank pays the property taxes, the property is then sold after foreclosure. Who paid the property taxes? Did the bank or the "owner" since it was charged to the owner? Can one deduct these property taxe...

    Scott’s Answer

    The property tax lien most likely got paid out of any equity you had in the house after sheriffs sale. Think that's what your question is. As for the treatment of the sale on your taxes, you should consult with an accountant. Again, your question is not that clear which makes answering it difficult.

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  • I am trying to find out what kind of lawyer can and might help me.

    I have contacted education lawyers but they don't deal with this type of situation, which is not special needs or disability. I am being harassed by a college that I attended and this has been going on for more than 2 years and I don't believe it ...

    Scott’s Answer

    How are you being harassed ?

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  • Is it legal for an auto mechanic to give me a price for repairs. an Double the amount after you put 50% down payment.

    I contacted Turnersville Transmission. They're web site offer free towing and diagnosing. My vehicle was towed there. The CM said he needed to diagnose my car to make sure it was the transmission. 3 wks later he called me and said it is definitel...

    Scott’s Answer

    Sounds like a consumer fraud issue. You may want to read the contract you likely signed when you dropped your vehicle off and consult a local attorney.

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  • I am being harrassed by my university and educational attorneys won't help! Who can?

    I have been harrassed by a school that I attended for a couple of years now and I cannot find anyone to help me to get it to stop. Education lawyers dom't deal with it, civil rights won't help. What kind of attorney can?

    Scott’s Answer

    How do you feel you're being harassed?

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  • Debit Cards

    Does the consumer have any protection when they use a debit (rather than a credit) card to make purchases? Can you dispute charges on a debit card for purchases (repairs)?

    Scott’s Answer

    Without taking out my old copy off the UCC, credit card purchases are much easier to dispute. Thinking of using your debit card as writing a check...as soon as that check clears, your out of luck. I would call your bank for the particulars but generally, you have greater rights when using a credit cards. Franky, I only recommend using a debit card to withdraw cash or in an emergency.

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  • Witness protection guests are staying at the hotel I work for. If I get robbed, or worse, is my company liable?

    There are several guests my hotel houses who are within the witness protection program. I do not feel safe with them staying there. Lately one of them has been acting strangely and I worry I may be robbed or worse. These guests still have connecti...

    Scott’s Answer

    Short answer, ignoring the apparent prejudice you harbor for these folks, no. In most cases, an employee cannot sue their employer for negligent conduct in this state pursuant to our workers comp statute. Get a new job if you're uncomfortable.

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