Questions Answered by Neville Bedford

Q: Can I sue for slander/liable/deformation of character?

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2016

Know that truth is a defense to these type of allegations(with some exceptions). Don't discuss the case in a public forum. Consult with an attorney in private and see if they will attend whatever hearing your employer may provide. You should have a right to know whom made this allegation(and know whom the defendant may be if you decide to take further action) that was forwarded by the doctor but if they have a policy that differs from that, you may not. get a copy of the employees...
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Q: What is the legal age to drop out of high school in Rhode Island?

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2016

Technically, it is not legal to drop out of school at any age as the law provides for mandatory attendance - with few exceptions.
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Q: if on probation r u still guilty until proven not guily is it violation of probation

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2016

Discuss the standards of proof for the court when addressing alleged probation violations with your attorney.
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Q: My cased was just dismissed & the judge also sealed the case. Can I walk into the police department and demand my file?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2016

Ask your lawyer to send a certified copy of the ORDER to the police department and then they will be on notice to destroy the file.
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Q: I am 68 year old male with a 64 yo wife, What are our rights utilizing a security deposit for our last month's rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

If your landlord is in agreement, great. If not, and there are costs that are attributed to you for any damages, you may find yourself defending a lawsuit in the district court.
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Q: I owe back child support and am out of work and in dire straights.if I cash in my annuity. $3000 would it end up going t

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

Hopefully, you will meet with and retain an attorney to assist you. If you have done this already, good work. They will surely have advised you that a request for modification rarely may be adjudged retroactive, so it is a best if you file that motion to modify as soon after a change in income as possible.

Q: Hi my ex wife received sole custody 2000 I was ordered to pay child support she moved to Pa. She never contacted me

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

You will probably need a lawyer to assist you. Despite not having custodial rights, your child support obligations continue and have probably accrued a large sum of interest.
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Q: Hi my ex husband willing walked out my daughter's life 5 years ago no contact at all .how do i prove he abandoned her?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

It is surprising that these issues were not addressed in your divorce decree- esp child support. However if they were, you may be able to file contempt motions and pursue The support due to you. If you had an attorney assisting you in the divorce, consider contacting them to assist you. If not, you might also contact any attorney you feel comfortable with for a meeting to discuss retaining them to assist you. You will need the court's permission for any legal name change. This will require...
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Q: I have a question about truancy court for my son who is 17. I live in Rhode Island what can I expect.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

If he is scheduled to graduate this year, you may be able to negotiate favorable terms at the hearing. The best thing you could bring with you would be a practicing attorney familiar with the process and the law .
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Q: My husband's sisters are trustees of the family trust. They have quick deeded the property to themselves as trustees

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

It sounds like it is a perfect time for your husband to meet with, and retain, an attorney to advocate for his rights.
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Q: Is it illegal to bury your deceased dog/cat on your property?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

If you own the property, probably not. However, it would be prudent to check the ordinances for your particular town.
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Q: The city of Warwick Rhode Island has just told me that my apartment is illegal I have 30 days to move what are my rights

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

The terms of your lease will be very important in evaluating your rights. If you can't resolve the situation with your landlord, consider meeting with and retaining an attorney to assist you.
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Q: There has been a civil lawsuit filed against me by a collection agency

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

If you don't qualify for legal aid and cannot afford a lawyer, you must comport with the court rules and procedures and defend yourself. the Summons will tell you how long you have to file your answer with the court to avoid being defaulted. The judges will likely frown on your inability to know the law, raise appropriate defenses, follow proper procedure, and file counterclaim motions, if any are viable to your case. Good luck.
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Q: If my sons mother take me to court for child support, will that affect the amount my daughter currently gets?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 7, 2016

It depends on how long it has been since the guidelines were calculated and on what the other persons income situation is. Talk to your attorney.
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Q: can a custodial parent that is receiving child support terminate that order if she wants

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 6, 2016

Depending on the nature and source of any benefits the children are receiving, maybe. Discuss this with your attorney to get precise information and evaluate what is best for y/our children.
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Q: Hello Sir or Madame, If I purchase items online and sell them on a site would that be considered breaking the law?

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 6, 2016

That depends on many factors including what the items are, where you are selling them online.
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Q: How to get a domestic assault and no contact order dropped?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 6, 2016

You should meet with, consult, and retain an attorney to assist you. These matters are not as easy to resolve as many people first think.
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Q: Can you deny a supervised visit if the person has warrents and has not paid child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Indiana on
Answered on May 6, 2016

These rights and obligations are generally separate and unrelated. However, your results may vary depending on the Judge and what they decide after hearing all of the facts and particulars.
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Q: My fiance is incarcerated in a RI prison. His kids are in state custody. What are his rights? Can he fight for custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 6, 2016

It is unlikely that the courts will grant custody while he is incarcerated. Depending on your mother-in-laws situation, relationship, and the recommendations of DCYF, the court MAY decide that this may be the placement most appropriate and in the best interest of the children. Navigating this process is complicated and best addressed with the assistance of a seasoned family court attorney representing you/her/him/anyone.
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Q: I am in a lease. RI standard one until December. I fell into a new home to buy. Can i break my lease ?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 6, 2016

If you come to an agreement with your landlord to terminate the lease early, that would be the least difficult way to resolve the situation. OR, you might condition your "offer" on any house that might "fall" on you that the closing and occupancy will be timed to coincide with your lease termination. If you can't resolve the matter by yourself with your landlord, bring the lease to your meeting with your local attorney that does real estate law and review it with them to discuss options and...
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