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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Wrongful Death, Military Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Does a widow remain next of kin indefinitely even if they remarry?

My father passed away in January 2020. He was in the Marines and was stationed at Camp Lejeune. I'm wanting to file a claim because he died as a result of being stationed there. Would my lawsuit need to incorporate his widow if she's remarried?

Adam Stoddard
Adam Stoddard
answered on Dec 5, 2022

Typically in a wrongful death lawsuit, all heirs must join either as plaintiff's themselves or as a nominal defendant. You may also have to comply with the Federal Tort Claims Act. Given that he died over two years ago, you may also have a statute of limitations issue. You should consult an... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning, Family Law and Military Law for South Carolina on
Q: In SC I am a military member, my spouse is smoking pot illegally and harassing me with it because he knows I can't smoke

By harassing me i mean he smokes it obnoxiously in my face and continues to follow me around with it. I feel like he is trying to sabotage my health and career, and I feel unsafe around him. We are divorcing. The house is mine. He is forcing me out. He pays nothing on the house and is now trying to... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 28, 2022

There are not enough details here to provide you with specific information about your rights. The best course of action is to consult with an experienced South Carolina divorce lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Military Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: can i get my dogs back if im a disabled veteran ptsd 70% and sign a surrender from due to lack of payment for treatment

My dogs contracted parvovirus no veterinarian in nyc would help me unless i had funds which i dont. i had to surrender the puppies to ACC (Animal control center) they had me sign surrender form and told me that i cant get them back because im surrendering them. which i get but these are my... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
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Benjamin Z. Katz
answered on Nov 19, 2022

By surrendering them, you have no further legal claim. If they are being re-homed, you can apply to adopt them. However, your inability to provide for their medical needs in the past will likely be taken into account.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Military Law for Colorado on
Q: If a court order says "Immediate Genetic Testing", can I provide this to a testing facility to get results on file?

I have a Court Order from Oklahoma for immediate genetic testing of the father of my child. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System has a DNA test on file that was apart of a Criminal Investigation involving myself, the father and the child included on the court order. I have received the redacted... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 31, 2022

Probably not. The order requires testing, not release of test results.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Military Law for Virginia on
Q: I live in VA and retired from the military. I have a DD214, and my home of record is Texas. Can I break my lease?

I have the SCRA clause in my lease.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Oct 26, 2022

The SCRA limits anyone from taking a judgment against a service member when he or she is called to active duty. Unless you share the lease for review -- which you should not do in an open on-line forum -- I have no idea what your SCRA clause says, but I would take a wild guess that it has nothing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Military Law and Small Claims on
Q: Can I make a contract with my girlfriend (not wife, not soon-to-be wife) that states will pay her money if I cheat?

We will not be getting married soon. I have heard about prenuptial. Is there a girlfriend equivalent to that?

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 25, 2022

Any two parties are free to contract with each other for any activity that is not illegal.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Military Law and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My soon to be ex husband is active duty military. I moved out on Tuesday. Is he obligated to help me financially?

I’m a full time student and make about $1500 a month from disability and cannot afford a house on my own. I’m living out of a van at the moment. I’m wondering if he’s obligated to support me financially until the divorce is finalized ? He’s in TX active duty navy, im in OK now.

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 24, 2022

Yes he is required to pay by military regulation, if he will not agree to pay, contact the Inspector General's Office. This is just a temporary measure until you obtain a court order.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Health Care Law, Military Law and Nursing Home Abuse for South Carolina on
Q: My Father was veteran. He’s been at funeral home since Oct 2th without anyone letting the family know what’s going on.

My father was a veteran that had live in nurse aid. None of our family knew this person other than me searching her criminal records. She let him get dehydrated for 5 days which shut his organs down. She was reported to DSS.Not one person has gotten back with family on that. He then went in Oconee... Read more »

Roy Willey
Roy Willey
answered on Oct 9, 2022

I’m unclear on what your exact question is but you should contact an nursing home negligence attorney if you are concerned about the care your father received. So sorry for what you are going through.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Military Law for Mississippi on
Q: I’m a military spouse. I have full sole custody of my 10-year-old son. I currently live in Italy until 2024.

I have custody papers I would like to know if they are still good even though i moved to another country. His dad has visitation and also signed for him to have a visa to live in Italy. He gets him during summer time June-August. He shares visitation with my parents who live in the same state as... Read more »

Sabra M. Janko
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answered on Oct 1, 2022

They are still valid, though they may not address your current situation. If your payments are going trough Child Support Enforcement, they can gather the information needed to reevaluate support. DHS is not involved in child support. Child support ism modifiable in all states based on changes of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Military Law for Florida on
Q: Will a POA suffice so I can take over my husband’s coparenting agreement while he is in school for his new assignment?

My husband, who is in the Air Force, is leaving for about five months to tech school to cross train to his new AFSC. There is a parenting agreement in place for my stepdaughter and right now we have her every other weekend (Friday - Monday). Will a military POA suffice so I can take over my... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The Judge was the ONLY person who established your husband's visitation rights, and the Judge is the only person who can answer this question. Do NOT rely on a "military POA." Ask the Judge.

