Questions Answered by Neville Bedford

Q: How do i get to speak to a representative in the state of R.I. , and not a automative machine? Tryin 2 reinstate in MO.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Rhode Island on Aug 18, 2011

Answered on Dec 9, 2014

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At times the voice mail system is a difficult maze.

Suspension Information by Mail

If you cannot appear in person at Operator Control for information regarding your license or registration, you may leave a message listing your name, date of birth, address, license number, as well as a brief description of the problem you are experiencing and you will receive correspondence by mail. You may also mail your suspension inquiry and any pertinent information to Operator Control.

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Q: My dog was bitten by another dog in the neighborhood and needed stitches. Can I sue for the vet bill?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Oct 10, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Meet with an attorney to assist you in navigating the court system. Bring your vet bills and have a candid discussion of costs versus likelihood of success.

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Q: In an abusive household, can the mother leave the state with children born in RI?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Oct 18, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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If there are any threats of imminent physical violence, have the victim seek assistance with any of the RICADV agencies (http://www.ricadv.org/en/) and consult with legal counsel. Generally, a party may do ANYTHING the court permits them to do by way of ORDER after hearing the facts and testimony of the parties. The process usually begins with the victim seeking the assistance of the court through a petition for a restraining order/ no contact order. There is no guarantee the court will...

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Q: if u were overpaid @ work in 2006-2009 can u get arrested or what will happen 2 u ?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on Oct 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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That depends on whom your employer is - what there policies are AND why you were overpaid - mistake - embezzlement - etc. Discuss this in a private meeting with an attorney in your area - NOT on the OPEN internet.

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Q: My son turned 18 in April, just prior to that in February we applied for a new passport for him .

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Oct 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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This seems to be happening often here - or else this is a duplicate question form the same asker.

Son, It would be a pity to have this impair a father son relationship. Talk to your dad and try to get him to explain why he is not returning your documents. If you request a replacement, have it sent to where you are living. Mom, perhaps the animus form the separation hasn't yet dissipated and Dad still feels some resentment towards you that he is (inappropriately taking out on Son) by...

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Q: My son has been living with me for 7 years, and he's 9 now. the mother has not been in the picture since he was 2.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Oct 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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I am sorry that your son has lost contact with his mother. Unless a court of competent jurisdiction has made an order - custody is not yet legally established. Meet with a family court attorney to discuss correcting this and avoid difficulties in the future. She has a right to visitation along with an obligation to provide support commensurate with her income. These matters should be addressed sooner rather than later.

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Q: What to do if police will not give us A no trespass form

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on Oct 26, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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If the situation continues and this person is a threat - or harassing you, speak to a lawyer and discuss restraining orders.

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Q: Can a name be change post judgement to jane doe to protect medical information of the plaintiff?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Rhode Island on Oct 28, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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The documents that were filed were not filed under seal or as an alias ? Then they are public documents. Speak with your attorney about petitioning the court to seal the documents in your particular case for best advice.

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Q: Is having a bake sale at the voting location (a Middle School) considered "hindering" the election process ???

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Rhode Island on Oct 30, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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If it is on election day - in the same caf-a-gym-atorium where people vote, then yes, it may interfere with the electoral process.

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Q: What should I do? Could I be adopted by someone near me so I can stay in the same school? Please help?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Oct 30, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Talk to your DAD. He will likely do well to make an appointment with a family court attorney here in RI. Massachusetts isn't so bad and now that you are 15, the court will take your wishes into consideration. This might be best to plan so that you don't have to change schools in the middle of the year. Getting a case started now might be a good idea with an eye toward making your move in the summer.

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Q: Father withholding 18 yr olds passport and Birth Certificate

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Oct 30, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Yes, your son may have remedies at law. It would be best for him to consult with an attorney and disclose ALL of the facts to that attorney in Private to consider various remedies.

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Q: My sister has asked me to come take custody of her baby that was taken in the state of Rhode Island.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Nov 1, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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I might suggest asking her to give you the contact information for the state agency/social worker that "took" her child. Confirm with them that they are agreeable to placement with you before making the trip. Your suspicion is correct, the state has a process to ensure that children are placed in safe and appropriate homes.

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Q: what age do you have to be to leave your parents house in rhode island?what the emancipation process is? court laywer?

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on Nov 2, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Common elements of emancipation of minors are: 18 years of age and not disabled and completed high school, or married. Consult with an attorney to review your particular facts in private.

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Q: I have kids and live in a apartment. The upstairs neighbor has a pitbull. Is it a law that they need dog insurance

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Nov 2, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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In Pawtucket, I believe that law was just overturned - see http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20141123-in-pawtucket-pit-bull-owners-celebrate-ruling-overturning-ban-on-breed-gallery.ece. If you are in fear for your children and /or you know this dog has a propensity to bite. Consider taking appropriate measure to insure the children are not put at risk. This might include moving to a building where pets are not permitted.

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Q: Are school expenses such as supplies, fees and day trips covered by my regular child support payments?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Nov 5, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Yes. However guidelines support orders are the minimum that the state estimates your child will need and requires be paid to the custodial parent. I am sure as a loving parent you will voluntarily provide appropriate additional support(backpacks - snacks treats - gifts) for your child when they are embarking on a trip as appropriate.

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Q: Can a family member of a resident place a camera in the residents room without permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Nursing Home Abuse for Rhode Island on Nov 9, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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IT certainly does seem like a case of invasion of privacy. Have you let the administration know of this activity?

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Q: I Got a puppy in Missouri from a breeder and she is just 2 weeks and very sick can I get money back to help with the hos

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on Nov 9, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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If the contract was for a guaranteed healthy puppy, you may have a breech of contract case. If the breeder is not willing to work with you to resolve the situation, consult with a local attorney to assist you. If the breeder is claiming they sent a healthy puppy and they have a veterinary exam report to that effect, it will be a challenge to discern the cause of the illness. Did it arrive by plane, train, or truck? Did the shipper care for the puppy in transit -- are they responsible for the...

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Q: My friend and I were rear ended while vacationing in California,the person admitted fault,we're both injured and Ri resi

1 Answer | Asked in Injury Law for Rhode Island on Nov 9, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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As long as that is recorded in the police report, it will likely be sorted out between the insurance companies. If you suffered injuries, consider retaining an injury to assist you.

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Q: My sons father is on SSI in Florida and receives two checks. Will he get ordered to pay child support ? I live in RI.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on Nov 11, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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If one of the checks is for the benefit of the minor child and you have legal placement, that check should be yours. Work with your attorney or the attorney for the state if you have any state benefits (health care etc) They will be looking to collect child support for the benefits that have been paid for your child.

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Q: My son father served me court paper for visitation right but if we both dont show up what happens now

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Nov 23, 2014

Answered on Nov 30, 2014

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Possibly nothing. However if he appears and you do not, you may be defaulted and the judge MAY award anything he petitioned for.

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