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Thomas Richelo

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  • Advice for small claims court. what do i need to bring or know.

    Had waterproofing in my crawl space done ....lifetime warranty....had flooding. Owner of the company will not return my calls. Cost was 4500.00 dollars.

    Thomas’s Answer

    The answers to all of your questions would not be worth an attorney advising you unless you elect to hire them, at least for consultation before going to court.

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  • Will the judge ask for W2's, 1040's or other documentation? How can I have the hearing postponed due to my conflict?

    My ex-husband has served me with papers to have his child support reduced. He is claiming that his income has gone from $7K per month to $600 per month. I am fairly certain that he is now working two jobs (a full time and a part time) but wants ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You have too much at stake here to opt for avoiding the cost of legal representation. The cost of being without a lawyer will be greater.

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  • Can I sue not because of my stuff being sold but my identity being sold?

    A year ago my storage was auctioned...i was concerned when called about it die to all my expensive things in it but i know that replaceable. My main concern was getting my paperwork back which included social security numbers of my kids n i, my ho...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Unfortunately, these privacy concerns should have been addressed by you before you left sensitive information in the storage unit and then got in arrears on the rental. Lesson for the future. you can keep trying to find out who the buyer was but as you noted the company will not give out that information.

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  • Can one respond to pod/rogs with objections when answering/producing docs without filing motion to quash/protective order?

    Northern District Georgia District Court Tort Case. Initial disclosures with POD/ROGS were issued to both parties and deadline to produce was 45 days. Now the other side is raising for the first time objections verbally and rogs/pod are due in th...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You should understand what your question sounds like to lawyers who spend years in law school and further in practice to learn how to deal with such matters. You are trying to be your own lawyer and, as Mr. Riddle implies, encountering one of what will be many situations where you are outmaneuvered because you aren't represented. Imagine posting on a medical site that you decided to do your own surgery and have your chest open and now would like to ask which of those objects is your spleen. Ok, exaggeration, but this makes my point. Good idea to hire and pay a lawyer to handle this.

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  • Bipolar employee admits phone abuse on job due to illness. Can I fire?

    I have an employee that was just diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She admitted it to me over the phone and is sending in documentation from her doctor. She also admitted that she has been avoiding phone calls on the job due to her depression. This...

    Thomas’s Answer

    An issue (to which I don't know the answer) is whether bipolar disorder qualifies as a disability that is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. That's what you have to have an employment lawyer look into. There are some health or physical conditions that make certain people unqualified to perform certain jobs. If this particular job involves telephone contact with customers or business associates of the company and she cannot or won't perform that properly, then you may have legitimate grounds to terminate here. Tread carefully, but document whatever shortcomings there are in her performance and share those with an attorney.

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  • Do I have a better than 50% chance at an unlawful termination case, be it due to illness, age, or similar?

    I am a 55 year old divorced female. I worked for PhotoBooks Inc. (d/b/a Connect Healthcare) from February 2009 to January 8, 2016. I was hired as a Sales Assistant at $24,500 per year, and I ended as Print Account and Accounts Receivable Manager...

    Thomas’s Answer

    No good attorney will quote you probability statistics on your claim because it isn't that precise a science and because there are going to be a bunch of additional facts, some of them quite important, that are not covered by your post. I do feel you have enough of a basis to begin consulting with an employment attorney and many who take plaintiff's cases will give a free initial consultation as they evaluate your case.

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  • What are some possible outcomes for this charge ? What can happen ?

    I am 22 . Never have I been in trouble before . I got charged with credit card transaction fraud in the state of Georgia . I used my ex's credit card that was already on my Sprint phone bill account ( becasue he had paid it before ) to pay my phon...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Given the seriousness of the penalty and its consequences, you need to be working with a criminal defense attorney right away. Two things come to mind: have your attorney advise you on "first offender" program and also on the possibility of offering restitution as part of a deal.

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  • Which jurisdiction, and should I be looking at cyber or traditional defamation?

    My son, creator of software, sold to another party rights to use said software who now is claiming that my son is pirating and illegally using said software. In contract, both have rights to use said software. These claims are coming from the bu...

    Thomas’s Answer

    There are intellectual property issues in your case as well as defamation and possible some competitive practices claims. You need to conduct a search for an attorney or firm that can handle all of those issues. It is too complicated to perform a jurisdictional analysis from the facts you have given, so expect to have to consider several states initially.

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  • My question is what are the chances of me not getting a lawyer and winning this case?

    When my son was 2 years old his dad moved to TN for work, My son, my daughter and myself still lived in GA. Dad and I was still in a relationship, i started working for a company that can help with advancing in my career. A year into working my ho...

    Thomas’s Answer

    This is not a matter you can afford to deal with by not having a lawyer. In addition to family law, the bruises raise the possibility of criminal law issues. As noted by colleagues, when a child's welfare is at stake there is too much on the line to handle it without legal counsel. I'm sorry to hear about these things happening to you and hope you get it worked out.

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  • When will this happen?

    My case was settled 10/15 and I charged with 7 counts of battery In the state of Georgia. I sell health insurance. How long does it take before the Insurance commissioner finds out and I lose my license to sell ? Trying to prepare myself.

    Thomas’s Answer

    No one can answer that question definitely because the matter could be reported to the insurance commissioner right away but even if so no one can predict how long it takes for the information to move through the system. The only way you can prepare is to assume it may happen very soon.

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