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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for North Dakota on
Q: I am in North Dakota and I decided to sell my 05 Honda Pilot but I had problem with the buyer and I repoed the car

I decided to help this girl and gave her a very deep slash on the price. The main reason I gave her such a price was that it would help her and it would honor my wife as i think she would approve, I had to speed up the sell and I asked her for $600 down and $400 to come and they agreed and I told... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Apr 7, 2020

Sounds civil

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Q: If my dog bites a kid that came to him without permission or being warned that he has not been near kids is it my fault?

Hypothetical question. Was told by my brother and sister in law it would be my fault. My dog is a Sheltie and is very expressive before taking action also has not bitten anyone. I am concerned with how kids act around dogs and dont listen very well that I will have to put my dog, who is my ESD for... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Apr 7, 2020

No attorney can predict the outcome of a case with accuracy. With that being said, if you knew these kids were coming towards your dog and the dog bites them, it sounds like you are the one most likely to lose in that situation because you already knew what was going to happen.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Workers' Compensation for North Dakota on
Q: On traffic stop.How long must one wait if after not giving permision 4 car search for a canine cop to show 2 search car

Picked up for no blinker used my passenger sez he has a warrant, and tries to hide on floor under food containers.which didnt work for him to well. His warrant. Was for not appearing for drug paraphernalia charge in different county. They said because I wouldnt allow search and his history of drug... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Apr 3, 2020

There is way too little information here to make a legal determination. If you are facing a criminal charge, you need a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for North Dakota on
Q: Advice on retail theft case

I am being charged with retail theft. I paid with my phone and the payment I found out later did not go through properly. This has happened to me in the past and when I realized it I came back to the store and paid without a problem .. I don’t want retail theft on my record when it was an... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Apr 3, 2020

Hire a lawyer to prove your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Dakota on
Q: I got a dog from a friend that was asked by her friend( owner of the dog) to find her a new home -

2 months later her owner changed their mind and wants her back- can she legally come and take the dog since she didn't even look for it for over 2 months ? Does she need to pay me for the Vet Bills I had to pay to get the dog fixed and vaccinated?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Apr 3, 2020

Dogs are property, it could likely be argued that she relinquished the property. Potential small claims court case.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Immigration Law for North Dakota on
Q: What are the rights of a foreign mom to take her child with her in case of deportation, if american husband disagrees?

My sister is doing a medicine recidency and her program might be cut off. In case that happens she will be deported to Peru. Her husband would start the procedure for her to return to the states as his wife, but does not want the baby to leave the usa. What are my sisters´ rights, if she wants to... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Feb 12, 2020

That is more of a family law question. If your sister is awarded custody, or if the baby’s father allows your sister to take the baby, then she should have no issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for North Dakota on
Q: Grandparent custody and moving the kids from North Dakota

My grandchildren are living in North Dakota with her father he has only had custody for 3 years prior to that they lived with my husband and I in Washington State. They are 13 and not happy or well taken care of by their father and stepmother there have been issues with physical and verbal abuse... Read more »

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

If they have been living in North Dakota the requisite amount of time, then it may be time for a child custody proceeding to be initiated.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Dakota on
Q: Can the cops pull me over for any violation but ticket me for a different reason then why they stopped me

I got pulled over for expired tags. when they asked to search me I told them I had a knife on me. The cop said he ain't going to ticket me for why he stopped me but arrested me for misdemeanor weapon concealment charge. Was that legal?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

Maybe, it depends on the circumstances of the stop. Many lawyers, like myself, help individuals determine if their stop and arrest were legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for North Dakota on
Q: Mom and dad are in school together dad is 18 mom 16. Dose the father have same rights as mother to the new born baby

They have dated almost two years he was 17 she was 15. They are still in school. But the mother to the 16 year old won’t let dad see the baby .

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

A father's rights are not there from the get-go. A child custody proceeding sounds necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for North Dakota on
Q: If a court says they won't sign off on a child support agreement, what needs to be filed to correct?

