Questions Answered by Neville Bedford

Q: CAN I SUE SOMEONE FOR I D THEFT AND IS THERE A TIME LIMITATION?

1 Answer | Asked in Injury Law for Rhode Island on Nov 16, 2014

Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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Yes, meet with an attorney soonest to make sure that the time limit has not lapsed.

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Q: My daughter is 13 & lives in RI, I've paid child support since 2001, I moved to MA in 2013, does emcipation stop at 18?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Aug 26, 2014

Answered on Sep 27, 2014

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Among other things, This will depend on which state issued the child support order.

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Q: I rent month to month. However the landlord sold the house using a short sale. It has not closed yet. Can I request leas

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 31, 2014

Answered on Aug 3, 2014

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Sure, if you like the place. Ask for the new owner's contact information and set up a meeting, call , or discussion regarding whether they are interested in continuing the tenancy and under what terms.

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Q: How can we get documents to a Judge to prove our daughter is falsely accusing our son-in-law of abusing his children.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jul 19, 2014

Answered on Aug 3, 2014

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Evidence comes in many forms. Documentary evidence is just one type, Encourage your son-in-law to meet with and retain an attorney to explore and discuss the MANY different types of evidence that may be presented to best protect the children and your son-in-law. Without legal training, he will be at a severe disadvantage if he attempts to represent himself.

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Q: My bf has a video recording of his son saying what goes on at home with his mother. Can we use a vid recording at court?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Jul 22, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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This sounds like "hearsay within hearsay" evidence. He's is saying that his son said that his mother said... He is best advised to consult with a practicing family court attorney to explore ways that the evidence may be best introduced. Unless you are a practicing attorney, the very best advice you can give him is to hire a professional to help him navigate the procedures and ways of the court and law.

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Q: Are you allowed to live on the child support you recieve? If you Also recieve SS for a dependant child on retirement pla

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jul 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Your question ends rather abruptly. . . If by 'live on" you mean expend for necessities like housing, food, and utilities, I should think that is what the "support" is for. Those items are necessary for the well being of the child.

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Q: Do I have to pay my full rent if my yard is unusable? The yard was why I chose this park.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 17, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Review your lease agreement with a practicing attorney. Hopefully, you incorporated the park/yard maintenance as a term of the lease and you will have contractual rights that may be enforced. If not, you may have just learned an important lesson in contracting for important things... get it in writing.

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Q: Does a father have a good chance at full custody in RI if all is well on his side?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Jul 22, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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If mother has been just a "little irresponsible", the court may consider joint custody. Many factors must be considered. The first I would suggest is that you retain the best legal advocate/attorney you can to assist you.

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Q: WHERES MY RIGHTS?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Jul 23, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Retain an attorney to assist you as these are very important issues. Comply with DCYF directives prohibiting use of drugs, cooperation with counseling, and visitation. The law is crafted to facilitate reunification if a parent complies and can be rehabilitated in the process. They probably set a one year closure date from the time your court involvement began.

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Q: is it ok for a mother to keep a 2 week old baby away from the father while waiting for a court date to set visits

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jul 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Until the court orders visitation, there can be none if the parties are not in agreement. Develop a co-parenting plan for the next 18 years or more.

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Q: Summer camp included in child support in RI?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on Jul 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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This depends on what your court order states. Meet with a family court attorney to review your documents in confidence.

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Q: Is the eviction process and notices different between residential and commercial properties in Rhode Island?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on Jul 28, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Yes, the laws and procedures (and defenses) differ substantially. Retain a practicing attorney to ensure the matter is handled professionally and effectively.

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Q: 2 children with 2 different people

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jul 28, 2014

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Yes, you may receive credit for the child you are supporting integrated into the child support calculation.

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Q: a child is not mine

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

Answered on Jul 31, 2014

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Meet with a family law attorney to review the case and particular facts including whether you have signed an affidavit acknowledging paternity. After that is done, seek advice on the best approach in the family court to resolve the matter.

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Q: Is it true after 7months of being charged with intent to deliver,and they seized my car,does it get dismissed?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on Jan 31, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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Speak to you attorney to be sure you get (confidential) reliable advice under the particular circumstances. There is not enough information (nor should there be - here on a public bulletin board) to answer this question.

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Q: What is ri law regarding leaving child unattended in vehicle ?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jan 1, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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Really?

I hope this is clear enough.

Avoid leaving children unattended. (period)

TITLE 40

Human services

CHAPTER 40-11

Abused and Neglected Children

SECTION 40-11-2

§ 40-11-2 Definitions. – When used in this chapter and unless the specific context indicates otherwise:

(1) "Abused and/or neglected child" means a child whose physical or mental health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm when his or her parent or...

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Q: hit by drunk driver with no insurance

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on Jun 24, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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I recommend you consult with an attorney to review the particulars of your situation - in private- at no cost.

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Q: If I am Receiving state assistance food stamps/ medical am I enforced to pay child support ?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jun 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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The court will likely ask you why you have not gotten a job. If you are unable to work, they will be looking for evidence in support of that claim.

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Q: My kids father hasn't paid child support but still insists on taking the kids. Do I have to send them with him?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Jun 26, 2014

Answered on Jul 15, 2014

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In short, yes. However visitation is a right BUT support is an obligation. Retain counsel and cooperate with the state's child support enforcement officers to assist you in pressing the support issue.

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