I have owned a business and I closed it based on some family issues. However, another business competition has put my business picture and name on his Facebook telling people that he is willing to take their business and serve them if they have lo...
You may have some valid causes of action, including unfair competition, copyright infringement, defamation, statutory conversion, and other claims. You can try and file a police complaint, but in all likelihood, the police department would deem the matter is a civil issue.
The real question is damages. Even if you could prove liability, a potential problem is calculating meaningful damages given that you closed your business. If this situation is hurting your reputation, including any chances for re-opening your business, you would be wise to consult with a competent litigation attorney.See question
Our trial is in ten days and my ex just told me he has a lawyer all of a sudden. Is he able to get an attorney this late? Will his lawyer try to post pone our trial?
Yes. Any person may retain a lawyer, even if ten days before trial. Your ex could even retain an attorney on the day of trial, although it probably would not be wise for the attorney to appear so late in the process. As to whether the lawyer would try and postpone the trial date, that depends on whether such a motion is filed and, more important, whether the judge would agree to adjourn the trial date. Most judges would refuse to adjourn the trial date, especially if the case was on the docket for a long time and all pre-trial activities have completed.
Depending on what it is at stake, you may wish to consult with your own lawyer. A trial involves rules of procedure and rules of evidence, among other traits and elements that are typically beyond the knowledge and experience of lay persons.
I wish you the best of luck.See question
My apartment complex offered free water and heat when we signed our lease however that is not laid out in our contract. Do to water prices increasing the owner of our building no longer wants to pay the water bill. However he is refusing to pay to...
Based on what you say, the short answer is that the landlord probably does not have to pay for heat and water. While you may wish to have an attorney look over your written lease, chances are that the written lease is "fully integrated", meaning that the landlord has no obligation to pay for heat and water if such is not specified in the lease. You may have a colorable argument that the landlord lacks the right to impose payment for heat and water during the pendency of your existing term. But again, consulting with a lawyer face-to-face would give you the best guidance and options.
As for moving forward, if you believe that you will be overcharged, your best financial bet might be to seek another apartment complex. In any event, I suggest that you speak with a landlord-tenant lawyer.See question
My husband works and retained a lawyer I don't have one I'm trying to figure which motions do I have to file to make him pay
MCR 3.206(C) governs the procedure in domestic relations actions for requesting attorney fees. In general, your motion must allege that you cannot afford your attorney and that the other party is able to pay. You may also obtain attorney fees if the other party refused to comply with a prior court order and had the ability to comply.
Many family law practitioners encounter this issue. As such, you may be successful in finding a lawyer willing to represent you if an order can be obtained requiring the other party to pay the fees. I wish you the best of luck.See question
Unprovoked, an opposing family law attorney insulted a family member who had come to court to support me. I later learned this, and at our next meeting, I told the lawyer that this family member was very offended by his comments. Rather than sim...
You could file a complaint with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission. Technically, it's labeled a request for investigation. If you want to pursue this, your complaint should contain as much detail as possible, i.e., describe precisely what "insults" were said, tone of voice, where it occurred, time, and all other details.
Depending on your details, the Commission might require the attorney to issue a response. It's quite unfortunate that this occurred. While all of us have free speech rights, attorneys are held to a higher standard of civility. It's bad enough that tempers are flared in family court by the litigants; it's much worse and uncalled for when done by a member of the bar.See question
Decree states that we split all mutually agreed upon extracurricular activities 50/50. Hasn't really been an issue but I just spent over $1200 for a variety of items that we both mutually agreed upon, ie school clothes, school supplies, yearbooks,...
The legal answer to your question depends on the language in your divorce judgment. If mutual agreement is required, then you may have a solid legal basis to refuse paying half of the cell-phone expense. You also may have a strong argument that he is violating the divorce judgment by not paying on agreed-upon items.
I would think, however, that most family law practitioners would advise you to try and workout this problem before resort to filing a motion and incurring the time and expense, which could easily exceed the disputed amounts. Because you both are co-parents, your children would be best served by trying to do everything within your power and control before escalating conflicts in court.
However, if this problem escalates, or if there are other post-judgment issues brewing, you would be best served by consulting with a family law attorney for further guidance. Most lawyers will provide a free initial consultation.
I wish you the best of luck for the sake of your children.See question
I have a son who is in middle school who receives special education services and programming. We are currently in disagreement with several points of concern that the district agreed to at the end of last year. Looking for representation to move f...
This forum works very well for finding competent and experienced representation. Given that your son's education is your goal, finding the right lawyer, especially those with knowledge of IEPs to help navigate and negotiate these delicate issues is crucial.See question
I was terminated from a job recently and the job lied and said I violated a policy. The situation started by the company not paying me for a month's worth of commission. I was told I would receive it initally, since there was an internal system er...
Michigan has a very strong Sales Commission Act, which is very favorable to sales representatives who are not paid commissions. If the employer intentionally failed to pay the required commission, the Act provides for treble damages plus a reasonable attorney fee. Treble damages means (1) the commission amount; and (2) a penalty of two times the commission amount, or $100,000.00, whichever amount is less.
Based on what you described, you may have a good case to pursue. You should consult with an experienced litigation attorney for further guidance.See question
I was subpoenaed to give a deposition for a friends injury case. The date may conflict with my husband having open heart surgery.
You can call the attorney who issued the subpoena and ask to have the deposition rescheduled to a convenient date. And given that most attorneys have an email address, it would be wise for you to send an email explaining your need to reschedule to the attorney as well. By sending an email, you create a documented trail showing that you did, in fact, ask to have the date moved.
Most attorneys will provide this courtesy, especially if you are a non-party witness. If you encounter any difficulties, you should consult with a lawyer to protect your rights and interests.See question
We have been waiting weeks for our custody case (involving my step daughter) to be seen before a judge. We have court today and our lawyer texts us this morning to tell us she has been put on bed rest (due to pregnancy) and will not be present in ...
I agree that you should seek substitute counsel. While it may be probable that your current attorney believes that your husband "will be fine" without an attorney for whatever hearing/event was scheduled, the fact that you took the time to seek input on this forum suggests strongly that you want/need representation through each and every step of the process, no matter how trivial.See question