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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for District of Columbia on
Q: How do I get permanent shared custody of my 6 y/o daughter?

Greetings: My 6 y/o daughter's mother and I have temporary shared custody and have been to court three times to make the 50/50 arrangement permanent. Her mother has recently filed a restraining order prohibiting me, the father, from seeing her prior to a court hearing on Dec. 6, 2022. I want... Read more »

Laurence L. Socci
Laurence L. Socci
answered on Nov 30, 2022

I'm not sure there is a question here, but I can tell you, as an attorney who only represents men in custody cases, men often have an uphill battle in DC domestic relations court. I am happy to offer a consultation to you. I can be reached at (202) 262-5843 or laurence.socci@soccilawfirm.com.... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: My mother is Jewish and for religious reasons, she had me circumcised as an infant. How should I sue her?

I would also like to ruin the life of the rabbi that preformed the circumcision.

0 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I sue my college for emotional distress or slander where a professor propagated rumors about me to other students?

There were rumors about my mental health that were completely untrue, but instead of my professor addressing the issue with me, they told other students and had those students monitor me during clinical. This then allowed rumors to spread through my cohort and led to me being ostracized and... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Someone tried to car jack me, and stole my tags, I got a police report, a couple days later my car is impound.

I didn't know I had tickets on the car never received any letters, and with the tickets on there they won't release the car. Can they do that, because I got robbed and my tags was stolen.

0 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Show Cause to prevent Appeal Court dismissal??

Never got final order

0 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How to show cause on an appeal for a civil case I never got paperwork on?

Do I need to explain why the case should move forward on appeal, or explain how the judge erred in making their decision?

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for District of Columbia on
Q: We just settled my deceased parents' estate in July 2022. We have since found out that he owns 2 more houses. What now?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Nov 3, 2022

You'll need to reopen the estate to correct the other titles or sell the properties. In DC, that won't be very complex since the death was under the post-1995 rules, but having a lawyer would be helpful.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Hey, I was wondering if an immigration consultant business is legal in VA? I didn’t find any restrictions anywhere in VA

I’m not an attorney

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Oct 18, 2022

Even generally, providing any immigration advice without a valid law licence will constitute an unlawful law practice. I would be very apprehensive to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can the DC rioters, including the organizers be charged under DC law with the murder of the police officer and rioter?

Under D.C. law anyone acting together to commit a felony may be charged as principles or accessories, DC ST § 22-1805 and DC ST § 22-1806. Most charged admit that they were there to “stop the steal” which was to disrupt congress while in session. It is a felony to intimidate or impede a... Read more »

Laurence L. Socci
Laurence L. Socci
answered on Oct 17, 2022

No, they cannot be charged with murder. For a murder charge, there must be a showing of intent to commit murder. There is no intent. They may be charged with manslaughter if it could be proved that they knew there was a likelihood someone could get killed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I have an ins policy where I have paid 38k into. The company is raising the premiums from 80 to over 300 dollars. Legal?

I have had the policy since 1984. Now they are raising the premiums after already paying 38k in premiums. If I surrender the policy can I get any of my money back. As you see above the company is raising the premiums substantial. This is a Universal policy

Laurence L. Socci
Laurence L. Socci
answered on Oct 16, 2022

It depends on the terms of the policy. I could not answer this question without reviewing the policy. Many times, polices include language that allows them to raise premiums after a certain period of time.

Whatever the policy says, controls.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for District of Columbia on
Q: A coworker put his head on my shoulder. It was unwelcomed, uninvited physical contact. I told my boss. What do I do now?
Matthew T. Famiglietti
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Matthew T. Famiglietti
answered on Oct 12, 2022

You should consult with with a qualified employment discrimination attorney who specializes in Sexual harassment. Most attorneys are providing consultations over the phone or zoom due to COVID.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law, Civil Rights and International Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I’m getting married with an Au Pair that finishes contract before. How much time do we have for her not become ilegal?

I am marrying an AuPair. She was supposed to finish her program next May but she wants to quit due to bad relationship with the host family. Because she quits she technically has to leave the country “as soon as possible” but we are not sure how long that is. We want to get married as soon as... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Sep 24, 2022

Is your girlfriend’s J visa subject to the two year residency requirement? If not, she may be able to adjust status after marriage. Discuss the facts of your situation with counsel in a private phone call.

Q: retaliation case my supervisor had his employee to take a cellphon picture under my dress.what case law can I use

My supervisor did not compensate me for work performed and lied and said 7:45am -5:15pm was 8 hours and was committing fraud. What caselaw can I use for this

Matthew T. Famiglietti
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Matthew T. Famiglietti
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Is this a matter involving a DC employer? If so, I would be glad to give you a free 30 minute consultation tomorrow morning, August 16th at 10 am.

Clearly, videotaping under your skirt could well constitute sexual harassment in the work place. Did you report this incident to HR? Or have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can my husband marry a second wife overseas?

We are married with a 9 months old son. He’s visiting out of the states and I was told from a family member that he’s considering a second marriage over there

Laurence L. Socci
Laurence L. Socci
answered on Aug 10, 2022

No. A valid marriage in any country, including the United States, is a valid marriage anywhere. If he gets married in another country, he could be prosecuted in the United States for bigamy, and the overseas marriage would not be valid.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for District of Columbia on
Q: What law can I use for the Dist. of Columbia to be able to use religious exemption from the Covid vaccine for my child?

This is for my child to be able to attend school this month.

Matthew T. Famiglietti
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Matthew T. Famiglietti
answered on Aug 3, 2022

You would need to get medical documentation from your child's doctor stating the child has a disability that prevents him or her from receiving the covid shot safely. I am attaching the exemption: https://osse.dc.gov/release/osse-encourages-families-receive-required-immunizations. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for District of Columbia on
Q: Why dose lawyer need my tax returns for lawsuit involving child sexual abuse?
John Mesirow
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John Mesirow
answered on Jul 28, 2022

Are you suing someone for child sexual abuse? If so, your lawyer is probably asking for your tax returns either to prove your loss of income, or because you have claimed loss of income and the other side is asking for them (and would almost certainly be entitled to them). If this isn't why,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Do I have to pay a fee for the form I-765 (work authorization) if sending it together with adjustment of status I-485?
Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Jul 26, 2022

No, you do not need to pay a separate fee for the I-765. The $1,225.00 fee you pay with the I-485 covers the filing fee for the I-765. However, if you are eligible for and requesting a fee waiver, you would need to include both form numbers on the fee waiver application.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I got married to a uscitizen im undocumented we are on a same sex marriage, how much would process for green card

Can I only do the process thru a lawyer

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Jul 21, 2022

If you entered the USA with a visa, then you can adjust status after marriage to a US citizen. This is despite the fact that you are out of status currently. You can represent yourself in this process, but if you make a mistake it could be years long delay or an outright denial. Some of us handle... Read more »

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