Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Questions Answered by Mr. William Ray Glasgow
1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Tennessee on
Q: If a 59 year old brother resides in his 67 year old sister's home and pays rent, is he legally bound to care for her?

Sister is disabled and is a drug addict. Brother is suffering from Parkinson's disease. Brother has been told if he moves out, it is abandonment and he will be arrested. Brother does not have the ability to care for her and does not wish to be involved in her lifestyle. If he is legally bound, what... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 7, 2018

Unless they have some sort of contract, he can do what he wants when he wants. If he is "legally bound" as you say by that contract, it needs to be examined by an attorney. Elder abuse is not tolerated in Tennessee and your brother should not be taken advantage of due to his Parkinson's.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: If another state dramatically mismanages a foster child's case, can I sue the sate for legal guardianship?

This child is my blood relative and was placed with us for permanent placement. She has been suddenly placed back with bio parents on 2 occasions after PTR has been filed. She is only 3. She has moved homes 5 times. The caseworker has not made 1 choice in the best interest of this child. The last... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 5, 2018

There may be actions you can take to get children properly placed, but it appears you need an experienced attorney at this point. "Suing" the state should not be at the top of your list. It is difficult for everyone when the state finds it necessary to remove children from their parents. These case... Read more »

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can I get rights to the son I have raised and have full time his mom gets him on weekends. Biological dad is not prsnt.

My ex (also mother of my child) had a son before we got together. His biological father has never been in the picture, but is on birth certificate. Can I ever give him my last name or get rights of some sort for him? He doesn’t understand why my daughter and wife (not his mom) can have my name... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Mar 22, 2018

Yes.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate, Family Law and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Mom of kid here, Dad died owing 5years Csupport, has debt, not much asset, 5Kestate in probate. What is best for my kid?

My child is his only beneficiary. He had no spouse. I am executor of estate (-for my minor child).

Can I file back child support against his Social Security? (Child will only qualify to receive SS death benefit for 2 months till 18th birthday. ?Then all his social security is kept for the... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Mar 14, 2018

I am no expert in probate law but suggest you contact someone who is. I would not be surprised to learn that the child support arrears trump other obligations. Be worth asking by simply filing a claim against the estate in probate court bringing the child support debt to the court's attention. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: My hsb & I separated. He got another woman pregnant. We reconciled and now she doesnt want the baby but he does. ADVICE

The birth mother has agreed to terminate all rights, what all does my husband have to do to keep the child? I am OK with this as this wasn't the child's fault.

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 28, 2018

She can give him legal custody by simply filing a petition in the juvenile court and asking the court to award him custody. She can terminate voluntarily, or surrender, if you choose to adopt the child. You may want to seek a guardianship in probate court. You have options, none of which are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Under my 4th amendment Rights can a juvenile court person enter my home without a warrant
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 22, 2018

If exigent or particular circumstances make it necessary to enter your home on an emergency basis, such as to prevent harm to a child or stop a crime from being committed, then the answer is yes.

Usually the person that enters a home is a representative from the Department of Children's...
Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can my 17 yr old grandson who is in juvenile detention since 02-16-2018 and turns 18 tomorrow be now tried as an adult?
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 21, 2018

A number of crimes committed by juveniles may lead to them being tried as an adult. The fact that he is turning 18 while in detention is not the determining factor. What will likely happen is that he will be moved to an adult detention facility when he turns 18 unless the case is disposed prior to... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Legal Malpractice for Tennessee on
Q: What forms are needed to file for a replacement of appointed attorney with a different appointed attorney?

My court appointed attorney has not presented crucial evidence in my case with dcs and an abuse based on neglect ruling was made because of it. He refused to appeal. Now the dcs is defying court orders that are necessary to get my child home, they are refusing to provide me copies of court orders... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 8, 2018

Rarely will a court appointed attorney be replaced with different appointed counsel. I am not aware of any "forms" for doing so. Before you do anything, ask yourself if you have fully cooperated with your attorney and what part you have in the matter not being resolved. If you genuinely believe you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Unwed single mother, financially support my daughter since day 1, as every parent should.

Including Insurance, provide every day essentials alone, no help from the father other than an occasional few groceries once every 3 months. The father visits 2ce a week for 30 to 45 minutes as long as its works with his schedule and priorities. I document when he actually shows up and when he does... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 6, 2018

Your question is what rights does he have. The answer is actually none until he goes to court and establishes them.

