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  • I JUST WANT TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY PRO BONO LAWYERS I CAN CONTACT?

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY PRO BONO LAWYERS THAT HANDLE CIVIL MATTERS. I HAD A CONTRACT WITH A PLUMBING CO. THEY DID NOT COMPLETE THEIR WORK. I HAD TO PAY, NOT KNOWING THE WORK WAS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL BIGGER PROBLEMS AROUSE. I JUST F...

    Nicole’s Answer

    Depending on the amount at issue, you may be able to sue this contractor yourself in small claims court. These types of proceedings are easier for a layperson to handle without the assistance of an attorney. This would be a remedy for your civil damages, but not any criminal wrongdoing. Good luck!

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  • How much power do Home Owners Associations have?

    Do I legally have to pay HOA fees if I do not receive anything in return from them? and can they put a lien on my property for unpaid dues?

    Nicole’s Answer

    You should look to whether or not you signed any agreement to be a part of and pay HOA fees when you purchased your property. If they are legally owed, you could potentially be sued for unpaid dues.

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  • If i quit my job with a two weeks notice do they still have to pay me my vacation pay?

    My vacation time resets on 3/24/15 I plan on putting in my two weeks notice on 3/31/15 making my last day 4/15/15. say i put in my notice on the 24th and the company tells me not to come back do they still have to pay me my vacation pay? company h...

    Nicole’s Answer

    If you believe that the company was at fault in some way and this is why you are leaving the employment, you should speak with an experienced employment attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected.

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  • I paid my lawyer $3,000 for retaining fee but no case was file against me. The fee is non-refundable. Can I still get my money?

    On the retaining agreement it states the fee is non refundable but very little work has been done because theres not a case filed against me. Do I ask for a refund or ask for the remaining funds not used?

    Nicole’s Answer

    If you signed an agreement that stated that your retainer fee is non-refundable, it will likely be difficult to get any of that money back. You would be able to ask the attorney for a copy of your file for your records.

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  • Being overcharged for damaged carpet in previous rental

    We just recently moved out of our rental. We did not pay a security deposit and the landlord is now trying to charge us for replacing all the carpet in the house. We lived there for 4.5 years and it was installed 6 months before we moved in. We we...

    Nicole’s Answer

    I would suggest your review your rental agreement to see what obligations you have for these types of damages. It also may be helpful to discuss this rental agreement any subsequent legal obligations with an attorney that practices in landlord-tenant issues.

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  • My daughter is a college student in Ft. Lauderdale was renting apt for over discovered mold and became very sick and had to move

    She took photos, emails and texts to the landlord that lives out in Orlando to document these finding. The landlord had a mold specialist come in and said there was mold her landlord gave her permission to move now will not give her security depos...

    Nicole’s Answer

    Based on the information you provided, it appears that both the apartment that was rented and the landlord are located in the state of Florida. You should therefore speak to (or have your daughter speak to) an attorney in Florida who has experience in landlord-tenant related issues. Good luck.

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  • I've had my left knee replaced in Aug of 12", then the right by a different dr in march of 13", he also,revised the left knee.

    The first dr I believe did something wrong in the first tkr,he's from Scranton .my leg was twisted in the dam machine that bends your knee , now int turns way out to the left . Would i have a case in malpractice.its an uncemented tibial plate, whi...

    Nicole’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your continued problems with recovery from knee surgery. Based on the information you provided however, it would be impossible for anyone to know for sure whether or not you would have a case for medical malpractice. You should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney, and they would likely want to review all of your medical records relating to the knee problems and surgeries. Good luck!

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  • Can I buy a property which is currently delinquent in property taxes?

    The property is currently in a relative's name. It is in the city of Pittsburgh. If I am able to purchase the property I want it transferred to my name.

    Nicole’s Answer

    You should have a thorough title search done on the property, which would research the total amount of delinquent taxes for the property. You would be responsible for paying off these taxes (generally). Good luck.

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  • Can a hospital be sued for violating my privacy?

    I was placed in the mental health facility in a locsl hospital for a couple days, and now one of their employees are telling multiple people that I was in there. I have been going through intensive therapy for depression & other things since. It w...

    Nicole’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answer that this may have constituted a HIPAA violation, and should be reported. Good luck.

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  • If u have a case do u have the right to call your attorney to find out where your case stands or should u just wait to see what

    happens and wait for them to call u or is it up to u to call them to find out whats going on and should they be able to tell u how much longer your case my be and how much money their going to ask 4 in your case or if its going to court

    Nicole’s Answer

    You can absolutely call your attorney about the status of your case. They should be updating you with any developments, but it never hurts to follow up. They may not be able to give you an exact timeline of how quickly your case will be heard, or how much your ultimate costs would be (depending on your fee arrangement), but they should be able to give you an idea of what will be happening next. Good luck.

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