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0 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can you walk a dog under quarantine
0 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I sue my housing manager for making a false statement about me to the police about a crime I did not commit

Police came and a report was made. Her lawyer then emailed my housing lawyer stating she was going to have me arrested and my things thrown out of my house by a Constable. I was never talked to by the police about this crime and only found out about it through an email my lawyer sent to me.

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Q: Can an HOA board make me muzzle my dog outside simple because she got in the hallway once while I was taking trash out?

I own a unit in a building with an overly active and intrusive HOA board. My dog last week got into the hallway while I took my trash out for about 1-2 minutes. She didn't poop or pee or have an interaction with any humans or animals. I have child proof locks on my doors to prevent this, which... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I get a 20yr old traffic ticket expunged in Rhode Island? Got a valid lic in Mich I need to renew lic in GA

I tried to renew my valid Michigan driver's license in Georgia but was told I can't bcuz of a 20yr old ticket in RI that has never come up in 20yrs. I wrote to the magistrate who stated I have to pay. I wasn't aware of this $357 ticket and I'm in a hardship. I passed Uber &... View More

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jun 1, 2024

You need to satisfy that Magistrate. Hire a traffic ticket attorney to represent you in RI. They may be able to do better, but it will still cost you something. Thank you for using Justia's Ask a Lawyer, but don't rely on what you are told here, consult a local attorney who will obtain... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Do you provide a document for the sale of my brothers interest in a home residence left in life estate to both of us ?

Our mother has passed and we need to resolve this. Thank you.

Andrew Bilodeau
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answered on May 14, 2024

I understand your question to be as follows. Mom had a life estate in a property and you and your brother were the "remaindermen" - the house goes to you both upon your mother's passing. Mom passed and you want to know how your brother can convey his interest to you? Yes that is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How does a lawyer sue a company for lost package

how does a lawyer sue a delivery company for lost package

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answered on May 2, 2024

A lawyer can sue a delivery company for a lost package on behalf of their client by following these general steps:

1. Gather evidence: The lawyer will collect all relevant documentation, such as the shipping contract, tracking information, proof of value, and any correspondence with the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Rhode Island on
Q: Are there any consequences regarding an executor in another state that does not probate a vehicle registered and houses?
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answered on Apr 19, 2024

One of the purposes of probate is to make sure there is clear title to assets, so if there is no trust or other means of non probate transfer of these assets then yes, they need to be probated. But, concerning the houses, check the deeds to see if they were owned with any other person or placed in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Rhode Island on
Q: Regarding fair use copyright: would showing a documentary at our local library for education and analysis be ok?

We are a small group of residents who want to promote discussion of important topics in our town. As such, we would like to start a video series at our local library. The library told us we needed to get copyright permission. After doing some research, I discovered the "fair use"... View More

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answered on Apr 7, 2024

Hi Matt,

The fair use doctrine in US copyright law does allow for limited use of copyrighted material without permission for purposes such as criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on four main...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: As a commercial landlord, if a tenant is in a lease on unit 1 and is paying a storage fee on unit 2 to hold for ….

Potential build-out, then backs out and you give them written notice to vacate unit 2 but they don’t… can you change the locks and begin proceedings to rent unit 2 ? Tenant has been notified this would happen.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In your situation as a commercial landlord, handling a tenant who has backed out of a potential build-out for unit 2 after paying a storage fee can be challenging. If you have already given written notice to the tenant to vacate and they have failed to comply, your next steps need to be carefully... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: As to the recording voice and video does The State of Rhode Island require that all party's being recorded be informed?

One month after signing a lease I recorded a video with sound of my landlady in a rooming house in Warwick Rhode Island. She told me that she was writing new rules as an addendum to the lease and then I was excluded from parts of the house that were in the lease.

during that confrontation... View More

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answered on Apr 29, 2024

It sounds like you're in a very challenging situation, and I understand wanting to explore all options. Whether you can use the recording in a court case depends on a few factors:

- Rhode Island's Consent Laws: Rhode Island is a "one-party consent" state. This means you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: with the aid of statutory and judicial authorities, critically examine the position of the law where a party to a valid

and subsisting monogamous marriage purports or seeks to marry another person monogamously.

