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0 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Husband abandoned our home he only gets SSD, can I still get an order to make him responsible for his half of everything

Married for 2 yrs 2 months, living together for 4 yrs He left January 4th back to home state of PA He's still under Rental contract and with bills 50/50. Moved here almost 7 months ago together, No Children involved only bills, Vehicle in both names

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0 Answers | Asked in Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Q: What are the criteria for a defamation of character suit.

Against law enforcement

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What happens on a parole violation hearing? Rhode island (providence)

Person was released on parole for 10 yrs. Was only out for about 9 months and was re-arrested on drugs, weapons and conspiracy charges. Total of 6 felonies.

0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it discount fraud if all discounts are valid, and I return it for more than I paid?

Don't want to go into too much detail to avoid being identified or someone else doing it for real, but basically at my job, I found an item that I can buy, and if I buy it with my employee discount and membership discount, i can then trade it in (again using my employee and membership perks)... View More

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
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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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0 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: Can my Mother break her part of a lease without consequence?

My mother lives with my sister in an apartment and is co signer on the lease. She is unhappy with her living conditions and wishes to leave. She is on SSDI and wants to know if either the Landlord or my sister can come after her for the balance on the lease.

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

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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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can mom of a child tell her son’s father he can’t take the children over night once he moves in with his girlfriend

If court gets involved, can a judge say the father can’t take his kids anymore on visitation or overnights because he now shares a home with his girlfriend?

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answered on Jan 23, 2024

Usually a mother cannot prevent a father from having visitation overnight at his new girlfriend‘s house where he now lives. If there were a provision of the divorce agreement that prohibits this then the court might pay attention to that. If there is something about the girlfriend or the house or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: can RI hospital psych ward hold a patient who called SuicideHotline on themself After patient request leave after 3 days

Patient had a minor past suicide attempt over 2 years ago and seeked help. Since has made Major improvement and no issues since. Patient called suicide hotline due to depression and anxiety, and is now being held for 3 days and wishes to leave to seek therapy and feels they do not need inpatient... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

In Rhode Island, mental health facilities have the authority to hold a patient for evaluation and treatment if they believe the patient poses a risk to themselves or others due to a mental health condition. This can occur even if the patient voluntarily sought help initially.

If a patient...
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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: What type of lawyer handles malpractice suits against law firms handling VA Disability claims?

I had retained a firm to help me handle a VA Disability claim. Over the past year, there have been constant issues and a lack of communication that resulted in my claim being denied last November and me losing any potential backpay that would have occurred had my case been won (upwards of... View More

Paul Gordon
Paul Gordon
answered on Jan 14, 2024

Any lawyer licensed to practice in the State in which you reside or the State in which your disability attorney resides. You can also hire an attorney outside of both States, if a local attorney will sponsor the outside attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on
Q: Ground water is coming through the floor for last 3 weeks a few days after it rains heavily. Revters insurance doesn't

Renters insurance doesn't cover flooding or Ground water. although water recedes the mildew smell which may be mold has made it uninhabitable. I have not slept there since Dec 23 2023 as it took them 6 days to respond to my call I've been paying hotels out of pocket and have no means to... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 18, 2024

A Rhode Island attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If their response is in compliance with the terms of the policy, it isn't necessarily "Bad Faith," one of the posted categories - it might be more of a coverage issue. If it should be a covered loss... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence, DUI / DWI and Immigration Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Will my green card be denied? I have two domestic violence dismissed and two simple duis first dui in 2018 and 2 2023
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answered on Jan 9, 2024

The outcome of a green card application can be influenced by your criminal history. While the dismissal of your domestic violence charges is positive, the presence of two DUI offenses, especially with one being recent, may impact your application. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a career technical training school legally withhold your certification after program completion?

I am on a payment plan for my student loan and the school is withholding my certification until I am paid in full. I am unable to work without the certification to make the payments. Is this legal?

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answered on Jan 2, 2024

The legality of a career technical training school withholding certification until payment is made depends on the terms and conditions outlined in the school's policies and agreements. Schools may have specific financial obligations, and if there is an outstanding balance, they may choose to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on
Q: Hi I am wondering about a post final judgment ex was grated joint shared placement after final judgment 8 years ago

If I inherited property during marriage would he be able to come for that as well

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

In Rhode Island, property acquired by inheritance is generally considered separate property in a divorce, as opposed to marital property which is subject to division. If you inherited property during your marriage, it is typically not included in the marital estate for division purposes, provided... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims and Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on
Q: I'm asking for my elderly parents. Wondering if this worth to go further.

They hired a company to repair their roof. During the repair, they found the wood was rotted. They couldn't go on to the next step because we were told that they had to run it through the insurance company. They put a tarp on the roof which I assume it wasn't not secure enough. We had a... View More

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If the insurance money was sent for the repairs to pay for the repairs that the contractor is doing pursuant to a budget that they submitted to the insurance company, then yes, you have to give the money to them in order to keep them under the obligation to finish the work. If there is a problem... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: DCF shared very personal information to someone involved with my family outside of them and I didn't sign a release.

My child's mom signed a release to a service called In Home Therapy, I did not. Our DCF worker disclosed extremely personal information for no reason. The woman (Sarah) who works for IHT whom this information was told to, said they were not discussing me or anything to do with me and she just... View More

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

In situations where personal information is shared by a Department of Children, Families (DCF) worker without proper consent, it's important to understand your rights and the legal framework that governs such disclosures. The sharing of your personal information without your consent could... View More

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