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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: do I have any options ? I have no lease or any rental agreement. current on rent.

The roof in my bedroom fell on me 3 weeks after I moved into the property. Landlord is refusing to make any attempts to repair it. I've rented this property for almost 1 year and have had a damaged roof for 11 months. I called code enforcement November 2020 and during their inspection they... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 22, 2022

If you were injured when the roof caved in, then retain counsel here in Florida on contingency fee which means you don’t pay anything unless you win. I have had success with cases like this.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I do got engaged from foreign country I want to know how to call her here for marriage
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 22, 2022

You can sponsor her for a fiancé visa provided you are a US citizen and you have met her physically in person. The process takes about a year before she gets the visa and then after marriage (within 90 days of entry) she can adjust status to get her green card.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Florida on
Q: Wife rear ended someone. She has no assets or job. Is our home safe if we bought it together after our marriage?

We where advised by insurance company that a lawyer might be needed as the person she hit got an attorney. We thought full coverage also had liability for the injured party but we where wrong and we didn't have that coverage. If she is sued, can out home be taken away? She has no job, no bank... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 16, 2022

OK first of all, if your wife had no liability insurance on her vehicle, the chances that an attorney would pursue this claim against her are almost 0%. Secondly, even if an attorney did pursue this claim, and your only asset is a joint home titled in your names together, that asset cannot be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I am interested in becoming a lawyer - which courses can I take now that would show me what law school is like?

I am interested in becoming a lawyer. I am highly intelligent and can do just about anything I put my mind to. My question is this: which courses can I take now, in college, that will show me what law school is like? I am very good at language and comprehending all things linguistic - that has... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 15, 2022

I recommend calling up the Dean of the law school and telling him your situation and ask if you could sit in on a law school class or 2 to see if you would still be interested in it. Law school classes are not lecture format like college classes are. It requires reading cases and then being... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Probate for Florida on
Q: My ex husband just passed and owes $15,000 in back child support. Can this be recovered?

There were restraining orders in place as he was found guilty of sexually abusing our son in family court and I had full custody. I am not in contact with his wife or family but I know that he was receiving social security benefits as he was terminally ill and owned a business. I spoke with a good... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 14, 2022

I agree with Mr. Gunther but would like to add that if your son is a minor, he could pursue a claim for sexual molestation against his fathers estate through you as his guardian. You should retain counsel here in Florida on contingency fee which means you don’t pay anything unless you win. I have... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I am going to marry my girlfriend who is an au pair. What’s the next step in getting her to be a us citizen?

I think she will finish out her au pair job until December. I would like to get married before then to start up the process. I just need to know what to do next and how much I will need to save for this. Thank you.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 11, 2022

If you are a US citizen and your fiancé is not subject to the 2 your return home residency requirement (if she has a J visa), then you can sponsor her for a green card through adjustment of status after marriage. There are numerous documents and numerous forms to complete. If you are not certain... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Alaska on
Q: I entered the US on VWP and have been overstated for 2 years. Is it possible to apply Green Card?

Also my sponsor(husband) is in military and we have a child.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Jan 1, 2022

A person who enters the United States on the visa waiver program, and then gets married to a US citizen can adjust status to get a green card even though that person is an overstay. You should retain counsel to process the case from start to finish to make sure that it is done competently.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: I am a US citizen. Wife is from India and is a Green Card Holder. Can we bring her parents here from India?

Wife and I live in the US. Wife recently obtained Green card this year. We would like to bring her parents from India. Her parents are Indian citizens. Can we bring her parents here from India so that they can stay with us permanently? Do we fill out the normal I-130, I-485?

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 30, 2021

Green card holders are not allowed to sponsor their parents for lawful permanent residency. Your wife must first obtain her US citizenship, and then she can sponsor her parents as her immediate relatives.

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Alabama on
Q: Marriage to US citizen on ESTA and change of status

I'm a New Zealander we have fallen in love and want to be together. Both mid 50s. Due to fly home February. Been friends for a year. Met in person and we want to marry and I would like to change status to be with him in USA for immediate future.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 29, 2021

If you entered on Esther, and married after 90 days, then you can adjust status in the United States to get a green card without going back home. If you Get married and return home, then it will take up to two years for a spousal visa to be processed at the US consulate. If you return home any... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Which is easier: spousal immigration visa if the sponsor is in the US or if the sponsor shows intent to move to the US?