1 Answer | Asked in Military Law for Florida on
Q: Is it legal for the VA to keep my entire disability pension check to satisfy a debt they determined I owe. I can't live
Gregory M. Rada
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Gregory M. Rada
answered on Sep 16, 2022

You can request to be put on a payment plan by calling VA at 800-827-0648 or by going to this website: https://www.va.gov/manage-va-debt/

1 Answer | Asked in Military Law on
Q: If I am a former prisoner at a military correctional facility am I allowed to contact other former inmates?

I just want to make sure they are safe and got to where they needed to be. I want to help the guys who werent as lucky as me to have a good support system. I am not on parole, I am not released on any conditions.

Sean F. Mangan
Sean F. Mangan
answered on Sep 12, 2022

It depends on the conditions of your release. For service members who served a longer sentence (those over 10 years and usually those over 20) there is the possibility of early release through a parole system. When released, those individuals may carry similar conditions on release that limit who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Military Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does only the judge have to sign a temporary custody agreement due to military deployment (this is after he deployed)

On the order filed against us, they crossed out where the plaintiff, defendant and her attorney would have signed. Are they not required to sign the “motion” that was filed? My husband had primary custody of my stepdaughter that I have raised for the last 8 years and BM moved to NC when she... Read more »

Sean F. Mangan
Sean F. Mangan
answered on Sep 12, 2022

A custody agreement may be formed between parties without the involvement of a court, but it carries no enforcement mechanism if a court is not involved. When co-parents are getting along, these are routinely formed without a court's involvement. In some cases the agreement is entered as a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Military Law for California on
Q: Can old, deleted, text messages be subpoenaed from AT&T to assist in divorce?

I have a confession that an affair took place, but it’s been deleted off my phone for a few years and I need it for court. He’s in the military.

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman
answered on Aug 22, 2022

This is a tech question. Have you asked AT&T if the messages can be retrieved? Why is this information necessary for your case? California is a no-fault state. Meaning, an affair is not relevant, unless you are trying to prove that community funds were used to finance the affair, or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: I called the police on my boyfriend out of fear of what he would do to me and my daughter. now I don’t want him in jail

He may get 3-5 years but I only wanted space. Can I write an affidavit to keep him out of jail. They said the state is prosecuting him. Can his ptsd from the military help him?

Joshua Schiffer
Joshua Schiffer
answered on Aug 22, 2022

You are facing a super hard issue and the world is not very understanding.

The main issue is that no one should be in fear, especially children, at home. And a call to police is undeniable that you were scared, so the state is going to take a position that the call was valid and therefore...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Military Law for Georgia on
Q: Do i pay alimony still if a judge say it starts Oct 1st. But the money will be coming from my military retirement pay.

Which it will take 2-3 months to kick in. Do I have to pay alimony the in between time? Or she can wait? Also, what wording can I use to just have them wait until military pay's them directly?

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Aug 17, 2022

October 1st means October 1st. She doesn't have to wait.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Government Contracts and Military Law for California on
Q: How to serve the Defendant documents in a federal civil case?

Hi, I am the Plaintiff in a federal civil case. I do not have attorney yet. I have 3 simple questions.

1, After I serve the original complaint and summons, can I serve other documents to Defendant MYSELF? I mean, can I sign the Certificate of Service and proof the service myself?... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Jul 22, 2022

1) yes, you can serve documents yourself after the Summons/Complaint are served by a process server (or someone other than yourself)

2) you must serve defendant's counsel with all papers in the case, not the defendant himself

3) service deadlines mean the documents must be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Military Law for Maine on
Q: What can I go for as far as damages when a seller fully breaches a contract for a home sale?

Sellers home loan fell through on their home purchase, however, our contract to buy had no contingency about the seller purchasing a home. We were unaware they were waiting to purchase one. Seller did not show up to closing, and informed us just an hour before our final walk through they were... Read more »

Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III
answered on Jul 19, 2022

Depending on the terms of your Purchase and Sale Agreement, and assuming the sellers have breached that Agreement, you have two general options to consider pursuing, which are mutually exclusive. First, you can seek the return of your earnest money deposit. Additionally, you can seek money damages... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Environmental and Military Law on
Q: I just saw the Camp Lejeune news. What are the expected Camp Lejeune water contamination lawsuit settlement amounts?
Tor  Hoerman
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Tor Hoerman
answered on Jul 19, 2022

Currently, it is hard to estimate what the typical settlement amount for a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit would be.

If the Camp Lejeune Justice Act passes, more detailed information will be released on payout amounts over time.

The settlement amount for each individual...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Contracts and Military Law for California on
Q: I am a 56 yr African American veteran ( first Gulf War ). I was denied my right to file a formal complaint by the SF VA

One of the services I am eligible for is the VA RideShare Program. Staff at the Medical Center arrange transportation for veterans ( Dr. appts and other necessary trips ). I discovered soon after using the service, that the cost of many of the trips had been debited from my personal bank... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jun 22, 2022

you need a lawyer who specializes in Veterans Benefits, not just a personal injury lawyer. Google that if you don't get an answer on this site.

A PI is more like car accidents and slip and falls.

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