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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How can I request to be reimbursed from a contractor on a plumbing job done incorrectly?

Contractor hired last year to redo bathroom. Installed shower valve wrong which lead to plumbing leaks. Had to hire a plumber to rip open walls and fix.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 21, 2022

A homeowner may file a complaint against a contractor who performed work on their home. A complaint can also be filed against those professionals the CRLB licenses. Complaints cannot be filed on work conducted on commercial properties.

The list of contractors includes, but is not limited...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Q: Is there a good chance that I can qualify for accelerated rehabilitation it being my first offense?

Also being charged for driving to endanger resulting in serious bodily injury. It is not what happened but its what I'm being told.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 21, 2022

"what I'm being told ..." Hopefully, you are being guided, informed, and represented by a licensed attorney who is helping you topprepare and defend the case. Part of that advice will likley include NOT making ANY statements in public (forum like this) to preserve your constitutional... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Are there any lawyers here that support or represent a retail cigar shop business that pays Tobacco excise taxes?

this would be for the State Of Rhode Island

Carli Jo Aelker
Carli Jo Aelker
answered on Dec 14, 2022

Hi. Unfortunately this is not a site to retain legal representation. Please reach out to an attorney privately.

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I acquire this trademark? This company was established by my great-great-grandfather; I’d like to re-establish.

I’m looking to utilize my family’s trademark to establish a condiment business. I would like to understand what financial and legal steps that I would need to take in order to re-acquire this trademark on behalf of my family

William D Ramos
William D Ramos
answered on Dec 14, 2022

Hi,

A lot of detail is missing but I will provide the best answer possible in light of this. If this trademark has been used, and continues to be used, in the condiments business, you have a common law claim to its being trademarked. This does not impart the same protections as being...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: When my case is over, can I ask for my entire file from my attorney and what are they allowed to charge?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 13, 2022

Your retainer agreement signed with the attorney addresses the contractual obligation and fee agreement & charges that are "reasonable" according to professional standards. You may request your file at any time. Note that the court also retains copies of all documents filed there for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: A officer came to my house and took my pistol and my permit for further investigation how can i get it back from them

There where no arrest or charges the reason they came to my house because someone was following me and pull up in my window at 10pm and he had something in his hands i keep driving we ended up in a dead end street i felt threat and i warning shot 3 time to the air the person call the cops on me and... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 7, 2022

As a criminal defendant, your fifth amendment right to remain silent is very important. This includes public boards like this. I would highly recommend that you consult with a licensed attorney in your area confidentially, to discuss your rights responsibilities and explore possible defenses to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: Quit claim question. What the ownership status for a house that we inherited from our mother?

What is the ownership status for a house that we inherited from our mother? She passed away 20 years ago and my brother took control of her house but the two of us never followed through with the quit claim process. Do we legally own the house jointly?

Andrew Bilodeau
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Andrew Bilodeau
answered on Nov 18, 2022

You still have an ownership interest that you can assert. If a probate was never opened, one would need to be opened so that the property could be properly transferred to the rightful heirs. I would need more information - whether there was a will or a trust, and how the property was deeded prior... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: If a mother resides in Massachusetts but has her baby in a Rhode Island hospital, can RI dcyf take the child

There is a RI dcyf case for previous children but the baby was removed for lack of housing in RI. Mother had housing in MA.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 17, 2022

yes

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I start a country

I have a dream of one day starting a country by building an island about 50 miles off the east coast of the US, how would i get recognition as an independent state without joining an alliance-type group like Nato or the United Nations?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 7, 2022

https://foreignpolicy.com/2008/02/26/how-to-start-your-own-country-in-four-easy-steps/

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Rhode Island on
Q: If I am caught in the law in Indonesia, can the team help?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Not sure by what you mean: "caught in the law in Indonesia" or who you may be referring to as "the team." Generally speaking, only counsel licensed in each state, country, or jurisdiction may practice law in that state, territory, or country, unless granted special admission by the particular court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What do you call planting drugs on someone

I saw a video once on Facebook where a woman calls the cops on a kid who's selling lemon aid because he doesn't have a permit and when nothing happens she takes a bag of drugs from some random person she finds asleep in like a park and plant's it in the kids back pack because she... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 7, 2022

This is not a hypothetical movie-time question page offering advice on Facebook videos. Watch the video again and if you still can't answer the question write on that person's Facebook wall.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: If i move out of my mothers house with a passed record of anxiety an depression can the state get involved an will dcyf

I dont wanna keep living in my mothers house for the rest of my life

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Once you have graduated high school and attain 18 years of age, and are not disabled nor dependent, you are free to make your own life choices. There is no legal requirement for parent or child to spend their entire lives living together.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I saw a video recently where a woman Illegally Adopted a kid

then she tried to basically sell him when she decided she didn't want him, what would that be classified as?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 7, 2022

https://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/?keywords=baby-selling

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: It’s a very long story, but I’ll just give you a brief summary of my issues. I was in a 12 year relationship .

We became legal Domestic partners. He is refusing to give me some of my furniture. He’s blocked me in his phone, email and texts

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

If the furniture is all that you are concerned about, consider filing a case in the small claims court. To explore the implications of "legal domestic partners" and whether that may involve court proceedings to dissolve, meet with a practicing attorney to discuss those details in private.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I got a summons for obstructing police duty do I need a lawyer for my summons date
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

An attorney is your best choice for helping advocate while navigating the procedural path of defending a criminal charge. If you qualify, and cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint a public defender to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: I was pulled over for speeding in Rhode Island but didn’t sign anything and said the ticket would be mailed. Do I fight

Ticket was in Bristol R.I

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

If you believe the citation is in error, you may plead your case before the judge. Simply tick the not guilty box on the ticket and the court will send you notice of the hearing. For a full analysis of your case, meet with an attorney in private to review all of the particulars.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can my boss watch my coworkers and I in the parking lot while he is off duty?

He does this often and has even sent me a picture that he took of me while he was watching for 15 minutes without my knowledge

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

In short, yes. Your expectation of privacy is diminished when you are in public, and in plain view. Your privacy rights are greater when you are in your home or other private locations. If you wish to socialize with your coworkers in private, I would suggest you choose another location.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In a 2 person firm, is it legal / moral that the 2nd attorney keeps firm afloat while 1st keeps all their attorney fees?

Good morning. I had a quick question about attorney workplace practices… my gf works for a firm. Just her and her boss. She feels she’s in a bit of a bad situation, her attorney fees are used to keep the business afloat and her boss pockets all his fees. Supposedly she gets the smaller cases... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Your girlfriend is in the best position to advocate to reform her employment agreement as she sees fit, unless you also are an attorney and advocate that she has retained to negotiate on her behalf. If she is dissatisfied with her current arrangement, she is free to explore other options including... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: How can I go for custody for a child ?

The child is my husband 13 year old nephew. His mother abandoned him years ago due to her being mentally ill and then his father passed away so now he has no guardian but lives with us.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Nov 2, 2022

You and your husband are well advised to speak with your friendly local family law practitioner in private to explore your options to continue caring for this child. Options to explore may include adoption and/or guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What does legal description of property mean on a quitclaim deed in RI
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Oct 26, 2022

Legal Descriptions give the angular calls and distances between corners of the property, or may be lot reference to a certain lot on a recorded subdivision plat, which then shows angles and boundary lengths for all lots. Some places use the rangeship/ township method of describing a certain parcel... Read more »

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