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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: My neighbor stole my dog. His wife confirmed it before she talked to him. What can I do?

Other witness saw my dog in his yard. he said he went door to door and asked who dog. But when I went to the same home no one saw him.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Jul 11, 2022

Contact your local law enforcement and tell them your neighbor stole your dog.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If my divorce was final almost 3 years ago. How is my ex allowed to file for partition of community property
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Apr 6, 2022

Either party can file to partition the community any time after a Petition for Divorce is filed. You will both remain co-owners of the community property until that time.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: If biological father owes arrears and my husband adopts my child does biological father still owe the arrears?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Apr 6, 2022

Yes, he will still owe the arrears unless you agree to waive them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: How do I find payments made 2016 that I never received?

My ex told me a couple payments were made thru DCFS (2016-2017), but I never received them. How do I find out if he did and where did they go?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Apr 4, 2022

You can go to your account online at https://sspweb.ie.dcfs.la.gov/selfservice/selfserviceJSPController and check. You can create an account if you haven't created one already.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Louisiana on
Q: In April of 2021, I was walking and my husband struck me with his truck (along with a woman he was having affair with

I reported it to the police. My leg was damaged as my head. Upon reporting to police, they asked me not to file charges against them. Only file a complaint. I’m scared all the time. I feel I have no protection in my hometown. There were witness. And they left the scene of the accident

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 24, 2022

You can pursue a personal injury claim for your injuries as well as still pursue both criminal charges and obtain a domestic violence restraining order against your husband. You should speak with an attorney to help you as soon as possible, both to preserve your rights and to get the protection... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Last summer, I went 3.5 months with no AC. Am I entitled to any compensation from the complex?

I constantly called and texted about having no AC. The summer before it was out for almost the whole summer. The workmanship is subpart at best because now I don't have an operating thermostat. I have to turn the AC/heater on through the breaker box. It seems like a fire hazard. Due to the... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 18, 2022

The terms of your lease would apply. Many leases state exactly how you have to notify the landlord of the problems you're having - for instance, it may have to be in writing. You should speak with an attorney that handles landlord/tenant matters to review your lease and counsel you on the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My son is 22 and wants his step father to adopt hime what is the process and price
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 16, 2022

This would be considered an adult adoption, and the process isn't nearly as complicated or lengthy as other adoptions, and generally the attorney fees for handling these are generally more affordable but vary from attorney to attorney. I would recommend that you contact an attorney, such as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Can guardian kick out 18+ in Louisiana?

My mother was legal guardian of my stepdads grandson. He is now over 18 but still lives with my mom. There is no tenant-landlord relationship as he's a bum. He's crossed the line one too many times and I'm just finding out about this. The local sheriff's are saying my mom... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 14, 2022

If he has been living there with her permission, she would have to evict him. If she lives in city court jurisdiction, she would have to file to have him evicted in city court. Otherwise, she needs to contact her Justice of the Peace to file with him. If she has any questions about how to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Antitrust and Internet Law for Louisiana on
Q: My parents will has nothing in it about my mothers jewelry. However my father split his guns with my 2 brothers yrs ago.

I'm the only girl and the baby. It was always known that I was to inherit mother's jewelry collection. My oldest brother is the exacutor of my trust and was the beneficiary of my parents estate for past 7 years. Mother died n November and dad in 2018. We are at the end of the succession... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Feb 11, 2022

You need to contact an attorney who handles successions and estate matters as soon as possible to file the proper pleadings to review the pleadings filed, protect your interest and to object to the inventory your brother has likely filed, if it does not have your mother's jewelry listed.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Louisiana on
Q: if settlement checks are written separately with one being to client and the other specifically to the medical company

In regards to settling of an auto accident claim when you are presented with the checks 1 is written to me and another to the medical company alone to satisfy the lien for the amount I owe them would my represented attorney also add that portion to the check written to me when determining his... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Jan 12, 2022

It would depend on the wording of the contract between the client and lawyer. Most contracts state that the fee is a percentage of "all amounts recovered." Therefore, the fee would be a percentage of the total settlement, including the lien, in most cases. Many times, the attorney will... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: With court ordered papers If child support is not paid could I not let him see the child until I get the payment?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Dec 6, 2021

No, child support and visitation have nothing to do with each other, and 2 wrongs don't make a right. If he's not paying his child support, you can file a rule to have him held in contempt. Likewise, if you refuse to allow him visitation, he can file to have you held in contempt.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Got a divorce in 2014. Home was awarded to ex wife, it is in my name only. How can I get it out of my name?

