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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My husband died 3 years ago. I have been paying 3 cc s I changed on since then. Can I stop paying? I’m 71 w no assets

These don’t show on my credit report

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 19, 2024

More information is needed here. For example, based on your post, are you suggesting that these 3 credit cards are in your deceased hsuband's name only? Anyway, the short version is that if you stop paying then you are exposed to being potentially sued and the question is whether or not... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Hello, what is the likelihood a male may be granted SPLIT or JOINT custody in Louisiana?

Married for 10 years, child is 7 years old, both would be living locally to child's school, no criminal history for both parents, no history of domestic abuse from either parties, no infidelity on either side, everything is under fathers name, father employed as AVP Branch Manager, Wife... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 16, 2024

All cases are different and depend on the specific facts however the Courts prefer that both parents be involved in the life of the child so based on that, the likelihood of joint custody is high. I am not sure what you mean by SPLIT. If you mean SHARED, then the answer remains the same: the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Divorced. 50/50 on our children’s expenses, only my ex-spouse turns in reimbursement receipts far beyond her means?

In Shreveport, LA. Our judgement says 50/50, but my ex enrolled our kids in stuff neither of us can afford, and she has admitted she has her parents pay her portion of the expensive tuition she chose because she cannot afford it (neither of us can), while still seeking reimbursement from me. What... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 16, 2024

Sounds like you have an Order from the Court detailing this arrangement----if you had a lawyer involved wit this then speak to your lawyer about these concerns. If you are no longer represented, then you should consult with a family lawyer in your area---that lawyer will want to see the Order in... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: If my dad died with no will and left an estate, how does it work?

I have three siblings and a stepmom. My stepmom is currently living there and one of my siblings want the house while me and another sibling don't want our sibling to get the house. We want our stepmom to keep it but pay us our fair share. My sibling who wants the house wants to kick the... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Feb 9, 2024

I am sorry for your loss and your situation. If your father had a will, then his estate would pass via the directives in his will. If he did not have a will, then it would pass via the succession law of Louisiana assuming Louisiana has jurisdiction. Based on your post, your father has a positive... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Falsified court documents. Divorce filed stating there were no children born during the marriage and there was

I am not the biological father but the baby has my last name because we were married before and after she was born

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 28, 2024

You certainly have a right to dipsute this should you choose to do so. You should consult with a family law attorney in your area to discuss your options re: the breakup/dissolution of your marriage and the incidental matters, including, divorce, child support, child custody, spousal support and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Louisiana on
Q: How can I find out who the attorney is representing someone in LA?

Case Number: 5:2023cv00849

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 17, 2024

One way is to call the Clerk of Court where the case is pending, provide the information you have and ask. You can also try to do this electronically but there may be a charge and you may have to sign up for an account----that varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I would like to get divorced. I have lived in Louisiana for two years, my spouse is in California. We have no children.

We own a business together. I filed federal and state taxes in Louisiana (married separate). My spouse filed taxes in California (jt).

We own a condo together. We are broke. Barely getting by. I am unemployed. How can I divorce for least amount of expenses?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 16, 2024

My answer is that if you are currently living in Louisiana, then you should file in Louisiana-----that said, you indicate that you own property, you do not mention your debt, if any, of the community, so I recommend that before you file that you at least consult with a family law/divorce attorney... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a family member become Curator for a developmentally disabled adult who has living parents?

Grandmother took care of disabled granddaughter. Grandmother passed away in November, disabled adult went to live with Mother. Currently Mother is having health problems and cannot adequatley take care of disabled adult. So grandmother's daughter would like to become curator for disabled niece.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 12, 2024

Yes to your question. I would recommend that your contact the state bar association or the local bar association, explain the situation and ask for recommendations of an attorney who can handling the paperwork to accomplish this as a Judge will have to approve the appointment of the curator.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: Even though our HOA bylaws have an Open Meeting Section, can the board have meetings without being open?

Bylaw: Section 9. Open Meetings. All meetings of the Board shall be open to all Members, but Members other than the Directors may not participate in any discussion or deliberation unless expressly so authorized by the Board.

Some board members want to have meetings without homeowners and... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

If this is an issue with the property owners of your subdivision, then I recommend that you (and some of the property owners) consult with an attorney to obtain a legal opinion on this. The attorney providing the opinion will hopefully charge a legal fee in allows the interested property owners to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: What do I do if my brother forged my deceased brother's name to a will? He also has done other things illegally.

There is 3 estates involved. My Dad my brother & my sister who passed. The will has been denied 2 times before the court & is now before the appellate court. He also sold his car, turned his truck over to their Mom & cleaned his bank account out. The so called will is just a note my... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

Curious post---sounds like litigation has been ongoing and you have 1, maybe 2 attorneys. You are dismayed at the currents and progress, however the process sometimes takes time----my recommendation is that you meet with your lawyer(s) and discuss your concerns, as well as try to get an expected... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Washington on
Q: I was a 17 yo driver in accident with 3 passengers. Two were 17 and one was 22. All 3 were taken away by ambulance.