I'm an American citizen, married to a Chinese National. Both of us living in China. We'd like to minimize the amount of time we spend apart in our attempts to get my wife an immigration visa. Can a decent case be made to show intent of going to the US, so that we both can go at the same... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 23, 2021

I think it’s easier to adjust within the USA. Intent to relocate is required to be proven and that is a matter of discretion by the consulate office adjudicating your file.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: How do I legally disprove paternity in my divorce case?

My ex and I were separated, living in different states when I got pregnant with my daughter. He doesn't want to be her legal father and I don't want him to be either. Her biological father didn't want to be involved in her life and he's had no contact with her most of her (2 years) life.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 14, 2021

OK so there is a presumption that any child born during the marriage would be the child of the man that you were married to. To disprove that, you would bring a paternity action against the biological father and the DNA test would most likely as you suggest, conclude that he is the father. Once... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for North Carolina on
Q: If I'm renting my home and the floor is rotted And I fall through it can I take legal action.
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 14, 2021

Yes you will have a claim, provided you can show that the landlord or property owner was on notice of this dangerous condition, and failed to take remedial measures. It would also be beneficial if you had no knowledge or no constructive knowledge that this was a danger. If you have any damages,... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for New York on
Q: I’m pregnant,and I’m a us citizen,I want to sponsor my parents,how long will it take

Can I change my apartment during applying their visa,would that be a issue

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 12, 2021

Yes as a US citizen if over the age of 21, you can sponsor your parents, whether they already are in the United States, or are overseas. They can process for their green cards and you will be able to change your address if you move such that notification of all steps in the process will be sent to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: I want to make for my son in-low I130- while he exceeded 18 but when I married his father was under 18 years old

I married my husband since a year and made for him I130 ( still under approval), and now I want to make for my son in-low another I130, his son already now exceeded 18 years old but when I married he was under 18 at this time.

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 10, 2021

OK so I think you are confused by the terms son-in-law and stepson. If you married your stepson’s father prior to the stepson’s 18th birthday, then it is possible that you could Sponsor your stepson for his green card. More facts would be needed to know before a final determination is made.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: I would like to know what can I do if my husband who’s on a visa because we are married is trying to marry someone else

He want’s to marry in his country then come back to USA and tries to bring his new wife we are not separated or divorced

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 10, 2021

OK under United States law, any marriage entered into while a person is already married, is void. And that Marriage will not be recognized as valid.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: My husband has been cheating on me because of me he has a visa I have lots of evidence of it what can I do

I think he only married me to get his visa he lied and acted that he is in love with me and lied to the immigration officers what can I do

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 10, 2021

OK so does your husband have his temporary green card or does he have his 10 year permanent green card? Discuss with counsel in a private phone conversation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Oklahoma on
Q: I need to know if I have a lawsuit..

I had went out with a friend which I thought was my friend and he was taking me home and I can tell that he had been up a few nights probably on some kind of drug when he was dropping me off he was screaming at me telling me to get out get out I was trying to get my things together and snap my... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 7, 2021

Yes you should retain counsel and file a police report as well as file an insurance claim against his liability carrier for damages. Do not delay in seeking treatment medical treatment immediately.

4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Massachusetts on
Q: K1 home situation

Hi, I have some doubts on the address that I need to put on the ds 160. My fiancee is currently living in a room and is looking for a 1bedroom apartment for us. I wanted to know what does the interview officier need to know? Would I be able to live with her in the room or should she immediatly get... Read more »

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Dec 10, 2021

I don’t think any question on the DS 160 or even at the interview request information about the size of an apartment that your fiancé has in the United States. All that is required is for you to list the address where you intend to reside upon entering the country.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: if you plea self defense on a murder in the first degree charge what could the charges be droped down too
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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Nov 20, 2021

Every criminal case depends on its own unique facts. The plea that you would enter on a self-defense claim would be not guilty. During the course of the prosecution, you are welcome to (via your lawyer), to negotiate a lesser charge that you would plead guilty to in exchange for a lighter... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for North Carolina on
Q: My daughter passed away in North Carolina Charlotte at her boyfriend's house. Would the homeowners INS.

Homeowners insurance cover this she died of an overdose

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Stephen Arnold Black answered on Nov 20, 2021

I just finished a case exactly like this! The answer is it depends. If your daughter was visiting as opposed to living there the claim would be far stronger. Why? Because Insurance companies have resident exclusions to avoid cross liability between resident relatives. Secondly, the strongest theory... Read more »

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