She doesn't pay it on time and it is ruining my credit.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Dec 1, 2021

It sounds as if she was given use of the home, but the property has not yet been split, or partitioned. You should consult with an attorney who handles divorce or property law to discuss filing to partition the community property.

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2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Louisiana on
Q: My neighbor fatally shot my ratterrier with a bow and arrow through my fenced in backyard. What can I do

I want this man to be brought to justice! I am seeking any and all advice and info on where, who, and/or what all I can and should do! What my options are and what other actions I could do legally through other types of departments, organizations, platforms, anything...

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Nov 22, 2021

Call the local authorities (city police or sheriffs office) and press criminal charges. You can also sue him in civil court for your loss. My condolences.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: IF MARRIED IN ARKANSAS , WHAT STATE SHOULD I FILE FOR DIVORCE? TEXAS? MISSOURI? LOUISIANA? ARKANSAS? PLEASE SEE DETAILS.

1. being as the home and land, under my name in Missouri was purchased BEFORE we married,

2. WE OWN a mobile home IN TEXAS with no land under her name bought AFTER we were married that WAS OUR MAIN RESIDENCE,

3. and a RV PURCHASED AFTER MARRAGE in Louisiana ?

Also... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Nov 8, 2021

If Louisiana is your permanent address, and you have no plans to move in the immediate future, you can file in Louisiana. I would defer to someone who is familiar with the divorce laws of the other states to say if you can file in one of the other states.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get my child's father's rights terminated and have my husband adopt her?

We have a custody agreement in place which he gets her every other weekend. But that's the only communication he has with her. He doesn't ask about her any other time he just gets her so we can stay out of court. He is on child support but doesn't pay any of it and is behind 15,000... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Nov 8, 2021

Once you and your husband have been married for 6 months, you can file to have him adopt without the father's consent, if he has failed to comply with the court order of support for over 6 months.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: When executor, unmarried no children dies does mother take over ?

Where does a mother begin ? A firm has most recent will.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Oct 20, 2021

Contact the attorney who prepared the will, or another attorney who handles successions, and they will give you the guidance you need. My condolences for your loss.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get my ex boyfriend, who is not the biological father, removed from the birth certificate?

My son is 19 months old. Long story short my ex boyfriend (we shall call him A) of a year signed the birth certificate, but we split up 6 months ago and since then he hasn’t called or checked in on my son. The biological father (We will call him C) is, and always has been, in my sons life. We... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Oct 15, 2021

Yes, I would recommend that the biological father file suit to be recognized as the child's father. You can also sue to disavow paternity. I would recommend that you both speak with attorneys (you will need separate ones) to discuss how best to proceed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: IF MARRIED MAN HAS CHILD WITH MISTRESS BUT STAYS WITH HIS WIFE, CAN THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD NOT ALLOW CHILD AROUND WIFE?

The mother of the child will ONLY allow the father to hang out with her and the child. She wants the visits at her home. she wants dinners and hours of fun activities with just the 3 of them. She won't let him pick up the child or do anything with her not being there bc she wants to make... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Oct 11, 2021

He should consult with an attorney to protect and assert his paternal and custodial rights to the child. If he and the mother cannot agree on the terms of his custody and visitation, he should ask the court to do so. The mother alone does not have the final say.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: How do I get help with a divorce.. been separated about 9 years
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Oct 6, 2021

Simply call any attorney who handles divorce and family law. Many attorneys will offer an affordable rate for an uncontested divorce, and they can often be done without setting foot in a courtroom.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If I am my son's legal father in louisiana, can his mother have me removed from the birth certificate?

His mother and I are not married, but have been living together since before he was born. He is now 7. We both signed the birth certificate and the AOP at the hospital. She now doesn't want me to be his father, but no one else will claim him. I want to be his dad. Can she make me prove it... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan
answered on Sep 28, 2021

If you're on the child's birth certificate, you're his father, whether she wants you to be or not. If she refuses to allow you to be in his life, you need to assert your rights in court. Consult with a family law attorney in the parish where she lives to discuss your options.... Read more »

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