Please speak with at least a couple of good attorneys that practice extensively in this area of the law. The answers you need to hear cannot be answered in this forum. There...
Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: My ex is not taking care of my daughter she leaves her with other people I live in a different state

If I went to pick my daughter up and leave ... can I go to jail? I am only court ordered to pay child support

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 3, 2018

You cannot remove the child from the custodial parent unless there are extreme circumstances. Hire a lawyer and gain custody through the court.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: Hi! My daughter is 14 and we live in the state of Tennessee. She no longer wants to go over to her dads house.

Is she able to pick which house she can live at full time? She says she doesn’t feel safe over there. Her step mom has put her hands on her in the past. My daughter is bi sexual and she is getting shamed there to!

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 3, 2018

Children are not allowed to make parenting decisions. If you and her father are unable to resolve the issues, seek outside assistance through mediation or the courts to modify your parenting schedule. If you have a parenting plan, it probably has a clause on how the plan can be modified. An... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: If I am going to get indited for alleged child abuse how long will I serve
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Feb 1, 2018

You don't provide enough information to answer properly. Many would answer not long enough if your are guilty. Fortunately, you are innocent until guilt is proven. The level of your final conviction, if any, would determine your sentence. Anywhere from no time to minimum fifteen years for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can a man take his ex wife to court for custody of his child if he's over a year behind on child support?
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 25, 2017

Yes, but just because he filed doesn't mean he will be successful. If you have neglected or abused the child, then the court will protect the best interests of the child and may address the issue of custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: If I'm the biological father can my name be removed from my daughter's birth certificate?

I don't want it to but my ex wife wants it removed so if she remarries her new husband can adopt our daughter...

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 25, 2017

Her new husband cannot adopt your daughter and have her name changed without your permission, or unless she and the new husband file a petition to terminate your parental rights. If you have been in the child's life, provided child support, and have not been found unfit as a father or acted in such... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am letting my son take over my payments of my home and giving him title to home...I can live until my death...

What legal questions or papers should I have filed in order to feel safe in this move....he has a girlfriend that lives with him and they have a child. They are not married. Should she and my son have an accident and both are killed.....where does this leave me with all the legal issues???? Thank... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 22, 2017

You need the personal advice of a lawyer. Don't do this until you get that advice. There are many ways to allow your son to have some ownership in your home in exchange for his paying the notes, but there are many, many pitfalls that could harm you both if you don't accomplish your goal properly.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Tennessee on
Q: My mom passed last yr wt no will,there are 1 child by 1st marriage,2 children by 2nd marriage,1 of my half brothers pass

Now the 1 remaing brothe n i are left,he showed me a will that is dated 2014 n says i get nothin n he gets all.he an his girlfriend ar as witness signers ,this will a forged as mom had alsheimer ,what can i do to get my share?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 20, 2017

Go see a lawyer or at least go to court when you get notice of the will being presented to the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: I'm graduating high school before i turn 18 and i want to go out of state for college, but my father doesn't want me to.

I am 17 years old, and I live in Tennessee. My parents got divorced when I was 7. I'm going into my senior year of high school, i'm graduating in December, and I want to start college in January; the college i want to go to is out of state. My mother is all for it and is completely supporting me... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 13, 2017

Short answer is you would not be breaking the law, but there is probably more here than meets the eye. You don't say how you will support yourself or who will pay the bills. If he is required by the divorce decree to pay for college expenses or anything else past your 18th birthday, he has a say in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I am married but separated. I am pregnant with another mans child. Does my husband's name have to go on birth certificat
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Jun 9, 2017

There is a presumption in law that a child born when parties are married is a child of the marriage. Even if the husband has been absent or the parties separated for years, if married, the presumption exists. However, the correct way to overcome the presumption is file a petition to establish... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Will my brother go to jail if he hits me he is about to turn 18 and I was wondering. If I call the cops

I'm 14 years old and I wa wondering if my old brother beats on me and punches me and makes me bleed he is my half brother by the way and I want wondering if he could go to jail he is almost 18 under a couple of months.So can he go to jail if I call the cops?

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 26, 2017

You need to tell an adult what is happening. IF your parents won't listen, tell a teacher, or coach, an adult at church, or the parent of a friend. Yes, you can call the police and if they find you have been beaten they will likely take action now. There is no reason to wait until he is 18. You... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: What does this mean?

"If the grandparents visitation schedule conflicts with current holiday schedule set forth in the existing parenting plan, the parenting plan holiday schedule will supersede the grandparent visitation and grandparent visitation will be made up the following weekend after the holiday"... direct... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on May 23, 2017

Looks to me like grandfather can still get his Friday to Saturday.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.