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  • I gave someone money that passed away and i have a document showing it. How should I get my money?

    Someone passed away that owes me money how do I get my money?

    Francine’s Answer

    It really depends on the type of agreement you had with the decedent. You stated that you "gave someone money...." You did not say you loaned someone money. Unless you have proof to the contrary, an argument can be made that it was a gift. In which case, chances are you cannot be reimbursed. But again, it depends on the type of agreement you entered into. Another important point is whether the agreement is in writing. You say you have a document showing "it." What is it? Does the document clearly state the terms of the agreement. Many questions need to be answered before it can be determined that you are owed money from the estate. Consult with a competent Arizona business attorney for guidance.

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  • Do I need to pay if I signed a contract with my old employer but they used a name I set on Facebook?

    My employers bought me a car while I was working with them. But I got in an accident and I ended up buying a new car and quitting the job a little bit later. So they had me sign a contract but they had me name as "Keh Vinh Nouu" instead of "Kevin ...

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    So that I am clear, you are asking if you are required to pay for a car that you totaled? Particularly, a car that your employer generously purchased for you, while you were employed by that employer. Because the facts may cause you some embarrassment, you might want to consult with a lawyer in private, so that whatever you say will be treated as confidential. FYI, nothing you share in this discussion venue is confidential, nor subject to attorney client privilege.

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  • Wanted to know my options for my motorcycle which got stolen from a tow yard?? It's there responsibility right?

    My bike was in an accident so the police towed it to a tow yard... I contacted the tow yard to confirm my bike was there and they said yes.. Went to go pick up my bike 2 days later and the bike was stolen from the tow yard. Owner excepted responsi...

    Francine’s Answer

    While on the surface it appears that you may have rights, without more facts it's hard to know. I suggest you consult with a competent business attorney, with whom you can share ALL of the facts. In turn, they will be able to counsel you effectively. As much as it may seem unfair, the law is always fact specific.

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  • Can facebook messenger private messages be used in court

    Sons dads wife hacked into my facebook and are making me look like i do drugs and sell drugs. We have a original order and we havent had a problem since 2012 they are mad child support went up and now i am fighting for my son. However i do not do ...

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    Information on a social media venue can be used against you, but it depends on a number of factors e.g., did they actually hack your account or did you in some way grant them permission. Were they a friend on FB? Were your privacy settings private? You should consult with an IP Internet attorney for counsel you can rely on.

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  • Please Respond

    We Bought Some Beds From Our Next Door Neighbor For $50 . We Told The Lady Give Us The Bed Or The Money Back So The Lady Told Us to Go In Her House And Get Them Because She Was Going to An Appointment . We Took The Beds . Next Day The Lady We Com...

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    While this may sound like a silly question, I would ask if they gave you any kind of documentation when you gave them the $50? Or at a minimum, did you ask for something in writing? You "may" have a claim for the $50, but without proof that they gave you permission to enter their home, it might be hard. Did they give you a key to enter? Was the door left open? These are only a few questions you should be prepared to answer when you consult with s lawyer in private.

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  • How do i transfer a car to my name if the owner that I cosigned for is now in prison?

    I cosigned for a family that is now in prison I have the car since he would park it in my garage. He has informed me that I should just take the car since I liable for the payments anyway but his mother wants me to give the car to her but not rem...

    Francine’s Answer

    There are a few moving parts to your situation. For that reason, I would strongly recommend that you consult with a lawyer in New York, since your zip code suggests you are in NY. Any competent attorney will want to see any documents you signed, including any emails that might suggest the extent of your contractual rights. Then, they will be able to counsel you.

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  • Confidentiality and Non Disclosure Agreements

    I'm in search of a firm to retain to handle a complex commercial patent/copyright case with a partial contingency structure. Even thought I realize that attorneys have to uphold confidentiality, I am a bit apprehensive at this early point of the c...

    Francine’s Answer

    Regarding asking an attorney to sign a confidentiality agreement, you can do so, but it would be redundant. In every state a lawyer is required to uphold the confidences of their clients. Plus, our Retainer/Fee Agreements usually include such a provision. And even if you are not officially a client, if you meet with an attorney in anticipation of hiring them, most courts and disciplinary bodies would require a lawyer to protect the client confidences.

    Finally, it is not unusual for a lawyer to ask what type of IP you have, in order to assess what you need them to do. I would never just take a client's word. In fact, I always do my own due diligence, because clients don't always know what they have. A great example, you may think what you have are trade secrets, but in fact, depending on the nature of the content and how you have previously protected it, it may not actually be a protectable trade secret. You would not know that, but a competent IP attorney would. Good luck!

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  • I reported a crime in 2014 that happened in 2010. When does the statue of limitations begin, end?

    I reported a theft by deception/fraud on June 14, 2014 that began October 2010. I know because Judge Judy wrote me a letter inviting me to sue the "defendant" on her show. The Judge in our jurisdiction said that there was no probable cause based o...

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    This sounds like a civil litigation law matter, not an intellectual property case. For that reason, I have reposted your question in the litigation section. If you want to pursue it as a criminal matter (which will depend solely on the facts of the case) you will need to go to your New Jersey DA's office.

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  • Is it copyright infringement if I use a company's IP in my résumé applying for a job with the aforementioned company?

    For example, can I legally use an image of Mickey Mouse on my résumé if I'm applying for a career with The Walt Disney Company?

    Francine’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Koslyn, in that, even if there is no valid copyright infringement issue, you send a bad message. By using someone's protected IP, especially the company you are trying to court, suggests you are not smart, foolish, or at a minimum inappropriately funny.

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  • I have a corporation in California I owe tax money on it I want to start a new company in a different industry in a different

    State will I get in trouble for it. I use to do travel but I don't do that anymore and I want to start an elecrtronic company in delaware

    Francine’s Answer

    However, while I agree with attorney Dolan, I also say, wouldn't it be better to tend to your existing responsibilities before incurring new ones? Yes, you can start a new business even though you owe back taxes, and likely other debts, on an old business. However, the fact that you have stated that in a non-private venue, perhaps the authorities may one day catch up with you. An argument can be made that what you want to do is illegal and unethical.

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