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Thomas Richelo

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  • To what degree, is installed equipment in a home, part of the home, after the owner passes away?

    This question maybe redundant. Please bear with me. About five years ago, I moved in with my mother, and upgraded her home with about $30,000 of equipment, including a new HVAC. Now she has passed away, and has willed her house to my sister and ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Your post involves several issues: When you put the equipment in, did you intend it as a gift to her? If so, then it was hers and it makes sense for you to pay half to get it back. If you meant to keep some ownership interest in the house because you were upgrading it, you needed some sort of agreement to do that. Perhaps there was a tacit or oral agreement with your mother. I agree this may be something to negotiate with your sister. You should also consider that five-year-old equipment is no longer worth what you paid when it was installed, so it may not be worth $30,000 of the house's value.

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  • What are the options he has in regards to my uncle. Would my uncle be forced to buy out my fathers equity or sell all together?

    My father and uncle took out a mortgage to buy their family home when my grandmother passed away. My father is getting on in age and is wondering how to divide any assets he may have amongst his children.

    Thomas’s Answer

    You will need a real estate attorney to address this question and that person will have to look at the documents that established the ownership between your uncle and father. Then, whatever those dictate, specifics can also be addressed in your father's will, albeit uncle's consent to certain things would still be needed. Someone needs to study the property and consider the family's options, because you might want your uncle to buy out the heirs and you all get cash (which is often desired because it's clean and simple) or you might prefer a third-party sale if that seemed to be a way to get more for the property.

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  • Do I have a case? Please Help.

    Hi. I need legal advice in the Atlanta area. (Short Version) Sunday (12-27-2015) at 3:00 am the ceiling in the apartment that I have paid rent for two years collapsed on my four year old daughter. Call 911 to have her assessed at the hospital. No ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I suggest that in addition to posting a question and awaiting an answer you use Avvo's Find a Lawyer feature and search for someone practicing landlord/tenant law. You can also look to see if that person answers many questions here about landlord/tenant law; if so, it can give you a sense of how well they know the subject and probably also signals they are eager to gain new clients. Good luck.

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  • What can be done ?

    I work as a server for a large chain restaurant. I had trouble with the cook previously. He threw a plate at me hitting a customer. Yesterday he was watching porn and showing me and the other server. Also showing other male customers who are regul...

    Thomas’s Answer

    A national chain restaurant should have an employee manual that tells you how to deal with this. If you have a copy, consult it. If you don't have a copy, ask your manager for one.

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  • Can i perfect a lien in north carolina by filing a lawsuit in Georgia so long as I file a lis pendens in the county in NC?

    I want to perfect a lien on real property located in North Carolina by initiating a lawsuit in Georgia where General Contractor located. If i file a lis pendons in NC county where property subject to lien is located then is this sufficient to perf...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I agree you need to consult NC attorneys. Generally, the lawsuit to perfect a lien is brought whether the project was performed, in the state where the lien was filed. Even though the contractor resides in Georgia, it entered NC for purposes of the project and is likely subject to being sued there. Be careful to stay abreast of lien deadlines.

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  • Can I sue to have the video removed from the internet or sue for the profit she is getting?

    A viral video was posted by someone else of me at my job I did not give consent for the video to be recorded or released to the internet.

    Thomas’s Answer

    What makes you think she's making a profit off the video? There are cases where the "misappropriation" of your likeness or image can give rise to a claim. You may also want to search for an attorney in the area of intellectual property.

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  • When you is 22 years old and you take care of your sister that is 17th and she is still in high school which credit do I get

    I have a sister that is 17th and she is in school and she live with me and I take care of her and I am 22 I want to no when I file my tax return next year can I get the earn income credit or do I get the child tax credit

    Thomas’s Answer

    You could search for a tax attorney or tax accountant, but first you may want to try the IRS website which has a lot of explanatory information on when those credits are available or what deductions you might be able to take.

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  • Is it legal in Georgia, for an employer to provide PT (paid time off), then not allow employees to take that time?

    A group of employees have Paid Time off, but the company has not allowed them to take it., will not pay for it, and will not roll time over to 2016.

    Thomas’s Answer

    I suggest you look for an attorney whose practice involves claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The case may have some significant value if there are multiple persons who can assert similar claims.

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  • What are my options?

    Appeal to MSPB in Aug. 2015, USPS responded altered motion 5 C F R 1201.22 to read (whichever occurs first) should read -whichever is later. As of Dec. 26 the AJ has not ruled. I took attorney to court and was arrested for stalking (inappropriate ...

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    You should consider using the Avvo Find A Lawyer feature to get someone in you area whose subject matter practice involves your type of case.

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  • What happen when family member press charges against each other ?

    If a big brother tell his little sister that she cant do this and that because his mother said that she's on punishment , and they get into an argument along with their dad, the little sister starts to hit her brother along with her dad whose real...

    Thomas’s Answer

    One thing a criminal defense lawyer may focus on is the lack of evidence that your sister was hit: she can be examined for bruises or the lack thereof. If there's no physical evidence, while that's not conclusive, it certainly helps your case.

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