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I’m Not Satisfied with My Lawyer. Can I Get My Money Back? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 12/7/12

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Keith: Can I ask my attorney to refund my money? One bill was for trial preparation. But there was no trial. I’ve been paying for custody trial since January. My life hasn’t changed. No mediation no trail. I’m just paying child support and now my attorney. But nothing has happened except my bill keeps increasing.

Joe Escalante: To deal with a divorce / child custody case effectively you need a lawyer, and you got one. That’s great. However, that doesn’t guarantee results. If he prepared for a trial, then charged you for…

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December 11th, 2012 at 6:00 am

Financial Power of Attorney vs. Medical Proxy? And More Free Legal Q&A – Free Joe 12/4/12

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Robert: Please explain the connection or contrast between legal power of attorney, and, health/medical proxy? Are they mainly redundant, complimentary, mutually exclusive, or, do you need the former in order to acquire the latter?

Joe Escalante: A legal power of attorney usually refers to a document to take over checking accounts, etc. and to be able to buy and sell property. Financial stuff. However…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

December 6th, 2012 at 6:15 am

Can I Call Witnesses in Small Claims Court? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/30/12

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Lou: Can a person call witnesses in a small claims court senario?

Joe Escalante: These rules vary by state, but in California, yes. You can issue subpoenas for documents and witnesses. It’s just a form. You serve it, and…

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December 4th, 2012 at 5:25 am

Is That Facebook Post a Hoax? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/27/12

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Alex: Question for Free Joe: To me, it seemed obvious that the Facebook copyright status was a hoax because it contained typos and an exclamation point. I figured that no genuine legal text would contain exclamation points. However, I don’t have a legal background so I am not sure if this is true. When, if ever, is it appropriate to use exclamation points in legal documents?

Joe Escalante: Great question Alex. I got this from people and I just felt sad for them. It really said and did nothing. If you create something, you have an inherent copyright in it. The courts determine…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

November 29th, 2012 at 6:13 am

My Neighbor Is Harassing Me. Do I Have a Case? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/20/12

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Tami: Hello. I live in a upstairs apartment. I have a neighbor who constantly complains about my children running around. He bangs on the ceiling with his came and he also complains to the office. I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and 2 of my children are also disabled. Do you think I would have a harassment case? He has been informed that there are disabled people living up here and still constantly harasses me.

Joe Escalante: That’s not…

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

November 22nd, 2012 at 6:09 am

Can I Use a Copyrighted Image as Artwork in My Home? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/16/12

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Andrew: Am I allowed to scan an image from a music CD’s insert and print that image on canvas to display in my home as an art piece?

Joe Escalante: Technically, someone could articulate why this is a problem in some respects, but if it stayed in your home, it’s never going…

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November 20th, 2012 at 5:29 am

How Do I Add Names to a Deed? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/13/12

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Jude: I would like to add my adult children on the deed or title of my mobile home, how would I go about doing that??

Joe Escalante: Deed or Title is the question. If you are deeding rights to land the home sits on, you would file a “quitclaim deed” with…

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November 15th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

How Do I Know If I Need a Will or a Living Trust? Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/9/12

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Antoine: Is it better to start a living trust or to just have a will?

Joe Escalante: A trust is important if you are trying to leave property to someone that wouldn’t get it without probate. So with me…

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November 13th, 2012 at 5:29 am

What Constitutes a Common Law Marriage? And More Legal Q&A – Free Joe 11/6/12

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Rebecca: If two people have been living together for a while and one says they are common law married and one says they aren’t, can one person take 1/2 of everything if they cease to live together?

Joe Escalante: Both parties would have to agree…

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November 8th, 2012 at 5:31 am

Can My Landlord Make Me Get Rid of My Dog? And More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe 11/2/12

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On Tuesdays and Fridays, attorney Joe Escalante answers legal questions for free on the LegalZoom Facebook Page. Did you miss the last Free Joe? Don’t worry. We’ve got it all right here. Jay: We are on HUD and live in WA. We were never given a copy of the lease and we got a puppy. The landlord […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

November 6th, 2012 at 5:31 am