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0 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: Do people who are passengers on a motorcycle, not the driver? need to wear eye protection or is that only for a driver?

I was wondering about this because I live on block island and I was stopped by a police officer because my passenger was wearing a helmet I was wearing a helmet (which both were DOT approved) with sunglasses but my passenger was not wearing glasses and he said “it is Rhode Island state law that a... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Rhode Island on
Q: In a roommate situation, if there was a verbal agreement that has not been violated; can my roommate kick me out

Rent for the month has already been paid & the agreement has not been violated

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: when a tenant breaks the lease, can the landlord retain the security deposit for rent recovery of the lease

tenant claims she agreed to move, there was no agreement to end lease early

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
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I have a family member who has already been convicted of Indecent Solicitation of a Child. He is registered as a level one sex offender. I have two questions:

If he moves to a different state will he need to be resorted outside of a tier 1/ level 1 or do they just place him under the... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a town manager issue a no trespass notice for a 16 year old to not be allowed in town parks.

He was trash talking the police on a few occasions but never vandalized anything and was never charged with a crime for that. He was caught drinking in 1 park and was charged. I (his father) was served a no trespass notice from the Warren PD with the town managers name as the “property... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Who do I contact if my landlord won’t take care of a mice problem.

I live in RI and have contacted my landlord on multiple occasions about mice all he did was give me sticky pads. Just recently I noticed mice are coming up from my stove burners I contacted him immediately asking if someone could come out. He said he “get right on it” but it’s been a week and... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander and Military Law for Rhode Island on
Q: myself and others stepped forward during a whistleblower case of waste fraud and abuse in a state operation.

I was Identified as I went to the state IG. Others remained silent. I was removed from my medical position and placed in an office. I then quit.

I filed a complaint with a federal IG. I had reemployment issues for years . With the FOIA I obtained a copy of a document sent to the fed IG.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Rhode Island on
Q: Contract law question. Counterparts were signed but were not identical. Multiple differences. Is the contract valid?

No pages were initialed. Its actually an agreement and not a contract, though still not identical. One person used an initially proposed agreement and not the one that was finally settled on.

Andrew Bilodeau
Andrew Bilodeau answered on Apr 26, 2022

Unfortunately, the answer you likely didn't want to hear is, it depends. Was each page of the entire contract initialed? Are the different provisions substantive provisions?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I am going through a divorce. Can I send a message to my attorney, opposing counsel, and my spouse on the same email?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 19, 2022

Start with your attorney. Go from there with their advice and counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Q: Is this worth getting a lawyer for?

I was at a gas pump and when I picked up the nozzle gas started spraying all over my car because there was a hole in the hose. There was no damage but the fire department came and I had to get my car cleaned because it smelled so badly of gas.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 20, 2022

A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry for your ordeal with the gas fumes. In terms of your question whether it's worth getting a lawyer for, it doesn't look like the type of case that a law firm would handle on a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Rhode Island on
Q: How do you stop a visit with child when there is a sexual abuse investigation open by dcyf on the other parent ?

my son was inpatient at a psychiatric hospital for trying g to commit suicide.he told the drs he is being sexually abused by his biological father. There is no a pending investigation open with dcyf due to this information. The biological father will be here in a few days to pick him up. How can I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 8, 2022

To make DCYF aware of the situation call 1800RICHILD. It is rather peculiar that the mandated reporters at the hospital did not make this report. Perhaps they did not have this information.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I sue my college professor for defamation?

I am a graduate student and he is the department chair. There was an incident in a class with undergraduates between them and the professor where I was the TA. I spoke to him asking why he didn’t come speak to me before accusing the professor, my advisor, of basically a criminal act. I told... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 8, 2022

Before escalating the matter to litigation, check to see if the school has an ombudsman who may help address the conflict.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I bring the ex party back to court for child support?

Ex party has minor child 2 more nights a week. I have the minor child more waking hours (I'm spending more money on food, entertainment, etc) how is ex entitled to child support if I have child more?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 8, 2022

Ex Party being your co-parenting partner with whom you cannot come to an arrangement focused on the best interest of the child? Meet with your attorney to go over all the details to see if this "changed circumstance" supports a revision of your previously ordered support obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex-husband and I bought a house together before we divorce. I believe the court awarded me the house.

I never file a quitclaim and have him sign it. What should I do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 28, 2022

Consult with your attorney to review the status of your case, and explore your options to complete the transfer of your house.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a joint owner of a bank account be the financial Power of Attorney of the other joint owner?

I'm a joint owner listed on my dad's bank account. He is elderly and needs a financial power of attorney. Can I be his financial power of attorney while listed as a joint owner on the bank account?

R.J. Connelly III
R.J. Connelly III answered on Mar 26, 2022

Yes as to his interest in the account but should not have to as both co-owners should have equal access to 100% of the value

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Rhode Island on
Q: Do you really have to prove a driver is uninsured in a hit and run accidents in RI? My car was hit. The driver ran.

There were no witnesses. The cop said hit and run and uninsured motorist on report. But the insurance company said I must prove the unknown person had no insurance!

Is that true in RI?

Albin Moser
Albin Moser answered on Mar 22, 2022

No, that isn't true. Your uninsured motorist coverage under your motor vehicle insurance policy covers a hit and run as an uninsured motorist claim. You do not have to prove that the unknown person had no insurance.

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