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answered on Mar 25, 2024

What you describe is bigamy, which is against the law. An intended marriage by a person who is still married is not going to result in a valid marriage.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Collections for Rhode Island on
Q: received a voicemail saying I was being sued and to call a number.when I call it’s from a loan from 2020

It was from a company called zaca I had a loan for 900

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 14, 2024

A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If you're being sued, that generally involves receiving legal papers such as a summons and complaint. If you're the subject of a collection action, that could involve being notified by phone. You'd... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Is an art installation of signs promoting kindness near construction zones illegal in RI?

In accordance with Rhode Island law, could the creation of an art installation on featuring letter-sized, brightly-colored signage promoting positivity, kindness, and safe driving behaviors on highway light posts near areas affected by infrastructure failures and construction zones be subject to... View More

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answered on Mar 8, 2024

In Rhode Island, as in many places, placing signs or installations in public spaces, especially near highways and construction zones, generally requires adherence to specific regulations and obtaining permission from the relevant authorities. This is due to safety considerations, as well as... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Rhode Island on
Q: Portsmouth, RI . Interested in pursuing a property tax abatement .in superior court Have certified appraisal, etc

certifed appraisel is lower than towns assessment . Furthermore the new assessment is higher than what I paid t the property.etc .

I'm learning the complexity of the process .I'm not interested in selling ,but have extra lot that I might be forced to rent out , maybe a... View More

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answered on Mar 2, 2024

It sounds like you have done your research and are considering multiple options when it comes to seeking a property tax abatement on your home in Portsmouth, RI. Here are a few tips as you move forward:

- Make sure you carefully review and understand the property tax abatement procedures...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How do i contact my public defender after a decade

Hypothetically if you were to have commited a misdemeanor and left the state instead of going to court about 9 years ago, how would you go about contacting your lawyer to finally address it

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody
answered on Feb 4, 2024

I doubt your public defender will still be assigned to this case. You could contact the public defender’s office and explain the situation. Or you could contact a private lawyer. There may be a warrant out for you. But it should not be difficult, if it’s a misdemeanor and you have had no... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Q: Can you legally come after someone for sharing personal messages, pictures, and videos stolen from your phone?

My wife and I had an open relationship. She went through my phone and took personal things of myself and another women. She has been sharing them and showing them to everyone.

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answered on Jan 31, 2024

In Rhode Island, if someone shares personal messages, pictures, and videos taken from your phone without your consent, you may have legal recourse. Unauthorized access to your phone and the dissemination of private materials could be considered a violation of privacy laws.

Rhode Island has...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Given these charges in providence ri superior court, what is the best possible deal the defendant might receive ?

Assault With Intent to Commit Specified Felonies

Felony Assault and/or Battery

Using a Firearm When Committing a Crime of Violence - 1st Offense

Discharge Firearm When Committing a Crime of Violence - Injury to Other

Carry Pistol or Revolver Without License or Permit... View More

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

In a case involving multiple serious charges like these in Providence, RI, the best possible deal greatly depends on various factors, including the specifics of the case, the defendant's criminal history, and the quality of the defense.

For such serious offenses, particularly those...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My husband has a court date Feb 1 2024 at my lawyers office we had one Dec 22 at his office and my lawyer sent him to ge

Get fingerprints at a place that is shutdown so they never got done and case was moved to Feb 1 and i been calling the lawyer daily he didn’t return any calls and again my husband did not get the fingerprints he needs to be able to close his case please what can we do?

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answered on Jan 24, 2024

In your situation, it's essential to address the issue of the fingerprints as soon as possible, since they are a crucial part of your husband's case. First, you should find an alternative location where your husband can get his fingerprints taken. This information can often be found on... View More

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