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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: How can I get my Emotional Support Animal back?

I was released from jail after serving two months for a warrant out of San Francisco county. Animal Care and Control released my do to a rescue shelter but they won't tell me where exactly she is located. What can I do in order to get her back home?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

You can't. Your dog is gone. You should have arranged for someone to take care of her while you were in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I'm moving out of my mom's house she usually has my kaiser card and other cards that are in my name does she have to

Give me any cards that have my name on it like medical card or californa state card when I move what do i do if she doesn't want to give it to me

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 21, 2019

There is too much information missing to answer you. How old are you? If you are at least 18 years old, you should be able to get your drivers license or California ID yourself. You can contact Kaiser directly to have your card issued to you if you are still eligible to be insured under your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: what should I do to help a dog that I believe is still being neglected by its original owners?

So for the past 3 weeks this dog that we believed that was a stray, ie. it had no collar, has been visiting us at all hours of the day, 24/7. Around the third week, we took him into our house as we did not want him to get struck by a car during his daily trek to visit my dog. This stray was... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 23, 2019

Call Animal Control. He's off leash so the owners are in violation of the leash law, and possibly mistreating him. You can attempt to adopt him through Animal Control if that's what you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Criminal Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: Should I be concerned with how my case is be conducted and “shady” things going on inside the legal teams

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I’m fighting a criminal case currently as well as being a witness in another case. I’m being refused a speedy trial until I testify. The DA is saying I won’t be charged for any wrong doing in the witness case and I don’t have legal counsel currently cuz... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 23, 2019

To properly answer any legal question it is necessary to ascertain more information. It is like asking a doctor over the phone what your pain in the stomach is about and whether he could cure it. The Doc needs to get a more complete history, lab work, and X-rays etc.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: Child abandonment or child neglect? Is the situation grounds for filing a case against the parents?

When the baby was born, CPS was called in because of the mother's (narcotic) history and baby's lab results but the case was closed. Now, both parents of the child (mother "was" drug dependent but "claimed" rehab and the father is unemployed with presumed gambling addiction) are unfit and are... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 2, 2019

You can call CPS and the police to report child abuse/ neglect. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Is it okay for me to legally keep a found dog in my home?

Hello. I found a dog left in the park two days ago. I submitted a found dog form on PetHarbor.com. She had no collar, no tag, and has no chip according to the vet tech. Is it legally okay for me to keep her in my home until she is claimed/not claimed? I posted on Pawboost, PetHarbor, Nextdoor, and... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 14, 2018

You are entitled to a reasonable charge for saving and taking care of the animal. This would likely include a reasonable daily kenneling fee and reimbursement of your veterinary expenses. If that is offered, you would have no basis to retain the dog, but if you allege neglect, it should then be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Wrongful Death for California on
Q: Can be listed as a statutory heir to someone if his parental rights were taken away and I have been legally adopted?

This was a wrongful death suit for my biological father that was filed in Arkansas, I live in California. His name is not even on my birth certificate. I do not want anything from him but the lawyer from Arkansas wants me to sign paperwork stating I do not want any of the money. I think this is... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Nov 20, 2018

You would have to consult with an Arkansas attorney about that. However, even if you could be included, the value of your case would be tremendously adversely affected by the lack of relationship between your father and you, at least that is how it would work out in CA.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Q: We have been dog-sitting for more than 3 months for someone who moved out of state. Do we have ownership of it now?

The owners said they will get him back after 2 months but it is approaching the 4th month. We are paying all the medical bills, including all of the shots, parasite medicine, flea medicine, and physical check ups. They lied and said he was registered in the county if he goes missing and had all his... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 27, 2018

No, you don't have ownership of it, and evidence of the owner's poor care of the dog doesn't make you an owner. If the dog has been abandoned, you should notify the owner in writing that you will either assume ownership of it, or surrender it to Animal Control if not picked up by a specified date.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: Even though I don't have proof that my dog was mine, all I got is pictures of him that I took wen he was smaller.

He recently got adopted but I want to know if I have pictures of me with him wen he was smaller can I do anything to get him back

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 21, 2018

more info needed.

how long ago was he adopted.

how do you prove THIS DOG was yours.

how did you lose him? When did you lose him? how did you find out he was adopted?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Military Law for California on
Q: I want to reverse an adoption in LA CA in 2002 I am 23 now. I want to petition to get my OG birth cert. for military PIP

I can’t even seek an audience with the judge because it’s all done behind closed doors. All they tell me is they can’t give me advice or answer my questions. They tell me to get a lawyer.

