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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on

Q: What are my rights as a dog owner against false complaints?

When I let my dog out at night 10:30-midnight and he barks my neighbors complain (two of them - who have "ganged" up on me). (One neighbor says he wakes up her son and he can't go back to sleep.) My dog may only bark for a few seconds before I bring him in. (I stand in the doorway to watch him do... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

If upon affirmation in writing, signed by a resident of this town, and after investigation by the animal control officer or a police officer, that officer has cause to believe that an animal, whether licensed or not, is a habitual nuisance by reason of trespassing, howling, barking or making other... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Any laws about dogs barking non-stop when owners aren't home but leave windows open so very loud for hours at a time

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

Check your local municipal code for your specific town. The ordinance are generally available online.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on

Q: Do you guys have a pro Bono divorce service if not do you know of any in the Narragansett or Wakefield county area?

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

Contact Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator, John Ellis at (401) 421-7758 or jellis@ribar.com to see if you qualify for Pro Bono representation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on

Q: What can a person do if they believe their case was lost due to judge and plaintiff having friendship prior to the case

Custodial loses placement after non-custodial makes false allegations which are proven unfounded by dcyf custodial fights case for a year judge does not listen to evidence judge does not allow for a hearing judge continues case constantly for over a year information has come forward that plaintiff... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

Talk to your attorney if you are want to take an appeal from the judge's decision. If your attorney is not willing to represent you for the appeal, consult with another attorney soonest. There is a limited time to file an appeal.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Civil Litigation and Trademark for Rhode Island on

Q: Is "Newport Wellness" registrable as a service mark? geographically descriptive + generic term for the services.

I don't think it is, but I'm looking for other opinions.

Per USPTO, Generic words cannot qualify as “marks” in the legal sense and are never registrable or enforceable against third parties. Because generic words are the common, everyday name for goods and services and everyone has the... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

Speak with a trademark attorney. They will explain the impact of the disclaimer to the plain words, the limitation, of the category of trade for which one might register, and other options you may consider to give you more than "thin protection" . They will also explain the national/federal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a family court in rhode island take away my phone when I'm 13 under the orders of a judge?

Truancy

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

They are more likely to prohibit you from using it. Speak with your court attorney to have them press your best arguments against such an order.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on

Q: Charged w/ 2nd off. driving while suspended but I never have been cited or charged w/ a 1st offense..what should I do?

I was cited for driving on a suspended license - 2nd offense after another driver side swiped me. I wasn’t aware my license was suspended, the accident occurred in June 2018 and RI says they suspended it back in April 2016 stemming from a FTA for a traffic ticket. I understand the suspension but... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

Hire an attorney to muster your best defense and force the prosecution to produce their evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on

Q: What can I do if a search & seizure warrant was returned 22 days after it was executed? In RI should be returned in 14.

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

Your attorney should be able to explain the impact of this http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE12/12-5/12-5-3.HTM

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on

Q: As the owner of a vehicle that caused an accident while being driven by another insured adult, am I liable?

Neville Bedford answered on Apr 10, 2019

Did you give that other driver permission to drive your vehicle?

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Which Rhode Island court do I petition to unseal documents related to my paternity?

I was born outside of marriage, and then my father signed an "affidavit of legitimation" after he married my mother. Per Rhode Island law, this document is sealed and Vital Records will only issue copies of it with a court order. I am applying for recognition of inherited Italian citizenship... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 28, 2019

Dual citizenship is a special status and probably worth investing with an attorney to assist you. Your chances of success will be much better with a professional advocating on your behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on

Q: What are my rights for getting help to relocate die to my son's father attacking me in my home and as result I have been

Put on a DV safe house with my son how can I get help to get another apartment since the attack happens at old one

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 27, 2019

Work with you advocates at the DV safe house to continue your safety plan. Work with your attorney to establish sole custody to enable you to relocate.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on

Q: Hi. I'm in the beginning stages of a divorce and have no idea what's going on. I feel I may have missed paperwork.

I do suffer mental health issues and I'm on ssdi and feel my wife is taking full advantage of this. Any advice is helpful

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

Hire an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire your own attorney, contact the RI Bar association to get on the waiting list for a volunteer attorney.

Volunteer Lawyer Program - The Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP), funded through a grant from Rhode Island Legal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on

Q: can a landlord tow my vehicle without notice?

we were in a rollover accident on 2/19 (it is now 2/22). we are still awaiting the police report, and our vehicle was towed to our parking area (private off street parking with assigned spaces, of which we are only taking up our own space). the vehicle has considerable damage to it, but is not... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

If it is not roadworthy, one could argue that it is "debris" or refuse." Probably best for you to get it to an auto body shop where they will be able to allow the insurance company to make their assessment and perform the necessary repairs, should that be the option you choose. Then, you will have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on

Q: Can I travel on vacation with my daughter without my husbands consent?

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

This question gives rise to so many more questions. Are there court orders to the contrary? Is there a divorce pending in the court? Do you have a lawyer? Have you read the automatic orders of the family court? Why does your husband not consent to his daughter having a vacation with her mother ? Is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on

Q: totaled truck buy back repair myself under ri 31-46 -7 part c then retitle?

I want to repair my totaled truck myself. Ins co, and dmv say it can only be repaired by someone with salvage rebuilders licence. Law says I can rebuild it if title is stamped "for parts only". I hold the title. Can I repair it and then get it retitled?

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

The title will likely remain a salvage title for the life of the vehicle.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can someone in Rhode Island buy a bottle of distilled spirit or wine from a rectifier for OFF-PREMISE consumption?

2016 Rhode Island General Laws

Title 3 - Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 3-6 - Manufacturing and Wholesale Licenses

Section 3-6-6 - Bottling and sale privileges of a rectifier's license.

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

Generally, no, as that would be construed as a retail sale, and this statute only provides for wholesale.

SEE: TITLE 3

Alcoholic Beverages

CHAPTER 3-6

Manufacturing and Wholesale Licenses

SECTION 3-6-6

§ 3-6-6. Bottling and sale privileges of a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Rhode Island on

Q: What is the statute of limitations for sexual harrassment and also sexual harassment in the work place in Rhode island??

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

Time Limits

180 days to file a charge

(may be extended by state laws)

Federal employees have 45 days to contact an EEO Counselor

source: https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

In other words, the worst case scenario might be that you have 180...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on

Q: in a situation of shared custody and the custodial parent moves to a shelter 6 months after informs the secondary party

me & my son moved from the home we shared with his mother my mothers house and went into shelter after a domestic violence situation in search of housing i'm working and he's in daycare and she she filed an exparte to modify physical custody but i have evidence and witnesses of neglect and or abuse

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

Meet with and retain an attorney to assist you. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, check with RI Legal Services to see if you qualify for their assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Rhode Island on

Q: I in herited a home with a lien on the property for my father from not paying sales tax to ri division of taxation .

will the tax lien expire . does the state of ri have to renew the lien .

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Talk with the attorney handing the probate case.

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes and Appeals / Appellate Law for Rhode Island on

Q: hello i have a question regarding a case .child molestation case

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

It is probably best to address that in private with your attorney.

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