The 22 year old passenger in the passenger rear seat did not want to put his belt on, and caused damage to the front passenger, and me the driver, upon collision. I am now being sent invoices from two of the passengers insurance companies that I am to pay for the ambulance fees, in the amount of... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

I agree with attorney Selik. If there was a policy of automobile insurance covering the vehicle at the time of the accident, then report it to them if you have not already do so. Additionally, provide them /forward them a copy of the invoices, etc. you are being sent. If there was no insurance... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: Will I be liable for other party's legal fees if I win only the same or less amount as first offered by the adjuster

I am going to sue the at-fault driver and owner for car accident in small claims court since settlement offered by the adjuster is too low. If the other party is represented by a lawyer from their insurance company, is it likely that I will be required to pay the fees for the lawyer if I win only... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 10, 2024

Here's my 2 cents----whether you hire a lawyer to represent you is your decision, however if you are considering litigation--filing a lawsuit----then I recommend that you at least consult with a lawyer about this and get an opinion from him if he recommends that you pursue this matter, as well... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: I know my mother has a will I don't know the lawyer's name and my sister will not give me any answers

She passed away on December 22nd of this year so I don't know what happens after that if I don't understand anything about probate or succession I just wanted I just want a copy of her will

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 8, 2024

I am sorry for your loss. While you indicate you just want a copy of your Mom's will, my recommendation is that you consult with a probate/succession attorney in your area to specifically discuss your Mom's estate as well as the probate process, including your rights. If your sister is... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Mom and Stepdad own 3 rental properties. Mom passed away 3 years ago. Are my sister and I supposed to be receiving

Money for the rent on theses properties?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 8, 2024

Following up on attorney Arrasmith's post, I second his recommendation that you consult with a probate/succession attorney in your area to specifically discuss your Mom's estate. Additionally, 1 other thing to point add which was not mentioned by attorney Arrasmith is that your mother... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New York on
Q: I have received a traffic ticket from Alexandria Town Court in NY. What steps should I take to handle this matter?

I am from Ontario.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 21, 2023

In many jurisdictions, one of the reasons you hire a lawyer is for the lawyer to appear in court on your behalf so that you do not have to take off from work to appear in court. Also, if you want to mitigate the impact of the charges (whch you should) then you should hire a lawyer to represent you... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for New Mexico on
Q: Careless driving, failure to maintain lane, & Failure to exercise due care when fell asleep causing single car accident.

Do I need a lawyer? I am a nurse and fell asleep after night shift

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you want to mitigate the impact of the charges (whch you should) then you should hire a lawyer to represent you on this. Also, in many jurisdictions, one of the reasons you hire a lawyer is for the lawyer to appear in court on your behalf so that you do not have to take off from work to appear... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Me ex husband and I have been sharing custody of our daughter for 8 years without papers now he is refusing to give her

Back to me or let me talk to her what do I do

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 20, 2023

If you do not have any paperwork/orders signed by the Judge detailing your custodial time then you need to file something with the Court asking that custodial time be set which will detail when you exercise custodial time and when your ex does. If you have such an order and he is in violation of... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for Louisiana on
Q: Im needing to file a response to a petition on a civil suit and wasn't sure of the cost for the filing fee I don't have

I am broke and do not have the money to file this and don't know what to do on the cost

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 20, 2023

Contact the Clerk of Court where the suit was filed/pending and tell them what you said here and ask if they have a "motion for in forma pauerpis" form for you to fill ou which is an application with the court to allow you to file your paperwork without having to pay your court costs and... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Arizona on
Q: I bumped a car causing no apparent damages, got a ticket for failing to control speed, should I contested?

I was driving carefully, with distance. I used the breaks and was not enough to avoid bumping into the car in front of me. The collision was minor and there was not apparent damages made.

It's my first ticket and I've been driving for 10 years now.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 21, 2023

If you want to mitigate the impact of the charges (whch you should) then you should hire a lawyer to represent you on this. Also, in many jurisdictions, one of the reasons you hire a lawyer is for the lawyer to appear in court on your behalf so that you do not have to take off from work to appear... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Control of inherited undivided property.

When my parents died, my 2 bros, a sis and I inherited 2 15 acre lots. One bro died in 2015, no will, but a succession was done,shows us 3 sibs as joint owners in undivided prop.These 2 15 acre lots were last surveyed in the 1930’s. I hired someone to survey and divide the property into 3... View More

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Dec 8, 2023

Something is inconsistent here-----You indicate that there was no will and that you have 2 bros, a sis and you howewver a succession was opened and the 3 sibs becanes owners of the 2 lots. Inconsistency notwitstanding, I would contact the attorney who handled the succession and discuss your... View More

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