My ex recieved a letter from the court stating that they would not sign off on the child support because its lower than the calculated amount

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

You need to use the child support guidelines to calculate the correct amount and resubmit.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for North Dakota on
Q: What happens if a defendant does not respond to custody papers? Does that mean default custody is given to the plaintiff

I have filed for custody of my son and the defendant has been served in the state of MN. If she does not respond after the 21 days given to respond, what is expected to happen then?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

A default judgment could occur in which you are awarded all that you have asked for in the complaint. However, the judge is still going to review that judgment to make sure the requests are compliant with the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Dakota on
Q: When I got divorced my ex and I lived in a house. In the divorce papers it says he can live there and maintain it.

When he sells it i would get half. He's in the process of selling. He probably doesn't remember that at all. My name is not on the deed and the house is paid for. I can get a quick deed. Do I remind him of the divorce papers or what?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

You remind him of the divorce papers. You then sue him for the money if he fails to turn it over. But I would suggest doing so quickly as a lawsuit is only as good as the money standing behind it.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for North Dakota on
Q: Am I able to dispute a ticket that I never received? It’s been 3 years and I’m now finding out about it
Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

There are some larger issues with a traffic ticket that old. Specifically, whether you have a warrant for that ticket and whether any evidence even exists anymore to prove or disprove the claim. As soon as the case is opened, yes, you could likely dispute.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Dakota on
Q: How can I pause child support? The father and I are living together and I no longer need child support.
Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 4, 2020

Child support is difficult to modify, but a stipulated order may do the trick if you are now residing in the same household and sharing expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for North Dakota on
Q: I am considering filing for bankruptcy in North Dakota.

I am married, household of three (my wife is not filing with me). I make around 72k annually and my wife makes around 35k. I run with all of the household expenses as she can only afford her debts and provides everything for her baby, she is left with nothing in her pocket after paying everything... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 3, 2020

Highly unlikely, but you should contact a bankruptcy attorney immediately who can assess your complete financial situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for North Dakota on
Q: Warranty deed is lost without being recorded with the County. Grantor is now deceased.

My mother did a Contract for Deed on her house with my nephew. The house was paid for in 2014. The lawyer sent out the original deed to my mom's Personal Representative to get recorded. No one recalls ever receiving the original copy nor can anyone find it now. I have a copy of the signed... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 21, 2020

The usual solution is the nephew needs to make a claim in your mother's probate case for distribution of your mother's share of the house to him. He will need to prove that there was a contract and it is now paid in full. It would be helpful to at least get a photocopy of the deed from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for North Dakota on
Q: What to do if you are on OPT and receive the EAD before the OPT expires?

I'm getting married in May, and I am also graduating from my MBA in May (I have a F-1 visa). I'm planning on applying for the OPT soon and applying for the green card right after the wedding in May. How does it work if my OPT start date is in June, for example, and I apply for the green... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 16, 2020

First, it doesn’t make sense to apply for an EAD through adjustment right off, since you will have a current EAD. If your OPT EAD comes to within four months of expiring, and your green card has not yet been approved, you can apply for a new green card based on a pending adjustment application at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for North Dakota on
Q: Last name is different from birth certificate and passport, can I have issues when applying for green card?

I'm getting married in May and applying for the green card right after, but I was wondering if I can have issues with my future wife changing her last name to mine since on my passport, they put my middle name with my last name My last name on my birth certificate is different from the... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga
Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jan 16, 2020

You need to show proof of lawful name change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for North Dakota on
Q: Help? My daughter is almost 6 and hates to go to her fathers. I have primary residential responsibility.

At what age can a child skip a visit. If they just don't want to go? She goes there every other weekend for one night. We have been divorced for 4 years. What is the ND laws on this?

Lucas Wynne
Lucas Wynne answered on Jan 10, 2020

The court order must be followed. Skipping court ordered visits is likely to result in very serious problems, including giving the other party potential grounds to modify the order.

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