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  • Do I have a viable case for copyright infringement?

    I recently published a collection of short stories in 2005. When my book published, I filed for a copyright. I have recently learned that a new TV series came out wherein the main characters are similar to the main character in my short story. ...

    Effie’s Answer

    You will certainly have to speak with an intellectual property/copyright attorney so that a proper analysis can be done and to see whether you have a viable claim. Good luck.

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  • MY ex wife makes comments about my step-daughter over emails given phrases "she is fat", what can i do to stop her?

    My step-daughter has been living with me for about 5 years, I give her shelter, food, and helps her with schooling, her biological father is not in the picture.

    Effie’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. Block her emails. If your step-daughter sees your ex-wife's emails, she should automatically hit "delete" and not even read the email.

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  • My husband was killed while at work at no fault of his own, what should I do now because the woman that killed him also died?

    My husband has a clean driving record and over 20 yrs experience driving a truck. He is always safe, does not speed and never ever been wreckless. While hauling cotton seed, a driver in the other lane crossed the white line, he did everything in h...

    Effie’s Answer

    I am very sorry for your loss. Get the final report that was conducted as a result of this accident. If it is determined that that the other driver is completely to blame, you should also be able to file a wrongful death claim against her estate.

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  • Can a landlord refuse to allow mail to be delivered to a home that a tenant rents in?

    Residential home with a single upstairs apartment.

    Effie’s Answer

    I agree with the previous responses. If you are a renter and living at this address, your landlord cannot lawfully refuse to allow your mail to be delivered to your address.

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  • Can landlord show house to new tenants while I live here in my lease thru May 1st even though he refuses to eliminate mice, mol

    I discovered the house I am renting is no up to code and landlord will not bring it up to code instead he started showing it to new tenants. My one year lease ends May 1st this year but he has not remedied the rodents since I notified him months a...

    Effie’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your pest situation. I believe the that landlord's right might be a contractual one. You should look into the terms of your lease to find out. It may state that your landlord has a right to entry for the purpose of showing it to a prospective tenant, usually in the last 30 days of your lease. Typically your lease will have specific terminology that states that showings must be during normal business hours and must give you 24 hours notice. Therefore, you may (or may not) contractually be obligated to cooperate. With regard to the code violations, you should consult with a local attorney and get guidance regarding the appropriate steps to take. The attorney you hire may suggest you take your landlord to court, among other possible strategies. Good luck.

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  • How can I get out of a lease in the best way possible?

    I signed a lease last week for an apartment that I hate and I am miserable in. I have almost nothing left in my savings and my job is in jeopardy. I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder over the weekend and I don't know what to do. I signed t...

    Effie’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. Also, you should review the terms of your lease again, if you haven't done so already to see whether there are specific terms in place for early termination of your lease. For example, some leases require 60 days ' notice and 2 months' rent to break a lease. If this is the case, this will give you guidance and help you navigate what your next steps should be. That said, you should still consider consulting with a local attorney . Hope this helps.

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  • Can anyone, please, assist me in tell me exactly who: RAPIDFACTS INVESTIGATION AGENCY, INC.?

    I am a pro-se litigant collecting some information to go back to court on a claim of actual innocence. The court's records shows that the court paid to this agency, to conduct an investigation in my case. The address in record is 404 Maryland Av...

    Effie’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. I have never heard of a court paying an investigator to investigate a claim. Best of luck with your situation.

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  • Is a landlord or tenant responsible for a broken window (spring missing; window will not stay open without being propped)?

    Landlord has no proof that window was working prior to tenant moving in. It was not broken by force but by wear and tear prior to tenant moving in. Landlord is trying to charge $500 for window being replaced.

    Effie’s Answer

    One should first start by reviewing the lease's terms and conditions regarding repairs in the rental unit. Usually the lease will give some general guidance as to this issue. Generally, if it's an issue of ordinary wear and tear, it falls upon the landlord to make those repairs at the landlord expense. However, if the damages are beyond ordinary wear and tear, the landlord may lawfully deduct these repair costs from the tenant's security deposit. Hope this helps.

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  • Landlord refuses to have dead animals(squirrels) removed from my apartment

    I have had an ongoing problem with insects rodents and dead squirrels in my apartment. I have had numerous conversations with the landlord in regards to this matter. I had to vacate the premises for almost 3 weeks do to 3 dead squirrels in my hea...

    Effie’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your situation. You really should consult with a local tenant lawyer. You can use Avvo's "find a lawyer" feature to help you find an attorney I your area. Good luck.

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  • Just moved into a apartment just two weeks ago code was here today I found out this place has bedbugs bad infestation my kids

    My kids are getting bit up so bad my seven year old daughters eyes were swollen shut THIS morning couldn't send her to school code marked it uninhabitable can you help me get my security deposit back from a six month lease agreement and for all th...

    Effie’s Answer

    I am very sorry to hear about your situation. You need to find a good local tenant attorney. Use Avvo's "find a lawyer" feature to help you locate someone in your area. I addition, Judging from how bad you and your children's pain and suffering sounds, you may also want to consult with a personal injury attorney. Good luck.

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