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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I am separated. Can't afford a divorce but desperately need one.I am concerned about ex's live-in girlfriend.MyOptions?
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Neville Bedford answered on Apr 5, 2021

Consult with an attorney to explore your options. If you have a child in common, it is important to sort out custody and support issues soonest.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: If money is willed to 2 sons to be split evenly, but 1 passed away before their mom, does the other son get all of it?

Or would the dead son's half get passed to his heirs? The wording on the will is just that the remainder of her money gets split evenly between son 1 and son 2.

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Neville Bedford answered on Mar 31, 2021

Get a copy of that will and make an appointment to meet with your local probate attorney to discern whether the intention of the testator is per capita, or per stirpes.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: I have Put a restraining order on my ex who I have Had previously had domestic cases with in 2019 he has

been creating accounts to contact me and threatening me and I have Never gone through this I have Court on the 13th and I am Scared I dont Want them to drop the case i don't know what i am supposed to do if I need To get an attorney and if so how I go About that and the costs

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Neville Bedford answered on Mar 31, 2021

Contact an attorney to answer these questions privately. Document all of the violations from the invented accounts to have ready for your hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a 48a dismissal be re opened? is it legal?

I had a case simple assault/domestic case that was dismissed (48a) at trial. somehow it was later reopened months later and I was arrested again on the same exact charge. I took it to trial and was found not guilty. I also tried to remove it from my record and it still shows.

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Neville Bedford answered on Mar 31, 2021

Talk to your attorney in private to explore your options. Your attorney will know all of the appropriate steps to ensure the expungement/seal process is completed properly.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: What can i do of the father is neglectful of my child? There is no visitation order and i am in RI.

Theres no physical proof but friends and neighbors as well as myself have seen it first hand.

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Neville Bedford answered on Mar 31, 2021

If the neglect is serious enough to place the child in danger, discuss this with your attorney in preparing the documents to present your case to the court. If the child is in imminent danger or has suffered harm due to the neglect of the father, report this to DCYF hotline (1800RICHILD). A... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I am in the process of a divorce. I am pregnant with someone elses child. What steps would I need to establish paternity

Husband and I have lived separately for over 5 years. Divorce papers have been filed. The baby's biological father admits paternity and wants to be on the birth certificate/ the child to have his last name.

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Neville Bedford answered on Jan 31, 2021

Your attorney will be able to help you collect and present the appropriate evidence to meet the burden of proof required to overcome the presumption of paternity of a child born during a marriage in the State of Rhode Island. If you have not yet met with, and retained an attorney to advocate for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: During divorce and in the agreement I put she has to go back to her maiden name and she signed it . So she has to right?

We have no kids . She in another relationship but she keeps saying oh just because I signed it doesn’t mean I need too

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Neville Bedford answered on Jan 15, 2021

Meet with your family court attorney to review the contractual language and evaluate its precise terms. Generally speaking any competent adult may use any name they like, as long as it in not for an illegal purpose.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex wife is in contempt of court for not selling my house when our son graduated as stated in the divorce decree

Will she have to give me the house or sell it and give me the amount of money started that she owes me

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Neville Bedford answered on Oct 27, 2020

Talk to your attorney to help prepare and present your motion for relief.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it excessive force if the police cause me to get stitches
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Neville Bedford answered on Oct 27, 2020

It will depend on many factors, consult with your attorney to evaluate your situation and the particular facts.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: How does my boyfriend get the charges dropped?

Long story short my boyfriends grandmother was harassing and yelling at him to pick up two small stones of concrete. He told her to stop giving an attitude or he was not going to do so. She continued to follow him around the yard, as he opened my car door she then pulled my door back, pushed him... Read more »

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Neville Bedford answered on Oct 1, 2020

Attorney Thomas Briody has given you some excellent, valuable, advice to which I would only add: refrain from making any further public statements about the case. Help your boyfriend engage professional representation with a licensed attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My five year old daughter was expelled from town soccer because we refused to wear a mask

we were outside away from other people

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Neville Bedford answered on Sep 28, 2020

Work with your attorney to evaluate, review all the evidence, and the facts and circumstances, to advise you of your rights, and possible remedies surrounding your 5 year old daughter's expulsion, in response to your refusal to comply with mask wearing rules.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: I live in RI my ex moved to KS in 2013 when he moved I was able to get the name of the company he was working for I gave

Info to my case worker RI dept Child support. His paychecks were garnished for awhile then he left that job again I tracked down where he got new job gave info to case worker & started getting child support again. Then I took him back to court for no paying Again. The judge upped his support... Read more »

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Neville Bedford answered on Sep 28, 2020

Your attorney may be able to enlist the services of an investigator to find the information you seek. CSE does get employment and intercept information. Good Luck to you and your child(ren)

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My husband contact police due to being assulted on home confinement and that was considered as having police involvement

What is going to happen with him and will he stay in jail for this situation that isn't his fault what so ever. Help me please I don't know what to do about it in my own.

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Neville Bedford answered on Aug 13, 2020

It is very nice that you obviously love and care about your husband. You should avoid speaking about this matter and encourage him to consult privately and confidentially with his attorney so they may present their best defenses to the court, where the judge will decide the gravitas of this... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Case Description Emergency motion question regarding returning daughter to unsafe situation

My daughter has been with me for summer visitation since june14th. I have concerns about her safety with her mother so I haven't returned her to her mother. Today her mother filed an emergency court motion and the judge ordered me to bring her back and gave us a court date of August 18th.... Read more »

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Neville Bedford answered on Jul 24, 2020

If you willfully do not comply with the Judges order, the Judge will have myriad remedies at their disposal to insure you learn not to disrespect, nor disregard, the court's authority. If you value your relationship with your child, and your credibility before the court, I would advise you to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: can a minors legal guardian keep custody over biological father in court

if so what type of information should be brought to court proceedings to help keep minor child with legal guardian

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Neville Bedford answered on Jul 14, 2020

If a Guardian has been appointed. The father will be well advised to work with their attorney to present evidence of a significant change in circumstances to support a proposed modification of the arrangement, along with supporting evidence significant enough to meet their burden to show that it is... Read more »

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

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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..

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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 »

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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 ?

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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
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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 »

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