Missouri Questions & Answers

Q: I got a "fix it ticket." What does that mean? Can I get out of it being on my record somehow?

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Andrea Rogers' answer
Usually that means you can get the problem fixed (repair the broken tail-light, for example) and bring proof to court and show the judge, who might dismiss the ticket or reduce the fine. "Fix-it" tickets are usually for non-moving, no-point violations like "Failure to Register Vehicle" or "Equipment Violation" (broken tail-light) which is not going to show up on your driving record anyway.

Q: There is a dog in an abandoned house. Can I bring it food and water until animal control gets a warrant?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
Kristen Thurmond's answer
While this answer is a bit late, I still wanted to respond so if anyone else has a similar question they can find an answer.

Your best bet is to call an animal welfare group or animal control before entering property that is not yours, even if you believe it to be abandoned. You could be charged with trespassing or get injured. If the dog is simply outside and you can easily and safely provide food and water, you physically can do so but it is at your own risk of injury and criminal...

Q: My sons mother and teacher are withholding educational information from me regarding my son, i have full rights to.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 17, 2018
Kristen Thurmond's answer
One solution to the school issue is to call the school and ask about how to receive information directly from them as a parent who lives out of town. Most schools have online portals to view grades, correspondence, attendance, etc. At the very least, make sure you're receiving letters, notices, etc. by mail or email. It may mean you have to take a trip to the school with your judgment and ID card before you can speak to anyone, though.

As for other issues, it sounds like you need to...

Q: notice to vacate or notice to quit which form is used to file for a court hearing on eviction hearing

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
Two of the most common type of eviction cases are rent and possession and unlawful detainer. They are controlled by different statutes. Without knowing your situation, I have no way to determine what type of suit you could file.

Q: Sue the creditors/credit bureau

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Collections for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 10, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
Contact a local attorney. Some attorneys undertake these type of cases on a contingency (percentage) basis.

Q: In missouri what is the difference between an eviction and an unlawful detainer

2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 9, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
Two primary types of cases in Missouri for a property owner to retake possession are rent-and-possession and unlawful detainer cases. “Eviction” can be the result of a judgment for possession. Those causes of action are controlled be different statutes. Rent-and-possession are filed when the lease term has not expired but the tenant isn’t paying rent. Unlawful detainer cases are filed against defendants who once had permission to occupy the property but have remained in possession...

Q: Sold a house in Missouri may 2018.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
Have an attorney review the entire sale contract. I’m not sure if you are referring to an addendum to the sale contract, the inspection report, or something else.

Q: Is this legal???

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
Only a Missouri licensed attorney may represent another party in court. If you file on his behalf you’d be committed a misdemeanor, the unauthorized practice of law. Time to hire an attorney.

Q: I got probation violations and a warrant.. How can I avoid missing christmas with my kids

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
You will need an attorney. Instead of waiting you should retain one now

Q: Do I have to file form 14 when I petition for divorce (amicable) even if I don’t want child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Lydia Seifner's answer
Yes, if there are minor children involved you must file a form 14. However, you can state in the petition and in the final hearing that, by agreement, neither of you are requesting child support.

Q: If I discover a daycare staff member hit my child and left a bruise, should I sue the whole center or just that one

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
The daycare staff member probably makes about ten bucks an hour. I hope your child recovers. A bruise is serious, but if your child was not harmed in a way requiring medical attention it might not make sense to sue. Unfortunately, personal injury attorneys who take cases on a contingency (percentage) basis will generally only sue if there are significant medical damages. I wish you the best and hope you have found a new daycare facility.

Q: How long can a child custody case legally be continued in Missouri?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Lydia Seifner's answer
This question is a bit unclear.

If you are asking how long a parent can have legal custody of a child, then custody over a child continues until the child is eighteen. If a disabled, adult child requires care beyond the age of eighteen, then the matter should be addressed in probate court with an guardianship case.

If you are asking how long a case actually goes, then most courts will allow a case to be continued 3 times before they get fed up with it and set a final trial...

Q: How is "good cause" defined for asylum cases?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
"Good cause is defined as a reasonable excuse for being unable to appear for an asylum interview. What may be a reasonable excuse for one applicant may not be reasonable when looking at the circumstances of another applicant. In reviewing whether there is good cause for your failure to appear at your interview, the asylum office considers the facts and circumstances of each case individually. Repeated requests to reschedule are discouraged and may affect the determination of good cause."...

Q: I met my now fiancee (for almost three years now) when she was a webcam model in the Romania. Should we tell the truth?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 4, 2018
Ronald J. Eisenberg's answer
If you are hoping for an attorney to tell you that you should lie or be misleading, I don't believe you will get the answer you desire.

Q: Does my husband & I have any rights on a house that we have made payments on but not purchased by us?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 3, 2018
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum's answer
If your daughter and her husband are cooperative, they can sign a Quitclaim Deed transferring their interest in the property to you and your husband. You will need to record the deed when it has been signed and notarized.

Q: Trying to find out the cost of a uniform citation. in violation of code 304.050 in Lincoln county missouri

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 2, 2018
Andrea Rogers' answer
You can call the court clerk in Lincoln County and ask if a court appearance is required or can you just plead guilty and pay the fine. I expect that you will have to appear in court for this type of ticket. If so, the judge will sentence you and determine the amount of the fine. If you plead guilty, points will be added to your driving record and your car insurance rates may increase. The judge might require you to do community service, attend driving school, etc.

FYI - For some types...

Q: where can i get help filling out an application for citizenship

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Answered on Dec 2, 2018
Ms Grace I Gardiner's answer
Generally we recommend working with an experienced immigration attorney

Q: Do i have to give up my car if i file for chapter 7?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Missouri on
Answered on Nov 30, 2018
Timothy Denison's answer
Depends on the equity you have in the car and whether you want to keep paying for the car.

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