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Get Paid for Your Work and More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 10/14/11

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I did some web work for a client/friend (not anymore) and now he is refusing to pay me and saying that he’s got a lawyer and that everything I did was his. How would I go about in taking legal action to get paid?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

October 18th, 2011 at 5:33 am

America Invents Act and More Legal Q&A – Free Joe Tuesday 9/13/11

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Alex: I’ve got questions about the America Invents Act. I’ve been hearing a lot about moving from a “first to invent” to a “first to file” system, and I think I understand the ramifications of that. I’m wondering, though, how important in the intellectual property prosecution and protection process, will things like signed dated notebooks be? I mean, if the rights of an invention are now going to be assigned to whoever gets to the patent office first, is it still important at all to prove that you hatched the idea on a specific date?

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What’s the Difference Between Separation and Divorce? And More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 9/9/11

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Candy: What’s the difference between separation and divorce? Joe Escalante: A divorce ends the marriage permanently. A legal separation does not. You have a court order that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse while they are living apart, but you are still legally married. You cannot marry another during this time for example. That would be bigamy, or an HBO series.

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

September 13th, 2011 at 9:54 am

Preventing Autopsies for Religious Reasons, Anti-Trust Act Violations, and More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 8/12/11

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Is it possible to appeal a Small Claim Court decision, especially if additional evidence was provided, that wasn’t presented in the initial Small Claims Court hearing?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 16th, 2011 at 6:17 am

Wage Garnishment, Extreme Forfeiture, and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/29/11

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My son’s father passed away 1 1/2 yrs ago and had a life insurance policy but unfortunately did not make his last payment. The payment was due in October and he died in January. We spoke directly to the insurance company and they denied the claim because of the missing payment. We contacted the state insurance dept and they stated the company did not break any state laws. Is there anything else we can do to fight the insurance company?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 2nd, 2011 at 6:10 am

Bad Checks, Bad Contractors, and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/15/11

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I registered a Trademark for my product’s name. Apparently I registered it as a logo mark. Does this protect the name also? Or just the logo style?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 19th, 2011 at 6:49 am

Adult Adoption, Foreclosure, and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/8/11

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I am wanting my step dad to adopt me (an adult adoption). We live in different counties. Can you tell me what steps we need to take and which county we need to file with?

Sasha: I am wanting my step dad to adopt me (an adult adoption). I live in Harris County and he lives in Grimes County. can you tell me what steps we need to takd and which County we need to take them in to get this taken care of?

Joe Escalante: It probably doesn’t matter which county, but you need to familiarize yourself with the adult adoption laws in your state. Some states only allow adult adoption if the person to be adopted is of diminished capacity. Some states require the consent of the spouse of the person to be adopted, some require notification of biological parents , and some require nothing more than the consent of the adult parties.

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 12th, 2011 at 7:16 am

Commercial Lease Pitfalls and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/1/11

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I’m looking at my first real commercial lease agreement for a bigger space.. Lots to consider in this economy! Among the 32 pages of legalese, are there any common ‘gotchas’ that I should be looking out for?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 5th, 2011 at 6:37 am

Advancing an Inheritance, Red Light Tickets and More – Free Joe Friday 5/27/11

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Do you really have to pay the red light photo tickets that are taken with a camera?

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“Tavern on the Green” Trademark Belongs to NYC

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Since legendary New York City restaurant Tavern on the Green filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy two years ago, the most hotly contested issue has been the ownership of the trademark “Tavern on the Green.” A settlement between the City of New York and the bankruptcy trustee was announced recently, and it gives the city the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 12th, 2011 at 1:58 pm