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1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Real Estate Law and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: I just found out I have been paying rent since October to a person who didn't own the house. It was a foreclosure

the people who actually bought the house got the paperwork yesterday and showed up today. What can be done about the rent we have paid so far to the shady person who did this to us

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Report them to the authorities. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE34/34-18/34-18-38.2.HTM compliance is mandatory. Retain an attorney if you are served with an eviction complaint.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it ok for someone to dye your 6 yr old child’s hair

My wife and her family decided to dye my child’s hair....My wife is not telling the truth and has my child lying also....This is in R.I.....BTW my wife has DCYF on her case because she drinks and urine(s) came back dirty..

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Meet with your attorney and prepare to present this to the court. Bring all of the impeaching evidence you have to help your attorney expose these lies along with copies of the prior court orders, if any, that prohibit hair dying. DCYF will also likely be interviewing you if they are following up... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: Father passed away, had no will, wife received everything. She passed and gave everything to her kids, what can I do?

My Father passed away in 2012, his next of kin was his wife, so she received his Veterans Burial Flag. She had passed away in 2019, I just found out. She gave my Father’s flag to her grandson, I was my Father’s only biological child and they had no children together. With my Father’s death, I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Consult with a local attorney to review the case that was likely filed in the town where they passed. If the will was filed and no objection was timely filed, you may not have a remedy. For peace of mind, the consultation may be worth your while.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: If the deceased had 2 sisters and both have children, but there is only one surviving sister . How are funds distributed

No will exits, Do funds go directly to the surviving sister or does it get split with the deceased sister's children ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Sympathies for your loss. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE33/33-1/33-1-1.HTM will give you the answer you seek. Do yourself a favor and meet with a local attorney to explain the rules of descent and administration of an intestacy petition in the probate court. They will be able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Construction Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I bought a Dallas cowboys hardhat..My employer came up to me with a company hard hat and told me I have to wear it
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Your employer controls the terms of your "at will" employment. Terminating you for refusal to wear his helmet is not likely considered to be discrimination, as Cowboy fans have not yet been defined as a protected class, nor granted a religious affiliation, sex, or gender identity that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I have been/am in a situation where I have been falsely accused of doing something and don’t know what to do about i

They are family members. One of them is diagnosed mentally ill, the other is not. However they have both tried to pin their shortcomings on me repeatedly and even had me arrested and hospitalized and have been doing so since I was a young child. I tried to file a domestic violence restraining order... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Speak only with your lawyer. If you cannot afford private counsel, a public defender will be appointed to represent you.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it legal to have a Shared utility only wired to my meter? This has never been disclosed to me by the landlord.

My electric bill is triple my neighbors. I have lived here for 5 years. My landlord has never mentioned that I pay for a shared utility. This has just come to light when I had an electrician come check to see why my electric bill was so high. Upon further examination a plumber became involved... Read more »

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Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

It is unclear what expense is shared, and what is due to the leak. If the pump is not yours, you may have a case of theft of utilities against the person who wired it on your service. This may require more investigation and perhaps professional legal representation. Once you have all of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Rhode Island on
Q: I recieved a letter in the mail saying affidavit of physician per section 28-33-8(c) Rhode Island compensation

I don’t know what the letter means I had surgery done already but need another surgery with no garuntee of it being 100 percent but I am having another surgery on my left ankle again

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Talk to your attorney in confidence. If you do not have an attorney, find one as soon as you can. They can help you navigate this process and advocate for your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a lawyer lie about the date of an incident and suspend my license? The accident was 4 years ago.

The dmv adjudication states the incident was from 2019 when the accident was 2016 i have offered to make payments twice and they wont accept it without all of my financial history. I feel uncomfortable giving this information and also on some of the documents they have sent it has my name... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Your attorney should not lie to you and should advocate for your best interests. It sounds like you need some professional representation and assistance to understand what rights, obligations, and responsibilities you may have. I would recommend you meet with, and retain your own advocate to assist... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Will my new wife be responsible to pay child support in the event I can't pay if I was medically sick?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Medical sickness can have a negative impact on one's income and ability to pay. As soon as you know you have this condition, file a petition with the court to modify your obligation due to the changed circumstances (they are generally not retroactively allowed) . If you and your new wife have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: State pressed the domestic charge. Not my wife or i our mariage fell apart. Im taking classes . can it be dropped.
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Exercise your fifth amendment right and speak only in confidence with your attorney. After that case is resolved. contact a family law attorney to discuss Divorce options.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: If my dogs get into a fight in my yard can animal control get involved if my neighbor called the police not me
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Depending on who, or what, your dog was fighting with, one possible answer is yes. If animal control has filed a citation against you, meet with an attorney to explore all of your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I am retiring on July 10, 2020. The municipal budget will be voted upon on July 18, 2020, postponed due to the COVID-19,

the coronavirus. Usually this meeting is held in May. In the budget is a 2% raise for employees, and I would have retired based on that pay rate/scale. If it is passed, am I eligible for that pay rate to retire on, and am i eligible for retroactive pay dating back to the beginning of the fiscal... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Congratulations on your coming retirement. Gather your plan documents and make an appointment with your attorney to review those plan particulars. If the budget is enacted retroactively, I would assume that would answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: I’m 17 in Rhode Island and my parents are separated if I really wanted to could I be emancipated I will be 18 nov 1st

I live with my mother but I’m very unhappy and we constantly fight and I’m constantly being made to feel like an object and my father has 3 kids and is working very often meaning he’s never home so my step mom takes care of all of them meaning I can’t live with him and I don’t have any... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Once you have graduated from High School and attained the age of 18, you are legally considered emancipated. At $200 per week, you will likely need to find housing that costs you less that $350 per month.

Start saving your money for a deposit on your new place and good luck to you.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Small Claims and Products Liability for Rhode Island on
Q: Hi, I moved in with a close friend like 5 months ago to rent out a room in her house. No verbal agreement was signed, be

sides that i would pay half. now shes trying to "evict" me. What do i do ????

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

She will likely have to file a formal eviction petition with the court if you cannot come to a resolution together. This will create a public record that may make it difficult for you to attain housing in the future. Out of respect for your (former) close friendship, and your interest in being... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Rhode Island on
Q: How do i go about amending a personal injury suit from negligence to reckless

Me in the hywy and was arrested

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 6, 2020

Talk to your (Rhode Island) attorney to go over ALL of the details in private. They will be most familiar with the facts of your case and best suited to amend your complaint as appropriate. If you insist on representing yourself, you will be expected to abide by all of the court rules of practice,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations on divorce settlements?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 1, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Your mother should talk to her lawyer. They will have the particular documents and be able to best advise her.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Rhode Island on
Q: If there was any way I wanted to find an arrest record on my father how would I go about doing that?

I know he kidnapped me, and I would like the record of that, but I also know he was arrested for something regarding a machete and I would like to either be able to read it or something.... possibly to get another restraining order but not sure yet. He contacted me after a while because I sent him... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 15, 2020

Contact a lawyer to assist you. They have access to court documents. It sounds like you could benefit from some advocacy and professional assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Son’s father took me to a family emergency court he is a toxic person. Drinking drugging selling has illegal gun.

So how do I prove he is unfit ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 6, 2020

Hire a good lawyer to help you prepare and present your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: I’m an 18 year living in Rhode Island. Is it legal for my parents to track me?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

Are they tracking you with a phone they gave you? Easy, give it back. Problem solved.

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