Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I really need a lawyer if I am already feeling better?
Yes. The long-term effects of injuries do not always reveal themselves immediately. The longer you wait to pursue a claim, the harder it can be to gather supporting evidence. You should seek legal counsel as soon as you have been injured—but even if time has passed, that is all the more reason to call our office and rely on our experience to get you compensated.
- What is the Jones Act?
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, allows injured seamen to bring actions against their employers based on the negligence of the ship owner, the captain, or other members of the crew. Alex Mora knows how to work within the Jones Act to address maritime injuries.
- Why should I hire a smaller law firm?
A smaller law firm like the Mora Law Office can offer personal attention that can result in a more satisfactory experience and the assurance that you are getting all that you deserve.
Other Areas of Law
- What do I need to do to live and work legally in the U.S?
You may need an immigration lawyer like Miguel Romero, with the Mora Law Office. The answer to your questions may depend on what country you are from, what kind of work you are doing, what degrees you have and your family situation. You may need him to prepare special applications depending on whether you require asylum, or if you have been detained by immigration.
- ¿Que tengo que hacer para vivir y trabajar legalmente en los Estados Unidos?
Usted puede necesitar un abogado de inmigración como Miguel Romero, con el Estudio de Alexandra Mora. La respuesta a sus preguntas puede depender de que país usted es, que tipo de trabajo usted hace, que grados usted tiene y su situación de familia. Usted puede necesitar preparar aplicaciones especiales según si usted requiere el asilo, o si usted ha sido detenido por la inmigración.
- Why should I have a will?
You cannot take anything for granted when it comes to your estate. A straightforward situation—everything will go to my spouse, or my children will split it all—can become complex in your absence. You want to leave your heirs a clear picture of your plans. We work with you to make sure every scenario is considered.
- What is the process for getting a divorce?
In Louisiana, it depends on whether you have minor children. If you have minor children it takes one year, if you do not it takes 6 months. The procedural steps can get complicated and are best answered during a consultation with an attorney.
- Can I file the forms myself?
There are many aspects of business that you can handle yourself. But when you are starting up, you should remove all doubt. Work with a confident business lawyer to put everything in place. Later, you may want to expand your business, which will require new permits…and Alexandra Mora will still be there for you.
- I am concerned about confidentiality and maintaining my customer base.
A good lawyer can advise you and draft appropriate employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-competition clauses. The law allows you to have agreements with your independent contractors and employees that limit their ability to compete with you or solicit your customers or other employees when they leave. These agreements are strictly construed and must be properly drafted to be effective.
- Do artists and entertainers have special legal needs?
Artists, writers, actors and actresses may have unique legal issues in connection with their work. Some of these issues are also important to inventors or regular businesses that want to protect their logos or other creative aspects of their marketing and work. Issues of copyright, trademark and work-for-hire may be relevant. Consult with an intellectual property attorney like Walter Wolf if you are concerned about protecting your artistic rights.
- How will I prove that I was sexually harassed?
Document every incident in writing, and submit your log to your direct supervisor. If that person is the one harassing you, then go to the next supervisor up the line. This paper trail demonstrates that you reported the problem and action was not taken. If time has passed and you have not kept records, start now—and make an appointment with New Orleans attorney, Alexandra Mora.
- Do I have to allow my vehicle to be searched?
If you are arrested while at the wheel of your car, then a legal search may be performed. But if you are simply stopped by the police, and the officers ask to search your car, you do not have to consent. Only items in plain sight are subject to search. If you are arrested in response to refusing a search of your car, your civil rights are being abused and you should call the Mora Law Office, lawyers in New Orleans.
- Am I entitled to overtime and tips?
The Fair Labor Standards Act protects employees against unfair wage and hour practices. If you believe you are not receiving your full hourly wage, or are required to share tips with management, your rights are being abused and you should call the Mora Law Office.
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