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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: Who should I report this to if my neighbors pit bull killed my dog on their property?

The pit bulls aren't in cages or on a leash. My dog wandered near my neighbors yard and their 2 pit bulls tore my dog up. Who can I contact for this? What do I do?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 25, 2021

1) Make a criminal complaint with Sheriff's and Animal Control.

2) Put up fence for any dogs you may own in future.

3) Take pictures.

4) File suit with the Justice of the Peace for purchase price for your dog and any vet bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Louisiana on
Q: Im currently in a debt management program. One of the credit cards listed in the program had me severed with legal paper

Should I responded to the clerk of courts or should I let the debt management company take care of the issues or should I contact the lawyer that had me severed with the papers and try to make a settlement.

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Unfortunately this is not uncommon for people dealing with debt management companies. You should discuss this with an experienced bankruptcy attorney. The filing of a bankruptcy may prevent the credit card company from obtaining a judgement against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do I need an attorney for a cash sale of land in the state of Louisiana?

Can I use the Cash Act of Sale form on uslegalforms site

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

You do not need an attorney, however, it is highly advisable to employ an experienced title attorney to ensure that your sale does not have a clouded title. The cost of hiring an experienced attorney now can save you a lot of money later if you end up in litigation down the road based on an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana on
Q: Can a tenant break their lease and demand deposit back after the area is hit by a hurricane (Ida)?

The tenant contacted me at the beginning of the month and broke their lease with 2 months remaining. They cite the hurricane as the reason. There is damage to the property and mold has developed as there has not been any power in the area since Aug. 29th. Can they break the lease with no... Read more »

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Check the terms of your rental contract. Often lease contracts will automatically terminate if a natural disasters damages the leased premises beyond a livable state.

Even if there isn't a natural disaster provision in your contract, you can still get out of your lease, but proper...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Louisiana on
Q: My husband and I purchased a vehicle with him as co-signer. Can I trade in the vehicle?
Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 24, 2021

Yes, whoever you do the trade-in with will likely require both you and your husband's signatures.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: I was involved in MVA in 2008. It left me disabled. I did get a first time offenders pardon, but I need am expungement.

It will cost me $2100.00

I get SSD of $1400.00. I have my daughter and her 3 children living with me and I simply don't have the money. But without an expungement, I can't get a decent paying job.

Thanks

Jacob Rennick
Jacob Rennick answered on Sep 23, 2021

Expungement costs are not set by the court so the total fee you are charged can vary attorney to attorney, however there are set court fees that can be pricey. You can seek to proceed with the expungement in forma pauperis, which may reduce the court fee itself possibly giving you a break on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: Can police ticket someone whose license plate is obscured by wheelchair ramp
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2021

Yes, the ramp must be installed so that it does not obscure the license plate, or the plate has to be moved so it is not obscured by the ramp.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have a daughter we share custody. And I have a question.

Her father has a crazy work schedule and it changes often. I am not working and I am available 24/7. I am willing and able to keep her on all the days he works and he can have her any day he’s off and he is available to have her. But he wants to do one week he has her and one week I have her and... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 22, 2021

You can hire a custody lawyer to modify custody. But if your child is over age 5, you are obligated to contribute to her support.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Louisiana on
Q: My boyfriend has a criminal attorney already and he and I wanna get married and the state of Louisiana

Has a criminal protective order put out on him on my behalf is it possible to get a peace bond so we can marry each other

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 21, 2021

Even generally, unless that Order of Protection is removed then technically that groom does not have any legal right to make any proximal physical contact with you, let alone marrying you, per terms and conditions of that order.

Have his attorney provide a better way to handle that correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can city police officer legally pull someone over outside city limits after a natural disaster for seatbelt violation
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 19, 2021

Yes but they probably won't appear in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Filing for child support against child’s father. Never married.

Never married. Child’s father lives in different state. Does not help financially so I’m filing for child support. If I file will he have visitation rights in his state? He’s the non custodial parent , will I have to file for full custody of our child even considering he barely sees the child... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 18, 2021

You need to file for both child support and custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: Got speeding ticket in 2020, Covid shut all down, lost job forgot ticket What do I do
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 17, 2021

Hire a traffic ticket lawyer to recall attachment and deal with ticket...before you get arrested.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: Innocent juvenile son detained today after questioned and released days earlier; guilty person previously confused

He has no knowledge about innocent or seen innocent

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 13, 2021

Hire a juvenile court criminal defense lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for Louisiana on
Q: Can my ex husband obligate my daughter & grandkids 16 & 11 myself to leave house after hurricane IDA ?

Ex husband house has electricity and running water , its safe and secure , my grandson has asthma and my daughter and i have health conditions

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2021

If your ex husband bought the house before you were married or after you were divorced you have no right to squat in his home. However, if the home was purchased during the marriage, you are a co-owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get a ticket in the mail if police didn't see me leave my son alone for some minutes in AC- car?

I had left my 3 year old son alone in car with AC on, a tablet to play with but I had the key inside and driver's side unlocked. I went for about 10 minutes. Some people saw him, called the cops and brought him out of the car. I came out and saw him with them. It really was stupid of me. I... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 5, 2021

Yes they can still charge you. If you get charged, hire juvenile court lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Louisiana on
Q: If my name is on a global watchlist as reinstated, would this prevent me from getting an exspungment?

I have a misdemeanor from 2004 for unlawful alcohol sale and I just got reinstated no arrest for pretrial for Medicaid fraud. I was told my name will stay on the list ten years. Can I get my records clear or do I have to wait ten years?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 5, 2021

Your question is not clear. I guess you are trying to say your license to sell alcohol has been reinstated. "No arrest for pretrial for Medicaid fraud", means what? Does that mean you are out on bond with a misdemeanor charge pending? Call a criminal attorney to clarify your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Louisiana on
Q: On my way to work in the oil field and I live in Texas I was driving to rig through Louisiana and hit a gate no one

There to speak with had to get to rig but next day spoke with lady I fixed her gate but Caddo parish La filed hit and run against me. What can I do

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 4, 2021

A Louisiana attorney should advise here, but your post remains open for a week and the clock is ticking on your answering the hit and run. You could reach out to local attorneys in Louisiana to discuss your response, and whether it could be handled without your appearance, since you're in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have a custody order against my son father. He has been on the run for two weeks refusing to get served

Today i and local sheriff went to his residence to receive my son and serve him but he refuse to answer the door what should I do? I just want my son back haven’t heard from him in two weeks. I followed every protocol.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 3, 2021

A custody lawyer can get a civil warrant for you.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Filed Divorce: 5/2018 (pursuant to LA Civil Code Article 102. Default Judgment denied: 4/2019

The motion was denied even though the parties were separated even before filing for the divorce. The court's reason was "a 102 divorce cannot be taken by default".

What should my next step be in order to get this divorce finalized?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 3, 2021

Your next step should be to hire a divorce lawyer so that you don't keep spinning your wheels.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How do I obtain emergency custody of my minor children where there is NO court order or even divorce decree?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Sep 1, 2021

You should contact a family law/divorce attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will know the procedure that should be followed and make arrangements to file and present the Petition for Emergency Custody to the judge for his/her consideration.

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