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Sep 30, 2018

Were you adopted by a u.s. citizen? I'm not sure I understand what it is that you are trying to accomplish.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How do I prepare for a 36626 appropriately.?

Sun was taking it 9 days old for failure to thrive and was born with a cleft palate mom is mentally verified as bipolar and schizophrenia I have a small criminal past but no current problems or probationary terms other than reunification services both in which we have complied and completed a few... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 23, 2018

This is an inappropriate question for California attorneys if you are in Washington state. We cannot assist you with Washington state law.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I was married and adopted my wife’s daughter where the biological father gave up his rights. My daughter is 15 now and

Has been in contact with him for the last yr. He has been in contact with her mother and wants to fly her out this summer for a week. I do not agree as she has made some bad choices and isn’t trustworthy right now and don’t feel she is ready to meet him after 12 yrs of him being absent. #1 what... Read more »

Crista Marie Haynes
Crista Marie Haynes answered on May 15, 2018

As her legal father you have 50/50 rights with her mother and as such her mother cannot send her out of the state to see her absent biological father without your consent. Worst case scenario you would be able to call the police to stop your daughter from getting on the plane and if somehow your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Dog was adopted even though the shelter told me they would hold her for when I got back in 4 days

I was leaving out of town with my kids & dog but she ran off & I tried looking for her. Someone found her and took her to the shelter. The shelter called her Vet in FL (because of her collar and we used to live there), who then called me. I contacted the shelter asap and they told me the holding... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 7, 2018

A: Animal Control is required to allow 72 hours for owner redemption. After that, Animal Control is required to keep the dog impounded up to six business days. After 72 hours, the dog can be made available for adoption. Food & Agriculture Code section 31108 states, in pertinent part: "(a) The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Adoption and Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Q: Hello, I have a two year old son, who recently his mother decided to take him to the UK to start a new life.

We both reside in the bay area, California. Due to high cost of living, she believes taking my son to England would be better for him. She left with no notice, except for one text I received from her father the day they were leaving (or already gone). We have been trying to raise our son outside of... Read more »

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on May 5, 2018

I would like to help you, but your question does not involve immigration law.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: how do i bring my wife and her adopted kid from VietNam to US?

My wife adopted a kid before we were married, now that we are married, how do i bring both her and her adopted kid to the USA?

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on May 5, 2018

If you are a US citizen, you need to start by filing I-130s for her and your step-child. He/she is your step-child only if you married your wife before his/her 16th birthday.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: How do i bring my wife and her adopted kid from VietNam to the USA?

My wife adopted a kid before we were married, now that we are married, how i bring both her and her adopted kid to the USA?

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on May 5, 2018

If you are a US citizen, you need to start by filing I-130s for her and your step-child. He/she is your step-child only if you married your wife before his/her 16th birthday.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I took in a dog for a group 4 months ago I have a text saying I can adopt her, they have my check and want her back?!

I took a dog in through a woman that claims to be an animal rescue four months ago, since them she only periodically respond to text messages, she has never returns a voicemail or a phone call, and she has never made a meeting she scheduled (4 in the past 3 weeks).I have had to do all the pet care... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Apr 23, 2018

If you believe that the dog was abandoned, and that you assumed ownership, inform the animal rescue of that. The animal rescue can decide whether to challenge your contention by filing a complaint for theft with the police, or by suing you in Small Claims. If there are any documents pertaining to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption, Child Support and Education Law for California on
Q: I need help, what can I do ?

I know you will say just go back, but I need someone who can help, I'm 18 years old and I came to the us and I have overstayed and I'm really struggling I am young and about to be homeless soon, but I don't want to go back I would hate to what can I do that can help me a little, I am from... Read more »

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Apr 14, 2018

Difficult situation. However, in the future, if you fall in love with and marry a US citizen, your spouse could sponsor you for a green card.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: I have a few questions to do with immigration and sponsor issues..I was "adopted" bit really I only had a sponsor

I was coded wrong...when adopted at 2 mo old.. Found out I had a sponsor never did anything ..just found all my paper work

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Apr 9, 2018

The following web page may be helpful to you: https://www.shusterman.com/adoption/

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